Members Area Tutorial: How to Create a Coming Soon Web Page in Illustrator

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a fun coming soon web page in Illustrator.


For starters you will learn how to create a nice slingshot illustration using pixel perfect vector shape building techniques, the Pathfinder and the Appearance panel plus some basic effects and blending techniques. Moving on, using a simple circle, the Zig Zag and the Roughen effects plus the Pathfinder panel you will learn how to create some tiny rocks. Finally, you will learn how to create a simple text field, a little button and some simple pieces of text.


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Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

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Tutorial Details

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS5
  • Estimated Completion Time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Intermediate

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Step 1

Hit CTRL + N to create a new document. Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu, enter 600 in the width and height boxes then click on the Advanced button. Select RGB, Screen (72ppi) and make sure that the Align New Objects to Pixel Grid box is unchecked before you click OK.

Enable the Grid (View > Show Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). For starters you will need a grid every 5px, so simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides > Grid, enter 5 in the Gridline every box and 1 in the Subdivisions box.

You should also open the Info panel (Window > Info) for a live preview with the size and position of your shapes. Do not forget to set the unit of measurement to pixels from Edit > Preferences > Units > General. All these options will significantly increase your work speed.

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Step 2

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and focus on your Toolbar. Remove the color from the stroke then select the fill and set its color to R=125 G=88 B=65. Move to your artboard and simply create a 20 x 85px rectangle, the Snap to Grid should ease your work.

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Step 3

Make sure that your brown rectangle is still selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 5px radius and click OK

Go to Effect > Warp > Arc Lower. Enter the properties shown in the following image and click OK

Go to Effect > Warp > Shell Lower. Enter the properties shown below and click OK

Go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Roughen. Enter the properties shown in the following image and click OK

Go to Object > Expand Appearance.

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Step 4

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 15 x 75px shape, place it as shown in the first image and make sure that the fill color is set at R=125 G=88 B=65.

Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A) and focus on the bottom side of this new rectangle. Select the right anchor point and simply drag it 5px up and 65px to the right as shown in the second image. Once again the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work.

Keep focusing on the bottom side of this brown shape, select the left anchor point and drag it 60px to the right. Make sure that the resulting shape stays selected and go to Effect > Warp > Arch. Enter the properties shown in the following image and click OK

Go to Effect > Warp > Wave. Enter the properties shown in the following image and click OK

Go to Object > Expand Appearance.

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Step 5

Reselect the brown shape made in the previous step and go to Object > Transform > Reflect. Check the Vertical box then click the Copy button.

Select the newly created shape, simply drag it to the right and place it as shown in the third image.

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Step 6

Reselect all the shapes made so far, open the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder) and click the Unite button.

Move to the Layers panel (Window > Layers), open the existing layer, double click on that brown shape and simply name it "stick".

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Step 7

For this step you’ll need the Round Any Corner script. Download and save it to your hard drive, return to Illustrator and grab the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the anchor point highlighted in the first image and go to File > Scripts > Other Script. Open the Round Any Corner Script, enter a 5px radius and click OK.

Make sure that the Direct Selection Tool (A) is still active, select the two anchor points highlighted in the third image and go to File > Scripts > Other Script. Open the Round Any Corner Script, enter a 10px radius and click OK. In the end your shape should look like in the fourth image.

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Step 8

Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid) then go to Edit > Preferences > General and make sure that the Keyboard Increment is set at 1px.

Reselect your "stick" shape and make two copies in front (CTRL + C > CTRL + F > CTRL + F).

Select the top copy and move it 1px down and 2px to the right using the arrow keys from your keyboard.

Reselect both copies and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel.

Select the resulting group of shapes, set the fill color to R=255 G=223 B=23 then hit Shift + CTRL + G to Ungroup it.

Select the yellow shape highlighted in the fourth image and simply remove it using the Delete key from your keyboard.

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Step 9

Reselect your "stick" shape and make two copies in front (CTRL + C > CTRL + F > CTRL + F).

Select the top copy and move it 1px down and 2px to the left.

Reselect both copies and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel.

Select the resulting group of shapes, set the fill color to R=255 G=223 B=23 then Ungroup it (Shift + CTRL + G).

Select the yellow shape highlighted in the fourth image and simply remove it using the Delete key from your keyboard.

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Step 10

Reselect your "stick" shape and make two copies in front (CTRL + C > CTRL + F > CTRL + F).

Select the top copy and move it 2px down.

Reselect both copies and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel.

Select the resulting group of shapes, set the fill color to R=255 G=223 B=23 then Ungroup it (Shift + CTRL + G).

Select the yellow shapes highlighted in the fourth image and simply remove them using the Delete key from your keyboard.

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Step 11

Reselect the three yellow shapes and click the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel.

Select the resulting shape, open the Gradient panel (Window > Gradient) and simply click on the gradient thumbnail to add the default black to white linear gradient.

Keep focusing on your Gradient panel, set the Angle to -90 degrees then move to the gradient colors. Select the right gradient slider, set the color to black (R=0 G=0 B=0) then focus on the Opacity box (from the Gradient panel) and set it to 50%. Move to the left gradient slider, select it, set the color to white (R=255 G=255 B=255) and lower its Opacity to 80%.

Make sure that the shape made in this step stays selected, open the Transparency panel (Window > Transparency), lower the Opacity to 50% and change the Blending Mode to Overlay.

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