A few months ago, I went to a local garden nursery to get some roses for our 8th wedding anniversary. They had roses in several different colors like white, yellow, orange and purple. I asked a clerk “Don’t you have red roses?” And he just said “No.” I was shocked. Roses are supposed to red. My wife hate yellow roses, anyway. As usual, I had no choice, you know? So I got MacBook out of my backpack and launched Adobe Illustrator CS2. In a matter of 5 minutes ago, I created a red rose.
The following tutorial shows simple steps to design a rose with Adobe Illustrator CS2. The photo used in this tutorial comes from WebShot.
- Let’s first use Polar Grid Tool to draw a group of several circles.
- The next step is to fill the circles with gradient colors. And set the gradient type to Radial.
- You don’t want to manually adjust the locations of anchor points to reshape the circles. First, add two sets (or more) of anchor points by pressing Command + Option + Shift + A while all circles except the outermost one are selected with Direct Selection Tool. Then choose Distort & Transform > Tweak under Effect. Tweak will roughen the shapes nicely.
- Next, select the outermost circle with Direct Selection Tool and apply Tweak and Roughen after adding anchor points.
- The last thing I would do is to accentuate the border of each ring by applying Style > Inner Glow.
- It won’t be easy to assimilate an Illustrator object into a Photo, but you may want to use Photoshop or whatever to lower saturation and adjust light a little bit.
Illustrator CS2 is a product of Adobe Systems Incorporated.