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How to Create a Set of Divider Elements in Adobe Illustrator

In today’s tutorial we’re going to try something new both to me and probably some of you, and learn how to create a set of stylized divider elements, using the Pen Tool in combination with some basic shapes which we will adjust here and there.

So assuming you already have Illustrator running in the background, bring it up and let’s get started!

Oh, and don't forget you can always find more vector divider elements over on GraphicRiver.

1. How to Set Up a New Project File

As with any other project, we’ll have to create a New Document (File > New or Control-N) and tailor that according to our needs:

• Number of Artboards: 1
• Width: 800 px
• Height: 600 px
• Units: Pixels

• Color Mode: RGB
• Raster Effects: Screen (72ppi)
• Preview Mode: Default

2. How to Set Up a Custom Grid

Now, I know we’re not working on icons today, but since we’re going to be creating the dividers using a pixel-perfect workflow, we’ll want to set up a nice little grid so that we can have full control over our shapes.

Step 1

Go to the Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid submenu, and adjust the following settings:

• Gridline every: 1 px
• Subdivisions: 1

Step 2

Once we’ve set up our custom grid, all we need to do in order to make sure our shapes look crisp is enable the Snap to Grid option found under the View menu, which will transform into Snap to Pixel each time you enter Pixel Preview mode.

Now, if you’re new to the whole “pixel-perfect workflow”, I strongly recommend you go through my how to create pixel-perfect artwork tutorial, which will help you widen your technical skills in no time.

3. How to Create the Middle Divider

We’re going to kick things off by creating the middle divider, so that we can create and position the other two in relation to it.

Step 1

Using the Rectangle Tool (L), create a 16 x 16 px square, which we will color using #4adbc8 and then center align to the Artboard using the Align panel’s Horizontal and Vertical Align Center options.

Step 2

Turn the square that we’ve just created into a diamond, by selecting the Add Anchor Point Tool (+) and using it to add a new anchor to the center of each of its sides, removing the corner ones (highlighted with red) using the Delete Anchor Point Tool (-).

Step 3

Give the resulting shape an outline using the Stroke method, by creating a copy of it (Control-C > Control-F) which we will adjust by first changing its color to #352f2f and flipping its Fill with its Stroke (Shift-X). After that, make sure to set its Weight to 4 px and its Corner to Round Join, selecting and grouping both shapes together using the Control-G keyboard shortcut.

Step 4

Create the outer diamond using a 40 x 28 px rectangle (#352f2f) which we will adjust using the same process of adding the new anchor points to the center of its sides, and then removing its corner ones. Turn the resulting shape into an outline by flipping its Fill with its Stroke (Shift-X), making sure to set its Weight to 4 px and its Corner to Round Join, center aligning it to the previously grouped shapes afterwards.

Step 5

Add the top circular piece using a 6 x 12 px ellipse (#4adbc8) with a 4 px thick outline (#352f2f), which we will group (Control-G) and then position above the smaller diamond, center aligning the two.

Step 6

Create a copy (Control-C > Control-F) of the shapes that we’ve just grouped, and position it on the opposite side of the smaller diamond piece, selecting and grouping all the sections that we have so far together using the Control-G keyboard shortcut.

Step 7

Start working on the divider’s left arm by creating the elongated diamond using a 58 x 14 px rectangle (#4adbc8), which we will adjust by first turning on Pixel Preview mode (Alt-Control-Y) and then adding a set of anchor points to the center of its side sections. Add another set to its top and bottom sides, only this time make sure to position them at a distance of 18 px from its left edge, removing all the corner ones once you’re done.

Step 8

Give the resulting shape a 4 px thick outline (#352f2f) with a Round Join, grouping (Control-G) and then positioning the two shapes on the left side of the divider’s center section, at a distance of 8 px from its smaller diamond.

Step 9

Using the Pen Tool (P), connect the elongated diamond to the smaller center one by drawing an 8 px wide 4 px thick Stroke line (#352f2f).

Step 10

Continue working on the arm by creating a 10 x 10 px square (#352f2f) which we will adjust by turning it into a diamond with a 4 px thick outline and a Round Join. Once you’re done, position the resulting shape on the left side of the elongated diamond, Vertically Center Aligning the two using the Align panel.

Step 11

Add the little circular piece using a 12 x 6 px ellipse (#4adbc8) with a 4 px thick outline (#352f2f), which we will group (Control-G) and then position on the left side of the previously created shape.

Step 12

Using the Pen Tool (P), draw a 64 px wide 4 px thick Stroke line (#352f2f), which we will position on the left side of the circular piece that we’ve just created.

Step 13

Create a 12 x 8 px ellipse, which we will color using #352f2f and then position on the left end of the stroke line, center aligning it to the anchor itself.

Step 14

Create a 12 x 12 px circle with a 4 px thick Stroke (#352f2f) and a Round Join, which we will position on the left side of the previously created ellipse.

