In this tutorial I am going to show you how to create gears in Adobe Illustrator using basic shapes, transformations (reflect & rotate) and the pathfinder tool. The final outcome can be seen to the right.
Software: Adobe Illustrator
Time taken: 30 minutes
Difficulty Level: Beginner
One of the first things I ever learnt within Illustrator was creating gears. I wanted to design a new logo for my web design company and decided that a vector was the only way to go. After playing around with the software for quite a while and watching numerous tutorials on YouTube I finally managed to complete my logo – nothing overly complicated but an accomplishment none the less. Check out my first logo attempt below…
I now want to create my own tutorial for creating gears in illustrator to show people how I go about it – like many Adobe products, there is always more than one way to do something in illustrator and I have seen multiple ways to create gears. I am not saying that these methods are wrong or complicated, they are just different – I am happy with this method and would like to share it…
Step 1 – Create a new document in illustrator
Open a new document inside illustrator. I have gone with 1024 x 768 pixels for this project but it does not matter too much when creating vectors, just be sure to give yourself enough room to work Continue reading