How to Make a Tree in Illustrator

By Spencer Martin | Updated: July 31, 2022

Years ago I made a popular flat design tutorial on how to make a tree in Illustrator. In 2022, I decided to update that tutorial with all the new techniques I’ve learned over the years.

How to Make a Flat Design in Illustrator

There are three parts to any flat design in Illustrator: the shape, the color, and the shadow.

Using tools like the shape builder tool allows you to merge and trim exact shapes. Choosing colors more muted in saturation and luminosity provides a more realistic palette, and adding simple shadows gives your vector that flat design look.

For more beginner Illustrator tutorials, head over to my Illustrator YouTube Channel.

Spencer Martin

Spencer is a graphic designer and content creator who creates educational tutorials. He graduated with honors from Ball State University and received a BFA in Visual Communication. Today he is the Director of Content for Pacers Gaming and runs Pixel & Bracket LLC, an educational resource for creators.

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