How To Make A Heart In Adobe Illustrator

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Adobe Illustrator is an excellent software for designing stunning vector graphics, which also includes delightful and lovable heart shapes. Regardless of your design knowledge or proficiency, you can effortlessly make a heart shape by following these straightforward steps.

Creating a Heart in Adobe Illustrator

Step 1: Create a New Document

To start, open Illustrator and create a new document. You can do this by clicking on File -> New.

Step 2: Draw a Circle

The next step is to create a circle, which we will use as the base for our heart shape. Select the Ellipse Tool (L) from the toolbar or press ‘L’ on your keyboard. Hold down the Shift key (to maintain perfect proportion) as you draw a circle on your artboard.

Step 3: Duplicate the Circle

We need two identical circles to make a heart. To duplicate the circle you’ve just created, select the circle, then press ‘Ctrl + C’ and ‘Ctrl + V’. This will copy and paste the circle, creating an exact duplicate.

Step 4: Position the Circles

With the two circles created, position them side by side on your artboard, slightly overlapping. These two circles will form the top part of the heart shape.

Step 5: Create the Bottom Point of the Heart

Next, we need to create the point at the bottom of the heart. For this, we will use the Pen Tool (P). Select the Pen Tool from the toolbar or press ‘P’ on your keyboard. Click on the point where the two circles overlap to start the line, then hold Shift and click again to create a straight line down. This will form the bottom point of the heart.

Step 6: Join the Shapes

With our shapes drawn, it’s time to join them together to create our heart. To do this, select all shapes by pressing ‘Ctrl + A’, then go to the Pathfinder panel and click on the ‘Unite’ button.

Step 7: Finishing Up

Finally, adjust the proportions and roundness of your heart as desired. You can do this using the Direct Selection Tool (A), which allows you to select points on your shape and drag them to adjust the shape. With the heart complete, you can now add colors, gradients or any effects you want using the various tools and panels in Illustrator.

//Example of Inline Code
function drawHeart() {
  ellipse(50, 50, 80, 80);
  ellipse(100, 50, 80, 80);
  line(30, 75, 120, 75);

There you go! You’ve just created a heart in Adobe Illustrator. Whether for a Valentine’s day card, logo design, or illustrating, knowing how to create a heart in Illustrator is an essential skill. With practice, you can easily customize and create different versions of this basic heart shape.


Adobe Illustrator is a versatile and powerful tool for all types of graphic design. With this guide, you should be able to draw a basic heart shape in Illustrator. Keep experimenting with the tools and techniques you’ve learned here, and you’ll be able to create more complex shapes and designs in no time.