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How to Photograph Jewelry on a White Background

If you are an online jewelry shop owner, you want to display your products in the most alluring way possible to attract more customers. The main problem is that it is impossible to hire a professional photographer due to cost management or timing related issues. So what can you do? What could be the possible alternative?

You can take your own photos. It is possible for you to get great shots of your items if you have the proper equipment such as lighting and camera and a proper plan of action. It will help you to achieve your goal. We will discuss here how to photograph your jewelry on a white background which will lift you and your brand on a different level.

I am a professional photographer and graphic designer, so I think I can give you an acceptable suggestion on this issue.

1. Camera Settings

Depending on the brand of your camera, camera settings may differ. However, the references I am going to provide here, hopefully, will give you some idea of where to start or when your camera needs adjustment. I suggest my readers for using specific camera user manual of your own. This will help you to be familiar with adjustment settings of the camera. You also can take help from online resources.

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Macro setting: Most digital cameras can be set in the macro mode for “up close” photography. This feature is usually indicated by a flower icon on all cameras.

Manual Mode:  This mode allows you to set and adjust certain settings rather than rely on camera’s default factory settings.

Aperture: This is the opening that allows the light into the camera. Jewelry photographers fix aperture settings before the photo shoot because the control allows for the exposure and depth of field in photos. A small aperture setting will make the entire jewelry piece in focus, whereas a larger aperture will make the closest area of the jewelry in focus. Set this on the highest setting available on your camera in order to have your entire piece in focus.

White Balance: This adjustment will make jewelry items appear in its real color. This setting depends on lighting conditions

Exposure Correction: This is a setting can manually adjust the brightness of the photos as you take them. This can be adjusted depending on photo background color and you can use (+) the setting to lighten your image and (–) the setting to darken your image.

Spot Focus: If available on your camera, it’s helpful to set the focus mode to “spot focus”. This allows you to control the camera focus.

2. The Photography Light Box

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The purpose behind the light box or light tent is to provide an evenly distributed diffused light that is bright, without causing a glare bouncing off your objects. You can purchase simple and very elaborate set ups online.

Illuminating Box Setup 

The key is to use clear or frosted Plexiglas or another brand. These are all the essentially the same products, just different brand names. It also comes in different thicknesses and color.

3. Time to capture photos

Step-1: I have taken a series of photos to achieve the final look I want. With the white background, the white area seems a little over exposed but not jewelry item, especially with certain colors, metals (such as un-oxidized sterling silver) and gemstones. So, you can try different settings in order to achieve your best picture.

Step-2: With each photo, you can take written record of camera settings. It will help you see the difference and progression of each shot. So you can compare your results and make adjustments as needed. If you do not want to write, simply look at the photo properties in your editing software if it is needed.

Step-3: During photography, try to use the natural light source as much as possible. If it is not enough, then you may use lightbox, flash lights etc. Keep the camera in the same position.

Step-4: I’ve turned on all my normal light I use with my photography lightbox, along with my other lighting equipment’s.  Red, white, clear and bright silver are difficult to photograph and adjustments may need to be made when trying to capture these items. You can also re-adjust camera if photography is taken in dark environment.

4. Analysis of the captured photo

I have achieved my best results using the f-stop 8 with a shutter speed of 1/10 OR using the f-stop 4 with a shutter speed of 1/40. The difference in these photos is that more of the item will be in focus using the f8 while the f4 setting will produce a blurred/dreamy effect on the part of the item that’s the farthest away from the lens. If you want more of a dreamy look, simply lower the f-stop even more. Remember, your shutter speed will need to be adjusted accordingly.

Analysis of the captured photo

5. Jewelry photo editing works

After capturing photo, images must be edited. As a professional graphic designer, my first choice is Adobe Photoshop. Color Experts International where I work with my co-worker graphic designers, we use Photoshop pen tool based clipping path, retouching, shadow creation technique to make the photo more attractive. These photos can easily be used for web contents, e-commerce sites, magazines or catalogs containing jewelry images.

