This tutorial will teach you a method to create realistic clouds using Adobe Illustrator (CS4 or higher). On your first layer, draw a square or rectangle that spanning the artboard, and fill it with your desired sky color.
With our radial gradient fill applied, our ellipse should now fade from white to transparent.
Next, we are going to repeat the process that we just went through with another duplicate ellipse. After you drag the ellipses over the Symbols Palette and release the mouse button, the Symbol Options dialog box will come up. Name the symbol and set its type to "Graphic." You can also specify the registration point for the symbol. Next, we are ready to start building our clouds, using the Symbol Sprayer Tool (keyboard shortcut Shift-S). Set Diameter to 110px, Intensity to 1, and Symbol Set Density to 10 in the Symbolism Tool Options.
Next, we are going to use the Symbol Screener Tool to adjust the opacity of some of the instances of our cloud symbol. With the Symbol Screen Tool activated, click and release on instances of the Cloud Symbol whose opacity you wish to decrease (holding down the Alt key while using the Symbol Screener Tool will increase the opacity of a symbol instance). We’ve got a decent foundation for a cloud, but clouds much like anything we see are affected by light and shadows, so to give our clouds the illusion of depth, we want to create some shadowing effects.
Now, that we have our duplicate symbol renamed, we want to edit it, so that we can create some shadow effects with it. Now, that we have all three ellipses that comprise our symbol selected, we are going to use the Gradient Palette to change our gradient from white to a 30% gray (C=0, M=0, Y=0, K=30).
Once you have set the gradient color stops to the new color value, you can exit out of the Edit Symbol mode, by double clicking outside the artboard with the Selection Tool. Now, we can start adding shadows to our foundation with our newly created Cloud Shadow Symbol. With both symbol sets grouped, you can move your shadowed cloud around and place it wherever you wish on your artboard, resize it, rotate it, etc.
Once you’re comfortable using this technique, try using some of the other Symbol Tools (such as the Symbol Sizer Tool and the Symbol Spinner Tool) to modify your symbol instances for even more realistic results. Its a good thing I was forced to update due to my old laptop containing CS3 was reboot and stopped working, otherwise I’d have trouble lol.
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Since I won’t be interacting with this layer any further, I’ll lock it in the Layers panel. In this step, I’ve created a new layer and on it I’ll create just two shapes with the Ellipse tool. Keep the copies selected and move them up from the originals by tapping the Up arrow on your keyboard a few times. If you didn’t do any other fancy keyboard shortcut copying, cutting or pasting, you should still have a copy of the circles from Step 2 in the system’s memory. Group the shading shape together with the circle below it (Object > Group) for each pair of circles.
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Final Image PreviewIn this Adobe Illustrator tutorial we will create a vector cloud using the Mesh Tormentor.
I always had difficulties creating a realistic cloud using clone stamp and with the Tormentor color capture a mesh makes it look a lot better. Since these clouds are created using vector graphics, they can be scaled to any size without a decrease in image quality. For this example, I used a linear gradient fill using Pantone 2727 U (converted to CMYK process color) as the starting color and Pantone 281 U (converted to CMYK process color) as the end color. I have reduced the height of my duplicate ellipse to about 80px and rotated it -23°, using the Selection Tool.
First, let’s access the Symbolism Tool Options by double-clicking the Symbol Sprayer Tool icon in the main toolbar. We can access this tool by clicking and holding the mouse button over on the Symbol Sprayer Tool icon in the main toolbar to bring up the Symbol Tools. To do this click on each color stop, and set the color value to C=0, M=0, Y=0, K=30 (if you have a swatch for this particular color you can also drag it from the Swatch Palette to the color stop on the Gradient Palette). You should now be able to see a gray colored icon for the Cloud_Shadow_Symbol in the Symbols Palette. We can add the shadows on the Cloud 01 layer, with no worries, since we locked our cloud foundation for the time being. Simply follow this same technique to create more clouds on their own layers to create an image like this. The file that I used in this example was only 1.1MB, but if you are creating a lot of complex clouds, the file size could increase significantly. However, it’s important to know what to do in order to powerfully use its tools and achieve certain effects. This simple technique uses the Appearance panel and effects to create editable gradient strokes in Illustrator. This technique can be used with just about any kind of imagery however, including original artwork, clip art and silhouettes. In this tutorial we are going to learn how to produce a self-promotional poster using Adobe Illustrator CS3. This is a complete update to another tutorial on cartoon clouds that I had written for my previous site. To do this, I’ll choose a sky blue color from the Swatches panel and then create a rectangle that matches the dimensions of my document.
Notice that I’ve not only resized some of the original shapes but also rotated them around to get shading on different sides. Now I haven't fully used all its possibilities but the 100 point path limit to create a mesh makes the cloud edge very rough.
With the Selection tool, move the newly created duplicate ellipse over to offset it from our original ellipse.
