How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool and Gradient tool in Adobe Illustrator to create a beautiful heart-shaped tree!

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

If you want to skip the tutorial and just use this beautiful background, you can purchase the love heart treesfrom GraphicRiver!

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

1.How to Create a Simple Tree Trunk

Step 1

Using the Rectangle Tool (M) create a narrow, brown rectangle. The color should be#785243.

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

Delete the node in the upper right corner of the rectangle to create a triangular shape.

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

Take the Mesh Tool (U) and place a new node on the left side of the triangle, under its upper corner. Color it with #997666.

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 4

Create another node just under the last one, and color it with #6D4A3A.

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 5

Create another node in the position indicated on the picture and drag the whole column upwards, bending the shape.

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 6

Bend the shape further, following the steps in the image below, using the Mesh Tool (U).

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 7

Color two columns of Mesh on the left of the shape with a different shade of brown.

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 8

Select the column of Mesh on the left of the shape and apply 10% Opacity to it.

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Our trunk is done! Let’s move on to the branches.

2. How to Create Tree Branches

Step 1

With the Pen Tool (P), draw a shape similar to the one below. The color should be#785243.

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

Apply a wider stroke to it (in my case 6.6 pt) and Width Profile 4 in the Stroke panel (Window > Stroke).

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

Expand Appearance of the shape in the Object menu.

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 4

Copy and Paste the shape, scale it, and attach it to the original twig. This is how we will be creating all the different branch shapes later on.

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 5

Similarly connect more and more shapes to the original one. Our sample twig is done!

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

3. How to Assemble a Tree

Step 1

As our tree is going to be heart-shaped, let’s start by drawing a heart for reference.

Begin by drawing half a heart with the Pen Tool (P).

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

Right-click on the shape, selecting Transform > Reflect in the drop-down menu.

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

Choose Vertical Axis and click on Copy.

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 4

Move the second half next to the first one so that they line up, and then select both shapes and right-click on them. Select Join in the menu.

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 5

Rotate the heart slightly to the left, and then move the trunk we made in the first section so it lines up with our heart shape.

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 6

Take the branch we made in the second section of the tutorial and attach it to the trunk at the bottom of the heart shape.

After placing it, right-click and select Arrange > Send to Back.

Repeat this after placing each twig!

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 7

Follow the steps in the image below to assemble the tree. In each step, the branch we’re using is showcased under the tree, and the placement of it is highlighted with blue.

Each branch used in this step can be assembled out of the element we made in the second section of the tutorial, simply by scaling and rotating!

Of course, for this step you can create your own tree just the way you like it!

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

When you’re done and happy with the tree, move on to the next section!

4. How to Color & Add Hearts

Step 1

Copy the heart that we used in the last section as a reference, and fill it in with a Linear Gradient from #FF1F2C to #8A000A.

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

Copy, rotate and scale the heart accordingly, and then place it onto your tree as shown in the image below.

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

Open the Layers panel (Window > Layers).

Select both hearts and Group them (Control-G), and then find this group in the Layers panel and Toggle Visibility of it by clicking on the eye icon on left.

This will help you not to confuse the placement of the hearts in the following steps.

Don’t forget to repeat this step after placing each group of hearts!

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 4

Place three more groups of hearts onto the tree, following the steps in the picture below. The heart being used is showcased above the tree in each step.

Don’t forget to repeat Step 3 after placing each group.

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 5

Let’s create another variant of the heart! Color this one with a Linear Gradient from #C60014 to #FF3C31.

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 6

Similarly to Step 4, place the heart onto the tree.

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 7

Finally, Toggle Visibility of each group of hearts back on to see the final result!

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 8

You can also add some extra hearts under the tree, as I did in this image:

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

5.How to Add the Hills

Step 1

What now? You can add a natural background to it! To create the elements you’ll need, head over to my other tutorialon creating a winter scene and follow the second section of it to create hills!

Now, modify them a bit by following the steps below:

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

Now create a backdrop with a Linear Gradient from #FCF9EC to #DFD0CB!

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

Awesome Work, You’re Done!

This is how your complete image should turn out! Thank you for following along and please feel welcome to post your result in the comments. I’ll be looking forward to seeing it!

In this tutorial, you learned how to create a Valentine’s Day themed heart-shaped tree and background, using theMesh Tooland the Gradient Tool.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and learned how to use some useful tools for the future!

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator

You can purchase this design as well as other love heart tree designs over on GraphicRiver.

How to Create a Heart-Shaped Tree in Adobe Illustrator