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A Guide to Creating 3D Text in Adobe Illustrator

29 Apr


Here is what we’ll be constructing in this tutorial. Click on the image below to see it in full scale.


Step 1: Adding the Text

We are going to start off by typing out some text. Click on your Type Tool (T), click and drag a box on the artboard for your text, then type out “DESIGN TEXT” in two lines. This will give us the shape we are looking for. You can adjust the size of the text by opening up the Character Panel (Window > Type > Character or press Ctrl/Cmd + T). The font I am using is Adelle Basic Bold, but you can use another similar font if you prefer.

Adding the Text

Step 2: Convert Text to Paths

Now we are going to covert the text to shapes so it will be easier to work with. Using your Selection Tool (V), click on the text and then go to Type > Create Outlines (Shift + Ctrl/Cmd + O).

Convert Text to Paths

Step 3: Adjusting the Kerning and Leading

The kerning (space in between the letters) and leading (space in between the top word and bottom word) of the text should be adjusted to make everything fit tighter.

First, we need to ungroup the text, so go to Object > Ungroup (Shift + Ctrl/Cmd + G). This will make it so we can click on each letter on its own.

Click and drag a box around “TEXT” with the Selection Tool (V) to select just that word, and then move it up closer to “DESIGN”.

Adjusting the Kerning and Leading

To fix the kerning of “DESIGN”, we want to drag a box around “DESIG” — excluding “N”, the last letter — with the Selection Tool (V). Since we want the “N” of “DESIGN” and the “T” of “TEXT” to stay lined up, move the slected letters in towards the right by a space or two. Repeat this with “DESI”, “DES” and so on until the text is tightened up evenly.

Adjusting the Kerning and Leading

Step 4: Adding Color

Since it will be easier to see the sides of the 3D text, we are going to add color to the letters. First select all the letters of “DESIGN” and fill it with a yellow.

Note: If you don’t see the Color Panel open, you can go to Window > Color (F6). And if you don’t have RGB set up as your color mode, you can click on the arrow at the top right of the Panel, then click on RGB in the options.

Adding Color

We are going to do the same with the “TEXT”, but it will be a light blue.

Adding Color

You can put the colors in your Swatches Panel (Window > Swatches if you don’t see it) by simply clicking and dragging your color into it from the Color Panel.

Adding Color

Step 5: Adjusting Size

We can start working on the 3D text now. First, though, we should make the text fill up the artboard a little bit more. Select both words, hold down Shift (to keep the text from distorting), and then drag a corner anchor out to make it larger.

Adjusting Size

Step 6: Getting into the 3D Text

Let’s start working on the 3D text. First, group the letters by choosing Object > Group (Ctrl/Cmd + G) so that when we make our text three-dimensional, the letters stay as one shape instead of becoming individual 3D shapes.

Getting into the 3D Text

Next, choose Effect > 3D > Extrude & Bevel, which will open an Options dialog window. In the 3D Extrude & Bevel Options dialog window, click on the Preview option check box to see how the text is going to look.

These are your default settings whenever you open up these options.

Getting into the 3D Text

Step 7: Adjusting the 3D Text

Let’s start playing around with the 3D Extrude & Bevel options. The blue square on the 3D box in the options dialog window is the face of the text. You can click and drag each edge of the cube and see how they change your 3D text.

For our text, we want to make the words look like they are lying down on the ground, so tweak the Position options in such a way that your text looks like it’s flat on its back.

Adjusting the 3D Text

Adjusting the 3D Text

Step 8: Adjusting Perspective

The top right corner of “DESIGN” looks out of place and not really within the perspective. To fix this, we can adjust the Perspective to about 50o for our text.

Adjusting Perspective

Adjusting Perspective

Step 9: Adjusting Height

Finally, we are going to adjust the height of the sides of the text with Extrude Depth to make them slightly shorter (to 40pt).

Adjusting Height

For our purposes, those are the only options that we need to change on the text, so push OK to commit the settings.

