I’m sure we’ve all drooled over those awesome low poly art images and wondered how on earth they are made. You know, the ones that are made up of hundreds of tiny geometric shapes which combine to form an abstract image. I recently discovered a fantastic tool that makes it super easy to create them, so today I’m going to share the secret and explain how you can create your own low-poly geometric artwork using this magical app with some help from Illustrator and Photoshop.

Low poly tiger illustration

Here’s the style of artwork we’ll be creating in this tutorial. It’s a detailed image made up of hundreds of tiny geometric shapes which give the art that popular low-poly effect. The finished product gives the impression that the process is really complicated, but it’s actually super easy thanks to a free little program called I ♥ ∆. Quickly download it then you’re all ready to get started.

Preparing the image

I’ll be using a photograph of a tiger from Shutterstock as the base for my artwork, but there’s some little tweaks that are required to make the photo completely symmetrical. Duplicate the layer and flip it horizontally.

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24 Comments

  1. After reading all of these comments, I decided to try both Dmesh and I♥∆ , and Dmesh is the winner by a lot. It works about 50x faster and has a more defined UI.

  2. Thanks for sharing this tutorial! I love this low poly effect and like you said – I was wondering how others do it. :)

  3. As Someone who’s not that experienced in PSD and Ai I really appreciate how easy you make it to follow your tutorials. I was able to create a lovely low poly image of a cat to add to my creative portfolio. Thank you so much!

  4. Thanks Chris for your great geometric low poly art easy way blog. I appreciate your easy way to create work. Really it’s beautiful, Thanks again for share this.

  5. Nice tut but I’m gonna stick with DMesh, get all sorts of security and spam warnings for somestuff.ru

  6. I guess that’s another way of getting rid of copyright issues, just transform images for the digital age!

    Great tutorial, thank you.

  7. Hey Hey Mr Chris. First off, amazing site and I visit every day. You found the right formula to help allot of people in design and i wanna thank you for that. When it comes to this tutorial however, I cant seem to drop a bitmap in 5 different browsers I have downloaded just for this tutorial. I don’t understand it. I open the page from the zip folder. It goes to it through explorer. First off it the page does not look like the tutorial or the page linked in the post. I am sure it has something to do with my browser and or lack of plug ins? I dunno…Once I read this tut I had a perfect idea for a poster I was commissioned to do for an annual animal charity… Could anyome help me make this work?

  8. Nice!
    I wonder how this method can be more amazinge if it can be used while offline…

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