How to Make a Coil in Illustrator

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to make a coil in Illustrator. We’ll start by creating a simple spiral, and then we’ll use the Twist tool to add some curves. Finally, we’ll use the Warp tool to give our coil a realistic shape.

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Coils are a basic but essential tool in Illustrator. They are used to create movement and can be applied to a variety of objects, from tails and tentacles to curly hair. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to create a simple coil using Illustrator’s Pen Tool.

What you will need

In order to make a coil in Illustrator, you will need:
-A straight line
-The Rotate tool
-The Reflect tool

1. First, use the Pen tool to draw a straight line. This will be the baseline for your coil.
2. Next, select the Rotate tool from the Tools palette.
3. Position the cursor at one end of the line, and click and drag to create a spiral.
4. To create a tight coil, drag the cursor in a small circle. To create a loose coil, drag the cursor in a larger circle.
5. To create multiple coils, select the Reflect tool from the Tools palette.
6. Position the cursor at one end of the line, and click and drag to create a copy of the spiral.
7. Then, select both spirals and press Command + D (Mac) or Control + D (Windows) to repeat the process.

Step 1: Create the coil base

To create the coil base, we’ll first need to draw a rectangle. To do this, simply click on the Rectangle tool in the Toolbar on the left side of the screen (it’s the second icon from the top).

Once you have your Rectangle tool selected, click and drag on your artboard to draw a rectangle. It doesn’t matter too much what size you make it, but mine is approximately 2 inches wide by 1 inch tall.

With your rectangle still selected, go to Object > Transform > Reflect. This will open up the Reflect dialog box. Make sure that the Axis is set to Vertical, and then click OK.

You should now have two rectangles that are mirror images of each other. We’re going to select both of these rectangles and weld them together using the Pathfinder tool.

Step 2: Create the winding path

Create the winding path that your coil will follow. To do this, first create a basic path using the pen tool. Click once to create a starting point, then click and drag to create curved sections.Click once more to complete the path.

Step 3: Apply the winding effect

This final step applies the winding effect to your coil. With your circle selected, go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Warp. Choose the Arc Upper option from the drop-down menu, and set the Bend value to 82%. Then click OK.

Step 4: Adjust the appearance of the coil

Now that you have made a coil, you can adjust its appearance by going to the Appearance panel. Here, you can add effects and change the order in which they are applied. For example, you can add a drop shadow to the coil by clicking the “Add New Effect” button and choosing “Drop Shadow” from the menu. You can also edit an existing effect by double-clicking it in the list.


Well there you have it, a guide on how to make a coil in Illustrator. We hope you found this helpful and that you can put it to good use in your future projects. As always, Happy designing!

Further Reading

If you want to learn more about how to make a coil in Illustrator, check out this tutorial: [link to tutorial].


When making a coil in Illustrator, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you’ll need a reference image to work from. You can either use a stock image or take your own reference photo. If you’re using a stock image, be sure to check the licensing agreement before using it.

Next, you’ll need to create your coil path. To do this, use the Pen tool to draw a series of connected curve segments. Make sure your segments are evenly spaced and not too close together or too far apart.

Once you have your path, it’s time to add the spiral effect. To do this, go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Spiral. Enter the amount of turns you want your spiral to have and hit OK.

Now you have a basic coil! You can experiment with different colors, gradients, and other effects to give it your own personal touch.

About the Author

My name is Sarah Gibbons and I am a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. I have been using Adobe Illustrator for about 10 years and love finding new ways to use the program. I am constantly experimenting with new techniques and styles in my work.

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