Learn the power of multiple transforming effects in this Adobe Illustrator tutorial!
We’ll create a multiple faceted lace pattern design illustration using the brush tool, guides, clipping masks, transform effects, and lots of brushing.
Brushes used in this tutorial
(subscription required) https://we.graphics/item/ornate-vector-pattern-brushes/
(free for personal use)
(free – attribution required)
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Tutorial Recording Notes:
Disclaimer: these are the actual notes I used to record this video and are written in a language you may or may not understand. Hopefully, you find them useful or cool.
- Create a new document 2000×2000
- Create a black stroke horizontal and vertical line across the document and align to the center
- Create a new layer and copy these lines and paste them in place on this new layer.
- Select the bottom layer and Distort>Transform it angle should be 360/32 to ensure we get 32 sections and then make 7 copies (we started with one copy containing 4 segments so we need 7 more copies each with the 4 segments which equals 32 total segments)
- Make sure you’re anchored to the center of the layer and you’ll be good!
- Go Object>Expand Appearance to break the strokes out into the Illustrator document
- Set the strokes to the color pink
- Turn on the top layer again
- Grab the brush tool and set the stroke color to black and paint a stroke between two lines
- Transform the entire layer: flip X and create one copy with a 0º angle
- Apply a second transform effect to this entire layer and uncheck reflect X and set the angle to 360/16 with 15 copies
- Now, turn on Smart Guides and use the Pen tool to trace out a big triangle that follows the guidelines we’ve set out for this slice of the “pizza”
- Select the entire layer and go Object>Clipping Mask>Make to trim all the paths within each slice of the pie
- Now use the brush tool and play with different brushes to build out a fancy pattern effect