How to Create a Sticky Note in Illustrator CS5

Written by daniel ketchum
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When you are designing flyers, signs or similar advertising materials, you often will find yourself needing bits of simple clip art to add. If you can't find the right item, you may need to make it yourself. For example, you might want something that looks like a slightly bent sticky note. If you are using Adobe Illustrator CS5, this is relatively simple task.

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  1. 1

    Start Illustrator CS5. Select "File" from the menu and choose "New." In the dialogue that opens, enter the width and height you want for the document and click "OK."

  2. 2

    Select the "Pen" tool from the toolbar. Set the "Fill" yellow colour to what you want for the sticky note. Draw a page on the canvas, clicking with the "Pen" tool to add three points that define three of the four corners of the page. For the forth corner, add two points so that it looks as though the corner is missing. Go to the "Layers" panel and lock this layer.

  3. 3

    Click on the "New Layer" button. Use the "Pen" tool to draw a triangular shape that lays on top of the sticky note and connects with the corner of the page you did not draw in the other layer, as if the corner is folded. This triangle should have five points, two to overlap the two points of the missing corner, one which points toward the centre of the page and one more on each of the lines between the corner points and the one pointing toward the centre. As you add them, you should drag the middle points with the left mouse button held down to produce the curl distortion.

  4. 4

    Select the "Gradient" panel on the right to begin applying a "Linear" gradient to the curled end of the sticky note. Click on the first coloured tab in the gradient slider and make it the same colour as your page.

  5. 5

    Go to the toolbar on the left and choose the "Gradient" tool. Use this tool to drag the gradient bar on the canvas so the dark end is pointing to the corner and the blue end is pointing toward the centre. Save your work.

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