Adobe Illustrator tutorial: Faux 3D finishes in Illustrator

Step 15 Now the droid’s base should be on top of the blurred strokes. Select both the base of the droid you’ve just pasted and the grouped strokes, then Object > Clipping Mask > Make (or Cmd/Ctrl + 7). Strokes bleeding outside of the shape are now contained within the droid’s outline.

Step 16 Out of personal preference, I added some additional blurred shapes to the droid’s pink eye. These were created in the same way as the strokes, but with filled-in shapes.

Karan Singh

Who: Karan Singh is an freelance illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. He’s had over four years experience working in a studio and independently on projects, ranging from typography to apparel design to illustration. When he’s not illustrating he’s writing for his self-initiated design blog, Pig Bimpin’. Drop him an email at [email protected]
Software: Adobe Illustrator CS5
Time to complete: 45 minutes

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