Step 15

Adjust the shape that we’ve just created by pinching its left anchor point using the Anchor Point Tool (Shift-C), and then selecting and pushing it to the left by a distance of 10 px using the Move Tool (right click > Transform > Move > Horizontal > -10 px).

Step 16

Make a copy (Control-C > Control-F) of the arm’s elliptical piece, and position it on the left side of the circle that we’ve just finished adjusting.

Step 17

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create an 18 x 8 px shape (#4adbc8) which we will turn into a diamond, selecting and then pushing its top and bottom anchors to the right side by a distance of 4 px (right click > Transform > Move > Horizontal > 4 px). Give the resulting shape a 4 px thick outline (#352f2f) with a Round Join, grouping (Control-G) and then positioning the two shapes on the left side of the smaller ellipse.

Step 18

Finish off the left arm by creating a 4 x 4 px circle, which we will color using #352f2f and then position on the left side of the pointed diamond, at a distance of 4 px. Once you’re done, select and group all of the arm’s composing sections together using the Control-G keyboard shortcut.

Step 19

Finish off the current divider by creating a copy (Control-C > Control-F) of its left arm, which we will vertically reflect (right click > Transform > Reflect > Vertical) and then position on the opposite side of the center diamond.

4. How to Create the Top Divider

Assuming you’ve managed to finish off the middle divider, move a few pixels towards the top, and let’s start working on the top one.

Step 1

Create the flower’s center element using a 6 x 6 px circle, which we will color using #352f2f and then center align to the Artboard, positioning it at a distance of 44 px from the middle divider.

Step 2

Start working on the flower’s petals by creating a 12 x 12 px circle, which we will color using #4adbc8 and then position on top of the previously created shape, at a distance of 2 px from it.

Step 3

Adjust the shape that we’ve just created, by pinching its top anchor point using the Anchor Point Tool (Shift-C), and then selecting and pushing it to the top by a distance of 2 px using the Move Tool (right click > Transform > Move > Vertical > -2 px).

Step 4

Finish off the petal by giving the shape a 4 px thick outline (#352f2f) with a Round Join followed by a 6 x 6 px circle (#352f2f) which we will center align to its bottom edge, positioning it at a distance of just 1 px. Once you’re done, select and group all three shapes together using the Control-G keyboard shortcut.

Step 5

Create the bottom petal using a copy (Control-C > Control-F) of the one that we’ve just finished working on, which we will horizontally reflect (right click > Transform > Reflect > Horizontal) and then position on the opposite side of the smaller circle.

Step 6

Add the remaining petals using a copy (Control-C > Control-F) of the two that we already have, which we will then rotate at a 90º angle using the Rotate tool (right click > Transform > Rotate > 90).

Step 7

Finish off the divider’s center section by creating four 10 x 10 px circles with a 4 px thick Stroke (#352f2f), which we will use to form a square by positioning them at a distance of 8 px from one another, both horizontally and vertically. Once you’re done, send all four shapes to the back of the flower (right click > Arrange > Send to Back), grouping them and the remaining shapes together using the Control-G keyboard shortcut.

Step 8

Start working on the divider’s left arm by creating two 6 x 6 px circles (#352f2f) which we will vertically stack 12 px from one another, grouping (Control-G) and then positioning them at a distance of 2 px from the flower’s decorative circles.

Step 9

Continue working on the arm by creating a 12 x 6 px ellipse (#4adbc8) with a 4 px thick outline (#352f2f), which we will group (Control-G) and then center align to the larger flower, positioning them at a distance of 6 px from it.

Step 10

Create another 6 x 6 px circle (#352f2f) and position it on the left side of the decorative ellipse, at a distance of just 4 px.

Step 11

Using the Pen Tool (P), draw a 116 px wide 4 px thick Stroke line (#352f2f) with a Round Cap, and then center align it to the decorative circle that we’ve just created, positioning it at a distance of 4 px from it.

Step 12

Add the little right-facing arrows by drawing them using a 4 px thick Stroke (#352f2f) with a Round Cap. Once you’re done, select and group (Control-G) all three shapes together, aligning them to the right side of the horizontal divider line afterwards.

Step 13

Create a fourth 6 x 6 px decorative circle (#352f2f) and position it on the left side of the horizontal stroke line, at a distance of just 4 px.

Step 14

Move a few pixels towards the left and create a 12 x 8 px ellipse (#4adbc8) with a 4 px thick outline (#352f2f) which we will group (Control-G), and then position on the left side of the previously created circle, at a distance of 4 px.

Step 15

Next, create two 6 x 6 px circles with a 4 px thick Stroke (#352f2f) which we will vertically stack, group (Control-G) and then position on the left side of the decorative ellipse.

