Did you know that the combination of a rectangular shape, circles and straight lines can generate a nice looking Vector of a school ruled sheet of paper? The following Illustrator tutorial, will teach you how to create it in six easy steps. Knowing how to create a basic Vector like this one will help you to generate similar graphics and will expand your Illustrator knowledge. Adding graphic elements like a school ruled sheet of paper to your work can add a great final touch.

Let’s begin!

STEP ONE:

Create a New Illustrator Document (File > New) with a size of 648px by 864px.

At the LAYERS palette (Window > Layers) rename “Layer 1” as, “White Paper”.

Select the Rectangle Tool (M), click anywhere on the canvas area to open its options dialog box. Enter a Width of 612px and a Height of 792px. Fill the rectangle with white and remove its stroke.

Select it, go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow, and apply the following settings:
Step One A

You should have the following:
Step One B
(Image zoomed out to 50%)

STEP TWO:

Select the Ellipse Tool (L), click anywhere on the canvas area to open its dialog box, and enter a Weight and Height of 32px.
Create two more circles of the same size and place them as shown below:
Step Two A

Open the PATHFINDER palette (Window > Pathfinder), select the circles and the white rectangle, and click Minus Front to cut out the circles off the rectangle.
Step Two B

STEP THREE:

Create a New Layer and name it “Right Red Line”. Select the Line Segment Tool (\) and draw a vertical 792px line. TIP: Hold down the SHIFT key to create a perfect straight line.

Give the stroke a color value of (R= 165, G= 23, B= 36), in the STROKE palette (Window > Stroke) change its Weight to 2pt, and in the TRANSPARENCY palette (Window > Transparency) change its Opacity to 30%.
Place it like shown below:
Step Three

STEP FOUR:

Create a New Layer and name it “Blue Lines”. Select the Line Segment Tool (\) and draw a horizontal 612px line. TIP: Hold down the SHIFT key to create a perfect straight line.

Give the stroke a color value of (R= 135, G= 184, B= 227) and at the STROKE palette (Window > Stroke) change its Weight to 2pt.
Press (Mac: Command + C / PC: Control + C) to copy it and (Mac: Command + V / PC: Control + V) to paste it. Place them like shown below:
Step Four A

Double-click the Blend Tool (W) to open its Blend Options dialog box and enter the following settings:
Step Four B
When you click OK, click the right end of the first line and then click the right end of the second line.
You should obtain the following lines:
Step Four C

Getting there!

STEP FIVE:

Notice that two blue lines are covering the sheet’s holes. Let’s fix that by selecting the lines shape, going to Object > Expand, and then by going to Object > Ungroup. Now, our lines are separated.

Select the Scissors Tool (C), click once on the line path before the circle and then click again on the line part after the circle:
Step Five
Press the Delete key to erase the selected path.

Do the same for the other lines that are covering the holes.

STEP SIX:

Create a New Layer and name it, “Left Red Line”. Select the Line Segment Tool (\) and draw a vertical 792px line. TIP: Hold down the SHIFT key to create a perfect straight line.
Give the stroke a color value of (R= 215, G= 22, B= 53) and at the STROKE palette (Window > Stroke) change its Weight to 2pt.
Step Six

Here it is: a Vector of a school ruled sheet of paper!
Final Result

Hope you find this tutorial useful for creating different styles of papers.

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