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How to make a flower illustration

How to make a flower illustration

In this section we will introduce you how to create the flower illustration in Illustrator. 

It is an extremely simple flower illustration, but it can be used in a variety of designs such as scenery, patterns, logos, flyers and posters.

The above design is randomly arranged by taking the same flower illustration and changing the colour and size. If you make one flower illustration, all you have to do afterwards is change the colour and size. I will explain how to make one flower illustration in these Tips.

Step01 Draw the ellipse that will become the base for the flower petal

Make a flower petal.

Using the ellipse tool, draw an ellipse like in the above picture. This will become the base for 1 flower petal.

Please set it to a colour of a flower you like.

Step02 Make the flower petal tip pointed

Make the flower petal tip pointed.

Using [Anchor point exchange], click the bottom anchor point of the ellipse. When you do that, the rounded anchor point will be pointed.

It looks considerably like a flower petal, doesn’t it? Now it’s just fiddling.

Step03 Change the flower petal shape

Change the flower petal shape.

Using [Direct selection tool], drag and select the two points in the upper picture. (The selected anchor points will go from white circles to black circles.)

With those two points selected, drag the right side (left side is also fine)’s anchor point up vertically. When you do that, the two anchor points will move up and the shape of the ellipse will change.

With that, the flower petal is finished!

Step04 Draw the middle of the flower

Draw the middle portion of the flower.

Like in the above picture, draw a circle using the ellipse tool with the centre of the circle on the flower petal’s tip.

Select the ellipse tool, put the cursor on the flower petal tip’s anchor point, and Alt+Shift+drag. When you do that, it will be possible to draw a circle with the point the cursor was on as the centre.

Please set the circle colour to white with no line.

Step05 Rotate and copy the flower petal

Finally, copy and rotate the flower petal.

Select the flower petal and click [Effect→Path transform→Transform].

Step06 Transform effect

The [Transform effect] dialogue box is displayed, so set it as shown above.

Don’t forget to check the below reference point!

(The above picture’s settings mean that the bottom of the flower petal will be used as reference point and turned at 45 degrees, and the flower petal will be copied 7 times.)

Step07 Rotated and copied

By using [Transform Effect] the flower has been rotated and copied.

With that, the flower illustration is finished. Finally, separate the appearance.

Step08 Separate the appearance

Separate the appearance.

Select the flower and click [Object→Separate appearance].

About the appearance, there is more information in What’s the “appearance” and what does it mean to divide it? For details, please look at that.

Step09 One flower illustration is finished

One flower illustration is finished!

Now, by changing the colour and size of this and arranging them, it will be finished.

Finished!

How to make a flower illustration

I added some colours and changed the sizes of the flowers created in Step09 and randomly arranged them on the canvas. This is a refreshing illustration which reminds you of the spring.

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