How to create "rays" around an object?


I would like to creat rays around an object. I've tried to do it but I'm not quite satisfied with the result...

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Any idea how to make in a more systematic way?

9/10/2015 10:05:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Draw a circle....

Then using the Stroke Panel configure a dashed stroke:

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  • The Stroke Weight controls how long the "rays" are.
  • The dash field controls how thick the "rays" are.
  • the gap field controls the space between the "rays".

When you're happy with things...

  • choose Object > Expand Appearance
  • then choose Object > Expand
  • click OK for the dialog.
  • Then use the Direct Selection Tool (white arrow) to select and delete anything you do not want.

There are several questions here with other techniques:

Ray effect in Illustrator

Creating playing table background with greenish rays coming from the middle

4/13/2017 12:46:00 PM

I'm not sure if this would qualify as a "systematic" solution but I think you can give off more of a glimmering appearing by simply turning your rays into triangles instead of rectangles.

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You could also experiment with alternating rays of varying length

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