How to Create an Easy Coffee Shop Facade in Adobe Illustrator

What You’ll Be Creating In this tutorial you will learn how to create a street landscape with ease, using mainly the Rectangle Tool and a few effects in Adobe Illustrator. 1. Set the Background Step 1 Go to File > New to create a new document, size 600px by 800px. Create three new layers (Window > Layers): Step 2 Select the background layer. Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), click the artboard and set the rectangle to 600px by 800px. Set the fill color to R=219 G=219 B=219 and align it to the artboard with the Align panel (Window > Align): Select the Rectangle Tool (M) click the artboard and set the rectangle to 600px by 85px. Set the fill color to R=190 G=190 B=190 and align it to the artboard.  Step 3 We will add a footpath. Draw a rectangle above the previous one. Don’t worry about going outside of the artboard, we’ll sort this out later. Set the stroke to 2pt and the stroke color to R=168 G=155 B=152. Pick the Line Segment Tool (\), hold the shift key and draw a vertical line with a 2pt stroke and stroke color R=168 G=155 B=152. Drag the newly created line to the right holding Alt-Shift to copy it. Then hit Control-D three times to repeat your last action: Select all these shapes, go to the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder) and hit Divide.  Then go to Object > Expand, select Stroke only and hit OK. Keep the group selected and go to Pathfinder again and hit Unite.  Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), draw a rectangle as below, keep it selected, hold the Shift key, select the footpath shape and hit Minus Front in the Pathfinder. Do the same...