Wreath - Laural - Garland Brush in Illustrator

    ●   Create a Pattern Brush in Illustrator.

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ReflectDistor & Transform Pattern Brush

  •   This tutorial is part of the Free Trade Project.

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Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

Step #1: Open Your Project in Illustrator ~

Open YOUR CURRENT PROJECT in Illustrator



… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …

… make a New Layer, and lock lock your other layers.

new layer

Step #2: Ellipse Tool ~

Get the Ellipse Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (L) …

… and draw an oval shape as shown:

Step #3: Change the Shape ~

Select the Convert Anchor Point tool behind the Pen Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut: Shift (⇧) + C

… and click the tip of the oval to make a point.

Step #4: Selection Tool ~

Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …

… and select the object.

Step #5: Rotate ~

Then Right-Click the shapes, and go to: Transform > Reflect …

… select Preview and rotate to NEGATIVE - 45° degrees -





Step #6: Transform Effect ~

Go to: Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform

and change the Horizontal and Vertical approximately as shown:





You don't have to match these settings exactly.





Just keep the objects from touching.


Step #7: Reflect ~

Then hit Reflect Y:

Step #8: Copies ~

Set your copies to 10 or 12 approximately.

Step #8: Scale ~

Now, transform the scale at the top to spread and taper your leaves:

Step #9: Line Tool ~

Grab the Line Segment Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut (\) …

… drag a line between the leaves and add some color:

Step #10: Width Tool ~

Get the Width Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letters: Shift(⇧)+W





… and expand the Width at the base of the line.

Play with the Width Tool! It's fun!

Step #11: Expand Appearance ~

Select all the shapes and go to: Object > Expand Appearance.

Step #12: Drag into Brushes ~

Open the Brushes palette …

… drag them into your Brushes palette …

… and choose New Pattern Brush.

Name your brush and lower the scale a little.

Step #13: Ellipse Tool ~

Get the Ellipse Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (L) …

… and drag an Ellipse shape on top of your composition.

Step #14: Half Circle ~

Get the Direct Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (a) …

… select the top anchor point …

… and delete it leaving only the bottom half of the circle.

Also select and delete the right-half of the circle.

Step #15: Apply the Brush ~

With the line selected, click your new brush to apply it:

Step #16: Make a Copy of the Shape ~

Then, with your shape selected, go to: Object > Transform > Reflect

… select Vertical , and click on the Copy button.

Copy makes a duplicate of the original line like this:

Last Step: Save and Attach ~


Attach it!

  •   ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:

  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.

  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.