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How to create Op Art in Adobe Illustrator?

Op Art in Adobe Illustrator

Op Art, stands for Optical Art, is a visual art of optical illusion. Today you will learn to create Op Art in Adobe Illustrator with the help of few tools and effects.

How to create Op Art in Adobe Illustrator?


Launch Adobe Illustrator and create a new document of size 500 pt X 500 pt. Now follow the below steps:

Step 1

In this step we will create a check-board first. You can take help of Rulers to create equal size squares. Press Ctrl + R show the Rulers.

How to create Op Art in Adobe Illustrator?

Now with the help of Pen Tool draw a square in the space created by the guides.

How to create Op Art in Adobe Illustrator?

Now you can either use the Transform Effect or the Pen Tool to create more squares.

Select the square drawn and press Shift + Ctrl + M to open the Move dialogue box. In that dialogue box, set the Horizontal Position and check the Preview before clicking on Copy.

How to create Op Art in Adobe Illustrator?

Press Ctrl + D several times to repeat the transformation. Similarly, now move the squares vertically till the whole artboard is filled with the squares.

How to create Op Art in Adobe Illustrator?

Now fill the squares with black and white color alternatively and hide/remove the guides.

How to create Op Art in Adobe Illustrator?

Step 2

In this step we will save the check-board as a symbol.

Press Ctrl + A to select all the squares and then press Ctrl + G to group them.

Now create a duplicate copy of the group and drag that duplicate copy out of the artboard.

How to create Op Art in Adobe Illustrator?

Now press Shift + Ctrl + F11 to open Symbols Panel and drag the duplicate copy of the check-board inside the Symbols Panel to save it as a new symbol.

How to create Op Art in Adobe Illustrator?

How to create Op Art in Adobe Illustrator?

Step 3

In this step we will create 3D sphere for our Op Art.

Select the Ellipse Tool and draw a circle in the center of the artboard.

How to create Op Art in Adobe Illustrator?

Now select the Direct Selection Tool and click on the left anchor point of the circle and hit backspace.

How to create Op Art in Adobe Illustrator?

How to create Op Art in Adobe Illustrator?

Let the semi circle be selected and click on Effect in the Menu Bar. Place the cursor on 3D and select Revolve.

How to create Op Art in Adobe Illustrator?

3D Revolve Option dialogue box will appear on the artboard. In that dialogue box, put checkmark on Preview and then click on Map Art button. A new dialogue box will appear above the previous dialogue box.

In the Map Art dialogue box, put checkmark on Invisible Geometry and then select the symbol saved from the drop down menu.

How to create Op Art in Adobe Illustrator?

How to create Op Art in Adobe Illustrator?

Place the symbol wisely over the map to create a perfect Op Art and then check the Preview and press OK.

How to create Op Art in Adobe Illustrator?

Now apply Outer Glow Effect to sphere and your Op Art is created in Adobe Illustrator.

Effect > Stylize > Outer Glow

How to create Op Art in Adobe Illustrator?

So this is how you can create Op Art in Adobe Illustrator.

Practice this tutorial and share your views in the comment section. Also share this tutorial with others.


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