31 Premium Brochure Templates (Booklets and Tri-Folds)

Your business needs a brochure, but which should you choose? Check out these premium templates from Envato Market.

31 Premium Brochure Templates

Think of a brochure as an extension of your sales team. It lets customers know more about your product or service without any extra fuss.

So make the right impression with a professional brochure. Today, we bring you 31 designs from Envato Market to inspire the budding entrepreneur within you.

Need more help? Let us know! Check out the design professionals at Envato Studio for all your brochure needs!

Garden Brochure Template

Do you have a green thumb? Then showcase your
gardening business with style. This brochure template includes easy-to-use smart objects to replace photos and logos fast. Download this
package now to get eight Photoshop files with 16 total pages and links
to free fonts.

Garden Brochure Template

Trifold Brochure – Coffee Menu

Set your coffee shop apart from the others in
town. Use this clean and minimal template featuring a high-quality
design and luxurious coffee beans. Switch out the images using the editable smart objects and change the style to fit your needs.

Trifold Brochure - Coffee Menu

Multipurpose Brochure

Become the next best thing in your neck of the woods with this high-quality
brochure. This package features a modern multipurpose template that is
certainly impressive. Suitable for beginners to design, this download
also includes detailed instructions.

Multipurpose Brochure

Business Brochure

Get ahead with this modern brochure. Recently updated, this brochure
features eight unique pages and editable logos. Just change the colors
to match your brand in no time at all!

Business Brochure

Elegant Portrait Brochure

Create an elegant brochure for your photography business. This template contains 16 total pages with impressive layouts. It’s suitable for InDesign CS4 and above, so you’ll be able to customize it easily! Try it out today.

Elegant Portrait Brochure

A4 Photography Portfolio

Highlight your work with a photography portfolio. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or just starting out, this brochure presents your work in a classy and sophisticated manner. Download it today to get access to this template in several industry formats.

A4 Photography Portfolio

Business Brochure Template

Tackle a new and exciting business with this clean brochure template. This
professional package includes several InDesign files at the standard A4
size. Enjoy creative angular layouts and access to free fonts.

Business Brochure Template

Trifold Brochure

Modern and stylish, this trifold brochure features a sleek, corporate style with colorful elements. It’s a fully editable template with easy-to-use placeholders for the text and images. Just open Photoshop to edit it.

Trifold Brochure

Modern Brochure

Seek out a stylish alternative with this modern brochure.
Featuring a flexible design, this template can be used for a variety of
businesses. You can add as many pages as you’d like for even more
flexibility.

Modern Brochure

Minimalfolio Photography Portfolio A4 Brochure

Know when to go minimal. A photography portfolio should let
your work shine. This template, for instance, features a horizontal A4
format with custom styles and master pages. It only uses free fonts, so
you won’t have to pay extra!

Minimalfolio Photography Portfolio A4 Brochure

Brochure Template – InDesign 8 Pages

Portray your company’s true message with this brochure template. This InDesign template features eight unique pages with a colorful corporate theme. It even includes awesome extras like vector elements and icons.

Brochure Template - InDesign 8 Pages

Medical Trifold Brochure

Created in InDesign, this trifold brochure is perfect for medical professionals. Simply update it with your information of choice, using the simple-to-use text holders. Try it out!

Medical Trifold Brochure

Blue Brochure

When creating a brochure, it’s important that the
template is easy to navigate. Here’s a design that makes the process
simple. Just download the file and open it in Photoshop to update the
text, images, and logos.

Blue Brochure

Brochure Template

Adjust the colors of this brochure to make your brand stand out. This template includes a 48-page layout with customizable backgrounds and vector assets. A handy help file is also included for further instruction.

Brochure Template

3 Fold Brochure III

This brochure template breaks the traditional mold of trifold designs. Featuring a creative layout with many photo options, this template is fully editable and print ready. Try it out for a unique presentation.

3 Fold Brochure III

Fitness Brochure Tri-Fold

Is your business out of shape? Kick things into gear with this fitness trifold brochure. With three amazing color styles, this template comes print ready with bleed lines. Edit it fast using Adobe Photoshop.

Fitness Brochure Tri-Fold

Business Trifold Brochure

What will be your first impression? This corporate trifold is sleek and sophisticated. You can keep the original color
scheme or change it to the colors of your choice. Enjoy access to free
fonts and more, for an amazing deal.

Business Trifold Brochure

Trifold Brochure

Get started with your new business brochure. This corporate design features a high-resolution, fully layered template. Feel free to use the fonts included, or update it with your own favorites.

Trifold Brochure

Business Brochure

This business brochure features a stylish design that is sure to pique interest. There are 16 professional pages and multiple color options for your convenience. It’ll suit everyone from corporate agencies to small studios, so we’re sure you’ll love this template!

Business Brochure

Company Brochure

The standard brochure style we often see today is very minimal. This template, for instance, works well for energy businesses and more. Choose clear, high-quality stocks related to your industry to bring this template to the next level!

Company Brochure

Brochure

Or step out of the box with this fun design! This brochure template features a trendy geometric design with low polygonal elements. Perfect for creatives and all techies alike, this brochure is colorful and energetic.

Brochure

Trifold Brochure

What’s your mission? Make it clear with this trifold brochure. This download contains a 300-dpi, print-ready file with editable elements and colors. Choose from four color variations or create your own. Enjoy!

Trifold Brochure

Dark Brochure Template

With 24 total pages, this modern brochure features a lovely dark theme with bold accents. Easily edit the paragraph and character styles, and take advantage of the auto page-numbering option. Grab this amazing asset today!

Dark Brochure Template

Trifold Brochure Template

Showcase your luxury apartments with this exquisite brochure design. This download features fully editable files with four color variations. And it’s a great way to maintain quality while saving valuable time.

Trifold Brochure Template

SEO Brochure

Communicate your SEO knowledge with a clear design.
This print template features six total pages with free fonts and bleed
lines. It’s a smart aesthetic for any creative professional or business
looking for customers. Download it today!

SEO Brochure

Corporate Business Brochure

Brand your business with a powerful brochure. This
template features a bold yellow color scheme with smart black accents.
It’s clean and professional and definitely handy to have around.

Corporate Business Brochure

Brochure Template

Beautiful design will set you apart from others. So show off your impeccable taste with this brochure template. Featuring 28 pages and a clean, modern design, this template will definitely do your projects justice. We hope you enjoy it!

Brochure Template

Explore Africa Trifold Brochure

Inspired by the phenomenal scenery in Africa, this trifold brochure highlights amazing nature and wildlife shots. It features an attractive modern design with plenty of space for your best photos. We hope you enjoy it!

Explore Africa Trifold Brochure

Real State Trifold Brochure

Dominate your local market with a brilliant real estate brochure. This trifold design features bold, colorful sections with four color variations to choose from. Get more help with your work by reading the helpful guide also included.

Real State Trifold Brochure

Annual Report Brochure

Track the facts and figures of your business with this
annual report template. This brochure is easy to edit with changeable
colors, paragraph styles, and more. Print it out for a presentation or
save it for your official documents.

Annual Report Brochure

Landscape Brochure

Live out your dreams with this landscape brochure.
This design features a relaxed, approachable aesthetic with charming
fonts and colors. There are also links to the free fonts used to help
you save money!

Landscape Brochure

Conclusion

This list features exciting
resources for the avid designer familiar with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign. For
additional help with all your brochure needs, enlist the skills of a talented
professional by choosing one of the amazing designers from Envato Studio.