Adjusting Height

Step 10: Converting the 3D Text to Paths

The text looks OK: it has some basic shading, but overall, it’s pretty dark and pretty bland. Besides, we want to add some stylized shading onto it to make it more interesting.

To start editing the text, go to Object > Expand Appearance. This will take the 2D text and make paths for the 3D text.

We need to ungroup the text so we can start working on different parts of it.

Tip: Grouping and ungrouping objects are two common Illustrator commands. I suggest getting used to the keyboard shortcuts for them — Ctrl/Cmd + G (Group) and Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + G (Ungroup). In this instance, the keyboard shortcut will be easier because we are going to have to ungroup quite a few times to make sure everything is ungrouped.

Converting the 3D Text to Paths

Step 11: Adjusting the Text Face Color

Select the face of the “DESIGN” letters by clicking on one face, holding down Shift, and clicking on the others to select them all at once. To apply the color, click on the yellow swatch that we put into the Swatches Panel.

Do the same with the “TEXT” and the blue color we chose.

Adjusting the Text Face Color

Step 12: Creating the Shadow Colors

To shade the sides of the text, we need to create more colors. We want to have two more yellows: a dark one and a darker one.

To make the other two yellows, click on the original yellow color that we used for the “DESIGN” face in the Swatches Panel and subtract 40 from R and G (e.g. 247, 187, 14 becomes 207, 147, 14). Click and drag this yellow into the Swatches Panel and create another yellow by subtracting another 40 from R and G so it becomes 167, 107, 14. These will be our 3 yellows.

Repeat this for the blues as well, subtracting 40 from G and B so it becomes 113, 146, 170 and 113, 106, 130.

Creating the Shadow Colors

Step 13: Simplifying the Curves

You’ll notice that when you click on some of the curved shapes, they are split into two pieces. We want to make these two pieces into one, so open up the Pathfinder Panel if you don’t have it open (Shift + Ctrl/Cmd + F9). Click on one part of the side, and then holding down Shift, click on the other one.

Click the Unite command in the Pathfider Panel, then click Expand.

Simplifying the Curves

This will combine the two shapes into one. Do this with all of the curved shapes that are separated.

Simplifying the Curves

Step 14: Adding Dark Shadows

Now we need to decide which sides are going to get our light source and which sides aren’t. Since the light source is already set up on the right, we’ll use that. Therefore, the bottom parts of the text and the left sides of the text are going to be the dark yellow, with the left sides the darkest. So let’s use our darkest yellow and blue on the left edges of the text.

Adding Dark Shadows

Step 15: Adding Lighter Shadows

Use the middle blue and yellow shades on the rest of the sides of the text.

Now, we can stop here and stay with this block shading, or we can go a step further and add some color gradients to make the shading richer. For this tutorial’s sake, let’s go ahead and add in some gradients.

Adding Lighter Shadows

Step 16: Creating Shadow Gradients

Let’s create some gradients now. Open up the Gradient Panel (Ctrl/Cmd + F9) if you haven’t already.

Click and drag the brightest yellow color swatch to the left side of the gradient, and the second yellow to the right side of the gradient. Now click and drag the gradient into the Swatches Panel. Create a gradient the same way as the first one using the middle yellow and the dark yellows. You should now have two yellow gradients. To apply the gradients to particular pieces, you just select that piece and click on the gradient color swatch.

Repeat this with the blue gradients.

Creating Shadow Gradients

Step 17: Adding Gradients to the Lighter Shadows

Now, remember our light source is coming from the right, so the shapes are going to cast a shadow from right to left. With that in mind, click on the lighter text sides and then click on the lighter gradient.

To adjust the gradient, click on the Gradient Tool (G) from the Tools Panel. You can click and drag across the shape to adjust the gradient.

Adding Gradients to the Lighter Shadows

Step 18: Finishing Up the Lighter Shadow Gradient

Continue adding a gradient to the lighter areas of both the words. There is no exact science to the way we’re adding in the color gradients, it’s just a matter of getting a difference in color between the different pieces, making things stand out more, and giving them  subtle variations in lighting.

