Low-Poly Effect in Illustrator

low_poly_finalSeveral students have mentioned wanting to create a low-poly self portrait, so I have created a tutorial to show you how to achieve this effect in Illustrator. You do not have to use this style – it is one of many options.

You are responsible for publishing a PDF of your progress to your blog today, regardless of the style you choose to work in.

Planning blog posts have been graded. If you did not publish a planning blog post, you received a zero. You can still publish a planning blog post, but you will only receive half credit because it is late. Remember, the planning blog post is worth 20% of your final project grade.

Part 1: Set Up your File in Illustrator

  1. Create a new file in Illustrator (File -> New Print Document)
  2. Place your reference photo in the Document (File -> Place)
  3. Scale the reference photo so it fits within the edges of the document
  4. Lock your reference layer
  5. Save your file

Part 2: Create a triangular mesh

  1. Create a new layer new_path_icon
  2. In the bottom left corner, set your fill options to “outline only,” and change the outline color to something bright that will contrast with your skin tone.
    bright_blue_no_fill
  3. Select the pen tool. pen_tool
  4. Use the pen tool to draw triangles over the entire portrait. Each triangle should represent a shift in value.
    triangular_mesh

Part 3: Fill in the triangular mesh

  1. Use the black arrow black_arrow to select a triangle.
    select_first_triangle_cropped
  2. Use the eyedropper tool eyedropper to select a color in the middle of the triangle. This will change the fill color.
    fill_first_triangle_cropped
  3. Continue until you have filled in all of the triangles.
    fill_all_triangles

Part 4: Align points to fill in gaps

  1. Open the alignment palette. (Window -> Alignment)
    alignment_palette
  2. Select the white arrow. white_arrow Hold down shift and select the points you wish to align. Points that are not selected should remain white, and points that are selected should change to a color.
  3. Click vertical in the alignment palette.
    vertical_align
  4. Click horizontal align in the alignment palette.
    horizontal_align
  5. Continue until you have filled in all the gaps between triangles.
    align_all

Save your file as a PDF and upload your progress to your blog.

Today we will:

  • Continue working on our vector self portraits
  • Publish a new blog post with a PDF of our progress

 

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