How to Make Scalloped Edges in Illustrator

yellowOrangeHere’s a great way to make scalloped edges in Illustrator.

Open up Illustrator. Make a new document. The dimensions of the document don’t matter.

Under the Rectangle Tool, hold down the little triangle so that the options for the other shape tools pop out. To make the logo at left, I selected the rounded rectangle tool. But you could also select the Ellipse Tool. If you do, hold down the shift key to make the circle perfectly circular.

Drag out a circle on your new document.


You can fill the circle with any color you like. Set the stroke size to 20 px.

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Next, go to the Control Bar, and select the Stroke Panel, or go to Window > Stroke. With the circle selected, click on the “Round Cap” option. Give the corner a “Round Join” and “Align Stroke to Center.”

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Next, you will make the scallops!

Click on the “dashed line” option, set the dash to 0px, and the gap to 19 or 20 px about.

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And there you go!

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Ah to be designing again…

Hey everybody

I’m working on getting a design portfolio site together again. After six years of teaching computer science and web design at a public high school, my designs are all over the place, on various hard drives, sites, never enough time to compile everything in one place, never time to showcase anything, and- god forbid that someone should call me about a freelance job…

So all that’s about to change- I’m getting back to my creative code roots, and it feels good. I’m starting to transition back to creative work, and it feels good. Not that teaching isn’t creative, but, I want to work on my own art and my own code, too!

Therefore- stay tuned, development coming!

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