Jewelry photo editing works

We have more than 30 years of experience in image editing service and you can choose us for quality jewelry photo editing service. We offer free trial service and discount for large volume of image editing job.

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Need A Graphic Designer? How to choose the right one.

How to choose the perfect graphic designer for your business.

A great design can make a huge impact on the human mind. When you need to redesign, recreate or process an image, the main problem is to find out a guy who can do the task perfectly. You may not have knowledge to edit the images by yourself. So you have to contact or hire a graphic designer, but the main headache is to find out the right person.
So here in this feature, we are going to give you some strategic suggestions which will help you to choose the right graphic designer.

1. Direct hires or outsourcing?

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At first, you have to decide whether you will hire a graphic designer directly, or you will employ a designer who works remotely. It is entirely dependent on you. Direct hiring can give you the opportunity to work with your graphic designer face to face. You can share your ideas with him or her. You can also give your works to hire a graphic designer or to a firm who works remotely. Here you have to communicate with them over the phone or by email.

2. See their portfolio

See their portfolio

Then you have to ask your graphic designer to give you their previous portfolio. You must collect this because it will help you to judge their quality of works. After that you can decide what you should do next.

3. Ask for references

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if you hire a graphic designer personally, you must ask him or her for their references. If they are good and professional, they will submit you with the required documents. By this you will be sure that your task will be completed correctly.

4. Certification

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Not all the time, but certification is necessary. Because a professional certificate of a graphic designer represents his quality in this sector. But it’s also true that having a certificate should not be the only criteria to judge a graphic designer.

5. Testimonials

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Testimonials can help you to get an idea of what a designer is like to work with. By that you can get the idea how you will work with that graphic designer and what your strategy will be. An experienced designer can show you his work planning before he is hired.

6. Personality

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Hire someone with whom you can continue your project. For that matching of thinking, mentality and personality of both of you are very much important. Otherwise, it will be tough for you to proceed.

The right graphic designer will help you to make your e-commerce business strategy visible and help you to flourish your business or fulfill your purpose. All the best!

Also See Video Tutorial to Understand Essayist Way .

This feature is created by Clipping Path India (CPI).

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How to create a realistic drop shadow in Photoshop?

Most of the beginner graphic designers try to make/ add a reflection shadow in Photoshop to look a more realistic image. We present a realistic natural shadow tutorial for every Photoshop leaner. So let’s start

In this Photoshop graphics design tutorial we will give you step by step actual/easy instruction and tips on “How to create a realistic mirror shadow in Photoshop” using the Photoshop software platform.

Now at first open Adobe Photoshop Software, at that time select/import your existing image wish to for this task. After that remove the background around the image before you do the drop shadow when you have completed this part, you are ready to move on to the next section.

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Therefore, when a complete imported image in Photoshop, the first step you can select sidebar toolbar (crop tools) make space for resize round the image.

reflection drop shadow

Now we can apply mature size and press Enter to get the final look.

mirror photo effect

Therefore move the image with setup appreciate position similar to right or left corner of the layer style box, which can help to make reflection shadow. In this part we can setup/apply right position.

reflection effect

Then you would select the existing Model layer and press mouse left button on add layer style select drop shadow options.

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Now start, we can customize the shadow as we need.

photo editor with mirror effect

photo editor with mirror effect

At this stage create a new duplicate layer besides, rename it and move under the model layer.

Then pick a black color as you need. We can use paint bucket tool (G) to apply BG (Background Layer) layer and finally existing drag BG layer to make a custom shadow effect.

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Select Shadow layer and check show transform control, then click upper point and lay as a shadow

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Then you can select transform tool and move it around to behind the image or CMD+T (Mac) otherwise CTRL+T (PC), continue the transform mode until drop shadow is perfectly created and gets it proper position.

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Then you can begin moving the drop shadow layer, here it would depend on your specific image as you need.

how to construct a reflection

Now you can go back and adjust the opacity settings to lighten the shadow’s appearance.

how to create a reflection

Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blue, then adjust blur radius value as you need.

edit photo mirror

Finally, Complete How to create a realistic drop shadow in Photoshop as you want. So, we hope now you can produce a reflective shadow for your own product from the guidelines written above

edit photo mirror effect

Moreover, we have added a video sample of this  video tutorial so that you can understand the concept easily.

