To create such a background, first of all you have to
draw a vertical rectangle. Colour it with tropical
blue. Look in the Bright swatch palette.
Form a new layer. Use the Pen tool to set the
Open the Beach swatch palette. Create a new layer.
Draw the distant islands using the Pen tool.
For creating the water highlight, select the Charcoal
brush and a light blue colour and add some strokes.
On a new layer, using the Pen tool, draw the land
area. Then use the Ellipse tool to make the circles.
Create another layer and place it below the land
layer. Draw the bse of the palm tree using the Pen
Draw the half portion of a palm leaf.
Choose the top and bottom points of the palm leaf
and click on Average and choose Vertical.
Without leaving the selection the half leaf, reset the
Double-click on the Reflective tool and choose
Vertical. Press Copy.
For zooming in go to the View mode. Shift the
other half of the palm leaf inward. Make sure it
overlaps by at least one pixel.
Select the both halves and move to Pathfinder and
click on Add to Shape Area. Click Expand.
Select the Rotate tool. Then move the Anchor Point
to the top of the palm tree base. Alt+drag the one
leaf around. Continue the duplication of leaf press
Control+D several times.
You can readjust the size of each leaves.
If you want to use Wrap on any of the leaves, it can
be done easily.
And the island background is ready.