How to Create a Golden Laurel Wreath Vector in Illustrator

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Laurel Wreath VectorIn today’s tutorial you will learn how to create a laurel wreath vector with the help of the Pathfinder panel, Blend Tool and Art Brush feature. The techniques described here will help you to easily create any shapes of wreaths, such as wheat, olive leaves and oak leaf wreath. So, let’s get started!

Tutorial Details: Laurel Wreath Vector

Final Image: Laurel Wreath Vector

Laurel Wreath Vector

Step 1: Laurel Wreath Vector

To begin this laurel wreath tutorial open your Adobe Illustrator and create a new document (Cmd / Ctrl + N). Your artboard can be of any size. The laurel wreath that we’re creating will work equally well in the RGB and in the CMYK color modes.

Laurel Wreath Vector

Step 2

Create a circle using the Ellipse Tool (L), then move it to the side, holding the Shift and Option / Alt keys. This will result in a duplication of the circle. Objects should overlap each other as shown in the picture below.

Laurel Wreath Vector

Step 3

Select both circles, and then press the Intersect in the Pathfinder panel.

Laurel Wreath Vector

Change the position of the upper handle as shown in the picture below.

Laurel Wreath Vector

Step 4

Using the Pen Tool (P) create a curved segment from the lower point of the leaf.

Laurel Wreath Vector

Apply a triangular profile to this path and increase the width of the path in the Stroke panel.

Laurel Wreath Vector

Step 5

Keeping the curved segment selected, go to Object Path Outline Stroke.

Laurel Wreath Vector

Select two objects, then press the Minus Front in the Pathfinder panel.

Laurel Wreath Vector

Step 6

Create a triangle stretched horizontally using the Pen Tool (P).

Laurel Wreath Vector

This is the basis for the laurel wreath branch.

Step 7

Fill the leaf with black color, rotate to any angle, and then place it near the beginning of the branch.

Laurel Wreath Vector

Duplicate the leaf, move the copy to the end of the branch and reduce its size.

Laurel Wreath Vector

Step 8

Select both leaves, then go to Object Blend Make (Option / Alt + Cmd / Ctrl + B). Now go to Object Blend Blend Options or double click on the Blend Tool (W) icon in the Tools panel and set the appropriate number of steps.

Laurel Wreath Vector

Go to Object Blend Expand, and then ungroup the objects (Cmd / Ctrl + Shift + G).

Step 9

In the Align panel select the Align to Key Object option, set 0px in the numeric field, then press the Horizontal Distribute Space button.

Laurel Wreath Vector

Laurel Wreath Vector

Step 10

Duplicate and reflect the largest leaf using the Reflect Tool (O). Increase the size of the copy, then place it as shown in the following picture.

Laurel Wreath Vector

Using the technique, which has been described in steps 7-9, create leaves on the bottom of a laurel branch.

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Step 11

Select all the created objects and save them as Art Brush in the Brushes panel.

Laurel Wreath Vector

Step 12

With the help of the Pen Tool (P) create a curved path similar to the one shown in the following picture.

Laurel Wreath Vector

Step 13

Apply Art Brush to the selected path.

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I want to locate larger leaves on the outside of the laurel wreath. Double-click on the Art Brush thumbnail in the Brushes panel. In the opened dialog box, select the Flip Across option.

Laurel Wreath Vector

Press OK button, and then Apply to Stroke in the new dialog box.

Laurel Wreath Vector

Laurel Wreath Vector

Step 14

Keeping it selected, go to Object Path Expand Appearance.

Laurel Wreath Vector

Go to Object TransformReflect …. In the dialog box, select the Vertical option, then press the Copy button.

Laurel Wreath Vector

Move the copy a little bit to the right.

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Step 15

Select the stem of the right branch, then go to Object Path Offset Path …. In the opened dialog box set 3px.

Laurel Wreath Vector

Step 16

Select the new object (for visual purposes it is painted in orange), and the stem of the left branch.

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Click Minus Front in the Pathfinder panel.

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Step 17

Select the entire laurel wreath, go to Object Compound Path Make (Cmd / Ctrl + 8). Fill the resulting object with vertical linear gradient – mine consists of yellow and gold colors.

Laurel Wreath Vector

Step 18

Using the Rectangle Tool (M) create a rectangle filled with black color. Place this rectangle behind the laurel wreath.

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Step 19

Take the Type Tool (T) and create necessary inscriptions. For these purposes, I used Aparajita and Arno Pro fonts.

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Select the entire text, then go to Type Create Outlines.

Step 20

Divide the text with two horizontal straight line segments using the Line Tool ().

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Select both segments, then go to Object Path Outline Stroke.

Step 21

Create a few stars using Star Tool and place them above the text. Select all objects within a laurel wreath, then go to Object Compound Path Make (Cmd / Ctrl + 8). Fill the resulting object with vertical linear gradient, which consists of yellow and brown.

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Congratulations! Our laurel wreath is finished! Hope you can use this for logos, badges, and any project you can think of.

Iaroslav Lazunov

Author: Iaroslav Lazunov

My name is Iaroslav Lazunov, I am a graphic designer from Ukraine. I am glad that I finally found a job in my life that I can share my knowledge and experiments with you in my tutorials. Follow me on Twitter or visit my blog Vectorboom.com

 

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