Diamond Star Shapes in Illustrator

    ●   The Rotate Tool can be very frustrating but it's worth trying …

Learn About:

Opacity Gradients Transform Tool Rulers

  •   This tutorial is part of the Free Trade and CD Cover Projects.

Other People's Work:

Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

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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) …

… and hit Create New Layer.

Step #2: Swatch Colors ~

If you selected colors for your project from this tutorial open those colors, otherwise just open Swatches…

… set the Fill to one of your Swatch colors and turn OFF the stroke fill color none .


Step #3: Ellipse Tool ~

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

… draw a perfect circle by holding shift while you drag to keep it perfectly round.

Step #4: Radial Gradient ~

Now click the Gradient icon or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+F9 and select Radial as the Type.

Step #5: Choose your Gradient Color Stops ~

Now you can drag colors from the Swatches menu to fill your gradient.

… drag OFF any stops you don't need …

Step #6: Opacity

Lower the Opacity of the outside gradient so the background will show through, especially if you have a background.

Step #7: Rulers ~

Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+R show the Rulers or go to: View > Rulers and drag a horizontal and vertical guide as shown …

Step #8: Snap to Point ~

Go to: View > Snap to Point.

Step #9: Move the Circle ~

Get the Selection Tool by hitting the keyboard shortcut letter (v) drag the edge of the circle to the center of your guides.

Step #10: Rotate Tool ~

Get the Rotate Tool which is behind the Reflect Tool …


… and click the bottom-right to set the Pivot Point of the circle in the lower-corner.

This sets the point the circle will rotate around.

Step #11: Rotate the Shape ~

Hold down the Alt (⌥)/Option key drag your circle over a little - it may take a few tries, but you can get it to work eventually …

Step #12: Duplicate the Shape ~

Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+D to duplicate your last action 2 more time …

If it absolutely doesn't work, then make the copies of the shape and arrange them manually.

Step #13: Duplicate the Layer ~

Go to the Layers palette, select the layer with the circles and drag it onto the Create New Layer icon to duplicate it.

Step #14: Rotate the Layer ~

With the duplicated layer selected, go to: Object > Transform > Rotate and enter a value of 45° degrees and click OK.

Step #15: Transparancy ~

Click Transparency or go to: Window > Transparency

… and, with the circles of the top layer still selected, choose Overlay.

Step #16: Duplicate Layers ~

Keep Going! Select both layers and drag them onto the Create New Layer icon to duplicate them. Lock the 2 original layers.

Step #17: Rotate the Duplicated Layers ~

Rotate those layers a value of 22.5 degrees and keep going …

Adjust the colors, Transparency value and Blending Mode everywhere you can circle by circle, layer by layer.

Last Step: Save and Attach ~


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.

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