So finally done our presented Photoshop drop shadow tutorial for our graphic design leaner. Our get experienced graphics designer try to carefully share how to do basic drop shadow technique and add a more realistic appearance to your images.

This tutorial is prepared by Clipping Path India (CPI).

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How to Make a Reflection Shadow Using Photoshop Part-1

What is reflective shadow and why do we use it?

A light and reflection shadow gives product a look as if your product was photographed on a reflective surface, like a glass mirror. Using Photoshop mirror shadows in product images can create a context for the customer and a subliminal impression of quality. It is a simple and effective image editing technique  that can benefit your e-Commerce store, catalog, brochure, magazine, reflect and printing industry.

The image editing activities related with industries mentioned earlier are growing day by day all over the world. If you are an entrepreneur and want to flourish your business through e-commerce site, then you must display your product image differently and attractively. Why? Because a creatively designed image has bigger chance to rank better in Google.com as well as it attracts the attention of the customer. Using stylist reflective shadow on e-commerce products, magazine and printing industry can differentiate you from your competitor.

What is essential for it?

1. Adobe Photoshop CS
2. Product image

What will we learn from here?
1. Using Adobe Photoshop pen tool for creating path.
2. Photoshop masking
3. Using Photoshop brush tool
4. How to create reflective shadow

Step-01

At first you have to open the image in Adobe Photoshop Software. Then select the pen tool and then create a new path from path palette.  Create outline 1 pixel inside around the shoe using pen tool.

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Step-02

Select the shoe by holding down the Ctrl and click with path. To make your image edge smooth press Shift+F6 and apply 0.5 feather.

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Step-03

To make reflection on the bottom extend canvas size wide top to bottom. For this you can follow this: Menu>image>canvas size. The width and height of the Canvas should be equal. Here we have copy the width value and paste it into height value section then press Enter.

light shadow and reflection

Step-04

To create the duplicate layer, Press Ctrl + J twice to create two duplicate layers from background layer.

what is a shadow

Step-05

To create vertically flipped shoe image press Ctrl+T and click right button on the transform mode and press the vertical flip.

Reflection Shadow

Step-06

Now drag the image by leveling the bottom edge of the shoe.

drag the image shadow tutorial

Step-07

Now apply mask on the bottom layer. Then from Tool Bar, select Gradient Tool>Sub Menu>Color. From Color option, select the top fill color black.

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Step-08

Applying gradient mask on the bottom layer to fade out the reflective image gradually top to bottom

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Also See Photoshop Video Tutorial-How to Make a Reflection Shadow Using Photoshop Part-1

 

This tutorial is prepared by Clipping Path India (CPI).

To be Continue Reflection Shadow tutorial part-2

20 Most Important Photoshop Shortcuts

Today Photoshop Shortcuts has been the program on which most of the graphic designers are highly dependent on. Though there is some other useful software available to them, this one has proved to be of the greatest use. Professional find almost all possible image related solution in Photoshop. But one important thing is the shortcuts they usually use in this program. The importance of these shortcut remains in the efficiency of work with this program. Doubtlessly they gear up the regular work flow of the creative designers. These are used with a view to making the work faster. While working in Photoshop, small tasks may appear as a big hindrance to the work. So a professional must know about these shortcuts of Photoshop. Her we will see how the common but very crucial works can be done within just a few key pressing on the key board.

1.Fill a Layer: When an image editor needs to fill an empty layer with any specific color he may take the help of a nice short way and this is to press Alt+Delete on the foreground and Ctrl+Delete on the background.

fill a layer shortcut 2.Flatten Layers: At times the working professional want to flatten the layers. After adding a new, empty layer there lies the necessity of flatten those. To do it one can take the easy way of pressing Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E

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3.Merge Visible Layers: Another thing is that many a times designers want to create a single layer comprising all other layers created before. But this work may be a difficult job by clicking mouse buttons. Easy way of this is pressing Ctrl, Shift and E altogether.

