Create your first vector in Adobe Illustrator


DoneCube!

If you are new to Adobe Illustrator, and other tutorials look too tough for you to perform, you’re at the right place. This tutorial will guide you to really slowly vectoring a simple cube with a kawaii face in illustrator! Yes, the idea looks unattractive, but if you want to learn the basics, you should really be starting from things like this. This time, we will be learning about basics of the pen tool, creating from basic shapes, and more. Most of the things you’ll learn here might be discovered by you yourself,  but this is great for practice and for giving you a more rounded form of the information you’ll get if you fiddle with the tools yourself. Are you ready? Let’s start!

Step 1

kawaii cube

Most personal vectors start with a sketch. However, we’re designing a kawaii cube, and it’s not so important, still, i’m sketching a small cube with a face for a more intuitive approach to the vector.

You can create your own sketch, or download this one in the link given at the conclusion.

Step 2

To start designing, you’ll have to choose one method:

  1. Using the pen tool, carefully trace the outline of the object
  2. Use basic shapes and manipulate them to form your object

I’ll be teaching you both the methods for the cube, and you are encouraged to learn both of them and choose what is best to use later in your personal projects.

Create a new document with your preferred size, while the shape should be a square- but i’ll give you a hint. In AI, size doesn’t matter, you can change the shape anytime using the Artboard Tool in the toolbox- anytime, anywhere!

First, go to File>Place and select your sketch, place it in the file, setting its opacity to 30% or whatever your eyes feel comfortable. Just make sure it is de-emphasized and will not appear merged with your neat outlines.

Now, add a new layer, using the layers panel. Lock the previous layer of the sketch, it will prevent you from moving the sketch accidentally.

:) :) :)

Using the Pen Tool

The pen tool method is easy and quick, and my personal favorite. Of course, i use other techniques when they are more appropriate for the occasion, but when the preference is not-so-obvious, this stays my choice. Let’s see how to do it!

    Step 1

In the options bar, set fill color to ’empty’, stroke color to ‘black’ and stroke width to ‘3 pt’.

    Step 2

Select the Pen Tool by pressing “P” on your keyboard. Once done, click at the first point of the first face you’re going to vector, and release the mouse. Then hover your cursor to the second point, doing the same. Do it until the whole face is done.

 Step 2

      Step 3

Now, using the same technique, vector the whole cube. You do not need to be careful of not touching the anchor points of another shape while tracing one- one joy of using AI!

Donecube

 Done? Let’s try the other method now. It’s going to be trickier, but it will teach you a lot!

Manipulating Basic Shapes

The other way is to create a basic shape, and manipulate it to fit your sketch. That’s right- while i prefer the pen tool, you can make a rhombus, parallelogram, or about any type of quadrilateral from a square- and that’s why i love vector! Don’t believe me? Let me show you.

    Step 1

In the options bar, change fill color to ’empty’, stroke color to ‘black’ and stroke width to ‘3 pt’.

    Step 2

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a rectangle on the face of the cube you’d like to begin from.

Step12

     Step 3

Using the Direct Selection Tool (A), you can move any point on the shape. Just double click the point and drag it, and great- it’s moved without any erasing or redrawing, without the hassle which raster gives! Fix all points not in the desired location.

Now you can use this technique for the whole cube.

:) :) :)

Step 3

Now, regardless of which method you used, you should have the base figure ready. The eyes and mouth are left yet, and we need to work them out. Which tool can we use?

While it’s possible to operate almost everything out of basic shapes, i am going to show you how to use the pen tool here- for curved shapes. Let’s begin!

In the usual way, click the first point of the mouth. Then, click on the center of the mouth, and drag the cursor in all directions. do it until you find the perfect curve, and then release.

There’s a confusing part here. After preparing a curved line, when you move the mouse, a ‘relief’ is being prepared between both points. If you don’t want it to happen, click the end point of the first curve when you’ve drawn it. My instructions are so terribly confusing because i can’t explain it all in a few paragraphs, so it’s left for you to discover.

Using the pen tool this way is quite tricky, and can be daunting for beginners. It had a learning curve for me, and took time for me to get used to it, but don’t let it discourage you, because it’s more powerful than you think. Complete the mouth this way, and do it with the eyes too.

kawaiicube

Great! You’ve designed the outline- but there’s more- the colors, the fun part. Let’s begin.

Step 4

One great thing in vector is changing color on one click on the mouse. Yup, it may be exaggeration, but here, it’s really true. Just select all the three faces and go to the Swatches panel, select color red and see. The base colors are done!

Change the colors of the eye to black the same way if you haven’t yet.

ColorCube

Step 5

Now keeping in mind the light source, select the colors on the front and back face, and change the colors to ffa669 and 94002f. But these are hexamedical values! How can you fill these colors?

It’s simple. Select the individual face, double click on the foreground color on the left of the screen. A window opens. Can you see the ‘#’ value there? Fill the color there!

KawaiiCubeAlmostDone

Your cube is almost done, so let’s create the shadow.

Step 6

ShadowingCreate a new layer below the main layer. Using the pen tool (or by manipulating shapes if you like) create a slightly larger version of the apparent bottom face. Generally, gradients are used for making shadows, but there’s a easier technique i love- Gaussian blur.

Just go to Effect>Blur>Gaussian Blur and use it with about 7.2 pixels as the radius, or as much as you like. A neat, nice shadow is completed :D!

