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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.

Making a Simple Baseball Icon Tutorial

This tutorial will show you how to make a Baseball icon which will resemble the one I used for my January calendar.

What You’ll Be Making:


  • Illustrator
  • Strokes
  • Brushes
  • Slight experience w/ Illustrator


1. A. Draw a circle with a white/gray fill. B. Draw curved secants on both sides of this circle.

2. A. Draw a shape such as an askew triangle (see picture below) and give a red fill (this will become our thread). B. Select this object, then go to Brush tab (click F5 to bring up the Brush Window) and click on the “New ___” symbol to create a new brush (see picture below). A window will pop up, choose the scatter brush option. C. A new window will pop up. For right now, just click OK.

3. A. Now select both of your curved paths. B. Then click on your new brush and you will get something as you would see below.

4. A. Go to the Brush window/tab and double-click your brush or click the Brush Settings button next to the new brush button. B. Now a window will pop up (that you’ve already seen). Click preview to see what you’re doing and adjust the spacing, size, and rotation to your choosing but be sure to make the rotation relative to path. Then click OK.

5. A. Select the two paths and group them together. B. Draw a circle of the same size as our original and move it to the front. Then select that circle and the paths, then right-click and choose Create Clipping Mask.

6 A. Select both the circle and the clipped paths and add a Drop Shadow by going to Effect>Stylize>Drop Shadow. B. Adjust numbers to your choosing. C. If you’ve followed the steps right, you should’ve got something close to this.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial.

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