How to Design Feather Flags – Beginners Tutorial in Adobe Illustrator
Using a new software is always troublesome. Figuring out the menus, hotkeys, and all the other features always overwhelms me. Luckily, Adobe Illustrator is very user friendly when it comes to designing simple layouts. After viewing our video tutorial, you’ll know how to design feather flags within minutes. Yes, signs are that easy to design. You can skip the long wall of text and view the custom flag tutorial video below. If you love to read, then read on! The video will go much more in detail than this article, so I highly recommend watching it. This article will just cover some basics since it is fairly difficult to describe the whole process with text and a few dozen different images.
Downloading the Feather Flag Template
Download a feather flag template from our website.
Grab the custom flag template that you are looking to purchase. The most popular size is our 15ft feather flag kit, which matches our stock feather flag banner sizes. The sleeves may not be included in all of the templates you see on our website. It is not an essential component and you can make the sleeve color selection at the item page.
Key Parts of Our Feather Flag Templates
There are three main components of our feather flag templates: bleed line, custom flag design space, and the sleeve color
Feather Flag Template Overview in Adobe Illustrator
Template Bleed Lines
Many how to design feather flags tutorials make it difficult to understand a template. A custom feather flag only has one crucial component – the bleed line. That is the red border line on the inside of the template. Anything outside of this red bleed line will be clipped. So, it is important to keep any important graphics away from that line.
Flag Sleeve Color
This one is straight forward. You can set it to either black or white. Put your mouse on the sleeve, click on it, and then change the color to black or white from the swatches at the top right of illustrator.
Feather Flag’s Design Space
The design real estate would be everything you see in orange. You can change the color of the flag by hoovering over the body and left clicking on it. Once you do that, you can move your mouse back to the swatches and choose the color you like.
Adding text to your custom flag design
You can start adding text by hitting the “T” symbol at the toolbar menu to the left. If you click on the icon and hold down the left click button, different text options will pop up. You will mostly be working with the standard “T” or the vertical tool type.
In the image above, the left side used the standard “T” tool to write the text and then it was rotated 90 degrees (right click on the text à rotate à input 90 for the degrees à hit enter). The right side use the vertical tool type (which you can get by holding down right click on the “T” icon). Notice how both sides are within the bleed lines.
Picking your feather flag’s color
Once you have the text layout done, you can mess around with the flag and text colors to get a design that pops. Your goal should be to make the flag easily visible and readable from a distance. You can do this by minimizing the text on the flag, using bright colors, and adding shadow strokes. You can view the video for a more thorough description. Below is how I’ve tweaked the design to make the text pop from the flag banner’s background.
Now that you know the basics on how to design feather flags, you can use the same techniques to create simple layouts for our other custom flags that we have to offer. Essentially, all signs use the same design process, so if you are looking to create designs without live images, multi-color backgrounds, or other fancy things, then you can easily design your own flag banners.