Illustrator Tutorial: Draw a Celtic Triquetra Knot Design in Illustrator


The triquetra knot motif is a triangular knotwork motif that can be found in many cultures in The World, and the name comes from the Latin tri “three” and quetrus “cornered”; it is also perhaps more widely known as a trefoil (three-leaf) or trinity knot. The design has many associations—mainly with religions—from the ancient Celts, Christianity, Paganism and even Norse mythology, bearing some similarity with Odin’s symbol, the valknut, and this simple motif can form the basis of many other designs too.

Drawing knotwork in Illustrator is made a lot easier using the Shape-Builder Tool, Shaper Tool and Live Paint toolset, as you only have to draw the path, then let the Appearance Panel and the shaping toolset do most of the work for you! Once you have learned the technique, you should find it relatively easy to replicate other knotwork designs and create your own.knot2 goldKnotworkknot3

Draw a Celtic Knotwork Motif in Illustrator

Wrapping Up

Make sure that you inspect the results because—as with any automatic functions—sometimes the odd glitch creeps in (almost exclusively down to the way the original paths were made) and you may need to clean up here and there. Fortunately Illustrator CC2015 allows you to zoom in to 64,000% so it’s a lot easier to inspect even tiny details. You may not have noticed in the video, but if you look closely towards the end you’ll see that a few fragments have crept in—but these were cleaned up in less than ten minutes with the Shape-Builder Tool (to merge areas) and the Pen Tool (to remove errant points).


Touch Type Tool: The Movie

Last June on the blog there was a post about the Touch Type Tool in Illustrator and now, as part of the new “Work Smarter, Not Harder” series on my Youtube channel, you can see a live demonstration 0f how to use the tool.

The Movie

Refer to the post for specifics on the other controls associated with it—it’s one of the evolving tools that works really well on touch-enabled devices (I use often on my Wacom Cintiq Companion, even for simple kerning overrides) and doesn’t require modifier keys to do things such as proportional scaling.

Workflow Week (5): InDesign and Publish Online

In the last part of Workflow Week, the cover that started out in Photoshop Mix is now in InDesign, where it is added to the rest of the document, interactivity is added and then presented to the World via Publish Online.

InDesign and Publish Online: The Video

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