How to create sea waves in Illustrator tutorial

How to create / make a sea waves design in Illustrator using the mesh tool tutorial in CC 2018 2017 2015 CS6 CS5 etc.

Create sea waves

sea waves create how to make in Illustrator using gradient meshes
  1. Create a long rectangle (for start point of sea waves)

  2. Select the mesh tool in the toolbar of Illustrator

  3. Click somewhere along the top of the rectangle

  4. Set the color to a light blue and then drag the point upwards

  5. Go to another point along the top of the rectangle and click and drag downwards to create a basic wave and then set the color of the point to a slightly different blue

  6. Repeat somewhere else but upwards (perhaps varying the height)

  7. Repeat a couple of times to create a wavy top full of light blues


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single Create the first sea wave as above. You can add all kinds of variations to that artwork such as changing the colors of the gradient mesh


You can also squeeze the gradient mesh artwork or stretch the graphic. You can rotate the artwork and much more. It is a single mesh at this point.


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A good thing to do is perhaps save the selected artwrk to the CC library (it can always then be re-used at a later point). You can add as many designs as you wish (by adding as many points along the top of the rectangle)


multipleYou can use multiple curved designs to create that high impact wavy look. It would be a very depressing image if there was only one


Drag the artwork to the 'horizon' (wherever you want that on the artboard). Re-size the vertical as required by using the selection tool and the bottom edge. Alt / option and create another path. Re-size that by re-sizing the bottom of the path

Also stretch horizontally as well as shift and move it downwards (towards the 'coast' or camera). Alt / option and repeat the same action of stretching the vertical to control the height of the art and stretch to control the frequency of the curve


You can also then select the entire selection or individual paths and re-color them using the color guide or use the color adjustments. You can also re-color them by using the mesh tool and selecting the individual nodes and re-coloring them via the color panel


You can also then select the individual paths and re-stretch them or slightly rotate the artwork or perhaps use the curvature tool to select individual points and modify the curve of the art


surreal colorYou can duplicate the paths and shift them in 1000s of combinations to create a vast range of different ocean looks for your projects


You can also use the color guide panel to create a more unusual design by changing the color from blues to reds and greens or purples and pinks etc (perhaps useful for hillsides instead


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