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Want snow? Create an instant winter wonderland with Illustrator

Added on Friday 4th of December 2009 09:23 am EST

 

If you're finding winter to be too mild or live somewhere that snow tends to avoid, then give Jack Frost some help by making the holiday season festive and snowy with our snowflake graphics, as shown in FIGURE A. Illustrator has the tools to make creating seasonal graphics a snap, so you can transform any of your seasonal graphics needs into a winter wonderland with ease.


From circle to snowflake
Usually, the more complex a graphic looks, the more time it takes to create, but that isn't the case with our snowflakes. Just follow our simple steps and Illustrator will do the bulk of the work for you. We'll begin by creating a circle— what could be easier? Then, we'll add points to manipulate it into a snow- flake shape.

To create a circle and add points:
1. Create a new document and select the Ellipse tool .
2. Hold down the [shift] key as you click and drag to create a circle.
3. Try to make your circle roughly 3 inches in diameter, though there's no need to be exact.
4. While the circle's selected, choose Object > Path > Add Anchor Points, and four more points appear on the path.
5. Press [shift]cA ([Shift][Ctrl]A in Windows) to deselect the circle.
6. Click the Direct Selection tool .
7. Hold down the [shift] key and click to select all the segments be...