I will introduce how to make an illustration design in a cork board style.
This is a tutorial recommended for those who say, “I want to try making a design in a cork board style!” A corck board seems like it can be used in a variety of ways, such as for web design, flyers and banners.
Though there are methods to make cork boards from photos, this time, I will make a cork board from Illustrator’s [Effects]. Please read the tutorial carefully and firmly master how to make a cork board.
Make the cork board base.
Like in the picture, using [Rectangle tool], draw a rectangle the same size as the art board. For example, I made it 800×600px with #A67C52 as the colour.
With the rectangle selected, select [Effect→Artistic→Film grain]
Set options for [Film grain] as shown in the above picture.
Film grain has been applied to the rectangle.
With that, it already looks very much like a cork board, but I will fiddle some more.
Lock the layer with the rectangle that had the film grain applied to it.
The reason for locking the layer is to prevent any mistakes being made to this layer while doing the remaining work.
Overlap with a rectangle of the same size.
On top of the rectangle with the locked layer, make a rectangle with the same size and colour as in Step01 using the [Rectangle tool].
Add an effect to the rectangle.
Select the rectangle, and select Effect→Texture→Texturizer.
Texturizer is applied to the rectangle.
However, with this, it does not look like a cork board. Amend this.
Select the rectangle and change the transparency to 20% on the Transparency panel (File→Transparency). With transparency applied to the rectangle, the texturizer effect became smoother.
With that, the cork board is finished!
This time, to make the cork board feeling more real, I took a method that overlapped layers with different effects. For those who find that troublesome, I think it is fine to stop at Step04′s film grain step. Even at Step04, it looks a lot like a cork board, right?
As well, for the work afterwards, please lock the layer.
Draw memos on top of the cork board.
Draw the memos as if they were two pieces of paper a little misaligned. It is fine to draw them using the rectangle tool, but to draw rectangles that are a little crooked, in the example, I drew them with a pen tool.
Referring to Step11, draw many memos.
If you change the memo colours, the design will be colourful.
To bring out a real feeling, add shadow to the memos.
Select the memo on the very top and click [Effect→Stylize→Drop shadow].
Set the [Drop shadow] dialogue box as shown above.
(Retaled Articles:How to add shadow to letters in Illustrator)
Drop shadow is applied to a pink memo.
Similarly, apply drop shadow to all the memos.
Continuing that, make push pins for the cork board.
Draw a circle using the ellipse tool like in the picture above.
Make the pins real.
First, select the circle and apply gradation like in the above picture. Don’t forget to choose [circular]. Continuing that, add shadow.
Select the circle and select [Effect→Stylize→Drop shadow]. Set the [Drop shadow] dialogue as in the above picture.
The pins have become real!
Arrange the finished pin on other memos too.
After, just arrange words and flowers on the cork board, and then it is finished.
I arranged words and flowers on the cork board.
About how to make the flowers, please refer to How to draw a flower illustration.
The design has a considerably nice feeling, doesn’t it? It’s good that the cork board also looks rather real.