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How to make Swirls, Curls in Adobe Illustrator
Swirls, Swooshes, Floral Vector Artwork Illustrator Tutorial


   
   
1.  Create a circle using the “Elipse” (circle) tool. Hold down the Shift key while dragging to constrain the circle. The circle shown here is the exact size I used.


2.  With the Direct Selection Tool (white arrow), select the point on the right side of that circle and drag it out to the right. Double click to select.



3.  Select the Convert Anchor Point tool   and click on the anchor point you dragged to get rid of the handle bars and make it a sharp corner.

 

4.  Select your shape with the Selection Tool (black arrow), and in the “Brushes” palette, click on the arrow in the upper right. Select “New Brush.”

5.  You will get a new brush promt. Select “New Art Brush” ant hit OK



6.  Now you will be given some brush options. Make sure your brush direction goes from left to right (Big to Small) like below, and hit OK. You can play with these settings later.

7.  You should now see your new brush in your brushes palette.

8.  You’ve got yor Brush, Now make a Swoosh:

First, make sure you set your stroke to black, and “none” for fill, in the tools palette. Like this:

9.  Now select the “Spiral” tool,   and click once on the artboard without dragging to bring up the tool options. Below are the settings I used: Radius-50px, Decay-80, Segments-4. Again, play with these settings later.

10.  Click “OK” to create your shape, which should look like this

 

11.  Keep your shape selected and apply your custom brush we just made by clicking on it in the “Brushes” Palette.

 

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Your shape should now look like this:

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Now adjust your stroke size in the Stroke palette.

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I rotated my shape a bitt:

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Combining Multiple Swirls:

Now that you have your basic swirl, and an easy way to quickly create more, lets combine a couple and make an interesting design. Read this section closely because if you miss a step, you might litter your Illustrator file with leftover paths that you can’t see.

Use the Spiral tool to create a second swirl with these settings: Radius-30px, Decay-80, Segments-2. (detailed instructions above) And apply the same custom brush stroke. Your artboard should now look like this:

 


 

 
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