How to create a water effect in Adobe Illustrator

To make a background with a water effect in Adobe Illustrator is not time consuming. It can be made easily through the use of different tools. Most Illustrator effects can be created easily.
To understand how to create water effect in Adobe Illustrator, follow the steps below.


Step # 1 – Make an ellipse

First make the water droplets. To draw these create an ellipse and add a blue fill to it.

Draw an ellipse

Step # 2 – Copy the ellipse

Copy and paste this shape by pressing “ctrl + c” and “ctrl + v”. Vary the sizes of the ellipses accordingly.

Duplicate the shape

Step # 3 – Use the “mesh tool”

Use the mesh tool to add two points in each ellipse so as to add color variations to these shapes. Add a blue tint closer to white and a lighter blue shade.

Apply the mesh tool

Step # 4 – Use the “warp tool”

Now, using the ‘warp tool” create variations in the ellipses. This gives them an irregular water droplet shape.

Apply the “warp tool”

Step # 5 – Create a “symbol”

Adobe Illustrator allows you to create customized symbols. To make these droplets into a symbol first select all of them and reduce their size. While selecting, drag them in the “symbols” panel and you can then spray this symbol on your canvas later.

Make a “symbol”

Step # 6 – Make background

Make a rectangle the same size as the canvas (which in this case in 800 px by 600 px) and fill it with a light – dark blue radial gradient.

Create background

Step # 7 – Use the “symbol sprayer tool”

Select the symbol you created and use the “symbol sprayer tool” to fill the background. Reduce the transparency of the droplets and fill the background with them in varying sizes.
You can make different symbols to create various Illustrator effects.

Apply the “symbol sprayer tool”