Drawing Rope in Illustrator


Designers often use rope as a design elements and it is always useful to have rope in vector format to create any shape and colors you need. This simple tutorial is about creating rope in Illustrator.

Our first step - create shape like on the picture below by using Rectangle Tool.

Drawing vector Rope in Illustrator

Now rotate a little our shape and use Pen Tool to add heading. Copy this heading also to the bottom of the shape.

I made a copy of shape to make heading more accurate.

Drawing vector Rope in Illustrator

Finally we got shape as on the image below. Open "Pathfinder" window, select all pieces of the shape and press "Add to shape area" button to get one whole shape.

Drawing vector Rope in Illustrator

Make stroke, copy our shape several times and add two guides directly on the intersection of the shapes.

Drawing vector Rope in Illustrator

See image below.

Drawing vector Rope in Illustrator

Select all copies and go to "Object - Path - Outline Stroke".

Drawing vector Rope in Illustrator

You must get this:

Drawing vector Rope in Illustrator

Now make one whole object and crop it due guides location, like shown below.

Drawing vector Rope in Illustrator

Add some Fill and grope you objects.

Drawing vector Rope in Illustrator

Open "Brushes" window and Drug-and-Drop your object. Window "New Brush" will appear. Select "New Pattern Brush" and press"Ok".

Drawing vector Rope in Illustrator

Window "Pattern Brush Options" will appear. Just press "Ok".

Drawing vector Rope in Illustrator

Congratulations! You created new brush.

And now most pleasant moment. Create any path with Pan Tool or Rectangle Tool...

Drawing vector Rope in Illustrator

... select it and press your new brush. Ready!

Drawing vector Rope in Illustrator

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