This was all. The final result may not be that appealing, but hey, see what you’ve learnt! This time, we’ve learnt a lot about the Pen Tool, manipulating basic shapes in the topic about shapes and basic colors in the topic about coloring. Next time, we’ll learn awesome techniques called gradients and about the pathfinder panel. Till then, happy scaling! ;)

DoneCube!

Tweaking your title screen – Part I


Book

This topic is made to guide you to tweak a few things of the Scene_Title module. It contains all information for the title screen except for the command window.

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I guess you know about the transition that takes place in the beginning of the title screen. You might sometime want to slow it down, or quicken the extra time that it takes. There’s a method that controls the speed.

It is in Scene_Title only. It is:

#--------------------------------------------------------------------------#
 * Get Transition Speed
#--------------------------------------------------------------------------#
def transition_speed
    return 20
end 

You can change it:

  def transition_speed
    return40
  end

And tweak the second block like above. Now you can control your title transition!

 

Same, many of you must want to change the title position. It is at line 58:

def draw_game_title
    @foreground_sprite.bitmap.font.size =48
    rect =Rect.new(0,0,Graphics.width,Graphics.height /2)@foreground_sprite.bitmap.draw_text(rect, $data_system.game_title,1)end

As you can see the ‘rect’ here is the rectangle used in making the title text. If you tweak it:

 def draw_game_title
    @foreground_sprite.bitmap.font.size =48
    rect =Rect.new(0,0,Graphics.width-23,Graphics.height /2)#Edited
    @foreground_sprite.bitmap.draw_text(rect, $data_system.game_title,1)
 end

You can indent the position to the left, or to the right! That is indeed useful. Just plus or minus. Sometimes, you can also change the height. Just plus or minus the graphics_height.

 

But now, you want to change the title font specifically. How to do it? It’s simple:

 

@foreground_sprite.bitmap.font.name ="Courier New"

Feel free to change it to the font you like. If you see, this is the bitmap which was used in draw_text and font.size in the method too.

 def draw_game_title
    @foreground_sprite.bitmap.font.name ="Courier New"#Here
    @foreground_sprite.bitmap.font.size =48
    rect =Rect.new(0,0,Graphics.width-23,Graphics.height /2)#Edited
    @foreground_sprite.bitmap.draw_text(rect, $data_system.game_title,1)
 end

You can also change the whole thing. See this:

def draw_game_title
@foreground_sprite.bitmap.font.name =["Calibri","Verdana","Courier New"]
    @foreground_sprite.bitmap.font.size =56
    rect =Rect.new(0,0,Graphics.width-23,Graphics.height+12/2)
    @foreground_sprite.bitmap.draw_text(rect, $data_system.game_title,1)
 end

I tweaked the font size here. I also tweaked the font name with a array, that means if you know, the font will be chosen out of piority. Change it as you wish!

If you see further, i changed both co-ordinates of the text.

 

There is more- color, size and a lot more. You can also have a subtitle.

Try seeing my Anvil Title Script, it’s made out of this stuff only!

After this, in part II, i’ll tell you more things, like making subtitles, openness, opacity and much more. If you can make the effort to like or comment then it will get sooner, i think. Don’t hesitate to request me on rpgmakerweb.com through PM, or here, in the comments.

Hope this helps.

Custom HUD


Second script. Quick whip out.

In a quick next update, i will make a more better script.

Description

Changes position of your HUD TP, HP, MP.

Features

  1. Change pose of TP.
  2. Change pose of MP.
  3. Change pose of HP.

Thank you so much!

CrisisShadow on RPGMAKERVXACE.NET.

…For the request.

Download

Download here.

Credit

CrisisShadow

TheGreenHorse

 

Anvil Title Screen 1 – Update


TTT

This is a much more better and sophisticated version of Anvil Title Screen. Finally, i could hold dropbox to work, so now you can take it as a rb (ruby) file on dropbox.

Description and Features

Helps you simple-customize your title.

  1. Helps you change title’s font
  2. Helps you change animation of opening the command window
  3. Helps you change the speed of fade in of the screen
  4. Helps you add a subtitle and change its settings
  5. Helps you change position of title window
  6. Helps you to change the opacity and back opacity of the windows
  7. Helps you modify some simple more features

Thank you,

No thanks yet. If you suggest me something, i may include you here, and all associations and parent script makers are shown here.

Credits

The Green Horse

License

Free and even for commercial uses. The authors must be credited.

Downloads

Download here.

Just made some… but dropbox!


I just made some music recently, but the main problem is that dropbox does not seem to be in its grip.

Yes, errors or bugs? My title script does not work with other title scripts, and i’m fixing that version to be a ‘little’ more compatible-

At least with menu changing script. Please report me on a bug or incompatibility error. I’m also thinking to make my own title menu change script, and probably it will come.

Too late for some music!


Well, let’s tell you something. I guess is: i started this blog on mostly scripts and music. But i am too late for music now! I said that upcoming content probably will have “Ethereal’ , a town music, but now i’ll post something else because i’m not able to catch up with some chord progressions for some music suiting ethereal. So, i’m beginning on another town-style music, but it would have some happy catch-up.

And i checked out my stats and i am happy that at least someone is viewing my content. If you like or use any of my resource, please comment or like it. It helps me a lot!