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Live Mirror Drawing in Illustrator

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Small Tutorials/ Comments: 1
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Some of the graphic and 3D editors have a Live Mirror Drawing feature, which allows you to draw simultaneously on both sides of one or more axes of symmetry. Ufortunately, Adobe Illustrator does not have this feature although it is a very powerful and multi-feature application. We can, however, implement Live Mirror Drawing in Illustrator by using only its basic features. You will learn how to do it from reading today’s article.

Create a template for Live Mirror Drawing

Step 1

Open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document (File > New). Artboard sizes and color mode of the new document depends only on your preferences. Take the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a rectangle of the size larger than the size of artboard. Stroke colors of the rectangle do not matter at all, but you’ll need to set the fill to 0 in order to see a preview of the mirrored image.

Step 2

Turn on the Rulers (Command / Ctrl + R) and create horizontal and vertical guides by dragging them from the corresponding rulers. The guides must pass through the center of the created rectangle.

It is not necessary to create the guides since they just show the position of the axes of symmetry. We basically have them set up for our own convenience.

Step 3

Create a random object on the artboard. I created an arrow to indicate the direction of the path.

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