I am here with what I think to be a basic question but I really can't find where is the option. I am recreating a diagram but I am not getting how to recreate this fold effect on the arrow: enter image description here

If is unclear, here is a quick example of how my arrows appear: enter image description here

Thank you guys!

Final result using strokes:

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Billy Kerr's answer was the most complete so I'll mark that as helpful, but you all guys would deserve that. Thank you Joel and user!

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Gradient stroke with caligraphic brush

Caligraphic brush options

1 Draw your path

2 Apply a gradient on the stroke

3 Apply a Caligraphic brush

4 Adjust the stroke value so it's thick enough

5 Open the brush options and adjust the angle

6 Outline the stroke (Menu > Object > Path > outline stroke)

7 Draw in the Arrowhead manually

Sorry I can't post all the screen shots I had. I'm only allowed a couple of image links

  • Nifty little trick there, Joel! Welcome!
    – Scott
    Sep 5, 2017 at 21:40

It's two filled shapes. To recreate them, you could trace them with the Pen Tool. Then fill using the eyedropper to sample the colours from the raster image. For a more realistic look, you might want to fill them with gradients.

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It's also possible to create both shapes by applying a calligraphic brush to a simple curves.

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You could even create one curve, apply the calligraphic brush, then split the shapes at the middle curve anchor, then colour each differently, which is what I did in the above example.


No folding is necessary. It can as well be 2 different shapes. They are very easy to draw with the pen tool. I gave to them magenta strokes to make them well wisible. The fills are slightly different gradients.

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For a beginner the pen tool can look out a disobedient messmaker. But it responds loyally once you catch the idea and keep the anchor point count in the minimum. The direct selection tool is for fine-tuning the curves

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