To do this, we’ll start by creating a duplicate of our cloud symbol in the Symbols Palette by dragging our original Cloud Symbol icon to the New Symbol icon at the bottom of the Symbols Palette (see below).
Let’s start by selecting the Symbol Sprayer tool, and double-clicking it on the main toolbar to bring up the Symbolism Tool Options. I’m glad I found it since this will help immensely with the clientel work I somehow built up. So, step-by-step tutorials can provide a lot of help, thats why we spent a lot of time searching for Fresh and New high quality tutorials out there and the result was 30 remarkable illustrator tutorials and tips. There are several ways of approaching the Gradient Mesh – this one may be new to you.
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Please check out my blog for what amazing type treatments you could do with these tutrials. Next, use the Edit > Paste in Front command to paste a copy directly over the originals.
Make copies of the shapes, distort them a little with the bounding box handles if you prefer and stack them over one another.
First create a background: select the rectangle tool then create a new layer and draw a rectangle across the canvas.

The artwork, that took you hours before, now can be done by pressing on "magic buttons” in the Mesh Tormentor panel.
If you get lost on using some of the palettes or tools in this tutorial, you might want to try one of my Beginner tutorials.
In our example, I shifted the new ellipse over to the right about 50px and down about 20px.
I then reduced the height to 110px, increased the width to 170px, and then rotated the ellipse 67°. In the case of our cloud symbol, since it is white and isolated on a white background, we won’t be able to see any of the objects that comprise the symbol until we select them with the Selection Tool. Let’s take a look at some of the best and Fresh Adobe Illustrator tutorials we’ve found in the Web so far.
This tutorial takes a different format than some of our other tuts, and will help you work with the Mesh tool better.
Do you know how to paint all the nodes of the gradient mesh into necessary colors in the twinkling of an eye? Also, due to the fact that the technique used in this tutorials takes advantage of variable opacity gradients, this method will only work in Illustrator version CS4 or later (if you are using an older version, a work-around would be to use opacity masks).
How you offset the second ellipse is, again, arbitrary, but you don’t want it set too far off from the original that there is no overlap of the gradients. Create a selection marquee over the symbol artboard, by clicking and dragging with the Selection Tool to select our three ellipses. In this tutorial I'll show you how to create a decorative pattern in Illustrator starting from a sketch.
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For illustrative purposes, color this object in a different color.Copy and paste the shape of a cloud and paste it back again.
On the gradient palette, select the color stop on the right and set its opacity to 0% (see image below). Make your pattern into a custom Illustrator Brush You can create a custom brush out of your pattern in Illustrator and make your pattern even more dynamic and versatile. Now click on the Embed in the Control panel which will make a picture an object of our document.Step 2With the Pencil Tool (N) create an object which will repeat the shape of our cloud.
Of course I could cut the cloud in multiple parts and torment each separately and merge the rasterized parts together. Patterns in Illustrator are easy to use, and they can be applied to fills, strokes, and even resized, rotated, or repositioned within an object.
I've also been teaching and developing Adobe Illustrator courses for Sessions College for Professional Design since 2003. Usually I reduce opacity of the object in the process of creation, in order to properly estimate its relationship with already existing objects.Restore the opacity to 100%. We don’t need to repeat the shape in great detail; it is enough to repeat just the general outlines.
For your convenience you can reduce the opacity of the created vector object.The path of the vector cloud should be closed.
Take the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a rectangle that must be located below all of the existing objects. Usually, the Direct Selection Tool (A) and the Eyedropper Tool (I) is used for that while continually switching between them.
Change the gradient to linear, choose white and a very soft gray and type in a -90 degree angle.
With the help of the Direct Selection Tool (A) change the shape of the white object by moving its lower points.Copy the shape of the cloud and paste it back one more time. Set the Normal blending mode for the new copy and fill with a gradient fill which consists of two shades of grey color.
And recently there appeared a "magic button” which allows us to paint all the nodes into necessary colors only in one touch. Sometimes, the lines of the mesh look like springs and absolutely cannot be edited as opposed to the paths of the regular vector objects.The thing is that the mesh consists of the invisible nodes which are called knots. After clicking on the Smooth in the Mesh Tormentor panel the nodes become smooth and its handles are not connected to each other anymore.Step 8The artifacts can also appear because the handles of the nodes can be too long and cross the handles of other nodes or the lines of gradient mesh. After all the described above changes the mesh is easy to control as well as the path of usual vector objects.
Step 9We don’t need the picture of a cloud anymore and you can delete it if you are satisfied with your result. Create a rectangle as a background; the rectangle should be filled with radiant gradient consisting of two shades of blue. This time we should have 10 of each.Now we need to select all the nodes in the gradient mesh which are located on the edges of the object. Free Illustrator plugin - Mesh Tormentor for work with Gradient Meshes Complete Guide of Mesh Tormentor Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: How to Create a Vector Snake Using Mesh TormentorFollow us if you want to be the first to know about the latest Adobe Illustrator tutorials, Interviews and articles.

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