How To Make A Star In Illustrator

Have you conquered everything in Illustrator, including all the shapes? Do you need clarification about stars and their purpose? We have got you and are here to help. 

Select the Star Tool and drag your cursor on the Artboard. You can then adjust the star’s shape, size, and color. 

Continue reading to learn more ways of drawing stars that look more realistic or animated. This article will teach you keyboard shortcuts and how to draw twinkling stars in Illustrator. 

How To Make A Star Using The Star Tool In Illustrator?

To make a star using the Star Tool:

  1. Open a new document in Illustrator.
  2. Select the Star Tool from the Tools panel.
  3. Click and drag on the Artboard to create a star shape. 
  4. Click the Shift key to ensure the star is symmetrical before you release your cursor. 
  5. Release the cursor, and you are done. 

How To Change The Length Of The Star’s Spikes?

  1. Select the Star tool. 
  2. Click and drag your cursor on the canvas.
  3. Before releasing the mouse, click the Alt key.
  4. If you drag the cursor outwards, you will see that the spikes of the stars will get longer and narrower. 
  5. If you drag the cursor inwards, the star spikes will get shorter and thicker. 

How To Increase The Number Of Points In A Star In Illustrator?

To increase the number of hands that a star has:

  1. Open the “Star” tool in Adobe Illustrator.
  2. Click and drag on the Artboard to create a star shape.
  3. Double-click on the star shape to open the Star Tool Options.
  4. Change the number of points in the “Points” field. Click “OK” to confirm the changes.
  5. If you want to make this quicker, you can use keyboard shortcuts.
  6. While dragging the cursor across the canvas with the Star tool selected, press the up or down arrow keys. 
  7. The up arrow key will increase the star’s number of points, while the down arrow key will decrease the number of points. 

How To Make A Star Brush In Illustrator?

You can make a star brush and customize it for use later. To do so:

  1. Open Adobe Illustrator and select the Star Tool from the Tools palette.
  2. Click and drag the mouse to create a star shape.
  3. Once you are happy with the size and color of it, select the star and go to the brush dropdown menu. 
  4. Here click New Brush. Choose the type of brush you are adding and name your brush. 
  5. The star brush is now available in the Brush palette after you click Paintbrush. 

How To Make Twinkling Stars In Illustrator?

We have all heard the rhyme, and we love seeing them. To make twinkling stars follow the instructions below. 

  1. Create a new document in Illustrator.
  2. Select the Ellipse Tool and draw a circle. 
  3. Set the Stroke to None and change the circle’s color to any color you choose. 
  4. Go To Effect > Distort and Transform > Pucker and Bloat.
  5. In the dialogue box that opens, drag the slider to the left or towards the pucker side. 
  6. We recommend a value of -70%.
  7. Now go to Object > Expand Appearance. This is to match the path with the shape. 
  8. This is your primary star. To add smaller ones, select the star. 
  9. Go to Edit > Copy and then Paste in Place. 
  10. Take your cursor on top of your primary star and drag away. 
  11. A new star will appear. Resize this and continue dragging and adding smaller stars around the primary one to give the sparkling effect. 

For additional help, watch this Youtube video:

How To Add A Twinkling Star In The Symbols Panel?

Do you want to save the star you made for future use? We will show you how to do this. Follow the steps below. 

  1. Go to Window. 
  2. The Click symbols. The symbols panel will open. 
  3. Drag your star into the panel. 
  4. A symbol options window will open. 
  5. Name the star here. 
  6. Click OK. 

How To Make A Preset From This?

Saving the twinkling star into your symbols panel already saved it, but what if you want to use it as a brush and add multiple stars? To do so:

  1. Go to the Symbol Sprayer tool in the panel. 
  2. Select the star from the symbol window.
  3. While holding your mouse, drag the cursor around. 
  4. This will add multiple stars all over the canvas. 


You would not think stars are dynamic objects or additions in designs, but you can be creative with anything and make it stand out. Stars have long been used in advertisements, and we do not see the trend dying soon. Learning how to insert stars in designs could pay off well.