Spiral plugin tool for Illustrator CC 2017 Mac for all kinds of spirals via the toolbox
Spiral plugin set with five amazing spiral tools from graphicxtras, free tool set for the mac.
The new spiral plugin tool is built on the original code for earlier spiral tool from graphicxtras but it is not the same, it works via the toolbox now. It is a free plugin as well and at the present, more an experimental form and will be extended with new tools as well at some point. It is also only for the mac at the moment and at some point, the PC
Anyway, the key thing is for you to download the plugin if you wish to use it and you can find it via our updates section
The plugin creates spiral themed designs / paths in 1000s of different forms via five tools included in the set (all in a single AIP plugin). The tool can be found beneath the line segment tool in Illustrator. It is part of a series of Andrew's Vector Plugins.
It is an experimental plugin and will have its odd quirks and ways of doing things but I think you will find it can generate quite a lot of different and unusual as well as basic spiral paths.
Please place the plugin AIP file in
1) go the finder
2) Go and go to folder command and type ~/Library
3) Application Support > Adobe > Adobe Illustrator 21 > en_GB (or US etc) > Plug-ins
Now start Illustrator and go to the toolbar and you will find them beneath the line segment tool (there are five 'separate' plugins)
1) select the spiral tool plugin. That is the first one in the list
2) set the colors to nil and black (for stroke)
3) drag left to right on the artboard to create the spiral and change the size
4) Release mouse to create final result
You can also modify the spiral (post processing as it is a path) but you can modify it as you create it by holding down modifier keys such as shift, option key, cmd etc. The modification only lasts as long as you hold down the mouse and release and generate the new path. Once you re-select the spiral tool, it will go back to the default state (that may change at some point)
5) hold down the shift and drag the spiral tool plugin in the artboard. You will notice that as you move leftwards that the number of spiral arms will vanish, the more you go right and you will see more spiral arms. Again, just release the mouse once you are happy (as on the right)
6) Hold down the cmd to change the decay so you will get closer arms
7) hold down the space to squeeze the center
8) Hold down the option for a more square as well as creased spiral
There are other combinations as well as these will be listed in other tutorials (as well as probably a video or two)
The other tools are even odder plugins tools such as the abstract spiral plugin which creates abstract lines / paths in all kinds of weird and wonderful shapes. You can also modify the abstract spiral plugin tool using the shift / cmd etc keys and they work in much the same way with the abstract spiral tool as the main tool. Perhaps with the abstract, the modifiers will be of less use. You can create countless abstract spiral designs simply by clicking the artboard and each generated spiral will be different from the last.
Of course, you can always use tools such as the join tool to join them together. Or click on the color tools to re-color the lines (the examples show them in black but you can have them in green etc or perhaps use them as a symbol or use them as a brush source or perhaps add a width profile or brush stroke to the lines. The left image shows a number of applies of the spiral tool plugin to create doodles and sketched designs. The image on the right shows two colors applied and brush strokes added to the spiral tool plugin path in Illustrator
There is a 'curved spiral' tool which creates subtle random jittered spiral designs.
'Spiral' create plugin tool which basically creates spiral arms or not (so you will see random gaps in the spiral design and distortions of the spiral to compensate (as the spiral is continuous).
The last spiral plugin tool is spiral gap tool and create spirals with a constant gap between the arms.
All the spiral plugins are modified in much the same way as the first tool with the modifiers such as space, cmd key etc
You can apply the plugins once or multiple times to create any number of paths as well as change the color of the paths, add effects to the lines and much more. They are just standard paths that can be modified by tools such as live effects to add blurs or zigzags etc to the spirals.
You can find our main Illustrator plugin collection on the plugins page but they are only for CS5 and CS4 and below. You can also use the plugin lines with other tools such as swatches such as triradial swatches for Illustrator as well as swirl and flourish swatches for Illustrator as well as combine them with symbols such as spiral symbols for Illustrator