Free Spiral plugin for Illustrator

Spiral plugin tool for Illustrator CC 2017 Mac - use it as a tool via the toolbar for 1000s and 1000s of amazing paths

Free spiral plugin (mac) for CC 2017

free spiral plugin tool for Illustrator CC 2018 2017 etc for paths and designs
  1. Download free spiral Illustrator plugin and unzip

  2. Add AIP free spiral plugin to the plugins path and re-start Illustrator

  3. Go to the line segment tool in the Illustrator toolbox

  4. Select one of the spiral tools in the group (abstract etc)

  5. Set the color of the fill and stroke

  6. Apply on the Illustrator artboard

It is a powerful tool that appears in the toolbar beneath the line segment tool. It can be used to create all kinds of unusual as well as basic and useful artworks that you can combine with your own paths

 

videoVideo tutorial about the subject by graphicxtras.com (youtube)

 

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It works via the toolbox. It includes 5 tools with millions of great ways to create unique paths.

 

It is a free tool as well and at the present, more an experimental form and will be extended with new tools as well at some point. It is also only for the mac at the moment and at some point, the PC

 

Anyway, the key thing is for you to download the set if you wish to use it and you can find it via our updates section

 

FREE download of the spiral plugin set for Illustrator CC 2018 2017 etc

 

The tool creates paths in 1000s of different forms via five tools included in the set (all in a single AIP plugin). The tool can be found beneath the line segment tool.

 

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It is an experimental tool and will have its odd quirks and ways of doing things but I think you will find it can generate quite a lot of different and unusual as well as basic paths.

 

To install : Please place the AIP file in Go the finder on the mac and Go to folder command and type ~/Library then Application Support > Adobe > Adobe Illustrator 21 > en_GB (or US etc) > Plug-ins. Start the application and then go to the toolbar and find the tool there

 

Select the tool in the toolbar - select the first entry of the new tool set added to the toolbar. Set the colors to fill = nil and stroke = black

 

Drag left to right on the artboard to create the path and change the size. Release mouse to create final result. Hold down the shift and drag the cursor across the artboard. You will notice that as you move leftwards that the number of arms will vanish, the more you go right and you will see more arms. Again, just release the mouse once you are happy (as on the right)

 

Hold down the cmd to change the decay so you will get closer arms

Hold down the space to squeeze the center

Hold down the option for a more square as well as creased design

 

There are other combinations as well as these will be listed in other tutorials (as well as probably a video or two).

You can also modify the generated path (after releasing the mouse) but you can modify it as you create it by holding down modifier keys such as shift, option key, cmd etc. The modification only lasts as long as you hold down the mouse and release and generate the new path. Once you re-select the tool, it will go back to the default state (that may change at some point)

 

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scratchy abstractThe other tools included in the set create even stranger designs. The abstract tool which creates abstract lines / paths - it would be tricky to do this manually and the results will be unique each and every time.

 

You can also modify the abstract tool using the shift / cmd etc keys and they work in much the same way with the abstract tool as the main tool. Perhaps with the abstract, the modifiers will be of less use.

 

You can create countless abstract designs simply by clicking the artboard and each generated path will be different from the last.

 

Of course, you can always use tools such as the join tool to join them together. Or click on the color tools to re-color the lines (the examples show them in black but you can have them in green etc or perhaps use them as a symbol or use them as a brush source or perhaps add a width profile or brush stroke to the lines. The right image shows a number of applies of the tool to create doodles and sketched designs.

 

doodleThere is a 'curved ' tool which creates subtle random jittered designs.

 

The create tool which basically creates vector arms or not - this can be used to create all kinds of abstract and scratchy designs inb your projects

 

The last tool is gap tool and create art with a constant gap between the arms.

 

All the tools are modified in much the same way as the first tool with the modifiers such as space, cmd key etc

 

You can apply the tool once or multiple times to create any number of paths as well as change the color of the paths, add effects to the lines and much more. They are just standard paths that can be modified by tools such as live effects to add blurs or zigzags etc to the path

 

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