I want to create any of the following effects in illustrator:

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Would be great if someone could guide me or provide me with a suitable tutorial.

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    Those both appear to be created by a person purposefully drawing squares. A lot of design is simply 'drawing it' rather than just using automated effects. – DA01 Feb 11 '15 at 17:23

The first one

You can just create a square and use object - transform - move (and make sure to hit copy) to move the square at the desired length (vertical or horizontal).

I just made a 10 x 10 pixel square and moved the square 12 pixels downwards.

move options

Then press CTRL + D to repeat that action.

Select the entire row and go to object - transform - move and now select a horizontal of 12px (or whatever distance you're working with). Then delete some of the squares.

group of squares

Then select the outer squares and go to object - transform - scale. Select percents like 50% and then 25% for the farthest right squares. Then randomly select squares and give them different colors.


For the second effect

I think they might have used a scatter brush. See a Adobe video https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/how-to/illustrator-create-scatter-brush.html


I recommend you using the traditional way which is using the forms tool and using it as squares. I used to do it on PS for pixel art. I know it will take you some time but it's worth.

  • Hi, Thanks for the comment. It takes a long time and I am struggling with the color choices. Wish there was a wrap or effect which generates Square pixels. – C0dez Feb 11 '15 at 17:21
  • @C0dez I'm sure there's plenty of plugins out there but they will cost you some money and I think this is a good way to train yourself if you need it in the future. – UzendayoNE Feb 11 '15 at 17:23
  • @C0dez If you're having trouble with picking colors I would suggest using kuler.adobe.com. You can search by keywords and sync them to illustrator. But there are also plenty of other swatch resources out there. – AndrewH Feb 11 '15 at 17:45

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