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How to make Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator? (Part-1)


Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

 Winter season brings snow with it and today you will learn to make Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator. With the help of some basic shapes and tools we can create Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

The basic shape tool which will be used in today’s tutorial is the Ellipse Tool.

Launch Adobe Illustrator and create a new document.

Step 1

Select the Ellipse Tool from the Tool Panel and draw a circle on the artboard.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Now select the circle and create an Offset Path of 7 pt.

Object > Path > Offset Path

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Select the circle created with the help of Offset Path and swap the fill color into stroke.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

Similarly create one more Offset Path.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Now select the Pen Tool and draw a straight line as shown in the below image. After drawing the line go to the Stroke Panel and select Round Cap.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

With the help of Pen Tool draw a V shape on the line. The caps of the stroke will be rounded.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

I have increased the Stroke Size to 2pt.

Select the line and the v shape and create a duplicate copy of it with the help of Alt key. Place the duplicate copy on the opposite side.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Step 4

Select the lines and v shapes and group them by pressing Ctrl + G. After grouping them, select them and click on Object in the Menu Bar. Place the cursor on Transform and select Rotate.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

In the Rotate dialogue box, set the angle to 45o and click on Copy.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Press Ctrl + D to repeat the rotation.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Step 5

With the help of Pen Tool draw small line with single v shape between the two large lines.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

The way, in which the large lines were rotated in 45o angle, we will rotate the small lines.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Step 6

Now create a background and change the fill and stroke color of the Snowflakes into white.
Then apply Outer Glow Effect to the Snowflakes.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

This is how you can create Snowflakes with the help of a basic shape. In the upcoming tutorials you will learn to make Snowflakes with the help of Star Shape and Polygon Shape.

Till then practice this tutorial and share your views in the comment section. Also share this tutorial with others.
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