And with loads of brochures available at your fingertips, chances are we’ve missed a few to add to your personal collection. Be sure to browse Envato Market for more resources, and let us know your favorites in the comments below!

Designer Lucas Zanotto presents eyes in intriguing, hilarious ways

Lucas Zanotto is a man of many talents – he designs, animates and directs from the Finnish capital, Helsinki, not to mention he speaks German, Italian, English and Spanish. He also created the children’s app Yatatoy.

In his latest series of whimsical installations, Lucas explores different ways to present the human eye, with impeccable craftsmanship and a nonsensical tone.

“A series of installations I’ve had on my mind for a while, finally came to life,” he explains. Take a look.

He’s put them together in a delightful video with the help of sound design from David Kamp. See eyeballs spinning around, reading, and of course, eye rolling against various different backdrops, even crying water at one point.

Lucas has a wide portfolio of intriguing videos, such as creating the world’s smallest cup of coffee made out of one bean for Paulig, or making a cake with drones for Telia’s 4G network in Norway.

With his Yatatoy app, you can build animation loops and sequences, create animals with different combinations or draw your own.

Art for All: Celebrate Diversity in Design—Volume 2

Welcome back to Volume Two of our Diversity in Design series on Envato Tuts+. Discover four talented artists with inspiring styles you’ll love.

4 Artists You Should Know: Diversity in Design

Celebrate the work of these extraordinary artists. Each with their own unique background, they draw inspiration from their culture and surroundings to create phenomenal illustrations.

Shyama Golden

Shyama is an illustrator living in Brooklyn, New York.

From ill rap legends to cat-covered Sasquatches, Shyama’s work is full of charisma and power. See more in her portfolio, or follow her on Twitter @shyamagolden

Biggie

I’m an artist and illustrator with a graphic design education and
background. My parents came to the US from Sri Lanka before I was born
and both worked as scientists, but encouraged me to find my own path.

I
worked as a designer for a decade
before feeling brave enough to switch over to a career in art.

Biggie by Shyama Golden
Biggie

Arundhati Roy

I’m mostly inspired by capturing a feeling of life. My favorite mediums are oil paints, digital
media on the iPad Pro, and I also like to use animation and patterns in my work.

Arundhati Roy by Shyama Golden
Arundhati Roy

Catsquatch

Catsquatch by Shyama Golden
Catsquatch

Maria

I know my
design background influences my work, especially the patterns. I try not to be 100% tied to any
particular art movement or trend that is popular at the moment. I create the things I want to see in the world, or what I feel is missing or
underrated.

Maria by Shyama Golden
Maria

Tavo Montañez

Father, teacher, and jazz lover Tavo Montañez is our second artist from Aguascalientes, Mexico.

His fluid illustrations merge his Mexican cultural influence and creative experimentation. See more in his portfolio, or follow him on Facebook.

Los Amores de Frida

My name is Gustavo Díaz Montañez (Tavo Montañez).

I am an illustrator working mostly in the editorial, publishing, and advertising industries.
My process usually involves drawing
with pencil, ink on paper, and digital coloring.

Los Amores de Frida by Tavo Montanez
Los Amores de Frida {The Loves of Frida)

Perspective Magazine: Time to Act

I’m inspired by nature in general. I love women, animals, textures,
water, and even fiction and monsters. There is a desire within me to always improve my work by finding new mediums and challenges.

Perspective Magazine Time to Act
Perspective Magazine: Time to Act

Los Amores de Frida

Los Amores de Frida
Los Amores de Frida (The Loves of Frida)

10.10

I always turn to the work of my compatriots for inspiration. There’s Saturnino Herrán,
Ernesto García Cabral, and César Moreno among others.

1010
10.10

Catalina Vásquez

Catalina is an animator and illustrator from Medellín, Colombia.

Her delightful illustrations step inside everyday life with bold patterns and textures. See more in her portfolio, or follow her on Instagram.

The Weaver

I’m Catalina Vásquez (Kathiuska) and I started learning illustration on my own during the middle of my audiovisual communication studies. I like to portray everyday life in my illustrations.

I also love moving images, so I’m now working on my second short animated film called, Jail.

The Weaver by Catalina Vasquez
The Weaver

Medellín Brand Campaign

My inspiration is in daily life. I think my work is very autobiographical
and emotional. So I like to go out and see what’s happening around me
and later, process all this information to create my stuff.

Medelln Brand Campaign by Catalina Vasquez
“Expand Your Ideas.” Medellín Brand Campaign

Girl’s Night

Girls Night by Catalina Vasquez
Girl’s Night

Medellín Brand Campaign

I’ve always felt very inspired by the UPA animation studio art style, and American cartoons.

But I also like the concept art
of shows like Mr. Magoo and the Pink Panther for when I need color palettes and inspiration. I love illustrating children’s books, so I’m a fan of artists like Isabel Arsenault, Rebecca Green, and Olga Demidova.

Medelln Brand Campaign by Catalina Vasquez
“Expand Your World.” Medellín Brand Campaign

Eunjoo Lee

Our final artist is Eunjoo Lee. She’s a Korean illustrator and textile designer from Glasgow, Scotland.

Blending her love of art history and Utopian fantasies, Eunjoo creates unique textile illustrations for indoor fabrics and more. See more in her portfolio, or follow her on Instagram.

Utopia

The inspiration behind my illustrations is about the
individualized fantasy of utopia, and how it affects personality. It’s my visual language inspired by the historical art
movement.

Utopia by Eunjoo Lee
Utopia

Korean Fairy Tale Scarf

I try to use a lot of symbols in my artwork because I’m interested in the hidden meanings behind these creative languages.

Korean Fairy Tale Scarf
Korean Fairy Tale Scarf

Haetae

Haetae by Eunjoo Lee
Haetae

Korean Traditional Costume

I’m inspired by a diverse set of visual artists. My textile design
ideas come from Vårklockor Josef Frank, Makoto Kagoshima and historical Asian textile designs.

I also look up to modern artists too, such as Picasso, Miro, Kiki Smiths, and lots of others.

Korean Traditional Costume
Korean Traditional Costume

Celebrate Diversity! Send Us Your Favorite Artists!

Help us find more incredible artists from different backgrounds to share with our audience! Tweet me your recommendations at MelloNieves or use the hashtags #artforall and #tutsplusdesign on Twitter and Instagram. You never know, we may just feature you in our next article!

I’d like to extend a warm thank you to all the artists who participated in
this feature. Feel free to see more of their work in the links below:

Animator Jeca Martinezs stop motion animals for Inktober

Animator and illustrator Jeca Martinez has created a beautiful series of stop motion ink drawings for Inktober 2017, and you can see her creative process in this video.

Inktober is an annual art challenge that encourages artists to create art using ink throughout the month of October, and for Jeca, this meant a perfect opportunity to showcase the power of animation over static ink works. Thousands of artists take part in the challenge, 31 days of 31 drawings, and use it as a way to share their work on social media platforms. Inktober was created by artist Jake Parker as a challenge to improve inking skills and develop positive drawing habits.

“As an animator I wanted to push the boundaries a little bit and create stop motion animation of animals using water and ink,” she says. Jeca took inspiration from the GIF below for the project.

She has posted her process for each ink animal on her YouTube channel, with the goal to create 13 videos to be released on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday of October. Here are some of the videos she has published so far.

“Each video is a real show on its own; the ink magically spreads in the water to form each animal, then gradually come to life as each animation frame is painted,” she says.

