Make your own 2D Game Backgrounds with Adobe Illustrator
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Make your own 2D Game Backgrounds with Adobe Illustrator

Workflows and best practices for making game backgrounds with Adobe Illustrator
4.8 (87 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,800 students enrolled
Last updated 5/2016
Price: $50
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create your own 2D game backgrounds using Adobe Illustrator
  • Understand and implement proven workflows and best practices when making 2D Game Backgrounds.
  • Create background assets for your 2D game background
  • Create appealing 2d Game Backgrounds
  • Prepare game backgrounds for animation (parallax effect)
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  • Adobe Illustrator CS5 or higher
  • You should be familiar with basic illustrator tools and shortcuts. This is a workflow driven course and NOT a "learn illustrator tools from ground-up" course.
  • Dedicated time to learn and initiative to create results based on the course's teachings.

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Creating your own 2D game backgrounds is possible. All you need are the right structure, workflows and mindset in creating it within Adobe Illustrator. And in this course that is exactly what I will teach you.

This course is about creating your own 2D game backgrounds from SCRATCH in Adobe Illustrator. We will be making a 2d/cartoony game background with proper structure, proven workflows and the mindset you can use in creating your own 2d game backgrounds.

This course will give you a new approach in creating a 2d game background in a more efficient and time saving way. It will also demonstrate proven workflows and tips in using Adobe Illustrator for game art.

About this course:

  • Full, free lifetime access
  • The course would be regularly updated and more lectures will be added.
  • The awesome Udemy 30 day money-back-guarantee.
  • Challenging tasks that let you validate everything you will learn in this course.
  • Full support from the instructor
  • This course is for intermediate Adobe Illustrator cs4 and up users. And assumes you know where your shortcuts are, your tools are and the process on using tools.
  • This course is a FULL OVERVIEW type of course and NOT a step by step course. I will take you with me in creating a game background from blocking, breaking down the background in small areas and fully completing it.
  • This course shows the proper tools you CAN use in creating backgrounds, and why I use this certain tools only.
  • The course is about 1 and a half hour only, shorter than my other courses, but is purely focused on creating game backgrounds. No more intros to many tools. We will create the background right of the bat.
  • This course is structured to make you efficient in setting the layers properly, the areas you need to focus (not in sequence) but the advantage of having MODULAR approach in creating this kinds of backgrounds.
  • If you would like to improve your background creations skills or you want to add more knowledge and workflows to your current ones, this course is PERFECT for you.
  • So click enroll now and lets get started!
Who is the target audience?
  • Students that has basic knowledge of Illustrator and wanting to start making their own 2D Game Backgrounds
  • Intermediate artist looking for new workflows in creating 2D Game Backgrounds
  • Not for students that are complete beginners. You should have a fair amount of understanding in using Adobe Illustrator. Know where the basic tools are and basic shortcuts.
  • Students who want to have a solid workflow in creating and preparing game backgrounds
  • This is not a "how I draw course" you should have done some environment or background sketches prior to using illustrator
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
5 Lectures 19:02

In this intro lecture, I would like to give thanks to you my students, and the plans for this course.

Preview 02:01

In this lecture, I will define the purpose of the course so that you will have a full understanding of the course before starting the background creation.

What this course is NOT

In this lecture, I will go over the tools used mostly in my worklflow and how you can benefit from using each one.
This course assumes you are an intermediate student and already has a know-how within Illustrator.
This course will show you the best ways in producing game backgrounds for 2d games.

Preview 08:05

Art should have structure, and in this lecture I will show you how I go about setting up my illustrator layers and how we can take advantage of this feature in illustrator.

Setting up proper layers for your game background

Your first exercise in the course is to practice creating properly structure backgrounds, like what I have demo'd in the previous lecture. This will set the type of organization we will implement in our game backgrounds. But are not rules, and should just be considered as guides. If you are comfortable with working in one layer and have a full knowledge of layers, you can structure your own game backgrounds as you prefer.

Exercise - Your first game background block-out
Creating the Game Background
6 Lectures 01:00:52

In this lecture, we are gonna be starting in creating the mid ground for game background. This will help you see the bigger picture in what you are creating.

Creating the MID GROUND - PART 1

Continuation of the process in how I create midground for my game backgrounds.

Creating the MID GROUND - PART 2

Final leg of my process in creating mid grounds for game backgrounds

Creating the MID GROUND - PART 3

In this lecture, we will continue the game background design and add the foreground elements.

Preview 09:07

In this lecture, we will be finishing the full game background.

Creating the BACKGROUND - Part 1

In this lecture, we will continue the background creation process and have our final, created from scratch game background. This lecture ends the creation process.

Creating the BACKGROUND - Part 2
3 Lectures 02:29

In this lecture, we will do a recap of what we have learned and achieved so far in the course. From our blocking to the final game background. And that everything was created from scratch. NO SKETCHES or anything. So its really possible for a non-drawing artist to create their own GAME BACKGROUNDS.

Course summary and course conclusion - Time to apply everything from the course!

For your final exam, you will be creating your own game backgrounds using the workflows we have discussed in the course. Its up to you if you want to have the same result as mine, or sketch your own concept and detail it yourself.
You can go and work on backgrounds for any types of games.
Post it in the discussion board entitled "My final exam"

Thanks! And I look forward to your creations!

FINAL EXAM - Make your own game background

A Special Treat for my students. Check out the the lecture content. :)

A SPECIAL Bonus for YOU my game art student. Check the BONUS here!
Supplemental Tips and Tricks
1 Lecture 04:31

In this supplemental tips and tricks video, I'll go over how we can clean up all those ugly excess shapes that bleeds out of our artboard. We will be using the power of clipping masks to trim them. Oh and it's a non-destructive approach. so the excess part of your artworks are still in tack and wont be erased. Check it out!

TIPS: Cleaning up excess artwork on artboard - Clipping masks Technique
About the Instructor
Rafael John Regidor
4.5 Average rating
436 Reviews
6,389 Students
3 Courses
2d Mobile Game Artist, Instructor

I love playing mobile games and creating mobile game art!
As a game artist, I create professional designs for mobile games and provides full game reskins for clients all over the world.

I am the founder and lead game artist at Nether Fun Games, and in my years of creating game art assets, I have developed workflows to get the creative task done in the fastest way possible and in the highest quality. No compromises on quality here, just pure fast and top-notch work.

Learn how I do it.

Would you like to learn how to create your own game art? For your flash games, mobile games or other gaming platform?

Would you like to see the ins and out of mobile game graphics reskinning?

Would you like to learn how to create any game art, just by having the correct mindset even if you have absolutely no understanding of all the art concepts, theories and other "stuff"

Then my courses are for you! I have been in the mobile games design industry for almost 3 years now. Providing fast and top-notch for happy clients all over the world.

And I will teach you all my discoveries and personally streamlined workflows to start creating your own game art, and maybe start on making your first mobile game theme/design.

I have created game app designs and reskins for clients. Providing character design and animation, interface design, background and props designs, screenshots and icons. And helped clients have premium quality game art, which players (like myself) would be excited to play.

Though my courses are mainly for mobile game art creation, all knowledge, tips/hacks I will teach can be applied to any other graphics art field like creating vector illustrations for print, videos, stock images and other related skills.

"It's not how good you are, Its how good you want to be"

So check my courses now and enroll to what interests you.