How to Draw Perfect Radials in Illustrator

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Drawing perfect radials in Illustrator is a lot more straightforward of a process than you're probably assuming. Draw perfect radials 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 Cecelio. I'm a Graphic Artist, and I'm going to show you how to draw perfect radials in Illustrator. So, the first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to go to view and show grid, and this will make so it's more symmetrical. And I'm going to draw a circle and I'm going to hold down "shift" so it makes a perfect circle. Now, the next step to doing this is making a shape that you want to, to radiate, essentially. So, I'm going to use actually a pen tool and I'm going to draw a shape just really quickly so you can get an idea of, and just copy and this.Okay. So, I've got my shape that I want to radiate and first, what you're going to want to do is select your shape and I'm actually going to make the stroke a little bit bigger. And you select your shape, go to object, group and this is going to make it so that your shape can, you know, be dragged across the screen, the screen and not separate 'cause with the drag selection tool, you can, you can do that, but you know, this will just make it so that it doesn't separate. So, then, what you're going to do is you're going hold down option and make a direct copy of it and so, make sure also that your circle is between you know, four, four, square shapes and it's similarly apart from each one so that there's that idea of symmetry in your circle. And the circle isn't going to be part of your shape; it's just there for now. So, we're going to take our first one, our first little shape and we're just going to put right on this line right here. And the easiest way to think about this is to think of it as a clock because a clock has four points that kind of divide it. So, we're going to kind of pretend that this is a clock. And you're just going to do this and then you can, once you've got this shape, these two shapes in place, a little quick tip and trick is to select both of these shapes. Hold down the option button and then drag it again and then literally just flip it the other way, like so and we got this. Okay. So, now you've got four already and so then, you're just going keep copying these again and again; I'm just shifting them a little bit each time so that they fit your circle shape, so that eventually you've got; and then, so, actually what you can really do is just do one side because then after that, all you have to do is hold down shift and select all four and literally just copy and paste it. And if you want to do reflection, just select these, like so and then hold down control, go to transform, reflect and just select the, in this case, we're going to do vertical selection, so vertical. And then, you can mes around with these a little bit more and just rotate them like this and that way. And for, if they're not, they're not going to fit all the way because you've already got two here that you've drawn here, so just, you can delete those and keep rotating it and then, you've got your shape halfway down. So, now what we're going to do is we're just going to delete the bottom, delete this; actually don't delete your circle yet, but just make sure you select these guys and then make a copy again; hold down control, drag it and then you can reflect it again by holding control, transform, reflect and do a horizontal one, that way it will just flip it upside down and then you've got; and then just get rid of these guys on the side 'cause you already have, have these. And then, you've got your radial shape. So, that is; and there, and now you can select your circle, delete it and there you've got a perfectly radiating shape. My name is Alex Cecilio and this is how you draw radial in Illustrator. Thank you.


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