Geometric Flower in Illustrator

    ●  Create a series of radial shapes, split them up using the Pathfinder, and fill them with colors using the Live Paint Bucket.

Learn About:

Live Paint Bucket Blending Modes Ellipse Tool Rotate Tool Transparency Pathfinder Swatches

  •   This tutorial is part of the Free Trade and Package Redesign projects.

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Step #1: Open your Project in Illustrator ~

Open YOUR PROJECT in Illustrator

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

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

… and draw a long narrow oval shape.

oval shape

Step #2: Colors ~

Now get Rotate Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut (r) …


… hold alt option key and click on the center of the ellipse to make the dialog box appear.

alt click center oval


Enter 20 in angle and click on copy button.

copy rotate 20

Step #3: Repeat ~

Now hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+D 7 times to get this:

Geometric Flower Effect Logo in Illustrator

Step #4: Pathfinder ~

Select all ellipses …

all ellipses

… and go to:  Window > Pathfinder or hit the keyboard shortcut: Shift+Cmd(⌘)+F9 and click on Divide:


Step #5: Direct Select the Inner Circle ~

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

lasso tool ai

… and select the inner circle of objects.

Delete the inner circle leaving only the outer shapes.

delete inner circle

Step #6: Swatches ~

Click the Swatches icon or go to: Window > Swatches

… click on the Swatch Libraries menu …

swatch libraries menu

… and go to: Gradients > Color Harmonies or any other library you want.

Step #8: Drag the Colors into Swatches ~

To make this work, you've got to drag the colors into Swatches. Click on the first swatch in the group …

… and then, holding click on the last swatch to select them all.

Now you can grab the whole group and drag them into Swatches.

OR - Just click on the folder of the swatch (if there is one) and drag it.

Step #9: Live Paint Bucket ~

Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+A to Select All and go to: Object > Live Paint > Make

live paint make

… and then get the Live Paint Bucket tool or hit the keyboard shortcut (k)…

live paint bucket

… hover over the shape with the Live Paint Bucket and click …

… scroll through your colors by hitting the Arrow Key right arrow key

… and fill the Live Paint area with color of your choice by clicking.

Step #10: Stroke ~

Once you get all your shapes filled, try deleting the Stroke to see if you like the way that looks. Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+A to Select All and turn the stroke off. If you don't like the look, you can turn it back on.

stroke off

Step #11: Transparency ~

If you are working on the Free Trade, this flower shape might look good blended with the background. With the flower shape selected, open the Transparency panel.


Change the Blending Modes to find an interesting look.

Last Step: Save Your Project & Attach ~

Go to: File > Save as … and save your work as an .ai file.

Attach it and continue working …

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