In this tutorial you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool and the Symbol Sprayer Tool, as well as how to make your images look better simply with some tweaks to Transparency settings. And you’ll also be creating a festive winter background!
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Before we start, you will need to download the attachment using the button on the right. It contains some files that are going to be useful. Both files are created by me.
1. How to Create the Background
We will begin by making the blue sky background.
The first thing to do is to create a new document using Control-N. You should set the size of the canvas to 740 px in width and 300 px in height. Proceed by creating a rectangle with the Rectangle Tool (M)—click on the artboard and insert the size (740 x 300 px).
Now you just paint the rectangle in a light bluish color (I used
Next, take the Mesh Tool (U). We will be using it quite a few times in this tutorial.
Create a couple of Mesh Points (nodes) by clicking with the Mesh Tool to form a grid similar to the one in the screenshot.
Select the whole top row of nodes and the leftmost node of the second row using the Direct Selection Tool (A) and holding Shift. Color these nodes with a slightly darker color, for example
Select the second and the third node from the left in the second row. Color them with a lighter color, for example
2. How to Create Vector Hills
Create a rectangle. It should have the same width as the background and roughly half the height. Color it with a slightly yellowish white color—I suggest using
Now we’ll learn how to create a shape using the Mesh Tool (U).
Simply create a node in the left 1/5 of the rectangle and drag it down with the Mesh Tool.
Create two more nodes and, using the Mesh Tool (U), shape the rectangle to look like the image below.
Color the three rightmost nodes of the middle row and the four rightmost nodes of the bottom row with
Similarly, create and color a second hill as shown in the image below.
Send it backwards to put it behind the first hill (Control-