Intro

Author:

Freelance illustrator and designer Mark Mayers is based in Cornwall. With over 18 years’ experience, he can recall life before Macs and is a reformed technophobe.

Mark now writes tutorials for leading publishers worldwide, and has won several awards, including MetalFX Designer of the Year.

This tutorial shows how to create a cool look using Illustrator’s Symbols and Global Colors.

But what if you want total control over your mosaics’ appearance, and the ability to update it at the click of a button?

It’s not as tricky as it sounds. This tutorial will guide you through the process of creating a more stylized mosaic that uses smaller, vector shapes rather than images to make up the final piece.

To start off, you’ll be using Photoshop’s Mosaic filter to create your own image-based swatch library. You’ll then harness Illustrator’s powerful Global Color and Symbol features, and discover just how simple it is to update your artwork on the fly. This has the bonus of creating artworks with manageable file sizes.

Time to complete

2.5 hours

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Files for this tutorial are downloadable from here.

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