How to Draw a Flower Vector

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How to Draw a Flower Vector
Flower vectors are often duplicated to form backgrounds. (John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Vector graphics are images created by using geometric shapes. A flower vector is thus created using circles, squares, rectangles, polygons, lines and curves. You can make beautiful flower vectors using Illustrator or the free drawing programs Inkscape and Gimp. Most techniques involve either to draw around a real picture of a flower or to make a petal and then duplicate it. Drawing a flower vector is different in every program, but these directions should be applicable to other programs with a few modifications.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

    Illustrator

  1. 1

    Find a photo of a flower.

    Go to "File" then "Place" and scroll to find your flower photo.

    Click on "Layers Panel.' From the pop-menu, select "Template."

    Click "Create New Layer." Double-click on the layer and type "Flower Drawing" in the box. Click "OK."

  2. 2

    Click the "Ellipse" tool. Click on the canvas. A setting box will pop up. Set the settings to width "2 in." and height ".05 in."

    Click on "Window," then "Brushes." Click on "Selection" tool. Grab the ellipse and drag it into the "Brush panel." The "New Brush" box will pop up. Select "New Art Brush." Click "OK." The "Art Brush Options" will pop up. Write "Flower Drawing" and check "Method." Select "Tints" from the menu. Click "OK."

  3. 3

    Click on the "Brush" tool. Click on the "Flower Drawing" brush and start tracing around the flower on the photo.

    Select all the strokes and click on a colour.

    Go to the "Layers" window and click on the eye next to "Layer 1" in order to hide the photo. You will only see the outlines of your flower now.

    Inkscape

  1. 1

    Click on the "Bezier' tool. Make an elongated diamond shape to make one petal.

    Click on the "Edit Path by Nodes" tool. Click on the left dot on your canvas. Click the blue icon "Make Selected Nodes Smooth" on the first raw of icons over the canvas.

    Hold the "Shift" key and click on a colour swatch.

    Open "Fill and Stroke Editor" from the top of the page. Under "Fill," select "Radial Gradient." Your petal should be filled with a single colour gradient. Pull the centre point down and stretch the top dot up to stretch the colour.

  2. 2

    Click on the "Select" tool and resize your image if you need to.

    Go to "Edit" at the very top of your page, then "Clone," "Create Tiled Clones." This tool will help you duplicate the petal in a circle.

    Untick "Use Saved Size and Position of the Tile." Set "10" for "Rows" and "1" for "Columns" to clone the petal around its centre point.

    Set "Shift Y" to "-100%" under the "Shift" tab.

    Set "Angle" to "36" under the "Rotation" tab. We calculate the angle by doing 360 (degrees for a full circle) / 10 (number of petals) = 36.

    Click at the centre of the petal on your canvas to find the rotation point. A plus sign will appear. Drag the plus sign to the bottom of the petal. This will tell the program where to start the rotation.

    Go back to the "Create Tiles Clone" window and click "Create."

  3. 3

    Press "Shift" + "D" keys to select the original tile and drag it outside.

    Click the "Select" tool, click the pointer at the bottom-right corner of the canvas and drag it across to the upper-left corner of the canvas to select the entire drawing. Click on "Edit," "Clone" and "Unlink Clone." Now, you can modify the original petal, but the clones will not be affected. Go to "Object" and select "Group" to keep the clones together as one object.

  4. 4

    Select the "Circle" tool and draw a circle holding the "Ctrl" key to make sure you have a perfect circle. That will be the flower's centre. Center the circle in the flower. Choose a darker colour than the petals. With the "Select" tool, select the flower by drawing a square around it. Go to the "Object" tab and click "Group."

    Press "Copy" and paste several copies of the flower on your drawing board. Rescale them by holding "Shift" + "Ctrl" and grabbing one of the corners of the picture.

  5. 5

    Go to the "Layer" icon on top of your page and press the plus sign to create another layer to make your stems. Type "Stems." Click "Add." Click on the top eye to hide the flower layer.

    Press the "Bezier" tool. Press on the "Spiro Path" setting at the top of your page. Pull down the menu and select "Triangle In." Draw a few curves, spiralling a little bit here and there. Click twice to stop the pen. Click on the "Select" button. Select all the stems by drawing a box around the canvas. Go to "Path" then select "Object to Path." Go to "Path" again and select "Union."

    Gimp

  1. 1

    Go to "File" and "New" to open a new canvas. Make sure the canvas is a perfect square. Go to "Use the Image," "Guides" and select "New from Percent" to open two guides that will separate the page in four squares.

  2. 2

    Click on the "Elliptical Select" tool. Draw a circle in the top left square. To do this, click in the centre of the grid and drag towards the top-left hand corner. Click on the "Quickmask" button at the bottom-left of the canvas.

    Click on the "Move" tool to move the layer. Drag the circle (the quickmask) to the right slightly.

    Click on the "Quickmask" button to turn it off and fill the circle with the colour of your choice.

  3. 3

    Click on "Quickmask" to turn it back on. Click on "Layer," "Transform" and click on "Flip Horizontally." You will have two circles intersecting with each other on the upper-half part of your canvas.

    Click on "Quickmask" to turn it off once more. In the image window, select "Invert." Delete. You have now the image of a petal.

    Click on the "Move" tool to enable the layer to move and drag the layer slightly until it the bottom part of the shape touches the grid line.

    Go to "Layer." Select "Layer to Image Size."

  4. 4

    Duplicate the layer. Go to" Layers," "Transform" and select "Rotate 180 Degrees." You will obtain a mirror copy of your petal.

    Duplicate the layer. Rotate the layer by 90 degrees to get in all four petals.

    Duplicate the layer again and rotate until you can see eight petals.

    Click on the "Elliptical" tool and draw a circle starting from the centre of the canvas. Hold "Ctrl" + "Shift to get a perfect circle. Fill the circle with the colour of your choice.

Tips and warnings

  • If the image looks too transparent in Illustrator, double-click the layer, then change the percentage of the "Dim Images" setting.
  • To change the thickness of the line, go to "Stroke" and select "Stroke Weight."
  • In Inkscape, if you lose the gradient while making duplicates of your flower, select a colour from the swatch. Open "Fill and Stroke Editor" from the top of the page. Under "Fill," select "Radial Gradient."
  • If your stem is not straight, select the "Edit Path by Nodes" tool. Click on all the dots on your stem and click on the "Make Selected Nodes Smooth" setting to get a nice curve.
  • In Gimp, while moving the quickmask to the right, make sure the Y position stays zero.
  • If you cannot create the flower you have envisioned, visit designs websites to find free vector flower and brushes.
  • In Inkscape, hold "Shift" + "Ctrl" while rescaling if you do not want to get distorted shapes. Align objects in the flower by opening the "Align Objects" setting and clicking on the vertical and horizontal centring icons.
  • Make sure you create a new layer every time you duplicate your petals in Gimp so that you can easily rotate the whole layer.

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