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Make a Vector Flower using Blend Tool in Illustrator

Posted in Tutorials on August 21st, 2015 | No Comments

Vector Flower
Illustrator is one of the most popular vector software in world. It has very powerful tool that are easy to use. Using very simple techniques we can create very complex vector images. Blend Tool is one of my favorite. It is very helpful while creating similar multiple objects.
Using that property very complex looking artwork can be created. In this tutorial I will be sharing its use in creating a vector flower with very little effort. This will be very helpful for the beginners to understand how Blend Tool works and where can we use it. So, here we go.

Vector Flower

This is how our vector flower is going to look like.

Vector Flower

Let’s start with in New Document of any size you want. Mine is 1000px × 1000px in size with RGB mode. Select a PEN TOOL by pressing P and draw a straight line as shown above. Make sure NONE is selected in its FILL.

Vector Flower

Press Shift + C to select CONVERT ANCHOR POINT TOOL and make it a curve as shown above.

Vector Flower

Again press O to select REFLECT TOOL. Then double click the REFLECT TOOL in the TOOL BAR and a Reflect dialogue box will appear. Select the HORIZONTAL in Axis Option and press COPY button. It will make a new copy of the curve and reflected horizontally.

Vector Flower

Again double click the REFLECT TOOL in TOOL BAR with the copied curve selected. This time select the Vertical in Axis Option and press OK button. You should get something similar to the image above.

Vector Flower

Select SELECTION TOOL by pressing V and move the new curve to the right as shown above.

Vector Flower

Color the first curve with #39C2D7 and the second one with #00A76D

Vector Flower

Now select both curves and press Ctrl or Cmd + Alt or Option + B to Blend them. The go to Object > Blend > Blend Options. A Blend Options dialogue box will appear. Select Specified Steps in Spacing Option with numeric value 8 and hit OK.

Vector Flower

Now we have to reverse the copied curve to get the perfect Blend. To do so, select the PEN TOOL and head to the bottom of the copied curve. Place the PEN TOOL above the edge of the curve and cursor icon of PEN TOOL will be companied by a Forward Slash (/). Then click the point. It will reverse the curve by inter-changing the start and end point of the curve.

Vector Flower

This is going to be the Petal of our vector flower.

Vector Flower

Select the Petal and press R to get the ROTATE TOOL. Click at the bottom of the petal to set the centre point. Hold Alt or Option key. Click on the top of the petal and hold the click. Now, slowly drag it to the clockwise direction almost creating an alphabet V.

Vector Flower

Then press Ctrl or Cmd + D to repeat the action and it will make a flower shown above. Maintain the distance and number of petals until you are satisfied. You can experiment by defining the center point of the Rotate Tool in different places and maintaining the distance and the position of the initial petal to see how Ctrl or Cmd + D can change the size and shape of the flower.

Vector Flower

Create a leaf for our flower by the same technique we have used for the petal. Curve is bent in only one time and its reflected only one time selecting Vertical option.

Vector Flower

Draw a curve using PEN TOOL and CONVERT ANCHOR POINT TOOL.

Vector Flower

Press Ctrl or Cmd + C and Ctrl and Cmd + F to copy and paste the curve above the original one. Then move the anchor point of the bottom slightly to the right using DIRECT SELECTION TOOL.

Vector Flower

Select both curves and press Ctrl or Cmd + Alt or Option + B to Blend them. Go to Object > Blend > Blend Options and select Specified Steps and set 4 to numeric value.

Vector Flower

Assemble all the items we have made. You will get something like the image above.

Vector Flower

Here is another example of using blend tool to create a background for your artwork. You can keep on experimenting to create many more artwork for wallpapers and design materials. All the best.

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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