Anne Elster
I am a Hamburg, Germany, based full-time web designer graduated in Spring 2007 and working full-time since then. In my spare time I create all kind of artworks, including vector and typographic art.
Tutorials
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a Seamless Bird Pattern with Retro Touch in IllustratorAnne reg birds preview
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    In this tutorial you will learn how to create a series of minimalist and stylized birds and create a seamless pattern from them. The tutorial is aimed at users of Adobe Illustrator CS5 and below, since in CS6 creating patterns has become easier and more intuitive. In the second part we will then use this pattern for what could be a poster background and apply some effects to give it a retro look.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a Witch's House Scene with Gradients in IllustratorAnne tut witchh preview
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    In this tutorial you will learn how to illustrate a cute quirky landscape with a witch's house. Starting with line art the tutorial moves onto coloring using Gradients and a variety of Blend Modes. The tutorial explains tools such as the Pencil Tool and shows smart Illustrator options to edit a whole illustration within minutes. The whole illustration was created in Adobe Illustrator, showing the powers of the program. This tutorial is more of a process walk through, one example of how such an illustration can be created.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Quick Tip: How to Create a Two Color Mandala with a Pattern BrushPreview
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    In this tutorial you will learn a simple technique on how to create a Mandala design. We will create a geometric Pattern Brush, which will then be used to create the Mandala itself. We will start by creating our seamlessly repeatable patterns for the brush. The patterns will consist of a variety of linear and circular shapes.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Quick Tip: Create a Retro-inspired Stylized Birthday CakePreview
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    In this tutorial you will learn how to quickly illustrate a retro-inspired stylized birthday cake, layered with cream filling and covered with chocolate icing and candles on top. We will use the Pathfinder Panel and basic Pen Tool techniques to create our shapes. With the help of shortcuts, it is easy to speed up one's workflow in order to create simple and stylish illustrations with little time effort. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Quick Tip: Create an ASCII Inspired Text-based Image with IllustratorPreview
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    In this tutorial you will learn how to create an ASCII inspired Text-based Image. This technique will allow you to create images more interesting than you could create with mono-spaced fonts and utilize a wider array of fonts in the process. One could say what we are going to do is to create monospaced font patterns. After a short excursion to Photoshop to prepare our reference image, we will continue with our process in Illustrator, which will result in an astonishing result.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Quick Tip: Quickly Create Recycled Paper Textures with Adobe IllustratorPreview
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    In this tutorial you will learn how to quickly create a series of recycled paper textures. You can use these to apply the effect of old paper over illustrations. The goal of this tutorial is to show you some shortcuts for aligning objects on the Artboard by using the Align Panel to your advantage. With this basic knowledge it will become very easy to create many patterns with many different looks in just minutes. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Quick Tip: How to Create Typographic Snowflakes Preview
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    In this tutorial you will learn how to create a series of different snowflakes from letters. To achieve this effect you will use the Transform Effect on a single letter. You will easily be able to create a series of individual snowflakes, taking advantage of editable type and the variety of letters in the alphabet. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Quick Tip: How to Create a Quick and Easy Diagonal PatternPreview
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    In this tutorial you will learn how to easily create a diagonal pattern in Adobe Illustrator. Creating seamless patterns is a challenge in itself, but it is even harder if the pattern is supposed to be at an angle. But there is an easy trick to do so by creating a simple straight pattern first. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Quick Tip: How to Create a Photographic Vignette Effect using Vector ToolsPreview
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    In this tutorial you will learn 3 simple ways to create a photographic Vignette effect using vector. We will use Gradients, Blends and Gradient Meshes to create the desired effect. Which way you will use to achieve a Vignette in the end is up to you, these ways are here to inspire you and each can be edited and developed to your personal taste or need. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Creating Simple Origami Style Typography in IllustratorPreview
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    In this tutorial you will learn how to create a simple Origami style piece of Typography. You will create a set of basic shapes to build letters from and see how to refine those into a more realistic look of your type. Gradients and the appearance panel will help us, to create the final completely custom type.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Light Painting, Bokeh Effect in IllustratorDesign and illustration
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    In this tutorial you will learn how to create an effect similar to Light Painting. Light Paintings are created in Photography, by using a dark scene (at night or in a dark room), a camera with long exposure and a light source, like a flashlight. You are basically painting something with a lamp in the dark.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Quick Tip: Applying a Gradient Outline and Perspective Shadow to Live Text in IllustratorPreview
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    In this tutorial you will learn how to apply gradients to text. Adobe Illustrator, by default, doesn't allow the use of gradients on text. But there is a simple trick to do it. One half of the final result is inspired by merchandise items and a book of the a "Poplife" exhibition I visited some time ago. The second half shows a simple shadow effect. Let's get started!Read More…