Jeca began using Photoshop and Flash during school, and her early work landed her a full art scholarship at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. She graduated with honors in a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Art.

Take a look at other Inktober projects with the #Inktober hashtag on Twitter.

How to Draw a Hamburger and a Hot Dog in Adobe Illustrator

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator to create a hot dog and a hamburger!

If you want to skip the tutorial and just use these items in your work, you can purchase the Hot Dog and the Hamburger from GraphicRiver!

Hot Dog
the Hot Dog
Hamburger
the Hamburger

1. How to Create a Hot Dog Mesh

Step 1

Let’s start off by drawing the top bun with Gradient Mesh.

Create an orange rectangle—the color is #CF6822.

Next, grab the Mesh Tool (U). By clicking, create nodes, which in turn create a Mesh Grid. When you have four rows and four columns of mesh, grab the edges of the rectangle and move them to make the shape rounder. It should resemble the top half of a bun.

Once you’re done with the shaping, select the bottom two rows of nodes and color them with #F5CD99.

Finally, color the top two rows of nodes with #A3320E.

begin drawing the bun with mesh

Step 2

Finish off drawing the top visible half of the hot dog bun by placing more Mesh nodes and coloring them as in the screenshot below.

Always look for the nodes that are selected in each step and color them with the hex code that is present under each image.

You will need these colors:

  1. #E19843
  2. #F0AF4B
  3. #F6D4AF
  4. #DB9559
draw top mesh bun

Step 3

Begin drawing the bottom part of the bun. Follow the screenshot, as in the previous steps.

  1. #CF6822
  2. #A0330F
  3. #EDC089
draw mesh bun

Step 4

Finish coloring the bun.

  1. #F3BE5E
  2. #F9E3C0
  3. #E2A36A
  4. #8F2609
create bottom bun

Step 5

Begin drawing the sausage in the same manner.

  1. #C94D21
  2. #89190C
  3. #F9ECE8
color mesh sausage

Step 6

Add a few more touches.

  1. #D37550
  2. #6D0800
color sausage

Step 7

Change some colors on the right tip of the sausage.

  1. #A0321A
  2. #881E0E
finish sausage tip

Step 8

Color some nodes with #BD4E31.

Then, modify the nodes on the right and left tips of the sausage as indicated below.

finish sausage

Step 9

Let’s draw the mustard!

  1. #FBD020
  2. #D6560A
draw mustard

Step 10

To make it wavy, create some more Mesh nodes. Then, select every other column, alternating them, and press the Down key a couple of times, moving the nodes downwards.

Repeat until the image looks like a wavy strip of mustard.

change mustard shape

Step 11

Tweak the shape and the colors a bit more.

  1. #D98911
  2. #FFFFFF
mustard

Step 12

Now we need some shadows. Draw two shapes and fill them with #5B1B0C and #C94D21, as indicated below.

Place the smaller shape inside the bigger one.

make shapes for blend

Step 13

Change the Opacity of the big shape to 0%.

change opacity

Step 14

Next, select both objects and go to Object > Blend > Blend Options. Set the mode to Specified Steps with an amount of 30Object > Blend > Make to create the shadow.

make blend

Step 15

Create a thinner copy of the Blend. Change the Transparency of both objects to Multiply.

create copy

Step 16

Place the shadows under both buns.

place shadows

Step 17

Add the sausage in the back and the mustard strip on top.

add sausage

Step 18

Let’s draw another shadow! Use #5B1B0C and #FFFFFF.

circles for shadow

Step 19

Create another Blend like we just did in Steps 13-14.

make blend

Step 20

Place the shadow under the hot dog!

place shadow

2. How to Create a Texture

Step 1

In this optional section, we will create a texture for the meat in our burger.

You can choose to skip this one, but if you don’t, head over to my autumn tutorial and complete Steps 13-14 in the first section.

Select and isolate only the indicated cluster of paths, as indicated in the screenshot below.

isolate texture

Step 2

Clone this particular part until you create a fairly long line.

clone texture

Step 3

Group (Control-G) these elements, and then change their Transparency to Overlay and Opacity to 50%.

change opacity

3. How to Draw the Hamburger

Step 1

Begin drawing the top bun with Meshjust as we did with the hot dog.

  1. #FDCC8D
  2. #933800
  3. #D8883B
start top mesh bun

Step 2

Continue coloring.

  1. #BC681E
  2. #FFF1C6
  3. #FFBF6A
top bun

Step 3

Add some more final touches.

  1. #FFCC82
  2. #7E2403
  3. #E1C5B2
finish bun mesh

Step 4

Modify the nodes on the bottom edge to give the bun a more realistic look.

modify bun

Step 5

Draw another Blend shadow, just as we did before in Steps 12-14 of the previous section.

  • #5B1D07
  • #AA4B0B
make blend

Step 6

Place the shadow under the bun.

place shadow

Step 7

Draw the first piece of cheese.

  1. #FFE885
  2. #CB7B0E
  3. #CC7D10
  4. #FCC94E
draw mesh cheese

Step 8

Finish the cheese.

  1. #FFFBEC
  2. #FEF1B4
  3. #CF7F12
  4. #520300
finish melted cheese

Step 9

Draw the cucumber.

  1. #437000
  2. #8EA456
  3. #567902
draw cucumber

Step 10

Finish the vegetable.

  1. #8BA152
  2. #2C4500
  3. #365900
draw cucumber

Step 11

Create two copies of the Mesh side to side. Then, draw a green ellipse representing the top of each cucumber.

finish cucumbers

Step 12

Place the ingredients under the bun.

add elements to the burger

Step 13

Draw the tomato.

  1. #D10C07
  2. #FD6853
  3. #690100
mesh tomato

Step 14

Finish the tomato.

  1. #3A0000
  2. #FFFFFF
  3. #B90100
draw tomato

Step 15

Add a #A51500 top to the tomato.

finish tomato

Step 16

Begin the second piece of cheese.

  1. #FFE36C
  2. #E59000
  3. #A42B08
draw mesh cheese

Step 17

Color the cheese.

  1. #913B00
  2. #FFFFFF
  3. #FFF49B
draw cheese

Step 18

Draw the meat.

  1. #874115
  2. #340902
  3. #A6591D
draw meat with mesh

Step 19

Finish the meat.

  1. #FFE36C
  2. #E59000
  3. #A42B08
finish drawing meat

Step 20

If you made the texture before, apply it to the meat.

add texture to meat

Step 21

Draw the onion.

  1. #FAF5C8
  2. #3D1506
  3. #FFFFF2
  4. #E9E1AC
  5. #E3CC98
draw onion

Step 22

Add the ingredients to the burger.

add elements of burger

Step 23

Finally, draw the bottom bun.

  1. #FBCE73
  2. #EB9626
  3. #A75C1D
  4. #A0780D
draw bottom bun with mesh

Step 24

Finish the bun.

  1. #945D1B
  2. #F9DC9B
  3. #EB982A
  4. #B5681B
draw bun

Step 25

Draw the seeds for the bun.

  1. #ECB369
  2. #FBEDAC
  3. #FAC781
draw seeds with mesh

Step 26

Finish drawing the seeds.

  1. #FDE5A1
  2. #D89748
  3. #C4711E
  4. #E5A75B
draw seeds

Step 27

Add seeds on top of the burger.

add seeds

Step 28

Grab the shadow we created for the hot dog and place it under the burger!

add shadow

Awesome Work, You’re Now Done!

