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How To Mirror Draw In Illustrator For Beginners

Setup

Create a document say 1000 x 500, you need to use the 1000 and divide by 2 and create a rectangle that is 500 x 500. Set the color for the rectangle and then add some additional paths to it such as circles and text etc.

Save preset

Drag the entire set into the symbols panel (which is found via the window menu).

Transform effect

Once you have this, go to the effect and distort and transform category and transform command. Use the width as the value for the move horizontal (say 500) and then reflect X on and set the copies to 1 and so now you have a live transform of the design but as it is an instance, you can edit it and change it all kinds of ways and it will still keep the effect. The transform effect can be used for countless other things such as zooms, grids etc

Edit the instance

Double click the entry in the panel and add additional paths, remove paths, change colors, add strokes etc and then close the instance and now because of the live effect and also the preset, you will have a mirror effect applied to the changes you made to your paths

You can now use the Repeat feature in the object menu

A new feature in the application since 2021. You can repeat this at any point. It should be noted that there is now a repeat feature in the application that can also be used with normal paths as well so this approach can still be used, you may find the repeat feature even more useful. It is easy to set up and apply via the object menu with any selected paths

Repeat text etc

You can create the repeat object and then add items to the left side of the repeat such as text and paths and brush strokes etc. If you move the object away from the central line, the right side objects will also move away from the central line. If you change the color of the object on the left side, the color of the right side object will also change. At any time, you can double click on the repeat object and enter isolation mode and select any of the objects and move and re-color them and re-size as well as add or delete new objects. You can right click and select the exit isolation mode at any time and you will see the reflected objects. You can also select that object and go to the same command and apply it again or perhaps use the radial or grid option