I assume that you worked on your swirls creation technique with a little help of my previous tutorial (How to draw swirls illustrations in Adobe Illustrator, Part One).
Now, let’s make a little case study. To make a Swirl Illustrations that looks like the one in the header of graphics-illustrations blog, we need:
- Swirls symbols set, Adobe Illustrator
- Ink Splatter symobls set, Adobe Illustrator
- Classic artist brush set or Classic Artist brush symbols set
- Adobe Illustrator Floral Brushes set
Determine the size and shape of the blank space. We will now use simple quadrant shape.
Create a new layer bellow. Use the simple artist brush symbol below the layer that contains the quadrant to create an “outline”
Again, create a new layer. Now add some ink splatters around, on that layer.
Add some swirls on the layer above the layer that contains ink splatters (but bellow the layer with the shape and layer with it’s outline)
Add some more swirls, and also add some swirls on the new layer on the top.
In the end, add some stars… and that’s it.
© Photographer: Bsilvia | Agency: Dreamstime.com
If you’re wondering how to colorize the symbols or even change their shapes: select all symbols and use the “Break Link to Symbol” – now you can manipulate shapes and colors until the dawn breaks or until you’re happy with the results – whatever comes first
Thanks for putting this up. I never have a CLUE how to use those programs like that… thanks for giving this advice.
I will give you a shout on my blog tonight!
All the best!
This is EXACTLY what I was looking for! You have saved me a bunch of time (I’ve been drawing each swirl one at a painstaking time!) My designs have been simple because of that, and now I can’t wait to go WILD. Thanks for your time!
Please post an image or link after a wild finish 🙂
I’m working on this tutorial at the moment and have a “noobie” question. – When I add the lines to my page (as shown in your 2nd picture) how do I change the color? I’ve tried everything it seems. That line just wants to stay black. 🙁
– New to Illustrator (Love the look of your tutorial) (:
Please follow the link: http://livedocs.adobe.com/en_US/Illustrator/13.0/help.html?content=WS714a382cdf7d304e7e07d0100196cbc5f-6518.html
“Adobe Illustrator: About fills and strokes”
You’ll see, it’s easy!
Awe. Yay. Thanks so much! XD
Kenneth Seah says
I will like to know where can I get the symbols?
Hi Kenneth, links for the symbols are on the top of this post 🙂
Suzanne of New Affiliate Discoveries says
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I’m a little bit desperate today
AWESOME TO THE MAX
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I’m guessing that you made the symbols in Illustrator CS3? Because I’m on CS2 and they won’t load, they tell me they were made in a newer version of Illustrator. It’s probably a smart idea to make them backwards compatible for those of us who’s boss won’t upgrade them to CS3 yet 🙁
InterestingJohn – brushes are now available for CS, hope that helps!
Just stumbled upon this site… it has exactly what I’ve been looking for. Thank you very much.
Nanda Kumar says
ya its a wonderful tutorial
If you’re asking for brushes and symbols – sure you can use them!
Cheers. Can I use these for the banner on my site? (Im making it now)- it’s still nameless.
If I make any money from it I’ll be happy to donate some to you.
RE: my previous comment
Your symbols. (Can I use your symbols for my site?)
You didn’t even explain HOW to make the swirl, you just said “put some swirls here and there”.
Well SIgh, you didn’t EVEN visit “Part one” of this tutorial, you didn’t EVEN left your web site address, you didn’t EVEN left your mail address… but sure your comment is APPROVED, despite your ignorance.
Thanks for making something so complicated, look so easy. Your site has inspired me 🙂
Tim Roderick says
Hi, This is AMAZING!!! Exactly what I was hoping to find.. What a lovely person you are to spend the time to show people like me how to do this!! I studied Music in University but have always loved Photography.. Used Photoshop for years & quite new to Illustrator!! Thank you so much for helping me & thank you for the free downloads!! I will enjoy & use to create artwork for years to come!! Tim *_(“,)/
Thanks ktpie and Tim – you made my day 🙂
I Like dis web,keep it up….
so, so, so happy with the tutorial and the free stuff; thank you so much for taking the time and energy to share this with us.
Thank you for the great tutorial, these swirls are very hot right now and I am looking forward to using them 🙂
THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH this is great inspiration and thanks for the brushes mane…..you rock
very nice idea it is
Great tutorial man enjoy all
Just one question, once i have download your freebies, how do i load them into photoshop because whenever i try it will never let me extract the files from the zipped folder and claims that it is empty?
Please Help 🙂
all zip files are correct on my server. Zipped and uploaded – with the freebie content.
The problem can be in your zip software when extracting zip files. I don’t know what kind of zip software you use to extract them…
Hey…thanks for the inspiration and tutorial…I have a final assignment coming up in my Color Theory class and was looking around the loverly googlyweb for some “muse” type love..you gave it!..can’t wait to get to work..o..thanks for the brushes and other whirly gigs..will most likely use them..ill be sure to send you a shot of the finished product…much love!
I’m new at all of this, but your tutorials are written so well that even *I* can use them. Thank you for taking the time to inspire creativity in all of us!
Thanks. Thats the tut I was searching for for a long time… ^^
what exactly do you mean by “quadrant shape”?
I am new to illustrator, the rest of it i could figure out, but not that
when i tried to use the tool i know as a vector type tool from ps, the brush stroke tried to go all of the way around, so .. am i using the wrong brush stroke? or applying it to the wrong things?
“quadrant shape” is something like form to follow with the rest of the elements and you should use Illustrator brushes and “Classic Artist brush symbols set” – one symbol above and another one below…
hey what u have made is amazing but i have a query, many of them saying that this site is great but which is the site, actually i have opened this from google web page
Diego Sanford says
Thanks that helped alot