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4.New Layer via Copy: in the case of the need for a new layer one can just press Ctrl+J and the target is fulfilled. It’s so easy in this way and gives one the chance for continuous working.

New Layer via Copy
5.Bring Layer to top of stack: Not all layers are equally important for the work. On the other hand some are highly preferred that they are needed to be on the top of other layers. So just one thing that the designer needs to do is to press Ctrl+Shift+]

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6.Send Layer to Bottom of stack: In the same way of taking layer at the bottom a designer can take that at the bottom as well. For that he has to do nothing special but the same thing apar from the third bracket. He must press Ctrl+Shift+[.

Send Layer to Bottom of stack
7.Bring Layer Forward: A small work of Photoshop is to bring any selected layer forward. But if you are working on keyboard, you don’t need to touch the mouse. Rather, only pressing Ctrl+] will make your work done.

Bring Layer to top of stack

8.Send Layer Back: As it may seem to be of necessity to move the layer back to the others, it can be also done with a quicker way by taping the key board short cut Ctrl+[

Send Layer Back Image9.Copy Multiple Layers: Copying multiple layers is a usual work for any image manipulator. For doing this drawing a selection must be done and then use the command of Shift+Ctrl+C to take every layer into the clipping, rather than taking only the current layer selection.

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10. Reselect: In case of accidental moving away from reselection one can easily be back from there using a nice keyboard short cut. He has to press Ctrl+Shift+D. By this means the earlier selection will be back.

Reselect

11.Invert Selection: Sometimes the professionals need to select objects around an already pre-selected image. This mainly helps to work on the main focused part without loosing the remaing parts of it.

Photoshop Invert Selection Image12.Select All Layers: Manipulating the overall image needs the total selection. But if one is thinking it by mouch it may haper the regular work flow. But there is a solution for it. He can press Ctrl+Alt+A.

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13.Select Bottom Layer: If someone want to select the last ever layer of his project, a small technique can be proved very handy for him. Alt+Comma(,) will select the bottom layer within just the time of taping the buttons.

Select Bottom Layer Image14.Select Top Layer: In the same way of selecting bottom layer, selecting the top layer is also possible within very short time and in a convenient manner. For this the designer has to just press Alt+Period(.). It will immediately select the upmost layer.

Select Top Layer

15.Deselect from the Selection Area: Provided that one needs to deselect certain part of the image, one easy way can be hitting the keys Alt+drag.

Deselect from the Selection Area

16.Deselect all but the Intersected Area: Professional designers know the importance of deselecting all but a certain part. For doing it he may take the help of the easy way of clicking Shift+Alt+drag.

Deselect all but the Intersected Area

17.Deselect the Entire image: When getting away from the image is necessary, a nice way is arranged for the professionals in Photoshop. They can just hit Ctrl+D to satisfy their need.

Deselect the Entire image18.Find the Sizing Handles: One difficult activity that Photoshop experts regularly experience is that pasting a layer or selection into a Photoshop image. In such cases finding the sizing handles becomes a tough job. The command of hitting Ctrl+T and then Ctrl+O selects Transform and fits the image inside the window.

Find the Sizing Handles Image19.Move a Selection: If any designer wants to move a selected part easily he just needs to press and hold the space bar and keep on doing so until the selected part reaches to the place that it is intended to reach. So the shortcut for it is Spacebar+Marquee Tool.

Move a Selection20.Select Individual channels: Selecting with Photoshop Channels is a wonderful way of work in this program. It makes a complex object removed from the background. Though there is several other ways by which the same job can be accomplished, it is much easier. And using the shortcut of Ctrl+3(red), 4(green), 5(blue) makes it even simpler.

Select Individual channels

There are several professional designers who are doubtlessly creative but they waste a huge time in the processing of their desired Photoshop Shortcuts command. Adopting the above mentioned short-cuts the designer may decrease the wastage of his time.

