Illustrator Tutorials

Illustrator: Swirling Vortex Flower Petals

Submitted by Cailean on Sun, 05/21/2017 - 20:50

By Deke McClelland, tutorial on how to amazingly transform two simple circles in Illustrator into a swirling colourful flowering vector effect. This is really excellent - shows just how powerful the Appearance Panel is, as well the some Effects like the Effect: Distort & Transform: Transform with it's dialogue box. Also the Effect: Stylise: Outer Glow.

Illustrator: Two types of Sunbursts

Submitted by Cailean on Wed, 05/17/2017 - 15:10

Classic radial sunburst effect

This is the coveted classic look, made using a circle with a dashed stroke outline - change the default of 12pt to something more like 100pt. Then basically expand that (select stroke and fill) and with direct select (a) lasso the inner end points, then Right Click: Average: Both .... to project all the "rays" into the centre of the original circle. 
Create a filled rectangle on top (I guess any shape would do) and select it and the burst (V), Object > Clipping Mask > Make

Using the Pattern Tool

Submitted by Cailean on Tue, 05/09/2017 - 14:03

This video explains how to use the built in powerful Pattern Tool in Adobe Illustrator. There are different types of repetition, including "brick" and hexagon based.
Also good advice for adding swatches for colour manipulation in Pattern editing mode (should you need to). Also how to add different colour background to a predefined pattern.

Creating Repeating Pattern 1

Submitted by Cailean on Tue, 05/09/2017 - 11:46

This version is the classic method of creating a repeating pattern and saving it as a reusable swatch. Create a square artboard (here 3"), place design elements freely, allowing elements to cross the border. The trick then is to repeat the "missing" part of the element in the opposite side (left and right, top and bottom).
The precise and simple method to achieve this is by arithmetic based on the size of the container (here 3"). Copy the element, the paste in same position.

Move L-R, add 3"
Move R-L, subtract 3"
Move T-B, add 3"
Move B-T, subtract 3"