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I was inspired by a recent photo I pinned on Pintrest to make this Eiffel Tower cutout style card. I made the tower from scratch, a process I describe below, and used 3-D effects to get the perspective on the tower and main wording and their shadows. I used an opacity mask and a textured paper image to get the paper cutout effect. Finally, I added a very faint vignette. The font is called Tall Dark and Handsome and was chosen to match the height and narrowness of the tower. Here is the final result:
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Here is the original I found several months back that inspired me:

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I drew my Eiffel Tower from scratch, borrowing heavily from Kenneth Appiah’s version on The Noun Project and some photographs of the tower I found online. When making icons such as these I often draw the left half of the object using the Pen Tool and then reflect it by using the Reflection Tool and alt+clicking on a guide I keep in the center of the artwork. I then combine each section using Pathfinder functions (mostly Minus Front and Unite), building the tower from the ground up. Here are a couple of screenshots of the process:

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Screen Shot 2014-03-30 at 1.49.22 PMI wanted my tower to be slightly curvier than Ken’s, and a little bit taller and thiner. I also wanted an extra A-shaped cutout above the lower observation area. In fact there is no such cutout on the actual tower, instead this shape is created by the metal trusses. However, I wanted a little more texture to break up the solid black shadow. I also added slightly more detail to the main observation deck at the top of the tower. Here are my and Ken’s version together (mine is in red):

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