Learn how to create a vibrant and colourful background design using Adobe Illustrator with our guide. From selecting the right colour palette to creating patterns, gradients and shapes, our guide covers all the essential steps for creating a visually striking and effective background design
1 Create a petal as shown below using the Pen tool. Apply a tri-colour gradient to it.
2 Choose the Rotate tool and move the anchor point to the inner tip of the petal.
3 Rotate it by holding the Alt key.
4 With Control+D duplicate the petal approximately.
5 By holding the Control key reduce the size of this petal.
6 Using Alt and the Rotate tool make the first duplicated petal at a turn. Press Control D to duplicate it.
7 Follow the steps twice.
8 Make a leaf shape and apply a tri-colour gradient to it. Press Shift+Control and [ to send to the back.
9 Move the anchor point to the centre and rotate accordingly.
10 Move the anchor point to the centre and rotate. Press the Alt key to duplicate and then press Control+D to repeat the procedure.
11 Use the Alt key and rotate tool to make a new leaf. Make this leaf larger. Make the gradient darker. Make copies and rotate it into place.
12 Choose the flower and Copy. Paste into Photoshop as pixels.
13 Choose the flower and define it as a brush.
14 Open Brushes and set Shape Dynamics.
15 Use the settings below for Scattering.
16 Use the following settings for Colour Dynamics.
17 Choose a bright pink colour.
18 Make a new larger composition and begin to paint colourful background.