Radial Shapes in Illustrator

    ●   This is a great tutorial for drawing concentric circles on the computer.

    ●   It introduces the concept of applying brush strokes.

Learn About:

Rotate ToolDuplicate a ShapeBrushesEllipse Tool

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

Other People's Work:

Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

Step #1: Open Illustrator ~

Open YOUR PROJECT in Illustrator

    ●   If you are working on the
CD Cover Project open that ...

    ●   OR, if you are working on the
Picture Perfect Project
open that ...

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



Make a New Layer and drag it below the other layers …

Step #2: Colors ~

Set the Fill Color to fill color none and leave the stroke.

Step #3: Ellipse Tool ~

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

… and draw a small circle on your composition.

Step #4: Set the Rotation Point ~

Select the Rotate Tool or it the keyboard shortcut letter (r) …

rotate tool

… and set your pivot point a little below your Ellipse.




This is the point around which you will rotate your Ellipse.


Step #5: Duplicate the Ellipse ~

Hover over the line with the Rotate Tool and hold alt option keyAlt (⌥)/Option key - notice the cursor changes

… and drag the ellipse over a little:

Step #6: Duplicate the Circles ~

Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+D to repeat the last step over and over until you have a "circle of circles".

Step #7: Brush the Paths ~

Click Brushes

… and click the Brush Libraires Menu.

Here is the same image with the Artistic Ink brush applied to the paths:

Step #8: Blending Modes ~ 

Click Transparency or go to: Window > Transparency

… and change the Blending Mode until you get something you like.

Also, experiment with lowering the Transparency (if necessary …)

Step #9: Colors and Effects ~

Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+A and select all your shapes, change the colors of the stroke and fill to your preferred colors.

Step #10: Drop Shadow ~

Also, go to: Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow and add any other effects you too …

Also, change the colors of the stroke and fill. Try different stuff!

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.

Other Resources: http://designertoday.com/Tutorials/Illustrator/1230/Rapidograph.Adobe.Illustrator.Tutorial.aspx