Michelle Clark Graphic Design


Designing with Swirls

Image credit Adam Houle and MyInkBlog.com

Image credit Andrew Houle and MyInkBlog.com

You know I love them. I found this tutorial on MyInkBlog that shows you how to make beautiful swirl and flourish designs with just a few lines. I always either draw my own and scan them in then trace with the pen tool or use brushes in Photoshop. I found it interesting that I can achieve the very same effect using a few tools in Illustrator.

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This Is So Rad
May 4, 2009, 7:30 pm
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Go Media Zine - Seamless pattern

Image credit Adam Wagner of GoMediaZine

I saw this awesome pattern and had to read more about it. It turns out that Adam Wagner from GoMediaZine takes you step by step through how to create a seamless pattern using vector shapes. You can pen tool your own swirly pattern ingredients, or just use his that he provides and LiveTrace in Illustrator. I’ve never made a digital seamless pattern before so this tutorial was interesting to me. I made one once in a basic Design course and it involved drawing my own pattern shapes with a Sharpie, re-drawing that pattern about 30-odd times, alternating positive and negative space, then cutting them all out with an Xacto, squinting my eyes and placing pieces together by hanging them off one another. A much more painstaking process, but I did really enjoy that assignment.