Furry Pillow

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Sometimes all a designer needs is a little bit of rest to get those design juices flowing again. With this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a furry pillow!


Using the Rectangle Tool, draw out a rectangle. Hold down Shift to make the rectangle proportional. I chose a light blue for the fill color and a dark blue for the stroke color.


With the rectangle selected, go to Object > Path > Split Into Grid. Use the following settings:

I also flipped the fill and stroke on some of the rectangles as you’ll see in the following image. Also, you can select all the rectangles and hit Control + G to group them together.


Select your group of objects and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Pucker & Bloat. Apply 15% and you should get the following:


With the group of objects still selected, now go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Roughen. Use a Relative size of 15%, a Detail of 100%, and Smooth points. You should have the following:


Now let’s make copy of what we have and put it in the back. Select your group of objects and hit Control + C to copy them to the clipboard. Then hit Control + B to paste them in the back. Don’t deselect yet!

Holding down Shift + Alt, select one of the corners and drag. This will expand the group of objects outward from the center. You should have the following:


Now for the finishing touches. Select both groups of objects and let’s apply a bit of a warp to them. Go to Object > Envelope Distort > Make With Warp. Choose a Vertical style of Squeeze with a Bend of 30%. Here’s my result:

Since you haven’t fallen asleep on me yet, now’s your chance to take that much needed knap! Enjoy!

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