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.
✓ Live Paint Bucket ✓ Blending Modes ✓ Ellipse Tool ✓ Rotate Tool ✓ Transparency ✓ Pathfinder ✓ Swatches
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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.
Step #2: Colors ~
✓ Now get Rotate Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut (r) …
✓ … hold and click on the center of the ellipse to make the dialog box appear.
✓ Enter 20 in angle and click on copy button.
Step #3: Repeat ~
✓ Now hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+D 7 times to get this:
Step #4: Pathfinder ~
✓ Select 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) …
✓ … and select the inner circle of objects.
✓ Delete the inner circle leaving only the outer shapes.
Step #6: Swatches ~
✓ Click the Swatches icon or go to: Window > Swatches …
✓ … click on the 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 …
✓ … and then get the Live Paint Bucket tool or hit the keyboard shortcut (k)…
✓ … hover over the shape with the Live Paint Bucket and click …
✓ … scroll through your colors by hitting the 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.
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 …