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How to draw a simple cloud shape in Adobe Illustrator?

Cloud Shape in Adobe Illustrator

After having lessons on basic tools and panels of Adobe Illustrator, let’s begin drawing by using the basic tools.

In today’s lesson you will learn to draw a simple cloud shape.


So what are you waiting for, launch your Adobe Illustrator and create a document.

Step 1

After creating a document, press Shift + U to enable Smart Guides
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Smart Guides helps in drawing the shape/object perfectly. After enabling Smart Guides, when you will draw a shape you will see magenta lines guiding you about the center point, intersecting point, path etc.

You can also enable Smart Guide from View option in the Menu Bar. Click on View then check-mark on Smart Guides.

Step 2

After turning on Smart Guides, again click on View and enable Show Grid and Snap to Grid.


You can use shortcut keys, Ctrl + “ for Show Grid and Shift + Ctrl + “ for Snap to Grid.

For beginners it is advisable to use grid while drawing. Grids will help in drawing a perfect shape and will help in placing your objects at perfect place.

Step 3

Now press Shift + Ctrl + H to hide your artboard. By hiding artboard you will get a white background workspace document area. (See the image below)


With help of Ellipse Tool (Shortcut key is L), draw a circle covering area of four squares of grid. The center point of the circle is at the intersecting point of the four squares.

Step 4

After drawing the circle covering area of four squares, draw three more circles of different size. Size will be decreasing in each circle.

Don’t get confused, have a look at the below image.


Place the 3 circles drawn in the same way as it is placed in the above image. The center point of each circle will be touching the succeeding circle.

Step 5

After placing the circles correctly, with help of Selection Tool (V), select the three circles which were drawn later. Press and hold Alt key along with left click and drag the selection to make a duplicate copy of it.

After duplicating the selection, click on Flip Along Horizontal Axis. You will find it in Properties Panel under Transform.


Flip Along Horizontal Axis will flip the selected circles as shown in the image above.

After flipping the circles, place them next to the circle which we have drawn in the beginning. Smart Guides will help you in placing these flipped circles in the same line as that of the three circles drawn previously. In the below image you can see how the flipped circles are placed.

Note that the center point of each circle must touch the preceding circle.


Step 6

After proper placement of circles, press Shift + A to select all the circles.

Now click on Shape Builder Tool in the Tool Panel or hit Shift + M. Move the pointer towards the selected circles and you will notice a + sign at the end of the pointer. With left click, drag the pointer from one circle to another till the end (from first circle to the last circle) to combine them to form a single shape.


The red highlighted area is the preview of the result of the Shape Builder Tool. This red line shows you what shape will be formed.

As you can see in the above image that the red line is in the outer area, release left click and you will get a one single shape; i.e.; the shape of a cloud as shown in the below image.



Step 7

You might be not satisfied with the width of the cloud but don’t worry you can increase the width with just one click.

Press V, shortcut key of Selection Tool, select the cloud shape. Once you have selected the cloud shape you will see small points at the corners and middle points of the selection box. Move your pointer to the corner point and with left click drag it. In this way you can change/adjust height and width of your cloud shape.



If you have noticed we have only used three tools to create this cloud shape; i.e.; Ellipse Tool, Shape Builder Tool and Selection Tool.

In this way you can draw a simple cloud shape. Along with Ellipse Tool you can also use other shape tools to draw a cloud and fill it with color of your choice, either use solid color or use gradient.


Now draw your own cloud of different shape and size as per your imagination and share it with me at designvivi1@gmail.com. Also mention the tools which you have used.

Give your feedback in the comment section and share this tutorial with others.


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