Thank you for following along, and please feel welcome to post your result in the comments. I’ll be looking
forward to seeing it!

In this tutorial, you learned how to
create a pair of fast food items using the Mesh Tool.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and learned how to use some useful
tools for the future! Check out some of my other vector tutorials on my instructor profile.

You can purchase these items (Hot Dog, Hamburger) as well as other similar designs in my portfolio on GraphicRiver.

Hamburger
Hamburger
Hot Dog
Hot Dog

An Adobe Illustrator CC 2018 pre-release is available for download

To fix issues with macOS High Sierra, Adobe is letting you download a pre-release version of Illustrator CC 2018, which also gains a Puppet Warp tool and a new Properties panel.

This hasn’t been a great month for Mac-based users of Adobe Illustrator – but it’s about to get better for artists and designers on both Mac and Windows.

A couple of weeks ago, Adobe discovered issues between Illustrator and the new version of macOS (10.13, aka High Sierra) – issues that could lead to Illustrator being unusable, with creatives unable to roll back to macOS 10.12 as Apple doesn’t allow that. This prevented Illustrator users upgrading, or buying a new Mac (as you can only buy new Macs with the latest OS).

(Similar issues affected Wacom tablets and InDesign – though these have been resolved through a new Wacom driver and a minor macOS update.)

Rather than releasing a fix to Illustrator CC 2017, Adobe is letting you download a pre-release version of Illustrator CC 2018 (for both Mac and Windows). You can download it here. Slightly oddly, you may need to give yourself a Adobe Forums Name before getting to the download page.

On that page. Adobe says that “the information discussed within the program is confidential” – but as this is from a publicly available link on Adobe’s support site that invites you download the software, we feel that it’s fair to pass this information onto you.

Illustrator 2018 new features

First off, Illustrator 2018 runs happily on our MacBook Pro with macOS X 10.13. It installed and ran fine, and we didn’t see any issues with even the GPU preview. However, as we’ve heard from some users who were using Illustrator 2017 on High Sierra perfectly happily, we can’t say that this will apply to everyone.

Beyond this at first glance, there appears to be only a couple of obvious new features. The online help system hasn’t been updated so we’re going entirely on what we can see from comparing Illustrator 2018 toolbar, menus and panels directly to Illustrator 2018 – there may well be some more ‘under the hood’ improvements.

There’s a new Puppet Warp tool under the Free Transform tool (below). We’re assuming this is a vector-specific version of the tool of the same name in Photoshop, which was added in Photoshop CS5.

Here it lets you warp individual objects by placing pins on elements and pulling these around.

For more info on the Puppet Warp tool in Photoshop, see our tutorials Mix 3D with fashion illustration and Create a stunning pin-up collage.

A new Properties panel is also kinda drawn from Photoshop, combining tools and parameters linked to the tool or object you’ve selected with what previously would sit in the Control bar (though that’s still there if you want it) and some related Quick Actions that can range from Document Setup to access to the Pathfinder panel.

We don’t know when Illustrator 2018 will be formally released, but based on Adobe’s past behaviour we suspect a new version of Illustrator will be announced at its Adobe Max conference in Las Vegas next week (which we’ll be reporting from live) – and released some time between then and the end of November.

Try Our New Course in Creative Typography

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What You’ll Be Creating

Looking to develop your creativity and hone your Photoshop and Illustrator skills with a challenging typographic project? Our new course, Creative Typography, is ideal for you.

What You’ll Learn

In this course, you will learn how to design a piece of concept-driven, typographic artwork. Graphic designer Matt Withers will share practical tips for improving your creative process, demonstrate some techniques for how to create custom lettering in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and debunk some myths about creativity along the way.

Watch the Introduction

Take the Course

You can take our new course straight away with a subscription to Envato Elements. For a single low monthly fee, you get access not only to this course, but also to our growing library of over 1,000 video courses and industry-leading eBooks on Envato Tuts+. 

Plus you now get unlimited downloads from the huge Envato Elements library of 320,000+ photos and 36,000+ design assets and templates. Create with unique fonts, photos, graphics and templates, and deliver better projects faster.

How to Create a Rock Blast Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial you will learn how to turn your ordinary photos into energetic, rock blast photos. I will try to explain everything in so much detail that everyone can do it, even those who have just opened Photoshop for the first time.

The effect shown above is the one I will show you how to create here in this tutorial. If you would like to create the effects shown below, a rock blast with rain and rain splashes, and just using a single click, then check out my  Dark Knight Photoshop Action.

Action final results

What You’ll Need

To recreate the design above, you will need the following photo:

1. Let’s Get Started

First, open the photo that you want to work with. To open your photo, go to File > Open, choose your photo, and click Open. Now, before we get started, just check a couple of things:

  1. Your photo should be in RGB Color mode, 8 Bits/Channel. To check this, go to Image > Mode.
  2. For best results, your photo size should be 1500–3500 px wide/high. To check this, go to Image > Image Size.
  3. Your photo should be the Background layer. If it is not, go to Layer > New > Background from Layer.
Checking image size and mode

2. How to Create the Background

Step 1

In this section, we are going to create the background that will replace the original one. Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color to create a new solid color fill layer, name it Background Color, and set the color to #262626 as shown below:

Creating a solid color fill layer named Background Color

Step 2

Now we need to add some texture to the background. Go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Background_Texture_1.

Creating a new layer named Background_Texture_1

Step 3

Press D on your keyboard to reset the swatches and go to Filter > Render > Clouds.

Adding filter render clouds to Background_Texture_1 layer

Step 4

Now press Control-T on your keyboard and set Width and Height of the layer to 150% as shown below:

Transforming the Background_Texture_1 layer

Step 5

Change this layer blending mode to Overlay, and set its Opacity to 25%.

Changing blending mode and opacity of the Background_Texture_1 layer

Step 6

Now go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Background_Texture_2. Then press D on your keyboard to reset the swatches and go to Filter > Render > Clouds. After that, press Control-T on your keyboard and set the Width and Height of the layer to 150% as shown below:

Creating a new layer named the Background_Texture_2 adding filter render clouds and transforming the layer

Step 7

Change this layer blending mode to Hard Light, set its Opacity to 50%, and drag it just below the Background_Texture_1 layer in the Layers panel.

Changing blending mode and opacity of the Background_Texture_2 layer

Step 8

Now, while the Background_Texture_2 layer is selected, Control-click on the Background_Texture_1 layer to select both layers together. Go to Layer > New > Group from Layers to create a group from the selected layers, and name it Background Textures.

Creating a group from selected layers named Background Textures

Step 9

Set the Opacity of this group to 59%.

Changing opacity of the Background Textures group

3. How to Cut the Subject From the Background

Step 1

In this section, we are going to select the subject and cut it from its original background. Select the Background layer and hide all other layers except this one. Then go to Select > Color Range and, using the Eyedropper Tool, click anywhere over the yellow background of the photo and set the Fuzziness to 100 as shown below:

Making a selection of the subject using color range

Step 2

Now press Control-Shift-I on your keyboard to inverse the selection, Right-click on the currently selected layer and choose Duplicate Layer to duplicate it. Then drag this new layer to the top of the Layers panel, go to Layer > Layer Mask > Hide Selection, name it Subject, and show all layers.

Creating the new layer using selection named Subject

Step 3

Alt-click on the currently selected layer mask to open mask view, choose the Brush Tool (B), pick a soft brush, and brush where needed so the subject area is completely white and the background area is completely black. After you’ve finished, Alt-click on this layer mask again to close mask view.

