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How to create Abstract Background in Adobe Illustrator?


Abstract Background in Adobe Illustrator

Today you will learn to create an Abstract Background in Adobe Illustrator. You can use this background in your artwork or as wallpaper for your desktop.

Abstract Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 1

Launch Adobe Illustrator and create a new document. Now select the Rectangle Tool and draw a rectangle same size of that the artboard. Fill the rectangle with a gradient with the help of Gradient Tool.

Abstract Background in Adobe Illustrator

Now press Ctrl + 2 to lock the rectangle.

Step 2

Now select the Pencil Tool and select a stroke color. (Fill color is disabled)

If you are not easy with Pencil Tool then you can use Pen Tool.

Now draw a curved line on the artboard. (See the below image)

Abstract Background in Adobe Illustrator

In the similar way draw few more messy curved lines on the artboard.

Abstract Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

Select all the lines and Group them by pressing Ctrl + G. Now create a duplicate copy of the lines with the help of Alt key and put it aside.

Now select the lines which are on the artboard and the strokes with the gradient.

Double click on the Gradient Tool to open the Gradient Panel.

Abstract Background in Adobe Illustrator

Now select the stroke lines filled with the gradient and with the help of Alt key make few duplicate copies of it as shown in the below image.

Abstract Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 4

Select all the gradient filled strokes and with the help of Selection Tool reduce the width of the selection. Also change the Opacity from Normal to Screen.

Abstract Background in Adobe Illustrator

With the help of Alt Key make a duplicate copy of the strokes filled with Gradient.
After that select the strokes line which we had put aside and fill then with the same gradient color.

Abstract Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 5

Now select the gradient lines which are on the artboard and click on Object in the Menu Bar. Place the cursor on Envelope Distort and select Make with Mesh.

Abstract Background in Adobe Illustrator

In the Envelope Mesh dialogue box, set the rows and columns to 8. Check the Preview and click OK.

Abstract Background in Adobe Illustrator

Now select the Direct Selection Tool and click on the anchor points and start creating waves.

Abstract Background in Adobe Illustrator

Now do the same with the duplicate copy created.

Abstract Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 6

Now select another duplicate copy which we had put aside and place it over the shapes create with the help of Mesh.

Abstract Background in Adobe Illustrator

Now unlock the rectangle by going into the Layer Panel and then duplicate the rectangle and place it in front. Then again lock the previous rectangle and press Ctrl + A. Now right click on the mouse and select Make Clipping Mask.

Abstract Background in Adobe Illustrator

Abstract Background in Adobe Illustrator

Abstract Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 7

Now draw a circle and fill it with a Radial Gradient. Inner color will be orange and other color will be black. Change the Opacity of the circle to Screen.

Now make duplicate copies of the circle and place it inside the strokes.

Abstract Background in Adobe Illustrator

This is how you can create an Abstract Background in Adobe Illustrator.

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