12 trees. Different styles, all fun and easy to create. Add your own style and flair to make them your own!
Tree #1 Start with a polygon, while drawing use the down arrow to reduce the sides to 3. Add a fill and a white stroke.
Use the Curvature Tool to click on the bottom center point and pull the bottom line down to create a curve.
Duplicate the shape and move it up over the first shape. Reduce the size of the new shape.
Duplicate the shape again, reduce the size of the third shape.
Use the Direct Selection tool to select all but the top most point and pull the corners in to round them.
Add a rectangle to the base to create the the trunk. Done.
Tree #2 Draw a circle, add a fill and a white stroke. Duplicate the shape and make it smaller.
Create a line, add a heavy stroke for the trunk.
In the Control Bar, click on the Profile drop down menu and choose the tapered profile.
Move one of the lines to the front and one to the back. Done.
Tree #3 Draw a circle, add a fill and a white stroke.
Use the Direct Selection Tool to select the top point and move it straight up.
Duplicate the shape and move one behind the one behind the other and overlap them,
Add the profile lines from Tree #2
Tree #4 Copy the tapered tree trunk from Tree #3.
Duplicate the tapered line and make them smaller, rotate them to make branches
Add circles with a fill and a white stroke. Size them to fit the branches.
Tree #5 Draw a line, add a heavy stroke.
Draw a Arc to create the branches.
Duplicate the arcs to create more branches.
For the leaves, create two circles and overlap them by half.
Select both shapes and use the Intersect Mode in the Pathfinder panel.
Rotate the leaves and scale them to fit the branches. Done.
Tree #6 Draw a circle, no fill and heavy stroke.
Duplicate the shapes and make them different sizes.
Select all the shapes and use the Pathfinder Unite mode to make them one shape.
Copy the trunk from tree #4. Choose Object > Expand Appearance. Add a white stroke to the expanded shape. Done.
Tree #7 Create an oval. Duplicate the over half way over itself. Use the Minus Front mode in the Pathfinder. Add a white stroke to the shape.
Duplicate the shape and rotate it and move it behind the other. Create 3 leaves.
Copy the leaves and use the flip feature in the Properties Panel. Add the trunk from Tree #4. Done.
Tree #8 Create a circle. Add the trunk tapered tree trunk. Choose Object > Expand Appearance. Add a white stroke to the trunk. Use the Direct Selection Tool to select the tip of the trunk and pull the corner widget in to round the tip.
Select the circle and add a Zig Zag effect from the Effect Menu > Distort & Transform > Zig Zag.
Change the amount of Zig Zag to create the puffy or spiky tree. Done.
Tree #9 Use the lines and arcs from Tree #5. Use the Stroke Panel to round cap (hot dog) the ends.
Create a rectangle with a fill and white stroke. Select the shape with the Direct Selection Tool and pull in the corner widgets.
Scale the shapes and add them to the tree to create a topiary tree. Done.
Tree #10 Draw a line and hot dog the ends in the Stroke Panel.
Create an arc and rotate the shape to create a lower branch.
Duplicate the lower arc, scale it smaller and move it to the top.
Select the top and bottom arcs and choose Object > Blend Options. Set the Spacing to Specified Steps and set it for 3.
Choose Object > Blend > Make to make the blend happen. Done. Yes, it is a dead tree.
Tree #11 Use the trunk tapered tree trunk in the other trees.
Use the Curvature Tool to select the middle of the trunk and curve the trunk.
Copy the leaf from Tree#5. Move it to the side of the top of the trunk. Select the leaf then select the Rotate Tool and OPTION/ALT click on the tip of the trunk to set the rotate point and open the Rotate dialog box.
Choose how many leaves you want and type in 360/ (the number of leaves you want) then click COPY. Don't click OK.
Use Command + D to duplicate the rotated leaf. Repeat the Command + D to create duplicates.
Copy a leaf and make the leaf a lighter color and smaller. Select the leaf then select the Rotate Tool and OPTION/ALT click on the tip of the trunk to set the rotate point and open the Rotate dialog box.
Repeat the last two steps to make a duplicate the set of leaves. Done.
Tree #12 Create a triangle using the Polygon Tool. Pull the shape taller.
Duplicate the shape and make it a lighter fill.
Use the Direct Selection Tool and select top point of each and pull them together to form a tree.
Use the Direct Selection Tool and select right point of each and move them up.
Create a rectangle and fill it with a dark color, duplicate it and fill it with a lighter color.
Use the Direct Selection Tool and select the bottom right and bottom left corner of the shape and pull in the corner widgets.