Refining layer mask of the Subject layer

Step 4

Now Right-click on the currently selected layer mask and choose Apply Layer Mask.

Applying layer mask of the Subject layer

4. How to Adjust Subject Lighting and Contrast

Step 1

In this section, we are going to work on subject lighting and contrast. Press Control-J on your keyboard to duplicate the Subject layer, go to Filter > Other > High Pass, and set the Radius to 20 px as shown below:

Adding filter other high pass to the Subject copy layer

Step 2

Now press Control-Shift-U on your keyboard to desaturate this layer, change its blending mode to Overlay, set its Opacity to 87%, and name it Subject Contrast.

Changing blending mode and opacity of the Subject Contrast layer

Step 3

Select the Subject layer, press Control-J on your keyboard to duplicate it, and drag this new layer to the top of the Layers panel. Then go to Filter > Other > High Pass and set the Radius to 30 px as shown below:

Adding filter other high pass to the Subject copy layer

Step 4

Now press Control-Shift-U on your keyboard to desaturate this layer, change its blending mode to Screen, set its Opacity to 82%, and name it Subject Highlights.

Changing blending mode and opacity of the Subject Highlights layer

Step 5

While this layer is selected, go to Image > Auto Tone and then Image > Auto Contrast to apply some automatic adjustments to this layer. Then Right-click on this layer, choose Blending Options, and use the settings below:

Changing blending options of the Subject Highlights layer

5. How to Create Rocks

Step 1

In this section, we are going to create rocks that we are going to disperse in the next section. Select the Subject layer, press Control-J to duplicate it, and drag this new layer to the top of the Layers panel. Then hide all other layers except this one, go to Filter > Pixelate > Crystallize, and set Cell Size to 30 as shown below:

Adding filter pixelate crystallize to the Subject copy layer

Step 2

Now press Control-Shift-U to desaturate this layer, and go to Image > Auto tone and Image > Auto Contrast to apply some automatic adjustments to it. Then go to Select > Color Range and, using the Eyedropper Tool, click anywhere over your subject to make a selection of parts with the selected tonal range and set Fuzziness to 5. Then go to Select > Select and Mask and use the settings below:

Making a selection using color range and refining it

Step 3

Select the Subject layer and press Control-J on your keyboard to create a new layer using a selection. As this is the first rocks layer we have created, name it R_1.

Creating new layer using selection named R_1

Step 4

Now we are going to create more rocks layers, so we are just going to repeat the same process. Select the Subject copy layer again, and go to Select > Color Range. Using the Eyedropper Tool, click anywhere over your subject to make a selection of parts with the selected tonal range, and set Fuzziness to 5. Then go to Select > Select and Mask and use the settings below:

Making a selection using color range and refining it

Step 5

Select the Subject layer and press Control-J on your keyboard to create a new layer using a selection and name it R_2.

Creating new layer using selection named R_2

Step 6

Now you can repeat this same process as many times you want, depending on how many rocks layers you want to create. I have repeated this process 13 times more, so I have 15 rocks layers in total. For some parts I was changing Shift Edge settings to 50%, but feel free to change any Select and Mask and Color Range settings as well.

Creating more rocks layers

Step 7

Right-click on the Subject copy layer and choose Delete Layer. Then select the R_1 layer and Shift-click on your last rocks layer (in my case this is the R_15 layer) to select all rocks layers. Then go to Layer > New > Group from Layers to create a new group from the selected layers, and name it Rocks.

Creating a group from selected layers named rocks

Step 8

Now select the Subject layer, press Control-J on your keyboard to duplicate it, and then drag this new layer to the top of the Layers panel. Show this layer, go to Filter > Pixelate > Crystallize, and set Cell Size to 50 as shown below:

Adding filter pixelate crystallize to the Subject copy layer

Step 9

Now press Control-Shift-U to desaturate this layer, and go to Image > Auto tone and Image > Auto Contrast to apply some automatic adjustments to it. Then go to Select > Color Range and, using the Eyedropper Tool, click anywhere over your subject to make a selection of parts with the selected tonal range, and set Fuzziness to 5. Then go to Select > Select and Mask and use the settings below:

Making a selection using color range and refining it

Step 10

Now select the Subject layer and press Control-J on your keyboard to create a new layer using a selection. As this is the first large rocks layer we have created, name it LR_1.

Creating new layer using selection named LR_1

Step 11

You can repeat this same process as many times you want, depending on
how many large rocks layers you want to create. I have repeated this process
13 times, so I have 14 rocks layers in total. For some parts I was changing Shift Edge settings to 50%, but feel free to change any Select and Mask and Color Range settings as well.

Creating more large rocks layers

Step 12

Now Right-click on the Subject copy layer and choose Delete Layer. Then select the LR_1 layer and Shift-click on your last large rocks layer (in my case this is the LR_14 layer) to select all large rocks layers. Then go to Layer > New > Group from Layers to create a new group from the selected layers and name it Large Rocks.

Creating a group from selected layers named Large Rocks

Step 13

Select the Subject layer, Control-J on your keyboard to duplicate it, and drag this new layer to
the top of the Layers panel. Show this layer, go to Filter > Pixelate > Crystallize, and set Cell Size to 80 as shown below:

Adding filter pixelate crystallize to the Subject copy layer

Step 14

Now press Control-Shift-U to desaturate this layer, and go to Image > Auto tone and Image > Auto Contrast to apply some automatic adjustments to it. Then go to Select > Color Range and, using the Eyedropper Tool, click anywhere over your subject to make a selection of parts with the selected tonal range, and set Fuzziness to 5. Then go to Select > Select and Mask and use the settings below:

Making a selection using color range and refining it

Step 15

Select the Subject layer and press Control-J on your keyboard to create a new layer using a selection. As this is the first very large rocks layer we have created, name it VLR_1.

Creating new layer using selection named VLR_1

Step 16

You can repeat this same process as many times you want, depending on
how many very large rocks layers you want to create. I have repeated this process 9 times, so I have 10 rocks layers in total. For some parts, I was changing Shift Edge settings to 50%, but feel free to change any Select and Mask and Color Range settings as well.

Creating more very large rocks layers

Step 17

Right-click on the Subject copy layer and choose Delete Layer. Then select the VLR_1 layer and Shift-click on your last rocks layer (in my case this is the VLR_10 layer) to select all very large rocks layers. Then go to Layer > New > Group from Layers to create a new group from the selected layers and name it Very Large Rocks.

Creating a group from selected layers named Very Large Rocks

Step 18

Now, to make this part look more like rocks, Right-click on the R_1 layer, choose Blending options, check Bevel & Emboss, and use the settings below:

Changing blending options of the R_1 layer

Step 19

Go to Layer > Layer Style > Copy Layer Style to copy this layer style, and then select each of the rocks layer and go to Layer > Layer Style > Paste Layer Style to paste this layer style to every rocks layer. Feel free to use the Control and Shift buttons to make multiple selections and paste this style to more rocks layers at once.

Changing blending options of other rocks layers by copying and pasting layer style

Step 20

Now Right-click on the each of rocks layers and choose Rasterize Layer Style. Feel free to use Control and Shift buttons to make multiple selections and rasterize the layer style of more rocks layers at once.

Rasterizing layer style of the rocks layers

Step 21

Select each of the rocks layers and press Control-Shift-U to desaturate it. Then show all layers again.

