How Do I Create Sun Rays in Adobe Illustrator?

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How Do I Create Sun Rays in Adobe Illustrator?
You can create a simple graphical representation of sun rays in Adobe Illustrator by using the Stroke panel. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor originally developed for the Macintosh in 1986. Since then, it has seen many iterations and advancements in functionality, and is now commonly used to create text logos and simple three-dimensional graphics. Though not necessarily a three-dimensional object itself, you can easily create a graphical layer with the appearance of sun rays that can then be placed behind another layer to give it a bright, shining appearance. The process is a simple one requiring only a few mouse clicks.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Create a new document in Illustrator. Make the canvas size about 150 x 150 pixels.

  2. 2

    Set the fill colour to none and the stroke colour to orange, yellow, or whatever colour you'd like your sun rays to be.

  3. 3

    Select the "Ellipse" tool and draw a circle about 100 px in diameter.

  4. 4

    Select "Window" from the main navigation bar. Select "Stroke" from the menu to bring up the Stroke panel. Click on "Show Options" and increase the stroke weight to 100 px to make the circle you just drew solid in colour.

  5. 5

    Click on the "Dashed Line" option and set the first "dash" value to 5 px, the first "gap" value to 3 px, the second dash to 2 px, the second gap to 1 px, and the third dash to 12 px. This will give your circle the appearance of a nice, uneven burst of sun rays.

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