In this section we will introduce you how to create the sun illustration.
This is a very simple illustration but you can use it for various purposes such as postcards and weather forecast.
We will create the illustration easily using Rotate Tool and Transform Duplication in Illustrator.
Start Illustrator and draw a precise circle with Eclipse Tool.
You can draw a precise circle by Shift + Drag. Set any color you like without lines.
Check Smart Guide (View > Smart Guide). (Check Smart Guide to adjust the midpoints of the triangle and circle.)
Draw a triangle using Polygon Tool. (Drag and click ↓(under arrow) and set the number of the sides 3.) Arrange the triangle using Smart Guide like the example above.
Select the triangle using Selection Tool and select Rotate Tool. Keep pressing Alt key and click the midpoint of the circle.
Angle dialog appears after clicking. Input 45° and click copy.
The triangle is 45° rotate copied.
You can continue using Rotate Tool but the easier way is to duplicate (Ctrl + D) the transformation.
Press Ctrl + D 6 times.
How is it? By pressing Ctrl + D you can duplicate the action you took right before (rotate triangle 45°). This is a great feature!
This shortcut key is very useful. Make sure you remember it.
We have successfully created the sun illustration very easily!
It is simple but can be used for various purposes such as weather icon and summer themes illustrations.
We used Rotation Tool and Duplication (Ctrl+D) to create the sun.Duplication (Ctrl+D) is a very useful trick so make sure you master it!