How to use the polar grid tool for Illustrator Tutorial

The polar grid tool in Illustrator is a powerful radial and line path creation tool in Illustrator CC 2018 2017 2015 2014 CS6 CS5 CS4 etc.

Polar grid tool in Illustrator

how to use polar grid tool in Illustrator tutorial
  1. Goto Polar grid tool in the Illustrator toolbar beneath the line segment tool

  2. Double click polar grid tool icon in the Illustrator toolbar for settings

  3. Set the concentric dividers value

  4. Set the radial dividers and click OK

  5. Apply the tool by dragging from origin point on the artboard

  6. Set stroke and stroke width for the resulting Illustrator polar grid

You can modify the tool settings in many ways such as changing the concentric and radial settings to create a vast range of unique paths which can then in turn be maniplated by other tools in the application such as adding brush strokes and width profiles to the artwork.

 

Video tutorial on the subject by graphicxtras.com (youtube)

 

Location of tool : locationThe Illustrator polar grid tool can be found beneath the line segment tool in the toolbar. Once you have selected the tool, you can apply the tool with the current stroke as well as the current selection. If it is not visible then you may find the tool under one of the other tools and you will have to expand out the set but the key thing is to go to the set of tools related to the line segment. The Illustrator polar grid tool cannot be moved from this position

 

Settings : panelYou can change the settings of the polar grid in Illustrator by double clicking the icon or pressing the return key. That will cause the settings panel to appear. It is a model dialog so to get rid of it you will have to click the cancel button or the ok.

 

Set the default size width and height (though this can also be set interactively as you apply the tool to the artboard)

 

Number of concentric dividers - set to 0 and you will end up with the radial design

 

Skew for the concentric dividers

 

Number of radial dividers - set to 0 and you will end up with the concentric rings

 

Bottom skew for the radial dividers

 

Create compound path from ellipse - instead of getting a solid color, you will end up with one path filled, one path not and so on

 

Fill grid

 

Use multiple times : colorsYou can use Illustrator polar grid tool once or multiple times and you can generate a vast number of paths which can be used as backgrounds or overlays.

 

You can use the tool to create multiple artworks which can then be used to create backgrounds or overlays.

 

You can add the designs on top of each other. You can spread them throughout the document. You can set them to different colors as in the example on the right. You can set them to different sizes and you can set them to different radial dividers and more.

 

Of course, you can also simply use the tool once (and duplicate the same artwork using the ALT key)

 

Expand the result : The result of the Illustrator polar grid tool can also be expanded and ungrouped and then just used as a normal path as well as exported for use in other apps such as Photoshop. You can do this via the object menu and the expand commands

 

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Change color of path : You can use the Illustrator polar grid tool in any color, fill and stroke. You can manipulated the generated color using tools such as the color guide or the edit menu color adjustments. You can use the color features to create 1000s of great designs from this single tool. You can also use plugins such as Phantasm from Astute graphics to update the colors in many different ways. You can also change the color by using other plugins that come with the application

 

Create many different designs : slicesYou can use the tool to create countless designs such as pies, starbursts, star designs, manga designs, slices, rings, echoes and many more.

 

Changing the concentric and radial settings can result in a whole range of different designs

 

Save the work : You can also simply drag the Illustrator polar grid designs from the artboard into the CC library and the artwork can then be stored safely. You can then also use the same design in Photoshop and After Effects and Premiere etc. That is a quick and easy way of saving the work but, of course, you can also save the artwork to the AI symbols panel and then use the polar grid as a wonderful symbol. You can also save the artwork via the file save command and save as an AI file or SVG (great for putting into web pages in seconds). You can also use the various export commands to export the design or designs in PNG or PDF etc and then use the artworks in Affinity Photo and Krita as well as Rebelle and other applications.

 

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