Vintage vector banners are beautiful and can be quite complex to look at. You can create vintage looking vector banners in Illustrator easily by using many smaller elements and piecing them together. By making a custom banner, you can include custom elements in your framing and design and you can also customise colours and backgrounds more easily than if you were to use a stock banner.
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Things you need
- Adobe Illustrator
- References of vintage banners
- Ornamental fonts
- Stock vector ornamentation
Roughly sketch what you want your banner to look like. This does not need to look perfect; it will just be the skeleton from which you will work. Scan the sketch and open up in Illustrator. Lock this layer.
Using the pen tool or the circle, oval or rectangle shape tool, draw your main shape. Choose your fill colour as well as your stroke colour. You can also thicken the stroke in the stroke pallet. All pallets can be found in "View." Use your ornamental fonts and stock vector ornamentation by duplicating, placing, rotating and resizing elements on top of your sketch in a new layer. Create patterns with these elements while staying true to your original rough sketch's shape. You can also use the pen tool and create ornamentation by tracing other scanned sketches or photographs. You can then duplicate, rotate, resize and alter your created elements to help create your banner's ornamentation.
Make sure you use fill colour that creates the illusion that your shapes come together to form one shape or frame. Fix any sharp edges by choosing to round edges or use the direct select arrow to fix any mistakes in the paths. Select all elements of the framing elements and group them together by going to "Object" then "Group." Play with different fill and stroke colours until you are happy with your image. You may also choose to add a background.
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