Create Amazing Flyers As You Learn Graphic Design


Step 11: Add and Rotate Star

Adobe Illustrator Shapes Menu
Adobe Illustrator Shapes Menu
Hold the Left mouse button down while the cursor is over the Rectangle Tool to reveal a pop out menu of other Shapes.

Adobe Illustrator Star Bounding Box
Adobe Illustrator Star Bounding Box
Scroll over and select the Star Tool. Draw the Star on the Canvas.

Once the Star is drawn, click on the Selection Tool.

You will notice that "8 White Squares" appear on the Bounding Box around the Star.

Adobe Illustrator Rotate Arrow
Adobe Illustrator Rotate Arrow
Hold the mouse over any one of these Squares until the cursor changes to a Rotate Arrow.

Hold the Left mouse button down to Rotate the Star to the desired position.

This is how the Star would appear on the Flyer.

Adobe Illustrator White Star
Adobe Illustrator White Star


Step 12: Star Transparency

Adobe Illustrator Color Docked Palette
Adobe Illustrator Color Docked Palette

To adjust the Star's Transparency, go to the Transparency Tab that is at the bottom of this large palette or go to the Menu Bar and select Window > Transparency.

Adobe Illustrator Transparency Palette
Adobe Illustrator Transparency Palette

In the Transparency Palette, set Opacity to "40%".

This Star will look like this:

Adobe Illustrator Transparent Star
Adobe Illustrator Transparent Star


Step 13: Drop Shadow

Adobe Illustrator Effect Menu
Adobe Illustrator Menu Bar
With the Star selected, go to the Effect Menu > Stylize > Drop Shadow.

Adobe Illustrator Stylize Menu Drop Shadow
Adobe Illustrator Stylize Menu Drop Shadow

This will bring up the Drop Shadow Window.

Adobe Illustrator Drop Shadow Window
Adobe Illustrator Drop Shadow Window

Set the Opacity to 75%, X Offset to "0.1" in, Y Offset to "0.1" in, Blur to "0.7" in, and click OK.





Step 15: Place Images

To Insert an Image go to File > Place.

Adobe Illustrator File Menu Place
Adobe Illustrator File Menu Place

This opens up the Place Window where you select your Image and click Place.



Step 16: Image Border

To give the Image a Border, draw a Rectangle around it.

Adobe Illustrator Picture and Border
Adobe Illustrator Picture and Border

Resize it to fit the Image by moving your mouse over each of the 4 Center Squares and dragging the Double Arrow towards the Image.

Adobe Illustrator Picture with Border
Adobe Illustrator Picture with Border


Step 17: The Stroke Palette

Go back to the Color Palette and give the Rectangle No Fill and set the Stroke to "White".

Then go to the Stroke Palette and set Weight to "2pt".

Adobe Illustrator Stroke Palette
Adobe Illustrator Stroke Palette


Step 18: Group Objects

Adobe Illustrator Group Objects
Adobe Illustrator Group Objects
While holding down the "Shift" Key, use the Selection Tool to select both the Rectangle and the Image.

Then select both the "Ctrl" Key and the "G" Key on your keyboard or select the Object Menu > Group.

Repeat Step 13 to apply a Drop Shadow.

The Image should now look like this:

Adobe Illustrator Picture with Drop Shadow
Adobe Illustrator Picture with Drop Shadow

Apply these settings to the remaining Images.



Step 19: Arrange Images

Adobe Illustrator Transform Menu
Adobe Illustrator Transform Menu
Select an Image, then right click and choose Arrange > Bring to Front from the menu that appears.

Adobe Illustrator Arrange Menu
Adobe Illustrator Arrange Menu

You can rotate between the options in this menu to organize the Images.