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Saturday, March 8, 2008

Illustrator tutorial - Draw a flower


In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to draw a flower easily using the Distort and Transform effect in Illustrator. And guess what, there is totally no pen tool involved along this tutorial! This is the trick that I used to draw the Illustrator CS icon (not really looks like it). Somehow it also looks like a Sunflower for me. Hmm..

Software : Adobe Illustrator CS

Step 1

Create a New Document with 500px x 500px Artboard Setup. Select RGB color for Color Mode.


Step 2

Select the Polygon Tool. Click once at the artboard and enter Radius: 70, Sides: 10.
Just fill it with black color first with no stroke.






Step 3

Go to Effect > Distort and Transform > Pucker and Bloat…Enter 50 and OK.




Step 4

Go to Effect > Distort and Transform >Roughen…Enter Size: 10, Relative, Detail: 0 and Points: Smooth. Press OK. You’ll get something like this:-




Step 5

Apply a green Radial Gradient (F9) on it as below:-



Click the left slider and set Location: 50. It’s done for the first layer of our petals.


Step 6

Click on Polygon Tool once again. Enter Radius: 50, Sides: 15. Go to Effect > Distort and Transform > Pucker and Bloat…Enter 100 and OK.

You’ll get something like below:-



The Gradient effect will be automatically applied on it. Change the left slider Location: 30.

Then go to Effect > Distort and Transform > Tweak…Enter Horizontal: 10, Vertical: 10, Relative, Anchor Points: Unchecked, “In” Control Points: Checked and “Out” Control Points: Checked. Click Preview to know how its look and click OK.





Place our second petals in front of the first one:-



Step 7

Repeat Step 6 to create the next petals. Enter these values.

Polygon Tool, Radius: 30, Sides: 15.

Pucker and Bloat: 100 and

Tweak, Horizontal: 20, Vertical: 20, Relative, Anchor Points: Unchecked, “In” Control Points: Checked and “Out” Control Points: Checked. Click OK.

Set the Gradient left slider Location: 15.



And place it in front of our second petals.




Step 8

Ok, the last one. Select the Ellipse Tool or just press L. Click once on the artboard and enter Width: 40px, Height: 40px and click OK.



Then go to Effect > Distort and Transform > Zig Zag…Enter Size: 15, Absolute, Ridges per segment: 20 and Points: Smooth.



After that, go to Effect > Distort and Transform > Roughen… Enter Size: 5, Relative, Detail: 5 and Points: Corner.

Set its Gradient left slider Location: 20.



And place it in front of our third petals. Select all petals, go Object > Group.



Done for the flower.


Step 9

Select the Rounded Rectangle Tool. Click once on the artboard and enter Width: 300px, Height: 250px and Radius: 20.

Fill it with white color with no stroke.

Go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow…Enter X Offset: 1px, Y Offset: 1px, leave everything as default as click OK.




Step 10

Right click the Rounded Rectangle > Arrange > Send to Back or just press Ctrl+Shift+[.

Place our flower to the bottom-left of the rectangle. Make the duplicate of our flower. Resize to make it bigger. Press Shift key while resizing it. Then, set Transparency (Shift+F10): Multiply and Opacity: 30.

Make another three or five duplicates and resize it to make it smaller. Place it on the top-right and bottom-right or anywhere that suits you.

Our final result:-


The flower with some other color settings:-


I hope you guys enjoy this tutorial and that’s all for today. Yeahh!!!

2 comments:

Aileen said...

Wow this is a great tutorial... i had never used those tools! Thank you!! Those flowers are beautiful! :)

Diane H said...

Great Tutorial...I am new to Illustrator, so it's wonderful to find step-by-step instructions for professional quality graphic creations!

 
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