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Create a Vector Golden Laurel Wreath in Illustrator

Posted in Tutorials on July 20th, 2015 | 1 Comment

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Laurel Wreath is a widely used, extremely popular vector item. We can find it in use in many logos, badges and other art works. UN has incorporated it in its logo. Many vector websites are providing it for free with many variations. Most of the time, I download it online. But I wonder if I could make one by myself and I tried it on Adobe Illustrator CS4. This is what I will be sharing in this tutorial.

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This is the Laurel Wreath that we will be creating in this tutorial. We can use it in any logo or in other artworks. The picture above is the final image we will be working towards.

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Begin with creating the new document of 1000 px × 1000 px or it can be of any size. Color mode does not make any difference. You can choose whatever you are comfortable with.

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Next, select ELLIPSE TOOL by pressing L. Press V to get SELECTION TOOL and move the circle to the side by holding Shift + Alt or Option to get a copy of it. It should overlap the previous one as shown above.

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Selecting both circles press INTERSECT in Pathfinder Panel.

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Press Shift + C to get CONVERT ANCHORE POINT TOOL and use it to change the shape of the object as shown above. Now it should look like a leaf.

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Select PEN TOOL by pressing P and draw a Triangle above the object. Using CONVERT ANCHORE POINT TOOL give it a curve shape. It will be the main vein of the leaf.

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Select both leaf and vein using SELECTION TOOL and press MINUS FRONT in the Pathfinder Panel.

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Reverse the color of stroke and fill by pressing Shift + X and our Laurel leaf is ready.

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Now, create a stretched triangle using PEN TOOL as shown in the image above. We will use it as a stem.

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Place the leaf at the one end of the stem and rotate it slightly.

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Press Ctrl or Cmd + C and Ctrl or Cmd + F to make a duplicate of the leaf on the top of the original one. Move it to the another end and reduce its size.

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Select both leaves and go to Object > Blend > Make or press Ctrl or Cmd + Alt or Option + B. Now go to Object > Blend > Blend Options or double click on the BLEND TOOL icon in the TOOL BAR and select Specified Steps in Spacing. Then set the required number of steps.

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Again go to Object > Blend > Expand with the leaves selected and then press Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + G to ungroup them.

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Go to the Align Panel and set the Align To drop down to ALIGN TO KEY OBJECT option, set 0 px in the Distribute Spacing. Then click on the HORIZONTAL DISTRIBUTE SPACE Button.

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Again, get a new leaf and place it in another side of the stem and increase its size. Apply previously mentioned technique to create more leaves as shown above.

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If you face something unexpected like in the above image then you can correct it simply by deleting the unnecessary leaves.

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Select all the objects and press Ctrl or Cmd + G to group it. Save it as ART BRUSH with default settings by dropping it in the Brushes Panel.

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Now, Press P to select PEN TOOL and create a curved path as shown above.

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Apply the Art Brush that we have created to the selected path.

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Sometimes result may not come as you expect. Depending on the start and end point of the curve path you have created, orientation of the Laurel Steam may vary as shown above.

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We can correct it easily. Double-click on the Art Brush thumbnail in the Brushes Panel and a dialogue box with whole lot of options will popup. In the opened dialog box, select the Flip Along or Flip Across Option. Make sure the leaves are in the right position and the larger leaves are facing outside. If the leaves are long then adjust the size of the curve using SELECTION TOOL.

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Press OK button and then click the APPLY TO STROKES button in the new dialog box.

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Now go to Object > Path > Expand Appearance with the object selected. It will make Laurel brush a separate object.

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Selecting it press O to get the REFLECT TOOL. Double click it in Tool Bar to get Reflect Dialogue box, select the VERTICAL option and then press the COPY button.

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Move the copy a little bit the right.

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Then select the stem of the new copy using DIRECT SELECTION TOOL. Go to Object > Path > Offset Path. In the dialog box set the offset option to 3 px.

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Select the new expanded object and the stem of the left branch. Go to the PATHFINDER PANEL and select MINUS FRONT option.

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Select the entire Laurel Wreath and go to Object > Compound Path > Make or press Ctrl or Cmd + 8 to make the object a Compound Path. Fill it with the linear gradient of golden color.

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Give it a Black background by creating a Black Rectangle behind the Laurel Wreath.

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Create other necessary items and place it as show in the image above.

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To create a banner, draw a rectangle using RECTANGLE TOOL.

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Create another two objects similar to the image shown above.

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Add two triangles to give folded effect as shown above.

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Select all the objects except the two triangles that we added later. Go to the Object > Compound Path > Make or press Ctrl or Cmd + 8 to make it compound path and fill it with the same gradient that we have used in the Laurel Wreath. Fill the triangles with solid color as shown above.

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Then go to Object > Envelope Distort > Make With Warp… to get a Warp Options. Select the ARC style with Horizontal Option. Bend it as your need and hit OK.

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Place it at the bottom of the Laurel Wreath and adjust its size if necessary. Type some text on it.

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Go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow… to give some depth and here we go. This is how a Golden Laurel Wreath is created in Illustrator. You can use it to any logo, batch and any other art work. Enjoy!

 

Written by Ashok Shrestha
Ashok Shrestha is an up and coming graphic designer for both print and web. He is knowledgeable in Adobe C.S. 3/ C.S. 4, Joomla and Wordpress. He likes to experiment with various techniques in both print and web.

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1 Comment

  1. Roman says:

    very nice tutorial . cheers !

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