It's time for a tutorial.
When I was making my latest Pessah card there was a lot of doubts about what to put on it.
I didn't really want to put a traditional Pessah elements but I did wanted to create something associated with spring in general, not Pessah specifically. The reason for this was that at that time I couldn't to illustrate the Matza bread at all.
I did look for a tutorial of how to make a Matza, but found nothing. What I did find was lots and lots of cute vector Matza images that got me curious again and led to this How to make a Matza bred of my own.
So here it goes. Notice that in this tutorial I will be using loads of short-keys only, since using them makes the work much more efficient.
2. Choose a Rectangular tool (M) an create a large rectangle (Shift + drag) which will make a base for the Matza.
3. Close this layer and create a new one (Cltr + L).
4. Choose a Line tool (\) and draw a Horizontal line (Shift + Drag) in the upper part of the Matza square. Use Selection tool (V), copy it down (Alt + Drag) and Duplicate (Cltr + D).
5. Choose all (Cltr + A). Go to Alight menu and choose a Horizontal Alight to Center.
6. Group lines (right click + Group). Open the Square layer again. Choose all objects (Cltr+ A) and Alight to the center of the Art board.
7. Ungroup the lines (right click + Ungroup) and close the Square layer again.
8. Choose all lines and go to Stroke menu. If not open press Cltr + F10.
9. Check the Dashed line and change Dashes and Details until you're happy with the result.
10. With the lines still chosen, go to Effect menu and choose Distort&Transform. Go to Roughen and change Size (absolute) and Detail (corner) - do until satisfied.
11. Open and choose the Matza bread layer, go to effect menu, Distort &Transform again and Roughen it a bit - Size (absolute) and Detail (corner).
12. Choose a Matza square (V) and copy (Cltr + C) and paste in front of the existing one (Cltr + F). Choose (V) end enlarge it a bit (Shift + Alt + drag). Move backwards (Cltr + I).
13. Go to Swatches menu and choose a dark brown for the back Matza square and all the edges and lines.
14. The Matza itself will be a light yellowish gradient - feel free to choose the shades. Do a corner to corner gradient.
This is it. It's a Matza!
Tips of the post:
- Always give a name to your layer.this way, when you have more than 2 layers it will be easier to navigate your way through the layer list without wasting your time.
- When creating an effect (or anything else) always check the Preview box. This way you could see the effect before it's applied.
- When Alighting, always see what the Alight is related to - an Art board or the Object.
- Teach yourself as many Shortkeys as possible. It will make your work way more efficient.
If you have any question - don't hesitate to post it here.
Have a great day,