Create a Vinyl Record and 80’s Album Cover

Today, we have another tutorial. In today’s tutorial well be creating a retro throwback to the 80′s with a pop album cover design. If you’re a fan of the simple portraits, mixed with art deco elements, characteristic of this style, then learn how you can make it in Adobe Illustrator. Time to

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Tutorial Details
  • Applications Used: Adobe Illustrator CS5
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Estimated Completion Time: 2h +

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Final Product What You’ll Be Creating

Step 1

Draw a circle and fill it with a simple white-to-black radial gradient.

Step 2

Go to Object > Expand and choose Gradient Mesh.

Step 3

Expanding the gradient this way puts a Clipping Mask on it, which needs to be removed. Go to to Object > Clipping Mask > Release. With everything still selected, ungroup.

Step 4

You may be wondering why you can’t just start with the gradient-filled circle and create a Gradient Mesh from there. If you do that, you get something that looks like a sphere, and what we’re going for here is a true radial mesh.

Step 5

After you’ve ungrouped the objects, the clipping mask path is no longer needed. The easiest way to get rid of it is to view the document in Outline mode, move the mesh object out of the way, then select and delete the path.

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