We know there is a whole bunch of outgoing people around the UK, so this week we bring you a creative way to promote quiz nights at your pub or entertainment venue. The tutorial is about how to create an artwork for an old fashioned pub quiz. Not any pub quiz, a tube quiz in fact!
The design was created in Adobe Illustrator and therefore it can be scaled to any size without loss of quality. This enables you to use it for a business card sized flyer as well as an A0 poster. We have decided for an A2 poster.
Get the A2 print template, choose the first option (Illustrator, 1 side). Double click to unzip, then open the file ending in *.ai – the canvas displayed already has the correct size, colour mode and bleed settings.
Let’s start off with the background – this will be the first layer of the design. Make a rectangle by selecting the respective tool and click on the canvas once, then enter the measurements of the poster (with bleed) as shown in the graphic, as we want to cover the whole background with it.
To fill the object with colour, click on the gradient symbol, as shown by the arrow in the graphic. Enter the colour and gradient values accordingly.
Make another rectangle with the measurements 424 x 80mm. Then click on the circle tool (hidden in the same menu as the rectangle), then click on the canvas and enter the measures of the circle (250 x 250mm) when prompted. Enter the stroke weight and the stroke colour values as shown and give the rectangle the same fill colour, but make sure you switch off the stroke for it.
Align both items centred and move the object layers above the white gradient in the background, by right-clicking onto both and selecting Arrange -> Bring to
Click on the circle only and go to Object -> Path -> Outline Stroke. After that, select both items, open the Pathfinder window (Window -> Pathfinder) and choose the divide option at the bottom left.
The circle and rectangle now got divided in the areas they overlapped. Delete the 3 shapes in the middle, then move the objects on the outside away from the circle as shown. Make sure you use the white selection tool as the objects are now grouped (alternatively you can ungroup them – Object -> Ungroup).
Let’s move on to the background shapes. Make 3 more circles from the very middle of the object we just created (hold down Alt + Shift while creating each circle to make sure they are round and blown up from the middle position). You can give each a different thickness and opacity and even make a dotted (dashed) line – see my configuration in the preview picture. Select all items in red, right click onto them, choose Arrange -> Bring to Front.
Select the type tool and type ‘TUBE QUIZ’, choose your preferred font (I chose Impact since it’s available on most computers and works really well for the purpose), position it in the center and blow it up to fit in the gap between the red half circles. Give it your preferred fill colour and a white stroke of 8pt.
Go to Effect -> Stylize -> Outer Glow and apply the effect with the values as shown. The result should roughly look like the picture then.
In the next step we are creating the text and info boxes at the bottom, therefore we need 2 rectangles, both 424mm in width, one 195mm high, the second one
roughly 30mm, depending on what text you wish to accommodate there. Fill these with your preferred colours and make sure the text that goes on top will contrast well with the background, i.e. a dark background with a bright font on top. Create another dotted line with the same dot size as the inner circle with the values shown, in white, and align it at the top of the larger box.