Performed on a Mac using Illustrator CS6.
Tools used: Ellipse, Scissors, Type on a Path Options
Making type in a circle is easy, but aligning it just right can sometimes be a pain. This is a longer tutorial for me because there are a few things to go over that just can’t be covered in one minute. I will show you in this tutorial not only how to create type in a circle, but how to use your alignment tools in Illustrator to make sure your logo is perfectly centered. Also we will spice it up a little bit to make it stand out as a bold star logo.
At the end of the video there is another little tip to help you if your strokes are not scaling down properly. If this happens to you, on your top menu bar just visit Illustrator – Preferences – General, and make sure to check the box that says “Scale Strokes and Effects.” Now your strokes will scale up and down proportionally with the rest of your items.
Spice up your type in a circle – check out my other tutorial covering how to make different shapes using the star tool:
It’s absurdly simple!
Have you ever placed your Photoshop image into Illustrator after having cut out the background, and it appears with a solid white background? Sure, you can set the transparency to Multiply but then the entire image becomes transparent. There is no trick to it, my dears. You simply have to save your Photoshop files as .psd. Voila! No more white background; your cut-out object is floating beautifully in space, ready to place in your layout. Get Rid of the White Background in Photoshop to Illustrator!
Performed on a Mac using Photoshop CS6.
You can make anything pop out beautifully from a black and white photo by using the Freeform Pen tool to draw around your object, make a selection, inverse it and desaturate it. (The image does need to be in color to begin with.)This works best with colorful images with clearly defined objects that you want to highlight. I work with a low-end Bamboo tablet which makes digital drawing much easier, but you can easily use your mouse also. Just make sure you are zoomed in so you can see the edges of your object clearly.
Today in Adobe Photoshop we will learn how to desaturate part of a color image and leave part of it in color using:
The Freeform Pen Tool
Fear not, little crickets. These tools only exist to help YOU navigate around the artboard with confidence and a skill level near wizardry. Remember to always save a copy of your original.
For my PC brethren, remember: Command = Control and Option = Alt.
Stock image is from morguefile.com.