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How to Draw a Treasure Chest With Adobe

Updated July 20, 2017

Graphic designers often need to recreate an image for a project, something that Adobe has developed a suite of programs to do. In the case of recreating icons and artwork, such as a treasure chest, Adobe Illustrator is the best choice. Illustrator is a vector-based, rather than pixel-based, program, and it allows a designer to get a clean, crisp look that is fitting for this type of project. Using an image as a starting point, or drawing it completely by hand, you can make the shape of a treasure chest using mostly the Pen tool.

Launch Adobe Illustrator and click "File" and "New." Enter a height and width and click "OK."

Click the Pen tool in the Tools palette and draw the outline of your treasure chest edges using a 1-pixel line; draw it by hand or copy over the outlines of a photo. Click on the Live Paint Bucket tool in the Tools palette and fill your treasure chest with brown and black colours from the Color palette or the Color Picker.

Click on the Pen tool in the Tools palette and draw the outline of the coins inside the treasure chest and a lock for the front. Click on the Convert Anchor Point tool in the Tools palette to adjust the curves, making them smooth and round. Click on the Live Paint Bucket and select the coins, filling them with a colour from the Color palette or Color Picker.

Click on the Pen tool in the Tools palette and draw rounded shapes to make shadows for the inside of the chest, making one set for the back of the chest lid and one for the gold coins.

Click on the Live Paint Bucket and fill the set of shadows for the chest with a darker version of the chest colour. Fill the gold coin shadow with a darker version of the gold coin colour.

Select all the shadows by clicking on the Selection tool in the Tools palette and holding shift while clicking on the shadows. Change the transparency of the shadows by adjusting the Opacity slider in the Transparency window until you get a shadow effect.

Things You'll Need

  • Treasure chest image
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About the Author

Cindy Crabtree's writing and editing career began in 2007. A former editor-in-chief of several magazines, she has contributed to "Boise Metropolitan Magazine," "Eagle Life Magazine" and "Meridian Magazine." Crabtree studied psychology at Boise State University and multimedia/Web design at the Art Institute of Phoenix.