How to create concentric circles in Illustrator tutorial

How to create concentric circles in Illustrator CC 2018 2017 2015 2014 CS6 etc tutorial.

Create concentric circles

how to create concentric circles polar grid tool
  1. Select the polar grid tool (tool to use to make the concentric circles in Illustrator)

  2. Double click the icon

  3. Set the radial divider to zero

  4. Set the concentric divider to 12 or 20 etc to get concentric circles from the polar grid tool.

  5. Hold the shift key down

  6. Drag outwards to create the artwork

  7. Release

  8. Set the fill to no color and the stroke to black etc and the width as required


Video tutorial on the subject by (youtube)


You can ungroup the Illustrator concentric circles and select the individual paths and then re-color the fill and the stroke as well as changing the stroke weight as well as adding dash styles and variable width profiles to the design. You can turn a very basic artwork into a multi-colored hi-impact design in seconds.


concentric circles for Illustrator via polar grid tool

Create a new path using the tool with the divider setting set as required. If you want a lot of paths to work with then set the divider to a high value. If you don't want too many paths, set the divider to a low value. Go to the object menu and use the ungroup and select the individual paths and then change the stroke width as well as the color etc of the artworks


You can also use the live paint tool to apply color the inner space of the design, you don't need to leave it just as a bare set of lines. Select the live paint tool in the toolbar and hover over the space you want to fill in the path. Set the color via the color picker and then click the space. You can then repeat the same with different colors to create a random color filled artwork. Or perhaps start with black or red at the outer edge of the design and then change the color to approach white as you move to the center with the live paint tool. Expand the live paint before you do any other work. You can then copy the artwork and perhaps use the color guide panel to randomize the colors or create a more harmonious color scheme or use the edit menu and edit colors and adjust color balance to re-color the bands.


Unless you expand the artwork via the object menu and expand command, you won't be able to use the live bucket with the parallel band strokes but you can just re-color them individually via the stroke settings for those paths (best to do any re-coloring of the strokes before you use the live paint bucket)


You can also save the generated parallell banded artwork to the symbols panel or to the CC libraries for future use. You can use the art to create stunning backgrounds in seconds with multiple instances of the work. You can also export the artwork for use in tools such as Photoshop either via the library functionality or using the export commands.


concentric circle effects punk and bloat

If you wish to create multiple paths with the same tool then either re-apply the polar tool (you can quickly change the divider setting to create slightly different loops) or you can simply select the alt / option key and path and duplicate the circuits to fill the entire document or artboard. You can then individually color the bands using the color guide or the fill / stroke settings.


You don't have to just have the basic paths, you can always add effects to the artwork to create more unusual designs from the basic artwork. Set the divider to 12 and the radial to 0. Set the stroke weight for the path as required. Create the standard design and then go to the effect menu and select something like the punk and bloat command (it is found in the distort and transform category) and set the slider for the punk and bloat as required. You can then go to the object menu and use the expand appearance command to return the haloes to a normal path which can then be again manipulated with tools such as live paint. Of course, you don't have to use just the punk and bloat, any number of tools can be used to alter the art such as tweak or zigzag etc


You can also apply all kinds of brushes to the art as well to create millions of unique artworks


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