Learn how to use the Pen and Blend tools to create a linocut effect.

Now try it yourself

Open make-linocut-look.ai from the practice files.


1. From the toolbar chose the Pen Tool and draw two lines. Click to create the starting point of your line, then click again to define the end point. When you click and drag while holding the mouse button handles for bending the line will appear.  Press the Return or Enter key when finished.  


Tip: You can adjust position and bending of the lines by using the Direct Selection Tool from the toolbar. Click and drag the points of the line to the desired position.  You can also click on the handles of to adjust the bend.

2. Use the Direct Selection Tool + Shift to select the two lines.

3. Click on Stroke in the Appearance section of the Properties panel. Change Weight to 3 pt and select  Width Profile 1 from the Profile drop-down menu.

4. Select the Blend Tool from the toolbar, then click on both lines and a third line will appear.

5. Click on Blend Options in the Quick Actions section. Select Specified Steps from the Spacing drop-down menu and change number of steps to 12.


Tip: Check Preview in the Blend Options menu to get a live preview of your settings.

6. Use the Direct Selection Tool to merge the top point of the left line with the top point of the right line. When the upper part is connected, repeat the procedure on the lower line ends.

7. With the Direct Selection Tool selected, click in the middle of a line and drag it towards the other lines.

8. You have now created the first part of a leaf. Repeat the steps from above to create a flower like in the picture below.

That's it! Now it's your turn to create a linocut effect in 60 seconds with Illustrator. Download the assets or use your own and share your image on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #MadewithIllustrator to get feedback and connect with other creative minds.


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