How to create a simple basic flower using Illustrator.
What kind of flower would you like to give to someone you love? Well for me definitely I’ll choose Rose.. errr! well it’s been a long time I’ve not gave a bucket of Roses to my wife anymore since our first met. Anyway, this time I’ll share with you a simple tutorial on how to create a simple flower within a second in Illustrator.. sounds interesting? read on!
STEP 1 : Firstly you have to choose a ‘Poligon Tool’ on the toolbar.
STEP 2 : Create one Poligon simply by dragging the cursor while pressing shift. Why press shift button? pressing shift is to make an object to be equal on every corner. Try creating a simple object like ‘Rectangle Tool’ without pressing shift button then you’ll get the idea.
STEP 3 : Now you have one nice Poligon..Okay! now comes the interesting part.. go to Effect>Distort & Transform>Pucker & Bloat and see the effect.. adjust the percentage you prefer until you satisfy with it.
Tips : The more percentage you set the long your flower will bee. Amazing right!
STEP 4 : For more advanced flower what you need to do is pretty simple, go to Object>Path>Add Anchor Points and see the different. Repeat the step if you want more effect on the flower or you can just leave it as the previous shape.
STEP 5 : Now at this point you have a basic shape of flower. But it seems weird where you still can see the Poligon line eventhough the object turn into a flower shape. Go to Object>Expand Appearance then only you’ll see the outline follow the shape of your flower.
STEP 6 : Next thing to do is to add one round shape using ‘Ellipse Tool’ (press L) to be put in the middle of the flower.
STEP 7 : Now, to put the round shape in the middle of the flower in a smart way is by using Align, go to Window>Align or press (Mac: Shift+F7 / PC: Shift+F7). Select the two objects (Round shape + Flower) by using ‘Selection Tool’ and choose ‘Horizontal Align Center’ + ‘Vertical Align Center’ on the Align toolbar. Make sure not to select the ‘Align To Artboard’ (well..actually its up to you if you want the object to be exactly in the middle of the artboard)
STEP 8 : Now lets play with colors.. select the object using ‘Selection Tool’ (press V) and once the object selected then pick any color you prefer from the Swatches toolbar. One thing you need to understand is Fill and Outline, where you need to Color the Fill area of your flower while the outline you can leave it empty (but actually it’s depends on your creativity though). Select more color option Windows>Swatches Libraries>
STEP 9 : Same goes to the round shape, fill the object with a different color. That’s it.. pretty simple right. Create more variety on the flower + play with the color and sizes then you’ll have a garden of nice and beautiful flowers on your computer.. Enjoy + Play with it and give yourself an applause!
Now I’m goin to buy a flower for my wife.. see you next week then.