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Bursting Sphere in Illustrator

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The sphere above is fairly quick to do – the tutorial is straightforward and easy to follow. You’ll use 3D revolve and mapping art functions as well as the nifty Pathfinder.

When I set up my rows (then groups) of circles – the art to be mapped onto the surface of the sphere I did mine differently.

I used the ellipse tool to create a circle of 25pt. I used the Transform Each (Object>Transform>Transform Each) to create a copy offset by 5pt horizontally (enter 30pt in the horizontal setting to allow for the circle and the space between) then Ctrl>D to duplicate to create a row.

Group the row of circles and go back to the Transform Each option. This time change the horizontal value to 15pt and the vertical offset to 60pt.

Group them all together and then duplicate the double rows till you have plenty to make the Symbol which is used as the artwork to map onto the sphere’s surface.

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Gradient Blend Ribbons in Illustrator


The gradient blend was really the work of moments. I used the Pencil tool to draw two wavy lines (I double-clicked to bring up the settings so I could have a smooth wave with no jagged bits).

Select them both then go to Options>Blend. For some reason, the Blend options comes in two parts – why can’t the developers combine the Blend Options (plus preview) with Blend>Make to create a single dialog?).

Go to Blend Options and select Colours or Steps. I selected Steps and entered 12 or so. Then go to Options>Blend>Make to see the effect. It gets easier after this initial stage. You can then go to Blend>Options and tweak the number of steps and see it applied to your work.

I also used the Direct Selection tool to select the two ends of the lines and aligned them to be both horizontally and vertically centred so they would taper. You can also pinch in other sections of the blend if you want to tweak the design.

I also applied a gradient to the blend – Object>Expand Appearance then select and apply a gradient.

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