zigzag wavy pattern inside color block geometric background

Zigzag Wavy Pattern inside Color Block Geometric Background | Adobe Illustrator Tutorial

In this fun Adobe Illustrator tutorial, create a color block background with a zigzag wavy pattern inside it. Use the zigzag effect, rectangular grid tool, polar grid tool and shape builder tool in this tutorial. Let’s get started:

  1. Create a new document of width and height 900px.
  2. Create wavy pattern:
    • Using the Line Segment tool, draw a line of length 300px and angle 0°
    • From Stroke panel, set its stroke weight to 9px and Cap to Round Cap.
    • Click on Effect > Distort and Transform > Zig Zag.
      • Options: Size: 20px, Ridges per segment: 5, Points: Smooth.
    • Click on Object > Expand Appearance.
    • Click on Object > Expand.
    • Select it, right click > Transform > Move (or Object > Transform > Move).
      • Settings: Horizontal: 300px, Vertical: 0px.
      • Click on Copy.
    • Select both the zigzag lines.
    • Go to Pathfinder panel > Unite.
    • Using Rectangle tool, draw a rectangle of width and height 300px.
    • Set its fill to none and stroke black.
    • Align the zigzag line at the top and center of the rectangle using the Align panel.
    • Now move the line up by 20px (Hold shift and press up arrow key twice).
    • Right click > Transform > Move (or Object > Transform > Move).
      • Settings: Horizontal: 0px, Vertical: 75px.
      • Click on Copy.
    • Click on Object > Transform > Transform Again (shortcut is Cmd D / Ctrl D).
    • Copy this 2 times.
    • Select the rectangle.
    • Give it fill color and set stroke to none.
    • Now click on Object > Arrange > Send to back.
    • Click on Edit > Copy. Then Edit > Paste in Back.
    • Now set fill color to none for this new rectangle.
    • Give desired color to the zigzag lines.
    • Select all lines and both rectangles and drag to the Swatches panel.
    • Now change the colors of the lines and rectangle and create the other patterns.
  3. Create grid:
    • Using the Polar Grid tool, create a grid with the settings:
      • Default size:- Width: 900px; Height: 900px
      • Concentric dividers:- Number: 2; Skew: 0%
      • Radial dividers: Number: 0; Skew: 0%
    • Using the Rectangular Grid tool, create a grid with the settings:
      • Default size:- Width: 900px; Height: 900px
      • Horizontal dividers:- Number: 0; Skew: 0%
      • Vertical dividers:- Number: 1; Skew: 0%
    • Align both grids to the center using the Align panel.
    • Set their stroke to black.
    • Now select both grids.
    • Click on Shape builder tool and fill the shapes with the patterns and the colors.
    • Once done, set stroke back to none.

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