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How to Easily Make a Wreath in Illustrator

How to Easily Make a Wreath in Illustrator

Illustrator Tips & Tricks

These are a popular addition lately that people are using on logos, emblems and as ornaments on greeting cards. They're useful especially for seasonal designs like Christmas and Spring. And although there are many different ways to make them in Illustrator, the process that you'll learn today is a very easy one for you to quickly create wreaths to be used on your designs.​

Step 1

Open Illustrator an make a new file at any size you want. In this case i will make mine at 800 x 600 px.

Step 2

Draw any shape you want to use on your Wreath. In this case, i will draw a simple leaf shape with the Pen Tool (P).

Step 3

Go to Object > Transform > Rotate. Set the Angle to 40º and click OK.

Step 4

With your object selected, go to Object > Transform > Reflect. Set the Axis to Horizontal and click COPY.

Step 5

Reposition the duplicated object as shown and scale down both objects to work more comfortable.

Step 6

Using the Line Segment Tool (\) or the Pen Tool (P) draw a line starting from the left of your shape to about 3/4 of the lenght as shown.

Step 7

Select all objects and go to Object > Group. Move the elements a bit down to the bottom of the Artboard as shown to make room for our wreath.

Step 8

With all elements selected, go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform.

Step 9

In the Transform window, apply the following settings and click OK.
Note: Here you can change the settings to your liking and according to the final graphic you want. In this case these values are valid only for this particular design.

Step 10

Go to Object > Expand Appearance.

Step 11

Go to Object > Transform > Reflect. Set the Axis to Vertical and click COPY.

Step 12

Reposition the duplicated object as shown.

Step 13

Lastly, and just to add a final touch to the wreath you can place a leave at the ending of each half as shown here.

Some Final Notes

Now that you know how easily you can make a wreath in Illustrator, you can try with different shapes and settings to make your unique wreath like in the examples below.


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