Today, we'll look at five ways to draw stylized hearts that will be useful for creating greeting cards. It will be a simple and quick job if you use the tools I recommend in this article. Happy Valentine's Day!

1. Creating a Valentine's Day Card with paper hearts.

It is quite difficult to draw a beautifully shaped heart with the help of drawing tools. But this can be done very quickly using the Dynamic Shapes tool of the VectorScribe plug-in. Simply select the Dynamic Heart in the Dynamic Shapes panel (Window > VectorScribe > Dynamic Shapes panel), create the shape using the Dynamic Shapes Tool and select the parameters.

Fill the heart with a linear gradient from alternating shades of red, as shown in the picture below.

Add drop shadow with the corresponding effect (Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow…).

The red paper heart is ready. Duplicate the heart and change the fill gradient. This time it consists of alternating white and pink colors.

Create a postcard shape using the Rectangle Tool or Dynamic Rectangle. Fill this shape with a radial gradient consisting of two shades of pink.

Create a dotted texture on this background. Duplicate the lower rectangle and apply the Phantasm Halftone effect (Effect > Phantasm > Halftone…) to it, with the parameters as shown in the picture below.

Using the Clipping Mask, hide the points that go beyond the shape of the lower rectangle. Create a new rectangle with a white stroke and apply the Drop Shadow effect to it.

Create a simple composition of red and white hearts, then add the appropriate text.

2. How to create a heart pattern quickly and fill any shape with hearts using Stipplism.

Draw the heart shape using the Dynamic Shapes Tool. Let's create several duplicates of this shape, which will be colored in different shades of yellow and gray colors.

Save any of the hearts as a symbol in the Symbols panel. Then select the remaining hearts (go to Object > Create Symbol Variants).

There is one heart symbol and a few of its multi-colored variants in the Symbols panel.

Now we can quickly create fillings with hearts using the Symbol Stipple effect (Effect > Stipplism > Symbol Stipple). Below are the examples of such fills and the parameters of the applied effect.



3. Creating a Valentine's Day Card in vintage Pop-art style.

Create a red rectangle that corresponds to the size of the postcard. In the center of the rectangle, create a vertical straight line.

Select the line and go to Object > Transform > Rotate …, set the angle to 12 degrees, press the Copy button.

Use Cmd/Ctrl + D several times until the new straight segments circle the entire rectangle.

Select the red rectangle and all of the segments, then click Divide in the Pathfinder panel.

Recolor every second object with yellow.

In the center of the postcard, create a circle with a radial gradient from black to white.

Apply the Phantasm Halftone effect to the circle (Effect > Phantasm > Halftone …) with the parameters shown in the picture below. Select the yellow color for the Color option.

From the center of the postcard create a vertical beam with a yellow stroke, apply a triangular profile to it in the Stroke panel.

Create duplicate rays using the Rotate command, as we did above.

Draw the yellow heart shape with the help of the Dynamic Shapes Tool.

Duplicate the hearts and apply a black and white linear gradient to the new shape.

Now apply the Phantasm Halftone effect to the upper heart (Effect > Phantasm > Halftone …) with the parameters shown in the picture below. Select the red color for the Color option.

We will hide any points that go beyond the shape of the heart with the help of the Clipping Mask.

Now create another duplicate of the heart and place it above all. Remove the fill from this shape and apply a black stroke.

Locally, change the width of the stroke using the Width Brush Tool of WidthScribe.

Create the shape of a glare and a shadow on the heart. Such shapes can be obtained in many ways. For example, by converting a uniform path into a variable width path with the help of the Width Selector Tool of WidthScribe.

4. Creating an openwork heart frame

Create a heart shape with the help of the Dynamic Shapes Tool. Then apply the yellow stroke to the shape.

Use MirrorMe to speed up the process of drawing patterns. Select one axis of symmetry in the MirrorMe panel (Window > MirrorMe > MirrorMe Panel) and use the MirrorMe Tool to set the axis to the center of the heart, as shown below.

Click the Apply to Layer button. Now, with the help of the Brush Tool or the DynamicSketch Tool with the set dependence of the stroke width from the Wacom pen pressure, begin drawing spiral lines inside the heart. Thanks to MirrorMe, the patterns are immediately duplicated on the other side of the symmetry axis.

If the curls are not very smooth, they can easily be edited using the PathScribe Tool (VectorScribe) or InkScribe, which both have a Smart Remove Point function. Usually, the less points, the smoother the path.

The Extend Path Tool (VectorScribe) also helps a lot in the process of creating patterns, as it allows you to extend or trim paths.

It is not difficult to create patterns with such helpful tools.

5. Create a stylized heart in a logo style

Create three circles, two of which are of the same size and one that's smaller. Arrange the circles as shown in the picture below.

Build two tangent lines from the upper circle to the lower circle. This can be done simply with the help of the "Line tangent to two paths" function of the Subscribe.

Duplicate the left tangent line, extend it with the Extend Path Tool, and drag it until it touches with the circle and the line at points A and B. The exact positioning can be achieved with the help of the Snap To Collision Tool (ColliderScribe). At the time of contact, red marks appear, as shown below.

Similarly, place the duplicate of the right tangent line.

Finally, duplicate the lower circle and move it with the help of the Snap To Collision Tool until it touches the straight line at points A and B.

Using the Shape Builder Tool, merge the shapes as shown in the picture below.

Now in order to obtain the volume, we just need to apply the linear gradients of the shades of red color to the shapes.

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