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


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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.


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Divider settings : 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.


I generally find the divider setting of 10 is fine but setting it to 40 or so makes it a lot trickier to work with using the live paint as well as selecting the individual paths.


Ungroup and select paths : 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.


Live paint tool : 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.


Storing the designs : You can also save the 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.


Duplicate artwork : 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 also clip the grid using a rectangle or some other path and select that path and the design and then use the object menu and clipping mask and make command


You can use the same fill settings and stroke settings as well as widths or width profiles or brush strokes or vary them by selecting the individual grids created and then changing the settings for the entire path (instead of the individual lines)


distortedLive effects to modify your design : 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 polar grid 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 lines 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


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