How to create spheres in Illustrator tutorial

How to create sphere / globe / ball using Illustrator graphic styles tutorial in CC 2018 2017 2015 2014 CS6 CS5 etc, how to create spheres in Illustrator It is very easy to create a spherical path using the Illustrator graphic styles applied to a circle path

Create sphere in Illustrator

Rounded style graphic styles sphere artwork symbol Illustrator gradient fill
  1. Create or select a circle path

  2. Double click the gradient tool - this displays the panel

  3. Select a tile - this fills the current selected path with a gradient such as 'sky' or 'orchard'

  4. Set type to radial type

  5. Position the center point by selecting and moving the bar

  6. Set the first stop (left) to white or light color - creating a highlight

  7. Set the last or end stop to a darker color - creates the shadow for the sphere

  8. Set the middle stops as required - gives the overall color to the sphere

  9. Display the graphic style panel and then select the right side menu 'new graphic style'

  10. Save this Illustrator graphic style (spherical style)

Highlights can be added by changing the blending modes of the gradient to screen

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Two highlights can be added to the effect by changing the blending mode of the gradient to screen. Go to the appearance palette and then then select the fill and then duplicate via the right side menu. Go to the fill higher up and change the opacity / blending mode to screen.


More than two highlights can be added - though the more you add, the less of the actual color of the sphere you see


Multiple applications of the style to circles etc and the results of the style can be exported to other applications

multiples illustrator graphic styles

The sphere gradient style can be applied multiple times to circles etc.


The result can be exported to other apps such as Photoshop by copying the artwork to the pasteboard and then to Photoshop or perhaps using the CC libraries.


Create spheres using effects

You can also use the revolve feature in the effects and 3D menu

Pattern swatches for use to create spheres etc in Illustrator

1. gradient swatches

2. sphere and globe patterns


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