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Create Flowers a New Way - Adobe Illustrator CS2 Tutorial


Jacquelin Vanderwood

September 2005

To begin this lesson I start by opening up the Tiki swatches.

Next, I select the color I want to use, and for the time being I will use stroke instead of fill.

Create an elongated oval.

Select the Rotate tool.

Start to rotate the oval and then click on the Alt and Shift keys to duplicate.

Hold the Control key down and hit the D key twice more.

Change the Stroke to Fill.

Create a new gradient and then drop that gradient chip onto the swatches palette so as not to lose it.

Apply to all the pieces.

With all the pieces selected, choose the Pucker tool.

Double click the tool and set Simplify to 18.57.

Set the tool exactly in the center making sure it is a little larger than the actual pieces. Quickly click once to make the change.

Quickly do the last step once more.

Open Symbols and drag this flower onto it.

Double click the symbol and name it.

Drag the symbol back onto the work area. Use the Break Link attribute to so that you can edit the flower.

You can open up all of the options here by clicking and holding then clicking on the right-hand end.

Next I chose to use the Warp tool on the new flower.

Selecting another flower symbol and breaking the link, I then used the Twirl tool to achieve this flower.

Using the Bloat tool, I touched part of the flower to create this look.

Here's a completely different flower using the Scallop tool.

Using the Crystallize tool, I gingerly touched the edges of this flower.

And here I used the Wrinkle tool very quickly.

I then created a second layer and dropped it below the flowers. I locked the flower layer. Selected green for the stroke color and opened the Artistic Watercolor brushes and chose the last one to paint the stems.

And finally for the center section, I created an oval and then applied a Charcoal Feather brush stroke to with a lighter fill. I then just used the Selection tool to make each one look a little different.


 Copyright (c) 2005, Jacquelin Vanderwood, All Rights Reserved

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