How to Make a Maze in Illustrator

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Make a maze in Illustrator by using the "Rectangle" tool to represent the maze's walls, then using the "Eraser" tool to create the solution path through the walls. To increase the visual appeal of your maze, use Illustrator to extrude the walls into 3-D space. Enhance the playability of your maze by drawing a treasure or other valuable goal at the maze's center.

  • Launch Illustrator and start a new image. Click the "Rectangle Tool" icon, then click and drag on the canvas to draw the rectangular boundaries of the innermost section of the maze.

  • Draw another rectangle surrounding the first one. Leave sufficient white space between the outer and inner rectangles' outlines. As a rule of thumb, make this white space about three times the width of the rectangle's outlines.

  • Draw at least three more rectangles, ensuring that each surrounds the previous rectangles. These rectangles make up the walls of the maze.

  • Click the second color drop-down menu in the upper left corner of the Illustrator window. The gallery from which you can select the stroke color for the "Pencil" and "Paintbrush" tools opens. Select a red or other bright hue from the gallery, then click the pencil icon in the tool palette to run the Pencil tool.

  • Drag in a zig-zag fashion from any point outside the outermost rectangle to somewhere inside the innermost rectangle. This action creates the solution path for the maze.

  • Click the eraser icon in the tool palette to enter erasing mode, then drag across the point of intersection between the solution line and the outermost rectangle. This action deletes a portion of the rectangle.

  • Repeat the previous step to delete the portions of the remaining rectangles that intersect with the solution line. This action completes the solution path for the maze.

  • Click the "Line Tool" icon in the tool palette, then drag on the canvas to create several lines connecting the outermost rectangle and the rectangle just inside that rectangle. Do not draw any lines that close off the pathway formed by the solution path. These new lines create dead-end walls to mislead the person trying to solve the maze.

  • Repeat the previous step to create dead-end walls for the remaining pairs of walls in the maze. Click the red solution path to select it, then press "Delete" to delete the path and complete the maze.

Tips & Warnings

  • Click "Edit," select "3-D" and choose "Extrude & Bevel" to apply a 3-D effect to your maze.

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