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Adobe Illustrator: Symmetrical Drawing

With a small amount of setup you can create a canvas that will allow you to draw symmetrically. This means that you only have to draw half of a symmetrical image to create a full image.

Step 1

Open a new document 8.5 x 8.5 inches.

Step 2

Choose the rectangle tool and set the stroke and fill to blank.

Step 3

Draw a 4.25 x 8.5 rectangle on the right side of the canvas.

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Step 4

Select the layer you created the rectangle on and go to Effect > Distort and Transform > Transform.

Use the settings shown below and click Ok:

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Step 5

Choose a brush and draw on the right side of the canvas. You will see the stroke you drew reflected on the left side of the canvas.

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Step 6

Keep drawing your design on the right side of the canvas.

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Refer to Simple Seamless Patterns for how to turn your symmetry document into a seamless tile.

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