Create Confetti Shapes Quickly and Easily in Illustrator
Save time by using Scatter brushes
In this tutorial we will create a scattered confetti effect. This effect could potentially be very time consuming to draw, resize, rotate and rearrange each shape manually, so we will use Scatter Brushes to simplify the whole process and make it much more fun!
Get started by creating a new document in Illustrator, 800 x 600 pixels.
The first thing to do is draw some simple shapes to scatter. Hold down the shift key and use the Ellipse tool to draw a circle.
Next draw a triangle, the easiest way to do this is with the Polygon tool, click on the canvas and enter '3' sides.
Now, a simple horizontal line. Make it roughly 20 pixels long and give it a 5 pt stroke with round end caps.
Draw another line or duplicate the last one and make it a little longer, around 34 pixels.
Apply the Zig Zag filter from the Effect > Distort & Transform menu. Enter 2 px for the size, choose Absolute, 2 Ridges and Smooth points.
Finally, lets draw a simple spiral shape. Use the spiral tool and click on the canvas, enter 18 px for the Radius, 80% for Decay and 6 Segments. Use the second style option. Give the spiral the same stroke options as the line and wavy line.
Highlight the 3 shapes with strokes and go to the Object > Path menus and choose Outline Stroke.
With our shapes ready to use, now we just need to turn them into Scatter Brushes. Select the circle first and create a new Scatter Brush.
Enter the options shown in the screenshot below. We want the size to vary slightly but not too much, the spacing to be quite wide, the scatter to also be quite wide and the rotation to be full. Make sure you also select the Hue Shift colorization method which will allow us to use different colors for the shapes.
Enter the same options for the triangle shape:
Enter the same options for the line shape:
Enter the same options for the wavy line shape:
Enter the same options for the spiral shape:
All the prep work is done now, time to have some fun with the brushes. Choose the Brush tool, set the foreground color to #AF7EED and paint in a random zig zag line with the circle scatter brush.
Switch the brush preset to the triangle, and foreground color to #F49EB8 and paint another random zig zag line.
Switch the brush preset to the line, and foreground color to #F2ED9E and paint another random zig zag line.
Switch the brush preset to the wavy line, and foreground color to #65E6A3 and paint another random zig zag line.
Switch the brush preset to the spiral, and foreground color to #62E3ED and paint another random zig zag line.
Go to the Object menu and select Expand Appearance. This will convert the scatter brushes into individual shapes.
Select all shapes and ungroup them, then manually click and drag each shape around to rearrange them. Aim for even spacing between each shape.
If you want, we can also add some text to the arrangement. Simply move the confetti shapes around to make some space in the middle.
Result & Conclusion
Here is the final result:
This effect is great for celebrations such birthday party invitations and sale adverts etc. For a more sophisticated effect, limit the confetti to only one or two different shapes. Hopefully you have enjoyed following along with this tutorial and if you were new to Scatter Brushes now feel much more comfortable with them.