 Most Important 20 Photoshop Shortcuts

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Top 8 Reasons Why You Can Not Avoid Photo Editing for Your Website

What’s the main objective of photo editing is nothing but to make it looks better than the raw image before. Besides this, there are many reasons of image editing. It varies according to the clients’ demand. however, there are 8 image editing services which are very much necessary for your website.

  • Background Removing: Image editing is necessary for background removal. After taking photos, you may not like the background where it was shot. Many unwanted objects or person may have in the backdrop and the clients may feel the need to remove these. The images of tours and travelling, eCommerce products, photography generally take the different image editing services like clipping path, photography post production service etc.
  • Color Correction: For mending color and lighting related defects, various image editing services are mandatory. The natural color may be changed due to camera setting, lighting, environment, perspective etc. at the time of shooting images and we solve these problems by photo editing. Besides, for adjustment of gray and white balance, color strength and vibrant etc. various image editing techniques like color correction are applied by Photoshop. This type of editing service needs for fashion photography, modeling images etc.
  • Image Retouching: Picture editing works are urgent for product images. During photography, the photographers use many objects for supporting such as table, chair, glue, stand, clip, string, doll etc. to give a proper shape and looks to the images. Editing service is necessary for model, wedding, fashion photography to remove spots, wrinkles, acne, blemishes etc. and thus, the beauty and appeal are increased. In addition, photograph editing is needed for digital makeup with the change of skin color tone and texture, and with the addition or removal color from eyebrow, shed, lip shed, hair style etc. to increase the glamour of the model images. However, these editing services are taken as the image retouching service in Photoshop.
  • Ghost Mannequin: Various eCommerce products like garment items, jewelry items, many fashion gadgets like purse, bags, sun-glass, bracelets, ring etc. need photo editing service known as the neck joint or ghost mannequin service. When the photographers take the images of garment or jewelry products, they use human, doll or mannequin to give a good looking shape and latter these objects need to remove because usage of these raw images cannot fulfill the demands such as to draw the attention of the potential customers.
  • Image Masking: Image masking editing service is used for removing the background from hair photo, furry doll, pet animal, thin fabrics etc. Basically, clipping path technique is applied to remove the image background but in case of complex hairy or furry images, masking technique is applied by Photoshop and in some cases, by Pen tablet.
  • Shadow Creation: Online Photo editing services are important to making an image realistic. To give the product images a realistic view, various shadow services are applied to bring a 3D shape in Photoshop. After removing doll from garment items, a light shadow is used to make it perfect looking. In real estate or interior images, picture editing is must for making these appealing.
  • Image Manipulation: Photo editing is essential to manipulate images according to the clients’ necessity. For branding or marketing, the marketers need various eye catchy images. To make more traffic to their web pages, the digital marketers use many HD manipulated images which the graphic designers provide after editing in Photoshop.  Picture editing is compulsory for making a raster image to vector image which is fully scalable. The vector can be used by zooming at any scale and it is important for banner images, digital media, product packaging, label, billboard, sign board and so on.
  • Image Restoration: Image editing is too much crucial for old bromide photo recovery by using image restoration technique. Personal images which are damaged or about to damage due to various reasons can be restored digitally by editing in Photoshop. Thus, picture editing service can save your old happy memories with your friends and family members. The designers do the job successfully by removing dust, torn scratches, spots etc.

Who take photo editing services?

Who take photo editing services?

There are many companies, websites, print media, digital media who take various photo editing services like clipping path, image masking, image retouching, color correction, image restoration, photography post production service etc. They take these picture editing services to make their product images great looking for selling more. The photographers, models also take the editing services to increase the looking and glamour of their images.

Necessary Tips on Graphic Design

Graphic design is not a software but it is an art. It is the main process of create any artistic or design-able elements. For this creative work have many software, such Adobe CS ( Illustrator and Photoshop), Coral Drew, Quark Express. These are most popular for graphic designing. For this software need manual operate to create any design.

 

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creative graphic design

But in online have many automatic graphic designing software. There have many pre-design portrait and you need to change on any color. These software are very easy to operate. You can do it without any training, only read some instructions.

But there has no credit to create any design. In online, there have many website and tools for image editing, blending, conversion. You will find many software’s for image to text, HTML file image to JPEG image and so more conversion software.

