In this tutorial you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool and the Warp effects as well as how to make your images look better with some simple tweaks to Transparency settings—all while creating a flowerpot full of realistic daffodils!
Let’s get started!
1. How to Create Petals
Create a yellow ellipse.
Using the Mesh Tool (U), place a mesh node in the middle of the shape.
With the Convert Anchor Point Tool (Shift-C), convert the rightmost node by clicking on it and drag it to the right.
Create a Mesh, as shown in the screenshot.
Color the mesh nodes as in the picture.
Flatten the left side of the petal by dragging the nodes.
Create a new row of mesh by placing a node with the Mesh Tool (U).
Color the rest of the petal accordingly.
Now, draw two brown lines with the Pen Tool (P).
Apply a Stroke with a Width Profile 1 to both lines (Window > Stroke).
Object > Expand Appearance of both lines.
Go to Object > Blend > Blend Options and apply Specified Steps; 2. Then go to Object > Blend > Make with both lines selected.
Repeat Step 11.
Right-click on the shape and select Transform > Reflect.
Select Horizontal Axis and Copy.
Arrange both shapes together, and then select them and make a compound path with Object > Compound Path > Make.
Apply a gold Linear Gradient to the resulting shape.
Apply a 30% Opacity and Screen transparency to the shape.
Arrange our finished shapes onto each other.
Create four more copies of the finished petal and apply a different Effect > Warp to each one of them. Expand Appearance after each Warp.
Create a flower out of the finished petals.
2. How to Finish the Flower
Create an ellipse and fill it with a brown Radial Gradient.
Set the Transparency to Multiply and Opacity to 80%.
Place the shadow in the middle of the flower.
Create a yellow rectangle.
Bend the shape and add mesh nodes with the Mesh Tool (U).
Follow these four steps to color and modify the shape.
Create another orange rectangle.
Modify this rectangle, following the instructions below.
Create an ellipse with a Radial Gradient.
Apply the Multiply transparency mode to it.
Arrange all of the shapes from this part of the tutorial together.
You can add some pollen seeds to the flower. To find out how to create them, head over to the second section of another flower tutorial of mine.
Finally, assemble your flower!
3. How to Create the Stalk and Leaves
Create a narrow green rectangle and color it with Mesh.
Apply Effect > Warp > Flag with -33% Bend and -15% Horizontal Distortion to the shape. Expand Appearance.
Color the Mesh further.
Create a green rectangle, and then color and modify it with the help of the Mesh Tool (U).
Select the leaf and edit its color by going to Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors. Input the following settings:
- Red: 4%
- Green: 6%
- Blue: -3%
Similarly color and modify another rectangle.
Set the Transparency of the four rightmost nodes to 70%.
Take the leaf we made in Step 5, create a copy of it, and flatten it a bit.
Warp the flattened leaf with Arch and the following settings:
- Bend: 12%
- Vertical Distortion: -21%
Arrange the finished leaves together.
Put the shape from Step 7 over the top of them.
Attach the flower to the stalk. You can create a few different variants by rotating it.
Arrange these flowers into a bouquet, similar to my example below.
Add the created leaves to your bouquet.
You’re done with the flowers! Let’s move on to creating the flowerpot.
4. How to Create the Flowerpot
Let’s begin by creating the rim of the pot. Create half of the shape, as indicated in the picture, and then flip it with Reflect and copy it, to create a symmetrical rim shape.
Color the rim with the colors indicated in the screenshot below.
Create a narrow, dark orange ellipse.
Add it under the rim we made in the previous step. Send it back by pressing Shift-Control-