Step 16

Create another set of 10 x 10 px circles with a 4 px thick Stroke (#352f2f) and a 2 x 2 px circle (#352f2f) in the center of each one, which we will group (Control-G) and then center align to the previous set.

Step 17

Start working on the left-facing petal by creating its main body using a 14 x 14 px circle (#4adbc8) (1) which we will adjust by pinching its left anchor point using the Anchor Point Tool (Shift-C) and then pushing it to the left by a distance of 2 px (right click > Transform > Move > Horizontal > -2 px) (2).

Give the resulting shape a 4 px thick outline (#352f2f) with a Round Join followed by a 6 x 6 px circle with a 4 px thick Stroke (#352f2f) (3), grouping (Control-G) and positioning all three shapes on the left side of the previously created shapes (4). Once you’re done, select all of the left arm’s composing sections and group (Control-G) those together as well.

Step 18

Finish off the divider by creating its right arm using a copy (Control-C > Control-F) of the one that we’ve just finished working on, which we will vertically reflect (right click > Transform > Reflect > Vertical) and then position on the opposite side of the center flower.

Once you’re done, don’t forget to select and group all of the divider’s composing sections using the Control-G keyboard shortcut.

5. How to Create the Bottom Divider

We are now down to our third and last divider, so without wasting any more time, let’s wrap things up!

Step 1

Start working on the center section by creating a 14 x 32 px rectangle, which we will color using #4adbc8 and then center align to the middle divider, positioning it at a distance of 28 px from it.

Step 2

Turn the rectangle into a diamond by adding a new anchor point to the center of each of its edges with the help of the Add Anchor Point Tool (+), removing the corner ones afterwards using the Delete Anchor Point Tool (-). Give the resulting shape a 4 px thick outline (#352f2f) with a Round Join, and then group the two together using the Control-G keyboard shortcut.

Step 3

Create a 36 x 24 px ellipse with a 4 px thick outline (#352f2f) and a Round Join, which we will adjust by pinching its side anchor points using the Anchor Point Tool (Shift-C), center aligning the resulting shape to the previously created diamond, making sure to position it underneath it (right click > Arrange > Send to Back). Once you’re done, select and group both it and the diamond together using the Control-G keyboard shortcut.

Step 4

Start working on the divider’s left arm by creating a 10 x 10 px ellipse (#4adbc8) which we will adjust by pinching its side anchors using the Anchor Point Tool (Shift-C). Give the resulting shape a 4 px outline (#352f2f) with a Round Join, followed by an 8 x 8 px circle with a 4 px thick Stroke (#352f2f) towards its right side, grouping (Control-G) and then positioning all three shapes on the left side of the center section.

Step 5

Add two 8 x 8 px circles with a 4 px thick Stroke (352f2f) which we will vertically stack at a distance of 6 px from one another, grouping (Control-G) and then positioning them between the center section and the petal that we’ve just created.

Step 6

Create a 6 x 6 px circle, which we will color using #352f2f and then position on the left side of the divider’s petal, at a distance of 5 px.

Step 7

Add the decorative bean by creating a 12 x 8 px ellipse (#4adbc8) with a 4 px thick outline (#352f2f), which we will group (Control-G) and then position on the left side of the previously created shape, at a distance of just 4 px.

Step 8

Add the second decorative circle using a 6 x 6 px shape (#352f2f), which we will position on the left side of the bean, at a distance of 4 px.

Step 9

Using the Pen Tool (P), draw a 102 px wide 4 px thick Stroke line (#352f2f) with a Round Cap, and then center align it to the decorative circle that we’ve just created, positioning it at a distance of 4 px from it.

Step 10

Add the little right-facing arrows by drawing them using a 4 px thick Stroke (#352f2f) with a Round Cap. Once you’re done, select and group (Control-G) all three shapes together, positioning them on the left side of the horizontal divider line.

Step 11

Create a 16 x 10 px rectangle (#4adbc8), which we will turn into an elongated diamond by adding a set of new anchor points to its sides, removing all the corner ones.

Then, adjust the new shape by selecting its top and bottom anchors and pushing them to the right by a distance of 2 px (right click > Transform > Move > Horizontal > 2 px). Give the resulting shape a 4 px thick outline (#352f2f) with a Round Join, grouping (Control-G) and then positioning the two shapes on the left side of the arrows, at a distance of 5 px.

Step 12

Finish off the divider by selecting and grouping (Control-G) all of its left arm’s composing sections together, and then creating a copy of them which we will vertically reflect (right click Transform > Reflect > Vertical) and then position on the opposite side of its center section.

Once you’re done, don’t forget to group (Control-G) all of the divider’s composing sections as well, so that they won’t get separated if you move them.

It’s a Wrap!

There you have it: a sweet-looking divider set created using some basic shapes and tools. I hope that you’ve managed to keep up with each and every step, and learned something new and helpful along the way.

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