Illustrator Blending Tricks
Usually, complex illustrations can take hours to create, but sometimes you can achieve the same result using Illustrator's powerful tools and effects. Today, I'll walk you through how to quickly create a complex flower image that can be easily changed or adjusted later.
Open Illustrator and make a new file at any size you want. In this case, I will setup mine at 800 x 800 px.
Select the Ellipse Tool (L), click once over the artboard and set the size to 130 px.
Select the Star Tool, click once over the artboard and set the Radius 1 to 203px, the Radius 2 to 96px the Points to 10 and click OK.
Again, using the Star Tool, click once over the artboard and set the Radius 1 to 283px, the Radius 2 to 186px the Points to 10 and click OK.
Select all elements and in the top toolbar set the Stroke Weight to 0,5pt.
Using the Direct Selection Tool, select all the outer points of both stars as shown.
In the top toolbar, click on the "Convert selected anchor points to smooth" icon.
Select the Anchor Point Tool, then click and drag each of the inner points of the outer star slightly as shown.
Select the outer star and apply a radial gradient to the stroke using any color that you want.
Select the inner star and again, apply a radial gradient to the stroke using any color that you want.
Now select the circle and again, apply a radial gradient to the stroke using any color that you want.
Select all elements and go to Object > Blend > Blend Options. Under "Spacing" select "Specified Steps", set the amount to 500 and click OK.
Go to Object > Blend > Make.
Go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Pucker & Bloat. Set the value to 70% and click OK.
Go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Zig Zag. Set the Size to 30 the Ridges to 5, be sure to check the Absolute and Smooth options and click OK.
Lastly, to fill the center, using the Ellipse Tool (L) draw a circle and fill it using another radial gradient with any colors that you want.
Now that you've learned how to easily make a complex flower in Illustrator, you can play with different values for the "Pucker & Bloat" and "Zig Zag" transformations as well different star shapes and colors.