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Tips to Create Character Silhouettes Easily (Illustrator)

Tips for easily making character silhouettes (Illustration)

This time I am introducing a little trick.

You often need character silhouettes for designs.

Though character silhouettes are usually made using the pen tool, that is considerably difficult. (Because characters are full of curved lines, aren’t they? They are meandering, so if you haven’t mastered the Bezier curve then you can’t draw it cleanly.)

For those who find it difficult, I recommend the brush tool that Illustrator CS5 is equipped with. There is a character silhouette brush. The method is simply drawing a line and applying the brush. It is possible to finish a character silhouette in 5 minutes.

Step01 Draw a line

Select the pen tool and draw a line.(The line can be drawn by clicking a start and end point with the pen tool.)

Step02 Select the brush

Using the selection tool, select the line, and open the brush panel (Window→Brush).

Click the upper left of the brush panel, and click Open the brush library→Ornament→Wonderful curl brush and floral brush set.

Step03 Select “Person”

Underneath the wonderful curl brush and floral brush set panel, there is “Person” so click that.

Finished!

A brush was applied to the line, and just like that, a character silhouette was finished.

Supplement

The silhouettes are completed but you can still customize them.

This is a little difficult, but though by applying a brush to the line a silhouette is finished, the previous shape is not a character but still a line. (If you take a look at Outline (Display→Outline), you can tell that it is one line.)

In the case that an outline is displayed

If you want to change the shape from a line to a person, separate Object→Appearance. By separating the appearance, the shape changes from a line to a person. (Please take a look at the outline. The shape is changed to a person.)

About separating the appearance, it is discussed in more detail in What’s the “appearance” and what does it mean to divide it? When it is difficult to understand, please try referencing this.

Try separating until it is one character object.

The character object that had its appearance separated will have been put into multiple groups.

When you select the object and cancel the group multiple times (Left click→Cancel group), it will be possible to separate until it is one character.

Customize

Tips for easily making character silhouettes (Illustration)

I tried arranging the separated character silhouette to the original.

It seems like it can be used as simple scenery or a website footer, doesn’t it? Just by changing the colour, the impression also changes.

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