How to Do a Ribbon in Illustrator

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Doing a ribbon in Illustrator is simple, so long as you know exactly which tools you should be using. Do a ribbon in Illustrator with help from a well versed web, graphic and illustrative designer in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, my name is Alex Cecilio. I'm a Graphic Artist, and I'm going to show you how to make a ribbon in Illustrator. There's a couple of ways you can go by doing this. I have decided to use the paintbrush tool, but you can also use the pen tool; I'll show you both just real quick. So, when you use the paintbrush tool, you can make it really just slowly and pretty much anyway you want. And then, if you want to copy, what you're going to do is once you make this, you hold down option which I'll just make a direct copy of it and right away, you already see like this ribbon shape. And so, I'm just going to finish off by just drawing a little end point there. Actually, if it helps you can, "Oops", we'll just go back in to the window, you can just zoom in, just to get, get it more exact which is what I'm going to do. Then, just real quick and sometimes, Illustrator will not work for coloring, if, depending on like you're instance, for example, in my instance, it won't work. So, I'm going to copy it, just push command C, go into Photoshop, paste it and there is my ribbon. And so then, you can actually just select and you can use the fill tool if you want and this will give you the nice, nice little color. And then, if you want to add some more color, you can and if you're well-versed in Photoshop, I would recommend that you use gradients. But, I'm going to try and copy it from Photoshop in the Illustrator and see what happens. Alright. See, that doesn't work. So, then, in this case, you can just continue to paint it Photoshop. My name is Alex and this is how you make a ribbon in Illustrator. Thank you.


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