Spiral Shell Shape Tutorial

Not much projects to work on but I may try to enter some contests we’ll see. This weekend I did receive info from the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards scholarship that I entered to find that I got an honorable mention. I’m not too upset but it does encourage me to try harder. Today, let’s create a spiral shell shape. What You’ll Be Making:


  • Illustrator
  • Blend Tool
  • Spiral Tool

Steps: 1. A. Start out with a new document and select the Spiral Tool by clicking/holding the little arrow under the Line Segment Tool. See picture for help.   B. Click anywhere in your workspace to bring up the options for it. C. Enter 481 for the radius, 80 for the radius, 50 for the segments, and choose the Clockwise style (first one). C. Press OK and you see your spiral on the screen. D. Rotate the spiral 180° from the origin using the Rotate Tool (R).

2. A. Use the Ellipse Tool (L) to draw one big circle and one small circle. Note: Hold shift to constrain the ellipse’s proportions to a circle. B. Use the Blend Tool (W) and click the big circle and then the small circle. Adjust the blend so there are 1000 steps. C. Select both the circle blend and spiral then choose Object>Blend>Replace SpineD. Now you should see

3. A. Use the Selection Tool (V) and double-click on one end of the blend (big circle) and adjust its size by holding shift+option/alt then dragging up/down/left/right to make it smaller or bigger. B. Also adjust the size of the other small circle. C. Fine tune the sizes of each circle so that there is a little space between girth of the spiral. See picture for help. D. Copy-drag by holding option/alt then release to get a replica of the spiral.

4. A. Select the spiral clone and choose Object>Expand. B. A window show pop up. Make sure the boxes for fill and object are checked then click OK. C. Now you have your own spiral shell shape to play around.

I went to play with my spiral shape by finding a texture, using a clipping mask on it, and finally adding an inner glow effect to it.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and learned something new.


About Fadi G.

I am a digital artist and I hope to push the bounds of creativity. I will produce videos, illustrations, animations, and more interesting things.

Posted on February 20, 2011, in Blend Tool, Shapes, Tips, Tutorials and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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