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Geometric Flower in Illustrator

Posted on 22nd May 2019
1 - In Illustrator, create a “New Document”.



2 - Select the “Ellipse Tool” (L), click inside your Document and input a “Width” and “Height” of 5 cm.





3 - Select the “Line Segment Tool” (\) and “Swap Fill and Stroke” (Shift + X).





4 - While holding the “Shift” key create a line at a 45° Angle starting from the bottom-left to the right and touching the outer portion of the Circle. Create another straight line from top to bottom touching the other outer portion of the Circle and make it intersect with the previous one. The idea is to create a “Cone”.





5 - Use the “Direct Selection Tool” (A) to click on the ends of the “Anchor Points” and , while holding the “Shift” key, drag them until they touch sides of the Circle and the bottom ones touch each other at the tip of the Cone.





6 - With the “Direct Selection Tool” (A), select the two Points at the tip of the Cone and go to Object > Path Join (Command/Control + J), repeat with the top Points (the ones that touch the sides of the circle) to close the Cone and then, “Swap Fill and Stroke” (Shift + X).







7 - Select both paths, head to the “Pathfinder Panel” and choose “Unite”.





8 - Zoom in as much as possible and check if the places where the two shapes overlapped look smooth. You can use the “Delete Anchor Point Tool” (-) to get rid of the ones that you don’t need.









9 - With the shape still selected, use the “Rotate Tool” (R), double-click on the tool thumbnail to open the “Rotate Panel”, click on the bottom tip to place the Center there, use a 15° Angle and click “Copy”.









10 - Change the “Opacity” of the copy to 60% in the “Transparency Panel”.



11 - Repeat the “Rotate” effect but this time use a -30° Angle.





12 - You can select one of the “Petals” and change the “Blending Mode” to “Screen” in the “Transparency Panel”. Select all your Paths, right-click on top and choose “Group”.





13 - Apply another “Rotate” effect but this time use a 60° Angle. Repeat this until you close the circle and create a Flower (Command/Control + D).







14 - Click on the small arrow on the left side of the Layer in the “Layers Panel” to show its contents. Select some of the “Petal” Groups and change their “Blending Mode” to “Overlay”. Leave the other ones “Normal”. Resize the Flower if needed.









15 - Select the “Ellipse Tool” (L), click inside your Document and input a “Width” and “Height” of 5 cm. Use the color of your choice as “Fill”.



16 - Go to the “Appearance Panel”, click on the “Effects Menu” on the Bottom-Left side of the panel and navigate to Distort ¬ Transform > Transform… Use a 72° Angle, make 5 “Copies” and place the “Reference Point” on the Bottom-Center. Go to Object > Expand Appearance.









17 - Copy” it (Command/Control + C) and “Paste in Front” (Shift + Command/Control + F). Select the duplicate and apply a “Transform Effect”. Use a 50° Angle, make 0 “Copies” and place the “Reference Point” on the Center. Go to Object > Expand Appearance and change the “Opacity” to 56%.









18 - Paste in Front” (Shift + Command/Control + F) again. Select the Group of Petals right under the new one and apply another “Transform Effect”. Use a 25° Angle, make 0 “Copies” and place the “Reference Point” on the Center. Change the “Blending Mode” to “Multiply”.









19 - Select the entire Flower, right-click on top and choose “Ungroup”. Then, select the Top-most group of petals and change the “Opacity” to 55%.





20 - Leave the Top 2 groups of petals and select the rest (“Shift” key) and change their “Blending Mode” to “Multiply”. Then, select the one on top and lower the “Opacity” to 40%.





21 - Select the second group of petals starting from the top and change the “Blending Mode” to “Overlay”.





22 - Check it out. You can experiment with different “Opacities” and “Blending Modes” to achieve the results you like.


by @lornacane

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