Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques. This week Deke McClelland takes the 2D character from last week’s tutorial (inspired by the art of video game designer Dan Paladin) and adds a radiant cartoon aura in Adobe Illustrator.
1. Delete the template layer and select the back layer. Option-click or Alt-click the Create New Layer icon to open the Layer Options dialog box. Name the new layer aura and click OK to add the layer to your document.
2. Unlock the body layer. Click in the upper corner of that layer’s row in the Layers panel to select all its paths.