If flowers are what you need for your design, here are a few looks and techniques to choose from.

January 12, 2014

How to Draw Flowers in Illustrator

Drawing graphics in Illustrator can be a lot of fun, if you know which tools to use and how to correctly operate them. If flowers are what you need for your design, you can choose from a few looks and techniques. Try each one out and choose the one that provides the unique flower look you need for posters, web pages, booklet printing, and more. 
  
Vector Flower 
  
Step #1 Create a flower petal. 
After you have opened Illustrator, make two stroke paths. Make one blue and one yellow, and make them touch at the ends and curve out like a flower petal.

Petal

Step #2 Blend the lines to fill your petals. 
Go to Object>Blend>Blend Options and specify 10 steps.

Blend Options

Select the two petal paths by holding down Shift and clicking each path. Then go to Object>Blend>Make. 

Blend

Step #3 Duplicate the petals. 
Simply copy and past the petals and arrange them to form a petal.

Petals

Step #4 Create a stem.
Make a line for the stem and blend, specifying eight steps.

Stem

Step #5 Make a leaf.
Make the leaf in two parts, top and bottom. Make an arc for one path and a straight line for the second. Specify 5 steps.

Top Petal

Now do the same for the bottom of the leaf.

Bottom Stem

Now move the two petal parts together. Your flower should look airy and unique. Try all kinds of color and placement effects for some variation.

Flower

3D-like flower 

Step #1 Make two spirals.
Using the Spiral tool (located within the Line Tools), create a spiral and select a color for your base stroke. Make a second spiral in a coordinating color. Be sure to select a heavy stroke weight, such as 6 pt, and make sure the fill is set to none.

Spiral

Step #2 Place the spirals.
Lay the first spiral with the outside end at the top. The second spiral should be at least twice the size and laying down like a snail. The spirals should be overlapping slightly with the large spiral above the smaller one.

Spiral Two

Step #3 Fill the spirals with color.

Select the Blend tool from the Toolbox. Click on the smaller spiral first and then the larger one. The program will automatically fill the spirals with a gradient blend using the colors you chose for the spirals.

Color

Step #4 Add simple green leaves and spiral vines.
Create an arc for a leaf using the Arc tool. Make the top and bottom strokes of the leaf a different color of green.

Vines

Fill the leaf with color as you did the spiral using the Blend tool.

Blend Tool

Copy and paste the leaf, and add the leaves to the flower. Use the Rotate tool to turn the leaves and select Object>Arrange>Send to Back to place any of the leaves behind the flower petals.

Rotate

Daisy 

Step #1 Create the right settings.
Before you get started, turn off your fill or set it to white. Set the stroke color to black.

 Daisy

Step #2 Draw a polygon.
Use the polygon tool from the tool palette to make a polygon shape. 

Polygon

Step #3 Create the flower shape.

From top menu bar, select Effect>Distort&Transform>Pucker& Bloat.

Bloat

Slide the transform slider to the right until you reach the setting you like. Try 78%.

Transform

Your petal outline should appear.

Outline

Step #4 Add some color and some details.
Use some gradients. Yellow to orange looks nice.

Color

Now add a circle in the middle and fill it with a gradient brown.

Gradient

Add a green line for a stem and you have a simple, lovely daisy.

Draw

These flowers will work for any product from web pages to brochure printing. With poster printing, you can use one flower on a really large scale or more of them on a smaller scale. Play with these designs and you may just discover your own.

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