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I need to know how can I do a professional Floral Swirl Pattern using Illustrator. I know I can find many vector-based custom shapes already made, but I need to create it from scratch. I need to do something like this.

Floral Swirl Patterns

So my questions are:

  1. I need to know which tools should I use in illustrator, I know I need a brush, what else?
  2. Do I need a graphic tablet to do it?

One of my problem is each time I try to draw the main pivot using the brush by the mouse, it comes out so ugly not smooth like when you draw using a pen.

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Can you try adding the image again? Seems the first attempt failed. –  Scott Oct 29 '13 at 13:41
    
I did, can you see it? –  HTML Man Oct 29 '13 at 13:44
    
oop.. there it is..... –  Scott Oct 29 '13 at 14:02
    
SO can you see it? –  HTML Man Oct 29 '13 at 14:08
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1.) The Pen Tool. You could use a brush but it's not required. You could simply draw paths then use the Width Tool to create the subtle variations. I wouldn't use a brush to draw though. You could apply a brush after you've created the path with the Pen Tool though.

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2.) No You don't really need a tablet. The Pen Tool is basically click, click, click, click-drag - that's not any easier with a tablet than a mouse. Trying to draw the curls and curves with a freehand drawing tool, such as a brush or the Pencil Tool will prove to me more difficult than using the Pen Tool or even the Spiral Tool.

As for the "pivot points", it merely takes practice to get things smooth - and remember to remain symmetrical with Bezier handles, that will help.

In many cases, these sorts of elements are sketched on paper, then scanned and used a basic template for manual tracing in Illustrator. It's a bit easier to determine the best place for a curve, it's size and relation to other curves by hand than it is on a computer.

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