How to make faux mobius strips in Illustrator with blend tool
Every geek should know what a Möbius strip is. Ignorance of said strip is anathema to geeks everywhere, so I suggest you familiarize yourself with this awesome mathematical conundrum.
I’m sure you’ve seen something like it, or versions of it, but how do we create it in Illustrator? Well friend, it is really quite simple, and this technique will probably come in handy in many other ways, partly because it’s so damn easy and so damn cool.
Once you’ve found that tool, you’ll want to double-click it to edit it’s settings (another cool secret!). You’ll want to change it from the default to “specified steps”. Now, enter whatever number you like, I try to for 20+ (mine used 30 for this tutorial) and hit OK.
Below is an example of the settings dialog.
Alright! Let’s get started. You can see below the three shapes I’ve created. You can do as many as you like, minimum of two. Make sure they are overlapping to get this particular effect. As seen in the illustration, I created three circles, then clicked them from left to right. You can do a different order, but I recommend keeping it RTL or LTR, and not jumping around as this will give you some rather warped looking designs.
And of course when you’re done, you can always mash them together into one big orgy of lines.It’s really that simple, which is why it’s so fun and awesome! I encourage you to play around and make something cool!