Diamond Star Shapes in Illustrator
● The Rotate Tool can be very frustrating but it's worth trying …
✓ Opacity ✓ Gradients ✓ Transform Tool ✓ Rulers
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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 .
Step #3: Ellipse Tool ~
✓ Get the Ellipse Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (L) …
✓ … draw a perfect circle by holding 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 ~
✓ 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.
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