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ribbons tutorial

What you'll be making:
Here are 2 examples

The Steps

1. Create a new document.

2. Click on the Rectangle Tool. Draw your rectangle.

Swap the fill and stroke by clicking this little arrow thing.

Now I have this:

3. Click "Window >> Appearance." You should have a stroke and fill. Duplicate the stroke by dragging the stroke layer down to the "Duplicate Selected Item" thing.

4. Click on the middle layer and make the stroke black. Change the size too.

5. Click on the white stroke (top layer) and then click "Window >> Stroke." Select "Dashed Line" and match your settings to mine.

You can definitely play with the stroke settings. I change mine up a lot so if you want to also than that's fine.

I have this now (I made it bigger to show it better):

ribbon time

6. Click on the "Anchor Point Tool" and go to the middle of where you want the ribbon (see where my yellow circle is?)

7. Click there and drag the point.

This is what I have so far:

8. Now click on the "DIRECT selection tool" and find the "handles" of the points. Where I outlined in yellow...

Move them around where you want them.

Finished Product:
Here are 2 examples