With the help of Stylism we can easily obtain dynamic circular and spiral shapes, which are often used as elements of the logo. The plug-in provides a simple and intuitive control over all the effects, which saves a lot of time and allows us to find optimal solutions. You can experience Stylism today by downloading a 14 day free trial!
Create a teardrop shape similar to the one shown in the picture below. You do not need to repeat this shape exactly as it will be edited later.
Open Stylism panel (Window > Stylism > Stylism panel) and take Stylism Tool in the Tools panel.
In the plug-in panel there are 8 buttons that correspond to frequently used effects of Adobe Illustrator: Drop Shadow, Feather, Inner Glow, Outer Glow, Transform, Free Distort, Offset Path and Gaussian Blur effects. Click on the Transform Live Effect button. This will lead to the appearance of annotation system on the selected object.
Now we can control the parameters of the effect by changing the position and size of the bounding box and using the buttons of the annotation.
Move the bounding box to the side and add a new copy by clicking on the + copy button.
Now turn the bounding box at 90 degrees, holding down the Shift key.
Add two new copies by double clicking on the + copy button.
We can change the distance between copies by simply moving the bounding box.
White space between the shapes does not look perfect, so change the shape of the original object using the Direct Selection Tool or InkScribe Tool. The last tool allows you to not only create paths, control the position of the points and handles, but also add new points. It also has a Smart Remove point feature, which allows you to get the ideal shape in less time.
Circular shape for the logo is ready.
You can change the settings of the Transform effect again to produce a new shape. Take Stylism Tool. We can reduce the angle and add a new copy.
As you can see, while creating circular shapes, I did not open the Transform effect dialog box. Thanks to Stylism we manage the effect in an intuitive manner, with no need for picking up the numbers of parameters. This allows us to achieve the desired result within seconds, avoiding the lengthy process of trial and error. Of course, you may need to set the exact parameters of a particular option. Simply click inside the bounding box, and this will open a dialog box with the offset parameters and angle.
Proportionally reduce the size of the bounding box by pulling on its angle and holding the Shift button. Add new copies. These simple actions will result in the creation of a spiral shape.
If you need exact parameters, click on the contour of the bounding box, and it will open a dialog box with the Scale parameters.
When the desired result is obtained, go to Object > Expand Appearance. Dynamic object properties are lost, and we can color the shape and add the necessary elements, such as text and reflection.
Or here's an Eco style version.
If in your case the original shape consists of multiple objects, then it should be grouped up together before applying Stylism Tool and Transform effect.
I wish everybody successful experiments and beautiful logos!