But as a creative graphic design we mean only Adobe CS, Coral Drew and Quark Express. Now I will write on Adobe CS.

Adobe CS is a graphic designing software by Adobe Corporation. They have two types software for creative designing. They are Illustrator and Photoshop.

For any kinds of art works you can draw it by Illustrator. It has huge tools for create any kinds of art works. Every Beginner can do it normal id card, business cart, weeding card or any wishing card. But it has huge amount of works for professionals.

Adobe Photoshop is for beginner and as well as for professionals. It has also more tools for do more creative works. It’s main uses for clipping and color path, image conversion, retouching & restoration, neck joint, masking, ad design etc.

And it is not for beginners, for these creative works need highly experienced. Now you must want to learn it. You can go web for search tutorials on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Also have many video tutorials on graphic design from begin to professional level.

Secrets of Graphic Design For Web Development

When you decide to design and style your web site or perhaps get it graphic design by an expert web development company, you will need to find the elements including navigation, good quality of content material as well as the looks of the web page. As you move the web development company possesses to manage every one of these elements, the particular image pattern to the web page should be granted equal value.

Graphics Desing and Web Development

Graphic pictures usually are the vital thing a new guest notices with a web page and it’s with the attractive image pictures that the readers is actually captivated to read the writing.

A web site developer, exactly who can be the artwork developer, has got to combination your visuals inside his website design to create a nice-looking websites which could support the curiosity connected with website visitors along with persuade these to review the websites. Inside website design, the page layouts, site program along with articles are right related to your artwork pattern created for the websites. The actual visuals have to be just like different areas of website design.

Homepage is actually the main site of the site. It may help make as well as break the website and so the graphic style about this webpage need to be nearly all interesting and also successful. If the Homepage seriously isn’t interesting enough, this inflatable bounce pace would improve as well as the complete aim of the website would crash.

Thus it is important to have got visuals that are interesting together with useful enough to support this visitors’ awareness. Making use of colorings and also photos that blend with all the primary meaning of the website is best approach to help make the website most reliable.

A good graphic design and style designed to the web design may result in improved trustworthiness of the business and company. Your images including logos cause formation involving company identification in addition to reputation building and needs to be made thoroughly.

Draw a Picture Using Illustrator Pen Tool

Let’s start using of illustrator pen tool: Making use of gradients is actually a great way to allow ones art work detail as well as produce a three-dimensional seem. This specific newbie tutorial can wander an individual via a couple of ways to apply gradients inside Adobe Illustrator although featuring an individual the way to make a cute fish with bubble!

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In order to stick to that the main article, you must know how to make use of the pen icon! You should to know the use of your pen icon. I am composing a new article emphasizing your pen tool someday shortly.

Open a new blank document. This doesn’t make a difference what sizing this art board can be, nevertheless my own can be 700 * 480 pixels.

To select the fish colors, I often used two colors of blue to the default swatches from the Swatches menu.

Create Fish Body
Select the pen icon (type S or perhaps decide on the idea in the Toolbox) to make a fish shape just like the one shown underneath. Pick the complete the design screen and also click on the lighter blue within the Swatches screen to create the particular fill blue

Create Fish Tail
Next, still select with the pen icon, make the fish tail. Choose the fill from the Appearance menu and go to the darker blue in the Swatches panel.

Create The Top Fin

Draw a top fin & drag it downside the body from the Layers panel.

Create The Lower Fin

Draw a bottom fin, by the Pen icon.

Create The Eye

Choose the Ellipse tool from tool menu (or type L) and drag it an oval for the eye.

Make Three Bubbles

Draw three circles for bubbles. Press Shift for drag out the ellipse to make a circle.

Choose the fill of every bubble in the appearance menu and press the lighter blue.

Now you start applying gradients to make this fish to alive!

Use Gradient Tool

Utilize a opaque gradient fill which moves from one of coloring to a new coloring.

This technique causes it to become much more boring to alter in the event you come to a decision you want the item to become one more coloring entirely, but it’s result will richer and more attractive