Create a Vector Sunburst in Illustrator


So, I’ve never created a tutorial before and the reason for that is I’m not the best to describe what I do when I work. Today I decided to start slow and small and show you a quick and easy way to create your very own vector sunburst in Illustrator. But of course you can feel free to use you imaginations and change it any way you want. Enjoy it and don’t forget to let me know if you have any questions or comments.

First, Create a new document in Illustrator. Mine was 1920 x 1200 px.

Choose the Ellipse tool or used shortcut (L) to create a circle. Press and hold the SHIFT key to create a unified circle.

Clear the circle fill. And make sure you have an outline (doesn’t matter the size for now)

Now here’s the fun part. Change the stroke size to 800 px then enable the Dashed Line check box and enter 50 pt in the first field.

You will start seeing the sunburst formed right away.

By changing the value of the dashed line you will get different results. There you can play with that value to your liking or until you get the results you’re looking for.

From here you can start using it in your project but I rather expend it to have more control over it.

Go to Object>Expend Appearance. Then go to Object>Expend. You will get a pop-up window to confirm if you want to expend fill and stroke. You hit ok.

Once you do that, you’re done. There is your vectorized sunburst. You can color it, scale it or do whatever you want with you.

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