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How to create a symmetrical shape in Adobe Illustrator 

1 : This Illustrator tutorial uses the Pen tool and the Anchor point tool as a starting point for creating a symmetrical shape

Very often when you work in Illustrator, you can start off with a very simpple object, in this example a couple of straight line segments, then manipulate the object, using anchor points and direction handles, to create a more visually interesting and complex path.


Illustrator CC 2018 | mp4 | 2:57min



2 : Reflecting a copy of the original shape and then joining anchor points to create a closed path

Using Shift and Alt/option modifier keys in conjunction with the Reflect tool, you can make a mirror image of the original path. Then, it's just a matter of selecting and joining anchor points to form a closed path.


Illustrator CC 2018 | mp4 | 4:27min



3 : Using the Shear tool and Reflect tool to create symmetrical tail fins for the rocket

Shear and Reflect are two poweful transformations, very often used with the Shift modifier key to constrain the transformation to 45 degree angles, and the Alt or option key to make a copy of the object.


Illustrator CC 2018 | mp4 | 2:37min



4 : Uniting or merging the shapes to create a composite rocket

You can use controls in the Pathfinder panel, or the Shape Builder tool to merge shapes to form the final composite path for this symmetrical shape.


Illustrator CC 2018 | mp4 | 6:39min





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