Create a Galaxy Globe in Illustrator

Today, we have another VideoCreative Tutorial. In this tutorial I will show you how to create the ‘Galaxy Globe’ that I created for the Vector Snow Globe Showdown.

We’ll use Opacity Masks, Mesh Tool, and more. Learn how to create an imaginative scene in Illustrator. You can view some key images from this tutorial on View Now

Tutorial Details
  • Applications Used: Adobe Illustrator CS5
  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Estimated Completion Time: 3h +
  • Updated: December 14,2013

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Final Product What You’ll Be Creating

Step 1 – The Galaxy

Start by creating a new document with the dimensions of 1500 x 1500 pixels and use RGB color space.

Name the initial layer “Galaxy”, create a new sublayer from the Layers panel menu and call it “Background”. Using the Rectangle Tool (M), draw out a square that fills the whole artboard, fill it with RGB black (R=0, G=0, B=0) and lock the layer. This background will not be used in the final illustration, but will allow us to see the galaxy over black as we create it.

Step 2

Create three color swatches with the RGB values shown below.

Create a new sublayer of “Galaxy” above “Background” and name it “Cloud Twist”. Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a rectangle 150px wide and 600px high. Center it on the artboard and fill it with the color swatch R=251, G=176, B=59.

Step 3

With the rectangle selected choose Effect > Distort & Transform > Twist. Set the Angle to 300 degrees.

Step 4

Apply a Transform effect (Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform) to the rectangle and set the values to those shown below.

Step 5

Set the Transparency Blend Mode of the selected rectangle to Hard Light.

…and that’s the end of the preview!

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