Creating an Authentic Möbius Strip in Adobe Illustrator

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques movie, Deke revisits creating that Möbius strip in Adobe Illustrator that he did back in Episode 328. Why you ask? Well, apparently, one of the things that’s been keeping Deke up at night is that his virtual creation wasn’t a “real” Möbius strip. He’s Deke. This obsession does not surprise you.

So this week, he sets out to try it again. Using an intricate, but relatively easy-to-follow, set of steps in Illustrator; exploiting the Transform command, the Blend options, the Show Center icon, the Outline Mode, and the Rotate tool (to name a few); and using his dekeBrain in that way that he does, he arrives at this infrastructure for the new, improved Möbius:

The outline of a new improved mobius strip in Adobe Illustrator

What, you say? That’s just a hexagon with some line patterns on it? Where is your imagination, my dekeMaticians? Well, if you’re a member of (or you exploit this free 10-day trial offer at, Deke’s got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how to fill in this form with the often underestimated Live Paint feature.

Using Live Paint to fill in a möbius strip outline in Adobe Illustrator

Deke’s Techniques, always ruminating over virtual mathematical constructs (and making sure they’re brightly colored as well!)

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