Desaturating rocks layers and showing all layers

6. How to Disperse Rocks

Step 1

In this section, we are going to disperse rocks that we have created. Select the R_1 layer, press Control-T on your keyboard, and change Width and Height to 114% as shown below:

Transforming the R_1 layer

Step 2

Now you can repeat this method to transform as many rocks layers as you want. Feel
free to use different transforming values. Here is my result:

Transforming more rocks layers

Step 3

To add some depth to the effect, we are going to blur some of the rocks layers. Select one of the rocks layers and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and set the Radius to 5 px as shown below:

Adding filter gaussian blur to LR_5

Step 4

You can repeat this method to blur as many rocks layers as you want. Feel
free to use different gaussian blur settings. Here is my result:

Adding filter gaussian blur to more rocks layers

Step 5

Now we are going to make some final changes to the rocks by moving some of them, removing unnecessary rocks, and duplicating some of the layers to create more rocks.

  • If you would like to move some rocks, select that rocks layer, choose the Move Tool (V), and click and drag anywhere inside the canvas to position them as you like.
  • If there are some rocks you would like to remove, select that rocks layer and go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All to add a blank layer mask to this layer. Then while the layer mask is selected, choose the Brush Tool (B), pick a soft brush, set the foreground color to #000000, and brush over the rocks you want to remove.
  • If you would like to transform some rocks, select that rocks layer, press Control-T on your keyboard, and change the Width and Height to transform them as you like.
  • If you would like to blur some rocks, select that rocks layer, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and set the Radius as you like.

Here is my result:

Making final changes to the rocks layers

Step 6

Select the Rocks group and then Control-click on the Large Rocks and Very Large Rocks groups to select all rocks groups at once, and then drag them to the top of the Layers panel.

Moving Rocks Large Rocks and Very Large Rocks groups to the top of the Layers panel

7. How to Add Lighting and Focus

Step 1

In this section, we are going to work on overall lighting and focus. Select the Rocks folder, go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer, and name it Darken Edges.

Creating a new layer named Darken Edges

Step 2

Now press D on your keyboard to reset the swatches, go to Edit > Fill, and set Contents to Foreground Color, Blending to Normal, and Opacity to 100% as shown below:

Filling layer with foreground color

Step 3

Press Control-A to make a selection of the canvas, and go to Layer > Layer Mask > Hide Selection to create a layer mask that hides the selected area of the layer. Then click on the link icon between this layer thumbnail and the layer mask to unlink them.

Adding layer mask and unlinking it

Step 4

Now, while this layer mask is selected, press Control-T on your keyboard and set the Width and Height to 89% as shown below:

Transforming the layer mask

Step 5

While the current layer mask is still selected, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the Radius to 180 px as shown below:

Adding filter gaussian blur to layer mask

Step 6

Set the Opacity of this layer to 83%, and then go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Light Source.

Creatinga new layer named Light Source

Step 7

Now press D on your keyboard to reset the swatches, go to Edit > Fill, and set Contents to Foreground Color, Blending to Normal, and Opacity to 100% as shown below:

Filling the Light Source layer with foreground color

Step 8

Press Control-A to make a selection of the canvas, and choose the Marquee Tool (M)Right click anywhere inside the canvas, choose Transform Selection, and set the Reference Point Location to top middle and Height to 50%.

Transforming a selection

Step 9

Now go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection to add a layer mask that reveals the selected part of the layer, Right-click on it, and choose Apply Layer Mask. Then go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur, set Angle to 90 and Distance to 1450 px as shown below:

Adding filter motion blur to Light Source layer

Step 10

Right-click on this layer, choose Blending Options, check Gradient Overlay, and use the settings below:

Adding gradient overlay style to Light Source layer

Step 11

Change this layer Opacity to 50% and Fill to 0%.

Changing opacity and fill of the Light Source layer

Step 12

Now select the Subject layer, Right-click on it, choose Blending Options, check Gradient Overlay, and use the settings below:

Adding gradient overlay style to Subject layer

Step 13

Select the Subject Highlights layer and set its Opacity to 31%.

Changing opacity of Subject Highlights layer

8. How to Make the Final Adjustments

Step 1

In this section, we are going to make final adjustments to the design. Select the Light Source layer, press D on your keyboard to reset the swatches, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map to create a new gradient map adjustment layer, and name it Overall Contrast.

Creating new gradient map adjustment layer

Step 2

Change this layer blending mode to Overlay and set its Opacity to 41%.

Changing blending mode and opacity of the Overall Contrast layer

Step 3

Now go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels to create a new level adjustment layer and name it Overall Brightness.

Creating new levels adjustment layer

Step 4

Double-click on this layer thumbnail, and inside the Properties panel enter the settings below:

Changing properties of the Overall Brightness layer

Step 5

Now go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color to create a new solid color fill layer, name it Overall Color, and set the color to #455665 as shown below:

Creating new solid color fill layer

Step 6

Change this layer blending mode to Color, and then go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Saturation to create a new saturation adjustment layer and name it Overall Saturation.

Creating new saturation adjustment layer

Step 7

Double-click on this layer thumbnail and inside the Properties panel enter the settings below:

Changing properties of the Overall Saturation layer

Step 8

Now press Control-Alt-Shift-E on your keyboard to make a snapshot and press Control-Shift-U to desaturate this layer. Then go to Filter > Other > High Pass and set Radius to 2 px as shown below:

Adding filter other high pass to Layer 1

Step 9

Change this layer blending mode to Hard Light and name it Overall Sharpening.

Changing blending mode of the Overall Sharpening layer

You Made It!

Congratulations, you have succeeded! Here is our final result:

Final result

If you would like to create an even more advanced rock blast with a rain and rain splashes effect as shown below, and just using a single click, then check out
my Dark Knight Photoshop Action.

Action final results

Wacom tablets, Illustrator and InDesign now work on macOS High Sierra

It seems it’s now safe to upgrade to macOS 10.13 as Wacom tablets and Adobe Illustrator and InDesign are now supported – though you’ll need to be careful during upgrade and use a pre-release version of Illustrator.

When Apple first shipped macOS 10.13 – aka High Sierra – it was quickly discovered that there were issues that could prevent Illustrator and Wacom tablets working at all, and make InDesign unusable after a period of use. These didn’t affect everyone – but had the potential to prevent you from working (as once you upgrade you can’t go back).

Now updates from Apple, Adobe and Wacom seem to have largely fixed the problems. Here are the details.

Note: for any of Adobe’s Creative Cloud applications to run correctly, you need to select the default version of the new files system APFS (called Case Insensitive). If you change this to Case Sensitive, things will break.

Illustrator CC 2017 High Sierra compatibility

Illustrator CC 2017 will default to emulating the Illustrator 6.0 colour space. You can reset this in the application’s settings, but you’ll need to do this every time you launch the app.

The software can also corrupt EPS files that are on network drives.

Both of these can be avoided by downloading and installing a pre-release version of Illustrator (which was mentioned on Adobe’s support page for Illustrator yesterday, but references have since been removed – though it’s still there on the Wayback Machine). The licence agreement for pre-release software prevents us from revealing anything about it, so we can’t confirm if we’ve tested it or if it works.

Incompatibility with some graphics cards/chips will cause glitches to GPU-accelerated tools and effects such as Brushes, Live Corners and the like. You’ll need to turn these off.

Previously, Adobe noted that the new APFS file system on MacOS 10.13 may prevent Illustrator CC 2017 launching, throwing up an error message – and it could also stop it installing. This appears to be fixed.

