I have the following reference image:

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What I am trying to do is recreate the sound wave like design wrapped around a circle path like in the image above. However, the distort effect doesn't produce a perfect circle wrap and doesn't really allow for 'randomization' of the waves.

I have found the following topic

And it works but it really lacks control over maintaining that circle look. Is there an alternative way to achieve this effect?

  • i dont see how it lacks control since it can do the outer line easily. the bars wouldnt be hard to do either.
    – joojaa
    May 31, 2019 at 19:51

1 Answer 1


You can achieve this by using creating a brush pattern and then using the ellipse tool to make a circle!

Draw out a sound wave pattern using the Pen Tool or Brush Tool, then from the Window dropdown menu, select the Brush window. Press v (Selection Tool), and then drag the pattern to the brush menu. When prompted for the type of brush, select Pattern Brush, and then the following options:

Pattern Brush Options

  • Scale: Fixed
  • Spacing: 0%
  • Fit: Stretch to fit

With the circle selected, if you select your new brush stroke, it should make something like this which you can color and adjust other settings as you like.

Final Product

Obviously, the more intricate the original pattern is, the better the final product will be.

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