How to Draw a Wedding Ring in Illustrator

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Drawing a wedding ring in Illustrator is simple, so long as you know which tools to use and how to use them. Draw a wedding ring in Illustrator with help from a well-versed web, graphic and illustrative designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Alex Cecilio. I'm a graphic artist and I'm going to show you how to draw a wedding band in Illustrator. So the first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to draw an ellipse and I'm going to use black as the stroke just so it's easy to see and you can go to the ellipse tool and select that and make sure you have a couple layers. I'm going to do this one in the middle layer and I'm just going to draw my ellipse and now to be true to the ring shape we're going to have to adjust this circle a little bit so go to the direct selection tool and select an anchor point and just mess around with it a little bit, just so that you can get that more I guess, slightly more rectangular edge and so, and then the next thing you're going to want to do is draw a rectangle over half of your ring with the direct selection tool and just select delete and this will delete half of what you've drawn. So that way we can just make it reflect and be the same shape and the way I did that was I held down control or right click, you go to transform, push select and vertical reflection and so we have this shape here. Now I'm going to draw another ellipse, more of an oval shape and this one we won't really have to mess with. And so you're going to want to stretch this out so it matches on both sides and in my case it doesn't so I'm going to adjust it a little bit more. Okay so here we have the basic shape so now as you can see as I'm clicking these it has two different parts so I'm just going to draw a rectangle over the top with the selection tool, not the direct selection tool and then you're going to go to pathfinder which is usually in the right corner but if it's not just go to Window and pathfinder should be right there under navigator and I'm going to make it so that this piece is excluding, or sorry, I'm going to make it so that this is one shape. So you're going to go to the left and right here there's the unite button and that's going to make it so that your ring shape is one full shape and not a couple. So now I'm going to fill this with a color and we're actually going to fill it with gradient when it's finished but right now I'm just going to select a color so I can understand where everything sits. So right now as you can see this is filled in. So you're just going to select all of this. Well make sure first of all that this ellipse has nothing on the inside of it and the way you do that is if there is a color just select your fill and then select the none button and so then you're going to select all of the shape and you're going to click the minus front which is right here right next to the unite button and this is going to make it so that it excludes any color or anything from the inside. So now we've got our ring shape and I'm going to now add another layer or go to a layer I've already added and I'm going to select the pen tool and just make sure that your fill is empty and select the pen tool and just make a curved line so that you get that sort of 3-D look to your ring and right now I'm actually going to take that and make it a little bit higher so that looks more like a ring and then so now that you know where it is, you're going to hold down option with the selection tool and just pull it and then you're going to actually, you're going to make something like this. So you're going to have a copy of the line that you've made and so go back to the pen tool and select the end anchor points and then go back to the selection, click the art board and then go back to the pen tool and do the same thing on the other side and the reason you are doing this is because if you were to do that, if you were to not select the art board and you were to just continue using the pen tool it might continue the shape like so. So now we're going to fill this with this color and since it's underneath we're just going to put it right here on top and so you might be able to see it a little bit. So we're just going to, so now you've got this shape and if for whatever reason, in my case I'm not really happy with how this is looking so you can go back to the direct selection tool and you can select one of your anchors and you can adjust this curve so that way it's more curved to your liking and I'm going to make it so it's a little more curved to my liking. Alright I'm pretty happy with how that looks so I'm going to zoom out. Alright so now we've got our ring shape and what we're going to do now is add some gradient to it to make it look a little more realistic. So just select it all and you can select the gradient button which is down here and this will fill in your shape with the gradient and you actually don't want a radial gradient, you want a linear gradient so you go to linear. And the cool thing about the gradient tool is when you click if you look when you're on this bar, this bar determines what colors you're going to use to make the gradient so when you put your arrow on the bottom it will have a little plus sign so just click and add about four more. And so what this is going to do is it's going to make it so that the colors are a little different and we're going to make it so it's more like a linear ring-like glow. Okay, and then we can add white and if you want to darken this, if you want to darken this gray a little bit you can, just so it has a little bit more of a depth. We're just going to fix that up and there you have a wedding band ring. My name is Alex Cecilio and this is how you create a wedding band drawing in Illustrator. Thank you very much.

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