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Tomato Soup - Adobe Illustrator Tutorial

Jacquelin Vanderwood

May 1, 2003

1 Start by right-clicking on the top tomato below and pasting it into Illustrator.

2 Select the ellipse tool with a color that will stand out preferably green in this instance. Set the ellipse to 50% opacity.

3 Select Create Gradient Mesh.

4 Set Rows and Columns to 25.

5 Select the Warp Tool and double-click on it. Set the Warp Tool Options to Width 50, Height 50, Angle 0, Intensity 100; Detail and Simplify are unchecked to keep the edges simple.

6 Begin adjusting the shape to conform with the picture behind it.

7 Select the Clone Brush Tool (a Vector Studio 2 tool) by double-clicking on it. Set Intensity to 100, Randomize to 50, and Brush Size to 50. Set the layer transparency back to 100%.

8 Press the Shift key and click on the background. Begin painting on the green tomato. If you find to many edge discrepancies, press Ctrl+Z a few times, increase the size of the Warp tool and readjust the edges. You may have to do this a number of times to get it exact. Try and also stay inside the tomato as the background will show upon the edges otherwise. 

9 If you need to adjust some more, select the Warp tool, and if necessary, reduce the size of the tool down by double-clicking on it. Go back over it with the Clone Brush Tool.

10 This is the simplest of all tutorials that you can learn this technique. I went ahead and used some of the other tools included in Vector Studio 2 to add shadows to the actual tomatoes.


Copyright 2003, Jacquelin Vanderwood, All Rights Reserved

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