Finishing the Lighter Shadow Gradient

Step 19: Adding the Darker Shadow Gradients

Repeat what we did with the lighter areas and add dark gradients to the darker areas. The darker areas are going to be lightest at the top and darkest at the bottom (where there is the least amount of light).

Adding the Darker Shadow Gradients

Step 20: Lightening the Text Faces

We can call it good as-is, but if we want to make the text faces a little more visible, we can click on each letter face (holding down Shift to select the invidual pieces together), then Ctrl/Cmd + C (Copy), and then Ctrl/Cmd + F (Paste in Front).

Fill these copied letters with white. Open up the Transparency Panel (Shift + Ctrl/Cmd + F10). Change the Blend Mode to Overlay and the Opacity to 30%.

Lightening the Text Faces

Tutorial Summary

That’s it folks. This tutorial went over some techniques for making great 3D text with accurate shadings. We didn’t use 3D-rendering software — just Illustrator. The great thing about constructing 3D objects in Adobe Illustrator is that you can adjust the size of the lettering so that it can be as big or as small as you want (because it is, after all, a vector object) and import them easily into other Adobe Creative or Production Suite software as well as third-party products.


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Author: Tyler Denis


Create a Creamy Ice Cream Poster on Illustrator

29 Apr


January 30, 2012  from marcos333’s blog

Hi everyone, before someone say it’s winter on the north pole, I gotta say it’s damn hot here in Brasil, so I though a tasty and frosty illustration would be a good exercise to do.

This is a step by step tutorial forwarding some of the previous tutorials. The idea is to incentive the idea of playing in Illustrator. It’s a simple tutorial but it will deal with some pretty basic shapes, but a good knowledge of the softwares tool will make things quite easier for you, also if you are using a tablet for this tutorial. So, let’s do it.


Step 1

First all did some warm ups and rough sketches to get the main idea of what I was going to do. The idea was to make a happy ice cream and a creamy type turning into a tongue at the end.


So, let’s open Adobe Illustrator and make a new canvas with a A4 size.


Using the rectangle tool (M) make a light blue rectangle fitting all the canvas.


Using the pen tool (P) or the star tool you’re going to create a triangle that will be the base of the ice cream. Use a beige as fill color and 5 pt. Oval dark brown stroke.


You should adjust the lower corners using the pencil tool (N).


I made some hard shadows one the bottom of the triangle using a hard gradient gradation of ellipses. Ok this was a bit hard to understand, what I mean was to use the ellipse tool (L) to create some ellipses over another with the darker on the center and the lighter on the border.



As every form can be decomposed on simple and basic shapes as triangles, squares and circles, the ice cream form is basically a couple of spheres.


Also added the little wave on the top using the pencil tool (N).


Well, you should make some adjustments using the direct selection tool (A) on the vector points so the circles look more organic.


Here’s a trick: When trying to draw something melting, first draw the drop and fat part of it. Later just make the bridge using the pencil tool (N),but  why would be better drawing this way? You know, most time I try to draw the drop at once it happens that it get’s really flat without the sinuos curves that giver it a melting apperance.



Ok, now just select all the pink shapes of the ice cream and use the pathfinder option called Unite. Then just give it the same fat stroke (5 pt. Oval) that you used on the base.



Step 2

So, let’s add some lighter pink inside, use the pen tool (P) for that task.



Draw a smple mouth silhouette using the previous tool.


Some wrinckles.


A red tongue (no strokes).


And some light pink inside this fill, let’s also add some brightnesses.



Using the ellipse tool (L) I made this eye silhouettes, they’re going to be useful later when we try to make some brightnesses on the eyes.


Let’s not forget he’s teeth, use the pen tool (P) to create this shape.


And add some grey shading on it.


Ok, so duplicate the white ellipse and turn it brown. Then make a triangle on the top using the pen tool (P), select both shapes and go to the pathfinder panel and choose the option called Minus Front.




