195 - Mesh Flower in Illustrator ~
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Step #1: Open Illustrator ~
Select the Polygon 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 #2: Mesh Tool ~
Select the Mesh Tool or hit the shortcut key - (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 #3: Direct Selection Tool ~
Now get the Direct Selection Tool
Click the center Mesh point with the Direct Selection Tool
Step #4: Change the Color ~
With the the mesh point selected, click the Swatches panel …
… and change the color.
Step #5: The Corners ~
Next, select each corner mesh point and fill it with a color of your choice.
Step 7: Drag the Corners ~
Start dragging each corner point of the polygon out to create a star shape.
Adjust each individual mesh point if necessary.
Step #8: Flower Petals ~
Now for the flower petals. Select the Pen Tool (P) …
… and draw a petal shape as shown.
Adjust the shape with the Direct Selection Tool
Step #9: Color the Flower Petal ~
Hit F6 and open the color palette, and turn off the stroke …
Set the Fill Color to whatever you want … .
Step #10: Color the Flower Petal ~
Now try the Pencil Tool …
… 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 #11: Feathering ~
Then go to: Effect > Stylize > Feather, then set the Feather Radius of the inner shape to whaterver looks good.
Step #12: Mesh Tool ~
Select the Mesh Tool (U)
Click somewhere on the petal …
… then select a different color.
Keep doing this with random mesh points and different colors.
Step #13: 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 #14: Duplicate the Shapes ~
Select all the shapes and group them by hitting 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 #15: The Middle of the Flower ~
Select the shape from the earlier Steps 1-4 and place it on top of the pedals. Set the layer mode to 88% Opacity and apply a Feather effect of 5pt.
Step 16: 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 Your Project & Attach ~
Go to: File > Save as … and save your work as an .ai file.
Attach it and continue working …