Animal Silhouette Moonlight Vector Illustration – Illustrator Tutorial

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In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial, we’ll cover all the steps required to create this silhouette moonlight illustration with sparkling stars. We’ll use a custom scatter brush to create several layers of clouds, blend them with some shadows and opacity adjustments, we’ll use offset path to create a moon with glowing vector rings, we’ll create a starry sky with randomized dots by scattering dots with the brush tool, we’ll mask everything as needed to blend the illustration into our background, and then we’ll drag a photo in a go over how to trace it with multiple shape tools and the Pen tool to create our silhouette. Check it out and I hope you love it!

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SaigonVlog says:

Excellent, subscribed! Will tag / link you when I come up with a a web-animated version with SVG and greensock javascript animation library 🙂

Yousif - Photoshop Tutorials says:

i can’t say more than WOW because of that creative shock x_x

Ruben Buitrago says:

Learned it a lot! Very useful and interesting, thanks for your video!

NinaAteCocaiNoe says:

I really respect you for doing it again at 2:15, after gym and with this attitude

Michaela Gracová says:

great.. thanks 🙂

Adebowale Adewale says:

Great tutorial.

ForestProductions says:

Really like the way you explain this! The tempo makes me very happy, great job!

Alejandro Peñaloza says:

Man! You are awesome! thanks!!!

Paul Chon says:

merging deletes the brush, any help?

zulice ron says:

errrrr the step making cirle with outer glow dont work even preview wont show a thing i can see effect… help

Yenne Fer says:

thx u very much! It’s amazing!!♥♥♥

Babar dahr says:

nic video u need to watch my videos its about photo manipulation

Brian Winters says:

ur gangster

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wicious says:

illustrator witchcraft!

Netwrk says:

really awesome dude, you got awesome talent !!

ChloeLeeTV says:

This tutorial is absolutely insane! I love your work man!

Данило Савченко says:

Great. Just amazing. But .. Flash!Is that you?

Kim Sabrina Stedler says:

Loved following this! Thank you!

BigHead FPV says:

20:49 jumped 100mph

Johny Paladin says:

You are an amazing teacher but the thing is im bad with the pencil tool and i couldn’t make out the shape of the elk, im still wondering. How are you doing that? Is there any videos to see that?

Nikita Tushinski says:

HELP. When i stretch the triangle the corners stay the same relatively to everything else and do not distort like in the tutorial.

Praduman joshi says:

the merge option not working it is giving the error of “the filter produced no results.please select two or more filled or overlapping paths”

Maike Almeida says:

Amazing, Just liked the before the firts minute of recording. So fun!

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dovahkiin says:

I love your channel so much! Thank you for such a great tutorial!

Etay Tuviana says:

Hey there awsome tuturial! for some reason i couldnt do the 26:10 part was to hard for me. do you have any guide for that?..

Adebowale Adewale says:

Great tutorial.

arjun rana says:

good video sir

ehsan torabi says:

please teach us flat landscape

Mukesh Chander says:

Great work..simple and cool…
I am using illustrator from many year bt few smaller details in viewing your tutorial ..make work more easier

you can check amy artworks at

Paul Carder Motion Graphics says:

Loving your tutorials. There’s no ‘chat’, just straight to the point. Thanks for making them!

Leonardo Krüger says:

Hi Tutvid, in my illustrator, the only options which is visible is FIxed our Random in brush options.
I can not pick other, what do I do? Thanks and i love your jobs, peace.

scott jones says:

Great tutorial! I created Rick and Morty fan art using your technique. It’s on my twitter page. Feel free to check it out. 🙂

sameh yasser says:

nice job

Jennifer Calhoun says:

You look like david boreanaz

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