Guilloché Patterns in Illustrator
● Guilloché patterns consist of repetitive swirling shapes and they are easy to do in Illustrator.
✓ Pucker & Bloat ✓ Blending Modes✓ Swatches
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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 drag that layer just above your background layer.
Step #2: Draw a Circle ~
✓ Get the Ellipse Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (L) …
✓ … hold + pull from the center to create a perfect circle.
Step #3: Stroke Weight ~
✓ Apply a 0.5 Stroke Weight to your shape and remove the fill.
Step #4: Pucker ~
✓ With the circle selected, go to: Effect > Distort & Transform > Pucker & Bloat …
✓ … and change it to around 90 or so.
Step #5: Distort and Transform ~
✓ Then go to: Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform, set the number of copies, click Preview so you can see what you're doing …
✓ … and adjust the angle to get an effect you like.
Step #6: Scale and Random ~
✓ Now try adjusting the Horizontal Scale …
✓ … and try Random, too.
Step #7: Keep going ~
✓ There's no exact settings, just keep trying different adjusts until you get something you like …
Step #8: Expand Appearance ~
✓ Go to: Object > Expand Appearance to turn the design into a single object.
Step #9: Clipping Mask ~
✓ Get the Pen Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (p) …
✓ … draw a box the same size as your larger shape.
Step #10: Selection Tool ~
✓ Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …
Step #11: Select Both Shapes ~
✓ Select both shapes by Shift + Clicking them.
Step #12: Clipping Mask ~
✓ Then go to: Object > Clipping Mask > Make or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+7
Step #13: Blending Modes ~
✓ Click Transparency or go to: Window > Transparency …
✓ … and change the Blending Mode until you get something you like.
✓ Also, experiment with lowering the Transparency (if necessary …)
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✓ Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.ai]
✓ 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.