In this tutorial, we will learn how to create Japanese style vector floral design in Adobe Illustrator. The tutorials will go step-by-step to show how to graduatly build the floral stem and add the background with the ability to change the background colors.
The final result should look like below:
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Open Adobe Illustrator and start by creating a new document with the dimensions of (1000 x 1000 px).
The first step is to make the gradient background draw a rectangle with the same dimensions as the file 1000 x 1000 px.
Make sure the gradient panel is open or open it from the window menu. Make a gradient from these two colors: First Color, Light Yellow: Color # FFDD7B
Second Color, Dark Orange: Color ## EF853B
Now lock the rectangle. Lock it by selecting it then choose lock selection from the object menu.
Now, we are going to make the sun rays that would be behind the branches. Draw a rectangle with rectangle tool and fill it with some gradient we used previously but with vertical fill.
Select the lower 2 points of the rectangle with the direct selection tool and scale it with the scale tool to make them in the same place in the center to make a final triangle.
Now, we will use the rotation tool to rotate and duplicate the ray. While with the rotation tool, click on the lower point of the triangle while pressing the Alt key.
Make it 10 degrees and press copy. You will notice that it duplicated the triangle and rotated 10 degrees. To duplicate this process, just click (Ctrl + D).
Now, group them to be one object by choosing “group” from the object menu.
Use the recolor tool to change its color
Make the colors linked so that, they will change with the same portion by locking the link sign and change the color to make it look red by moving the color stop.
Scale it to cover the artboard (the whole dimensions)
Lock it so it won’t move by clicking “CTRL+2” . And add the branches.
Try to trace these branches and we will make a brush to make it look real like branches.
Draw a rectangle and Select the lower 2 points of the rectangle with the direct selection tool and scale it with the scale tool to make them in the same place in the center to give a final of a triangle like we did before for the ray.
Be sure that the brushes panel is open or Open the Brushes Panel from the window menu.
Choose the triangle and make it as art brush, from the brushes panel after pressing the new button which is on the right bottom of the panel.
Choose “stretch to fit stroke length”, press the second option of the direction which is a horizontal arrow towards the left, and then press “ok”.
Now, choose the branches and apply the new brush by selecting it from the brush panel.
You will notice that when it is applied, it is not looking good for all the branches, some of them may need to be thicker and some may need to be thinner.
Select them all and make the width 53 by pressing the stroke option on the brushes panel.
If you find any branch that is reflected, that means that you drew it opposite to the brushes direction. To solve that issue, you will need to flip it along the horizontal axis or vertical axis from the stroke option on the brushes panel.
Choose the long main ones to make them thicker by pressing the stroke option on the brushes panel. Make the width 117
Choose the longest main one to make them much thicker by pressing the stroke option on the brushes panel and make the width 275.
Now, you will reapat these steps to modify them to make them constant and look like this or better by making them thinner or thicker.
Scale them to make them a lttle bigger and group them.
Copy them to have a copy to paste it later and make this one much bigger.
Lower the opacity of it to 25 from the upper option panel.
Now, paste the one we had in memory at the same place and lock both the big one and the normal one.
Then, we are going to draw the flowers.Draw a circle. Select the lower point with the direct selection tool and move it down to make it like this.
Fill it with a radial gradient of white and light grey.
Give it a stroke of .5 a darker gray than the one in the gradient.
Then, we will use the rotation tool to rotate and duplicate the flower petal. While with the rotation tool, click on the lower point of the petal while pressing “Alt key”.
Make it 45 degrees and press copy to duplicate this process click (Ctrl + D).Draw a circle with the same gradient to make the center of the flower.
Group all the parts of the flower from the object menu.
Duplicate the flower to make many copies. Choose each one of them and make changes on its shape.
Use the Warp tool (Shift + R) and press on any part of it while it is entirely selected and try to change its look to make it like a real flower. Make each one different.
You can duplicate the flower and put it on its self. Decrease it to make it into 2 levels.
Now, you have many shapes. Make copy of them and scale them down to have different sizes. You can make all sizes to make variations and give them a natural look.
We are going to clip the extra parts of the design that are out of our dimensions. Draw a square with the same dimensions as the file 1000 x 1000 pxl.
Be sure that this square is on the top of the layer. Press on the main layer and press (Make / Release Clipping Path)
Now, the artboard is clean and neat. We can have variations of colors by using the (Recolor Artwork). Choose all the content of the layer by clicking on target sign on the layer.
Be Sure to press the link to make the color change with the same proportion.
You can choose the color you like.
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