Draw a Spiral Christmas Tree in Illustrator
We are lucky in that IllustratorR has a nice Spiral tool that we can use to draw the perfect spiral for our tree. The default setting will give use a small spiral with only a few segments and the spiral is very open. If we transform this default spiral into a tree, it would be a very skimpy tree.
Our first decision is the Radius setting, which determines the length from the center of the spiral to the outer most anchor point on the end of the path. I have found that a radius of about 2 in is a good size but you might want to increase the Radius if you want a bigger tree overall.
Another adjustment will be to increase the number of segments. Each wind of the spiral is made up from four segments. When we transform the spiral to a tree, each wind of the spiral will become a layer of branches. We need a lot more branches on our tree. So let's increase the number of segments.
- Click on the workspace with the Spiral tool and set the Radius to 2 in and the Segments option to 40. Keep the dialog box open.
- In the dialog box, set the Decay to 95%, which will tighten the spiral significantly. Click OK to create the spiral.
- Use the Eraser tool to remove the inner three winds of the spiral.
- Select the spiral and click on the Free Transform tool. Grab the center top handle and drag downward until the spiral looks flattened.
- With the spiral still selected, click on the Reshape tool. Drag the end point at the center of the spiral path upward. You might want to zoom in on the center of the spiral to see the end point.
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