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What's the fastest/simplest way to create sea waves along a path in illustrator?

I am looking for the best way to replicate something like the bottom left sea image (or top left img) in the picture above using illustrator.

I would do it by grouping a bunch of circles together but there's gotta be an easier way to do this

  • Why would a method that requires 1 minute of preparation be better than hitting ctrl+d for a half minute?
    – joojaa
    Commented Jun 9, 2018 at 18:21
  • Maybe the wave line is just an example for the question. Remember the answers are not only for this OP, but for any other user. To create a specific waves line Cmd + D is enough. To frame a DIN A3 with quadruple wave lines, the one-minute tutorial will be more useful.
    – user120647
    Commented Jun 9, 2018 at 19:22
  • @Danielillo No, its no more or less work, just different. Its is best to learn that shortcuts are things that find you, looking for a shortcut for everything makes one unable to execute. There is a balance between the two. But i can do this quicker and simpler, but the level of abstraction is too great.
    – joojaa
    Commented Jun 9, 2018 at 19:38

1 Answer 1

  • You can make a Pattern Brush with a semicircle and apply it to a line
  • Fill = None / Stroke = Black
  • On the Pattern Brush Window Options choose Method > Tints, to enable the color change of the brush stroke


  • Make a Pattern Brush with a square cropped by a semicircle on the top for the second option
  • Fill = Black / Stroke = none
  • Brush Method > Tints
  • Duplicate the line and change the stroke color

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