How to Draw in Symmetry in Illustrator

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Drawing in symmetry in Illustrator is a lot simpler if you enable Illustrator's built-in grid. Draw in symmetry 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 and I'm going to show you how to make symmetry in Illustrator. The first thing you're going to do is in your new document just simply go to view and show grid and this is going to give you a nice grid to draw your shape on. So, I'm going to start with drawing a heart because a heart isn't offered as a shape in this program, like it is in Photoshop. So, I'm going to start by just selecting the ellipse tool and drawing an ellipse. And then, you're going to want to go over to the direct selection tool and just draw a rectangle over the top half of your circle; actually over the bottom half of your circle and that'll just get rid of half of your circle. And so then, you want to, you're going to want to go to the pen tool and draw, hold down shift and just draw a line; and then, go over to a point in the middle of where the heart will be, like at the, at the very end of it. So, I'm going to line it up with this point right here so that it's more true to the shape and just make a little curve line. And there you've got half of a heart; so then, you're going to select it and hold down option and it will make this double arrow shape. Just drag it and then you can hold down control, transform and then go to reflect. And then, make a vertical reflection and the preview will simply show you a few if you are not sure which is that. So, and you're going to just put right next to each other like that. And there you have your hear shape. My name is Alex Cecilio and this is how you draw with symmetry in Illustrator. Thank you very much.


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