Currently Adobe says that its engineers are working on fixes and will release them “in a future version of Illustrator” – but no time scale has been mentioned. Past behaviour by Adobe suggests would be in November this year, about a month or so after announcements at its Adobe Max conference – though last year the upgrades were released during the show.

Wacom High Sierra compatibility

Last night, Wacom released a new driver to add High Sierra support for all but its oldest products (which weren’t supported under 10.12 aka Sierra either).

Supported tablets include the Intuos 4, 5, Pro and the tablets just called ‘Intuos’ – and the Cintiq 12WX, 13HD, 21UX 2, 22HD, 24HD, 27QHD and Cintiq Pro tablet displays.

Previously, Wacom had a statement on its support site saying that “due to nature of the changes in High Sierra, the existing Wacom driver for 10.12 will not work.”

The company was “currently working on a new driver update to support the new operating system” saying that a “new Wacom driver will be ready by late October at the latest.”

InDesign CC 2017 High Sierra compatibility

When macOS 10.13 was released, InDesign CC 2017 suffered from an the issue that was simpler but equally disruptive. After a while of using InDesign, your cursor might turn into a “pixelated box”. This would make using InDesign somewhere between highly frustrating and impossible.

At the time, Adobe said that “Our engineering team is working with Apple to correct the root problem as soon as possible” – so a fix should hopefully appear soon.

And it has. Adobe reached out to us to let us know that a new Supplemental Update to High Sierra from Apple fixes the problem. More info here.

Photoshop CC 2017 High Sierra compatibility

Photoshop can’t use APFS disks as scratch disks.

Older Adobe apps and macOS High Sierra

Some users have also detected problems with Premiere Pro, and pre-CC 2017 versions of all of the Creative Cloud and Creative Suite tools aren’t supports and are likely to see problems on macOS 10.13. 

 

How to Create a Wind Rose Compass Symbol Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

In the following steps, you will learn how to create a wind rose compass symbol illustration in Adobe Illustrator. 

For starters, you will learn how to set up a simple grid, how to center shapes, and how to create the main object using a circle and the Appearance panel. Taking full advantage of the Transform effect, you will learn how to easily multiply shapes and how to create a pretty complex compass grid using only a few paths. 

Using a simple blend, the Rotate Tool and some more Transform effects, you will learn how to create the compass needles. Using neat stroke techniques and the Appearance panel, you will learn how to create the background and some tiny details. Finally, using basic blending techniques and several raster effects, you will learn how to add a subtle texture to your final design.

For more inspiration on how to adjust or improve your final illustration, you can find plenty of resources at GraphicRiver.

1. How to Create a New Document and Set Up a Grid

Hit Control-N to create a new document. Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu, enter 850 in the width and height boxes and then click that More Settings button. Select RGB for the Color Mode, set the Raster Effects to Screen (72 ppi) and then click that Create Document button.

Enable the Grid (View > Show Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). You will need a grid every 5 px, so simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid, and enter 5 in the Gridline every box and 1 in the Subdivisions box. Try not to get discouraged by all that grid—it will make your work easier, and keep in mind that you can easily enable or disable it using the Control-“ keyboard shortcut.

You can learn more about Illustrator’s grid system in this short tutorial from Andrei Stefan: Understanding Adobe Illustrator’s Grid System.

You should also open the Info panel (Window > Info) for a live preview with the size and position of your shapes. Don’t forget to set the unit of measurement to pixels from Edit > Preferences > Units. All these options will significantly increase your work speed.

setup grid

2. How to Create the Main Circle

Step 1

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and focus on your Toolbar. Remove the color from the stroke and then select the fill and set its color to R=226 G=228 B=243. Move to your artboard and simply create a 440 px circle—the grid and the Snap to Grid should make this easier.

Next, you need to center your shape. Open the Align panel (Window > Align) and set the alignment to artboard. If you can’t see that Align To section, open the fly-out menu from the Align panel and go to Show Options. Make sure that your circle is still selected and then click the Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align Center buttons. This should bring your circle to the center of the artboard, as shown in the following image.

circle

Step 2

Make sure that your circle stays selected and open the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance). Add a second fill using the Add New Fill button and then select it.

Set the color to R=246 G=248 B=255 and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -5 px Offset and then click that OK button.

add new fill

Step 3

Make sure that your circle stays selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Add a third fill and select it. Set the color to R=226 G=228 B=243 and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -15 px Offset and then click that OK button.

Keep focusing on the Appearance panel and add the other three fills shown in the following image. Use the color and offset attributes indicated below.

add new fill

Step 4

Make sure that your circle is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Select the stroke, set its color to R=28 G=35 B=61 and increase the Weight to 4 px.

stroke

Step 5

Make sure that your circle is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Add a second stroke using the Add New Stroke button, select it and go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -5 px Offset and then click that OK button.

add new stroke

Step 6

Make sure that your circle is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Add a third stroke, select it and go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -15 px Offset and then click that OK button.

Keep focusing on the Appearance panel and add the other three strokes shown in the following image. Use the color and offset attributes indicated below. In the end things should look like in the following image.

strokes

Step 7

Make sure that your circle is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Add a new fill, drag it to the bottom of the panel, and select it.

Set the color to R=28 G=35 B=61, lower its Opacity to 20% and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -20 px Offset, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Drag the Move-Vertical slider to -45 px, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 15 px Radius and then click that OK button.

gaussian blur

3. How to Create the Compass Grids

Step 1

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 15 x 10 px shape, fill it with R=28 G=35 B=61 and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Keep focusing on this tiny rectangle and switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the top anchor points and simply drag them 25 px to the right. In the end things should look like in the second image.

direct selection tool

Step 2

Make sure that your tiny, dark shape is still selected and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Drag the Move-Vertical slider to 220 px, enter 1 in that Copies box, and then click that OK button.

transform

Step 3

Make sure that your tiny, dark shape is still selected and go again to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter 11 in that Copies box, set the Angle to 15 degrees, and then click that OK button.

transform

Step 4

Using the Pen Tool (P) or the Line Tool (\), create a 20 px vertical path and place it exactly as shown in the following image. Add a 2 px stroke for this path and set its color to R=28 G=35 B=61.

pen tool

Step 5

Make sure that your vertical path stays selected and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown in the left window (in the following image), click that OK button, and then go again to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown in the right window and then click that OK button.

transform

Step 6

Using the Pen Tool (P) or the Line Tool (\), create a 40 px vertical path and place it exactly as shown in the following image. Add a 4 px stroke for this path, set its color to R=28 G=35 B=61, and then click that Stroke piece of text to open the Stroke fly-out panel. Move to the Profile section and select Width Profile 4 from that list.

width profile

Step 7

Make sure that your vertical path stays selected and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown in the left window (make sure that you check the Reflect Y box), click that OK button, and then go again to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown in the right window and then click that OK button.

transform

Step 8

Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 20 px circle and place it as shown in the first image. Fill this new shape with R=226 G=228 B=243 and add a 4 px stroke. Align it to inside and set the color to R=28 G=35 B=61.

