This tutorial describes how to create Mandala template for Adobe Illustrator CC. The document consists of slide instructions and a video tutorial.

What is Mandala?

Mandala art vector

Technically Mandala is a circular drawing art consisting of nested shapes and repeated patterns. Straight and curved lines, Spiral shapes, circles or even squares are shapes that make up the Mandala.

At first glance, it may seem like a complex drawing technique, but it is possible to make drawings simpler and faster with the help of a computer. Therefore, it is necessary to prepare an automation environment on which the illustrator can be made.

How to create 

The main focus of this article is to show how to prepare a Mandala Template for adobe illustrator. Once you set up your document according to this illustrator mandala art tutorial, it will act like a Mandala Plugin.

The following steps should be followed to create a mandala template.
  • Determining the number of circular copies
  • Creating guides
  • Applying the rotation effect to the layer
  • Drawing of patterns
  • Expanding and painting the drawing.

Of course, each of these steps has details. Please follow the instructions below

Section 1: Create Layers

  • Work organized.
  • Keep your Guides in separate Layer.
  • Give the name “Guides”
  • Once you create your guides, lock this layer

    Mandala guide layer
    Guides layer

Section 2: Create Drawing  Layers

  • Create Layers As much as you need.
  • Name them according to your number of copies.
  • Here, the term Odd and Even is used
  • Shapes in the Even layer will be reflected

    create Guides
    Layers in illustrator

Section 3:  Create Guides

  • Select “Guides” Layer
  • Hit CTRL + R to show ruler
  • Left Mouse in the ruler area. Drag the guide and drop it artboard
  • Select the guide you create
  • Make Alignment to the artboard.
  • Align it horizontally and vertically centered
  • Keep selected the guide
  • Right-click and
  • choose Transform > Rotate

    Create guide for mandala
    Align to artboard

Section 4: Create Guide – Copy

  • Type 30 degrees (360 degree / 12 section)
  • Hit Copy
  • Press CTRL + D to repeat the action
  • have 4 more copies

    Rotate with copy command
    Rotate tool

Section 5: Create Circular Guide

  • Select ODD 12 Layer
  • Draw a perfect circle (ALT + SHIFT ) Make it as bigger as your artboard
  • Apply no fill and no stroke
  • Align center

    Circle guide for mandala
    Circle Guide

Section 6: Apply effect to a layer

  • Click Target Icon next to the layer name
  • Select Menu item Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform
  • Make 11 copies and rotate 30 degrees this will automatically make 11 copies of the object you create.
  • Don’t forget to lock the circle guide before you create an object.
  • Make sure Guides Layer also locked. this will make easier to select only objects.

    Apply effect to layer
    Layers effect

Section 7: create an object in the layer

  • Click Target Icon next to the layer name
  • Select Menu item Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform
  • Make 11 copies and rotate 30 degrees this will automatically make 11 copies of the object you create.
  • Don’t forget to lock the circle guide before you create an object.
  • Make sure Guides Layer also locked. this will make easier to select only objects.

    Circularly copied object
    circular object

Section 8: Copy effects to other layers

To copy the effect

  • click Odd 12 Layer, unlock the circle guide
  • Left click target icon of Odd 12 with ALT key on the keyboard.
  • Hold down the ALT key and move the effect to another layer
  • You also need to copy the circle guide to another layer.
  • Click the circle guide on the layers panel
  • hold down ALT key with the left mouse click, copy to the destination
  • Once you copy the effect and circle, switch to another layer by clicking on the layer name
  • Open appearance panel
  • you should see the copied effect in the Appearance panel
  • Now you can modify the effect or add a new effect

Once you have finished modification don’t forget to lock the circle guide before drawing.


You can watch the video to see how the process is done. The original language of YouTube Video is English. Turkish Subtitles available. Enjoy!.


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