Create Beautiful Night Scene in Gravit Designer

In today’s tutorial I am going to show you how to design a beautiful dreamy night scene in the free vector editor,  Gravit Designer.

Night Scene in Gravit Designer

You’ll learn how to create night water landscape using simple shapes, linear gradients and a blur effect. Then we will trace a boy’s silluette, that I’ve prepared specifically for this tutorial using free raster editor Krita.

Setup a New Document

Begin by opening up the Gravit Designer and create a new document. I am working at 270 x 320px.

New Document window, Gravit Designer

Lake and Sky

Create a rectangle using Rectangle Tool. Set 270px as the width value and 210px as the height.

Rectangle for the sky

Navigate to the Fill Color panel and change it from solid color to the linear gradient. Change a direction to the top-to-bottom. Click on the Gradient Slider to add the third color stop.  Apply these values to the gradient stops (from top):

  1. #4D4997 at the position of 0%
  2. #5556C3 right in the middle
  3. #3EB33FC at the bottom (100%)

Sky Gradient

Done! Position rectangle on the top of the canvas. We’ll create another one in the bottom.

The Lake

Add another rectangle. Give it a size of 270 x 110px.

Create a lake

Go to the Linear Gradient. Set these colors to the colors stops (from top to bottom):

  1. #3EB3FC at the position of 0%
  2. #2E6CB9 at the position of 65%
  3. #4A4DAD at the end of the slider.

The values of Gradient of the second rectangle

Moon

Draw a circle using an Ellipse Tool. Set a diameter of 122px.

Draw a circle for the moon

Change a fill color to #F4FCFF. Position the circle so near 1/5 of it overlap with the bottom rectangle.

Second ellipse

Grab the Ellipse tool once again and draw an ellipse with the size of 120 x 111px.

second ellipse

Position it to cover the top 2/3 of the first circle. Keep them both selected and choose Substract command from the Gravit’s Toolbar.

Substract operator in Gravit

Now we got a lunar shape, half-submerged in the lake. Make a duplicate of it using Clone Command.

Make a duplicate of the lunar shape

Keep the duplicate selected and navigate to the Effects>Blur. Set the Blur’s radius to the 6.6px.

Set a blur

Shade the Submerged Part of the Moon

In order to shade the bottom part of the moon, create duplicate of the original lunar shape and lake rectangle.

Make a duplicate of the lunar shape and lake shape

Keep these duplicates selected and choose an Intersect command from the Boolean Shape Operators Menu on the Toolbar.

Intersect boolean shape operator

This small underwater part of the moon should have a color, that is a bit darker than the rest of it. So go to the Fill Color panel and change a value to #D3EAFF. Change a blending mode to the Multiply.

Shade the moon

Draw Stars

Create a star using Star Tool.On the Appearance panel change the properties of the shape to:

  1. Number of points to 4
  2. Size to 16%.

create a star

Give it any reasonable size, that is basicly depends on the size of the document you are working on. I follow the rule, that the size any of my stars shouldn’t exceed 25px.

Create a duplicate of the star using Clone Command.

Duplicate of the star

With the duplicate selected, go to the Effect>Blur. Set the Radius to the 16.2px.

Set a blur to the star

Make a few duplicates by draging the star, while holding Alt/Option. Place them somewhere on the sky rectangle.

Duplicates of the star

Clouds

In order to create a cloud, create a bunch of the overlapping circles of different size.

Create overlapping circles

Choose a Unite Command from Boolean Shape Menu or proceed Merge using Ctrl/Cmd+M (they are interchangeable).

Unite circles to make a cloudy shape

In the end you should have a single cloudy-like Compound Shape. Add a liear gradient to it with the direction from the top to the bottom. Set a #EBEBEB color at top and #4D74D5 at the bottom.

Gradient on the clouds

Decrease the Opacity to the 11% and navigate to the Effect>Adjust>Overlay.

Set overlay effect to the clouds

Enable the Blend option and set the direction of the gradient from the top to the bottom.

Direction of the overlay

Make a few duplicates of the different size and arrange them randomly on the sky rectangle.

Small Tip: keep the small clouds closer to the center of the artwork/key object and larger clouds on the sides to make composition more balanced.

Vectorize a boy’s silhouette

Grab a reading boy’s silhouette I’d drawn in Krita and place it on a new Page. Trace it using Pen tool.

Tracing boy with pen tool in Gravit

Delete a border and set fill color to black. Do the necessary adjustments, scale down the figure and place on the moon.

Silluete of the boy

Sample the fill color from the moon using Eyedropper Tool on the Fill Color panel.

We are almost done! Let’s create a haze.

The Haze

Create a rectangle with the width of the entire artboard and 106px of height.

Create a haze rectangle

Arrange it at the bottom of the layers panel just above the two rectangles. Play with the opacity. I’m using 10% opacity.

On the Fiil Color panel choose the linear gradient. Apply #7A95E1 at the left end of the Gradient Slider and #62A4E6 – at the right one.

Haze Gradient, Gravit

Navigate to the Effect>Blur. Set the value of Radius to the 34px.

Set a value of the radius of the Blur effect

We are done, ladies and gentlemen. Simple, right. Huh!

Now, let me show you mine, and you shall show me yours in the comments below:)

Final result. reading boy in Gravit designer

I hope you’ve enjoyed this one. Let me hear your thoughts in the comments. Enjoy the day and don’t forget to follow me on Youtube and Medium, where I post serious graphic design articles and tutorials.

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