Keep focusing on this circle, pick the Anchor Point Tool (Shift-C), and simply click the four anchor points that make up your shape. This will basically turn your circle into a diamond.

diamond

Step 9

Make sure that your diamond shape is still selected and apply the two Transform effects shown in the following image.

multiply

4. How to Create the Background

Step 1

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 790 px square and fill it with R=246 G=248 B=255. Send this new shape to back (Shift-Control-[) and center it using the same commands from the Align panel.

rectangle

Step 2

Make sure that your square stays selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Add a second fill, drag it to the bottom of the panel, and select it. Set the color to R=28 G=35 B=61 and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 35 px Offset and then click that OK button.

background

Step 3

Make sure that your square is still selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the top fill and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 95 px Radius, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 10 px Offset and then click that OK button.

rounded corners

Step 4

Make sure that your square is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Select the stroke and set its color to R=28 G=35 B=61 and then go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 95 px Radius, click that OK button, and return to the Appearance panel. Open the Stroke fly-out panel, set the Weight to 10 px, and check that Dashed Line box. Enter 4 px in the first dash and gap boxes, and don’t forget to check that Aligns dashes to corners and path ends… button.

dashed line

Step 5

Make sure that your square is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Add a second stroke and select it. Set the color to R=28 G=35 B=61 and go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -5 px Offset, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 90 px Radius, click that OK button, and return to the Appearance panel. Open the Stroke fly-out menu for this new stroke, set the Weight to 5 px, and don’t forget to check the Align Stroke to Inside button.

add new stroke

Step 6

Make sure that your square is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Select the top stroke and duplicate it using the Duplicate Selected Item button. Focus on the new stroke and simply click the existing Offset Path effect to open it. Replace the -5 px Offset with a 5 px Offset and then click that OK button. Also, open the existing Rounded Corners effect and increase the Radius to 100 px.

add new stroke

5. How to Create the Compass Needles

Step 1

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 70 x 55 px shape and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Fill this new shape with R=226 G=228 B=243 and add a 4 px stroke. Align it to inside and set the color to R=28 G=35 B=61.

Make sure that your rectangle is still selected and go to Object > Path > Add Anchor Points. Pick the Delete Anchor Point Tool (-) and simply click the four anchor points highlighted in the first image to remove them. Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the top-middle anchor point, and drag it 195 px up. In the end, your shape should look like in the second image.

add anchor points

Step 2

Using the Line Tool (\), create a 225 px vertical path and place it as shown in the following image. Add a 4 px stroke for this path and set its color to R=28 G=35 B=61.

line tool

Step 3

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 30 x 5 px shape, fill it with a random yellow, and place it as shown in the first image. Keep focusing on this new rectangle and switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the right anchor points and drag them 45 px up.

Reselect the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 5 px square, fill it with a random yellow, and place it as shown in the third image. Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the right anchor points, and drag them 10 px up. In the end things should look like in the fifth image.

yellow rectangle

Step 4

Focus on your Toolbar and simply double click the Blend Tool to open the Blend Options window. Select Specified Steps from the Spacing drop-down menu and enter 18 in that box. Reselect your yellow shapes, replace that fill color with R=28 G=35 B=61 and then hit Alt-Control-B to create a new blend. In the end, things should look like in the second image.

blend tool

Step 5

Select your blend along with the other two shapes that make up your compass needle and Group them (Control-G). Make sure that your group is selected and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Set the Angle to 90 degrees and enter 3 in that Copies box. Don’t forget to check that middle-bottom reference point, and then click that OK button.

group

Step 6

Using the Pen Tool (P) , create a simple path as shown in the first image and fill it with R=246 G=248 B=255. Add a copy of this shape in the same place (Control-C > Control-F) and select it. Replace the existing fill color with R=28 G=35 B=61 and then pick the Delete Anchor Point Tool (-) and remove the anchor point highlighted in the second image.

Reselect the first shape made in this step and add a 4 px stroke. Align it to outside and set the color to R=28 G=35 B=61. Select both shapes made in this step and Group them (Control-G).

delete anchor point

Step 7

Make sure that the group made in the previous step is still selected and pick the Rotate Tool (R). Hold the Alt key from your keyboard, click exactly on the bottom anchor point to set the center point in that spot, and the Rotate window will open. Set the Angle to -90 degrees and then click that OK button. Be sure that your newly made group remains selected and simply hit Control-D twice. In the end, things should look like in the third image.

center point

Step 8

Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 170 px circle and place it as shown in the first image. Fill this new shape with R=28 G=35 B=61, lower its Opacity to 60% and then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 15 px Radius and then click that OK button. Make sure that this blurred shape stays selected and send it behind the needles using the Control-[ keyboard shortcut.

gaussian blur

6. How to Create the Compass Center

Step 1

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a 90 px circle. Fill it with R=226 G=228 B=243 and center it. Add a 4 px stroke and set its color to R=28 G=35 B=61. Duplicate the stroke, select the copy, and go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -20 px Offset and then click that OK button.

circle

Step 2

Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 40 px circle and center it. Add a 2 px stroke for this new shape, set its color to R=28 G=35 B=61 and then open that Stroke fly-out panel. Focus on the Profile section and select Width Profile 1. Make three copies of this circle (Control-C > Control-F) and squeeze them gradually as shown in the following image: 30 px, 20 px and 10 px.

width profile

Step 3

Using the Pen Tool (P) or the Line Tool (\), create a 10 px vertical path and place it exactly as shown in the following image. Add a 2 px stroke for this path, set its color to R=28 G=35 B=61 and then open the Stroke fly-out panel. Check the Round Cap button and then move to the Profile section and select Width Profile 4 from that list.

Make sure that your tiny path is still selected and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown in the following image (make sure that you check the Reflect Y box) and then click that OK button.

round cap

Step 4

Make sure that your tiny path is still selected and go to again to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click that OK button.

transform

7. How to Add the Text

Step 1

Pick the Type Tool (T) and open the Character panel (Window > Type > Character). Select the Milkshake font and set the size to 50 px. Simply click on your artboard and type the text. Add the four letters shown in the following image and set their color to R=28 G=35 B=61.

type tool

Step 2

Make sure that the Type Tool (T) is still active, return to the Character panel, and set the size to 30 px. Add the other four pieces of text shown in the following image and use the same color.

character panel

8. How to Add a Grungy Texture

Step 1

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create an 810 px square and center it. Fill this new shape with R=229 G=207 B=170 and focus on the Appearance panel.

Select the fill, lower its Opacity to 50%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 110 px Radius, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Sketch > Note Paper. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click that OK button.

note paper

Step 2

Make sure that your 810 px square is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Add a second fill and select it.

Set the color to R=67 G=43 B=15, lower its Opacity to 50%, change the Blending Mode to Color Burn, and then go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 105 px Radius, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -6 px Offset, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Sketch > Note Paper. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click that OK button.

note paper

Step 3

Make sure that your 810 px square is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Add a third fill and select it.

Set the color to black (R=0 G=0 B=0), lower its Opacity to 50% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light and then go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 110 px Radius, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Artistic > Film Grain. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click that OK button.

film grain

Step 4

Make sure that your 810 px square is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Add a fourth fill and select it.

Set the color to black, lower its Opacity to 50% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light and then go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 110 px Radius, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Sketch > Graphic Pen. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click that OK button.

graphic pen

Step 5

Make sure that your 810 px square is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Add one final fill and select it.

Replace the color with the linear gradient shown in the following image, change the Blending Mode to Color and then go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 110 px Radius and then click that OK button. Keep in mind that the yellow zero from the Gradient image stands for Opacity percentage.

linear gradient

Congratulations! You’re Done!

Here is how it should look. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and can apply these techniques in your future projects. Don’t hesitate to share your final result in the comments section.

Feel free to adjust the final design and make it your own. You can find some great sources of inspiration at GraphicRiver, with interesting solutions to improve your design.

final product