Mesh Flower in Illustrator
● Make Beautiful Flowers using the Mesh Tool.
✓ Feathering✓ Mesh Tool ✓ Transparency ✓ Swatches
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Step #1: Open Your Project in Illustrator ~
✓ Open YOUR PROJECT in Illustrator and …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
✓ … make a New Layer and Lock the others.
Step #2: Flower Petals ~
✓ Get the Pen Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (p) …
✓ … and draw a petal shape as shown.
✓ It doesn't have to be Perfect!
✓ Do your best! You can fix your shape later!
Adjust the Shape with the Direct Selection Tool
✓ Now use the Direct Selection Tool by hitting the keyboard shortcut letter (a) to adjust your shape.
Step #3: Color the Flower Petal ~
✓ Turn off the Stroke …
✓ … and set the Fill Color.
Step #4: Color the Flower Petal ~
✓ Get the Pencil Tool, or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (n) …
✓ … and add another shape toward the bottom part of the flower pedal. Fill it with a pink or any other color of your choice.
Step #5: Feathering ~
✓ With the inner shape selected, go to: Effect > Stylize > Feather …
✓ … and set the Feather Radius of the inner shape to whaterver setting blends the edges slightly.
Step #6: Mesh Tool ~
✓ Select the Mesh Tool again (U) …
✓ … click somewhere on the petal …
✓ … and then select a DARKER color.
✓ Keep doing this with random mesh points all around using different colors.
Step #7: Duplicate the Inner Shape ~
✓ Select the inner-shape with the Selection Tool , and, holding down Alt (⌥)/Option key make a copy.
✓ Shrink it down to about 75% of the original one, fill it with a darker color and a Feather effect, too.
Step #8: Duplicate the Shapes ~
✓ Select all the shapes and group them by hitting the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+G.
✓ Then copy the petal by holding down Alt (⌥)/Option while clicking and dragging it slightly.
✓ Then rotate the new petals using the Selection Tool …
Step #9: The Middle of the Flower ~
✓ Select the Polygon Tool which is behind the Rectangle Tool …
✓ … click once on the artboard to activate Polygon options …
✓ … set a Radius of approximately 50 pt with 6 Sides and fill the polygon with a color of your choice.
Step #11: Mesh Tool ~
✓ Select the Mesh Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (U) …
✓ … click once with the Mesh Tool in the center of the shape to start your mesh.
✓ Start adding mesh points on either side, and top & bottom.
Step #12: Direct Selection Tool ~
✓ Get the Direct Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (a) …
✓ … and click the center Mesh point with the Direct Selection Tool.
Step #13: Change the Color ~
✓ With the the mesh point selected, click the Swatches panel …
✓ … and change the color.
Step #14: The Corners ~
✓ Next, select each corner mesh point and fill it with a color of your choice.
Step #15: Drag the Corners ~
✓ Start dragging each corner point of the polygon out to create a star shape.
✓ Adjust each individual mesh point if necessary.
✓ Feather the inner shapes maybe lower the Opacity.
Step #16: You Need a Background ~
✓ If you need a background, create another rectangle, fill it with a color, and select random points and fill them with a darker or lighter green using the Mesh Tool again.
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.