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 path

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.


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The tool can be found beneath the line segment tool in the toolbar. Once you have selected he tool, you can apply the tool with the current stroke


You can change the settings by double clicking the icon or pressing the return key.

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

2) Number of concentric dividers

3) Skew for the concentric dividers

4) Number of radial dividers

5) Bottom skew for the radial dividers

6) 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

7) Fill grid


You can use tool once or multiple times and you can generate a vast number of paths which can be used as backgrounds or overlays. The result of the 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.


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You can use the 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



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