Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop tutorial: Get started with type art

Step 9
Once you’ve got everything in the right place it’s time for the decorative process. You can add circles using the Ellipse tool (L) with a radial colour gradient. Play around with these, making them slightly bigger near the letter and smaller further away, and placing them around the white swirl lines. Unlock your Type Art text letter, and set the letter colour to 50% grey. Then copy the layer.

Step 10
Open Photoshop, create a new A4 artwork at 300dpi in RGB, then paste each layer from the Illustrator file. Smart Objects is convenient but I prefer to paste in Pixels so that I can delete or clean up bits in Photoshop.

Step 11
Open the file, and copy the rose line drawing. Paste it into Photoshop, then rotate, copy and move them around until you’re satisfied.

Step 12
Now let’s add some colour. In a new layer at the top of the Layers palette, set the blending mode to Color and then start adding colour using the Brush tool: this way it’s easy to add or delete colours without affecting other areas. When I colour, I set the Brush tool’s opacity to 30-40% to keep the colours soft.

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