Swirls in Illustrator
● Introductory Illustrator tutorial ~
✓ Custom Brushes✓ Pen Tool✓ Symbols ✓ Effects
• This tutorial is part of a series:
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Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Open your Project in Illustrator ~
✓ Open YOUR PROJECT in Illustrator …
● If you are working on the Shadow Life Project open that ...
● OR, if you are working on the
CD Cover Project open that or
begin your tutorial on this: cd-cover-template.ai...
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
Step #2: Create a New Layer ~
✓ Make a New Layer, lock your other layers, and drag the new layer below the your main important objects …
Step #3: Draw a Line ~
✓ Get the Pen Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (p) …
✓ … turn your Fill color OFF by clicking on the little …
✓ … then draw a wavy line on your artboard.
Step #4: Deselect ~
✓ Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …
✓ … and click somewhere on the artboard …
✓ That's one way DeSelect an item in Illustrator!
Step #5: Fill Color On again ~
✓ Set both your Fill Color and Stroke Color to black …
Step #6: Draw a Triangle ~
✓ Draw a long, thin triangle shape like this:
✓ Make sure you CLOSE THE SHAPE by ending where you began.
✓ You know you're about to close the shape when your Pen Tool icon looks like this:
<= This is the Closed Shape icon …
Step #7: Create a New Brush ~
✓ Open the Brushes palette by clicking on the icon or go to: Window > Brushes.
✓ Using the Selection Tool drag the triangle you made into the Brush palette.
✓ In the second window of options keep all the defaults except change the colorization method from the dropdown menu to Tints.
✓ Tints is important if you want to change the color of the brush later.
Step #8: Apply the Brush to the Line ~
✓ With the twirl selected, click the new brush you made:
✓ Then your can get rid of the original triangle.
Step #9: Add a Spiral ~
✓ Grab the Spiral Tool which is behind the Line Segment Tool …
✓ … click anywhere on the artboard to bring up the Spiral tool options.
Step #10: Rotate the Spiral ~
✓ Get the Free Transform Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (e) …
✓ … rotate and size the spiral into place.
Step #11: Draw another Branch ~
✓ Draw another branch coming of the vine.
✓ Go to: Window > Stroke and shrink the size of the line to make it look more realistic.
Step #12: Open and Save these New Brushes ~ ~
✓ Now that you know how difficult it is to make good brushes, open this file and in Illustrator and click the Brushes palette …
✓ … click on the Brush Libraries Menu …
✓ … and save the Brushes as your name or whatever.
Step #13: Go Back to your Project ~
✓ Now go back to your project, click on the Brush Libraries Menu, go down to User Defined - and open the custom symbols you created.
Step #14: Apply the Brush ~
✓ Draw a shape with the Pencil Tool, and with the shape selected, click a brush to apply it to the stroke.
Step #15: Stroke Weight ~
✓ Then lower the stroke weight …
Step #16: Blending Mode ~
✓ 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 …)
✓ Find your colors, click it and it shows up as either your stroke or fill color:
✓ Add some color into your design.
Step #17: Duplicate your swirls ~
✓ Make a copy of the your swirls and, using the free transform tool, rotate and place in the lower right portion of the canvas.
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.
Other Resources: http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-illustrator-brushes-and-vectors-foliage .