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Snowflakes - Adobe Illustrator Tutorial


Jacquelin Vanderwood

December 2004

To start let's create a dark blue background for the snowflake to sit on. Lock this layer and create a new layer. Hit the D key to set the color chips to default white and black. Select the / for none for the black.

Set rulers horizontally and vertically to set a middle point. Make sure the guides are locked.

Use the Rounded Rectangle tool to create the first piece of the snowflake. Find the center points of the rectangle and adjust them to the guides.

Calculating the angle of the degree needed, I came up with 60 degrees. Using the Rotate tool, set the Angle and press Copy.

Follow the same procedure one more time to create the points of the snowflake. Combine the rectangles using Pathfinder and Add to Shape Area. Press Transform to make permanent.

Open Preferences and change Constrain Angle to 60 degrees.

Create a new layer and lock the previous one. Using the Rounded Rectangle tool create one rectangle them make copies and change the sizes as desired.

Now enter Preferences and change the Angle to -60 degrees. Create the opposite angle stems of the flake.

Enter Preferences again and set the Angle 0 degrees. Use Pathfinder to combine the pieces in total. Use the Rotate tool and make copies. You should now have a creation that resembles a snowflake.

Select the base design in the previous layer. Open Pucker & Bloat and set the Bloat to 27%.

Select the decorative part of the snowflake, the top layer, and change the stroke weight to 4 pt.

Apply a white Outer Glow to the stems of the flake.

Your snowflake should now be complete.


Copyright (c) 2004, Jacquelin Vanderwood, All Rights Reserved


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