Deke’s Techniques 282: New Year Graphic with Dynamic Effects in Illustrator

Happy New Year, dekeOtopians. To start this year of right (if a few days late), this week’s Deke’s Techniques episode is all about creating a snazzy New Year greeting in Illustrator, using just a few simple shapes and then dynamically transforming them like crazy, until you’ve created a veritable virtual celebration.

The trick is to take this rather simple collection of shapes….

And use Illustrator’s Transform effect to dynamically produce this wheel of fun and fortune. Along the way, you’ll see how Deke creates the rather sophisticated pattern and the cut out numbers. If you’re a member of, you’ll see how he adds the sunburst and alternate patterns inside the little circles. It’s a New Year miracle, courtesy of Illustrator.

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  • Dekes Techniques 282

    Love this series Deke. Looks like a bad cut on your left arm. Either that or you were painting the town red….

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