Then just duplicate it.


Make some eyebrowns and a second filling inside of them.



Ok, now let’s add some more brightnesses on the head, start with some on the eyes, then go to the drops and the rest of the head. Use pencil tool (N) for this task. Don’t forget that the brightnesses shold be always inside the lighter pink area, as we’re trying to make a hard gradation effect.







Step 3

Let’s go back to the base (or should we call it body?). Anyway, don’t forget to put the head on a separate layer and create a exclusive for the body. Let’s first make some semi-circles bellow the head using brow and orange.




Use the pen tool (P) to make the orange shape inside the body, this will later give a feell of depth on it.


Use the previous tool to crete some hashing on the body, classic squares as we see on waffles and Vans shoes.


It’s quite boring to do this, but yeah, you’re going to make beige squares on each of these parts using the pen tool (P).


Later, using the Minus Front at the pathfinder panel, you’re going to create some brow borders around the beige ones. This will take sometime, but as you finish you will get effect we’re trying to reach.





Step 4

The arm it’s pretty basic. first draw the silhouette using the pencil tool (N).



Let’s draw part of the glove here.


Make a lighter brown fill inside the arm.


Using the pencil tool (N) I drawed the palm and the indicator finger.


The other two fingers closed.


And, of course, the toe.


Now let’s add some details as wrinckles using the brush tool (B).


Then we need some shades on it, I decided to make pink shadows as it’s more funky than just classic grey. Create them on the parts that would be darken using the pencil tool (N).


Now go to the transparency panel, select all shadows and choose the blending mode called Multiply.


Also give a little swing on it using some brushes.


Step 5

Let’s skip to the type, I used the Val font, a really cool and fat typeface. You can grab it at Font Frabric.



So I wrote “Creamy!” and transformed the font in outlines, then used the same light pink fill of the ice crem on it.


Now go to Object > Offset Path and create a 0,4 path on the letters. After that select the letter and the offset path and group each of them (ctrl + G / command + G). This will avoid the letter to overlap each other.



Add that same stroke on it.


Now let’s just add some glows around each letter using the pencil tol (N).








Ok, now let’s do the tongue and unite it with the “!”.


It’s quite simple: draw the tongue shape then select the offset path from the “!” and use the pathfinder option called Unite.


Do the same thing with the light pink fill.


Add the main wrinckle of the tongue using the pen tool (P)


Now let’s add some glows along the tongue.




Mkae a shadow suing the same light pink, go to the tranparency panel and use the blending mode called Multiply on it.



Step 6

Just added a coupe of triangles around the indicator finger.



I think that after doing all the previous steps, this part is going to be quite quick. First draw the dribble and the drops, use the pencil tool (N) for the dribble and the ellipse tool (L) for the drops.



Change it’s opacity to 70% to give a more realistic definition.


Add some shades using a darker blue, use the Multiply blending mode on them later.


Then let’s finally add some light blue as glows all over it.



Step 7

Final step guys, just a little type exercise. Using again the Val typeface I wrote “for sure”.



Then as before I just outlined it, used a offset path with a darker color and added some glows along the type using the pencil tool (N).



The easiest way to create splashes like this is using the crystalizze tool,  first make a ellipse then set the tool to work correctly and positionate it on the center of the sphere to create equally sharp borders.


Later I just duplicate the same shape to do a inner fill and a hard shadow.





I hope you guys got a better understood of aspects over vector illustration that a have not explored this way before. Even If you haven’t followed the whole tutorial, I hope you learned some good tricks today.


Download the Adobe Illustrator File

Download the Adobe Illustrator file used for this tutorial

About the author

My name is Marcos Torres, I’m Graphic Artist from Porto Alegre, Brasil. You can get to know more about me by acessing my Personal Website or by following me on  Twitter: @marcos333. You can also see some of my last projects at my Flickr


Happy Tree Friends in Illustrator

29 Apr

Happy Tree Friends in Illustrator

April 16, 2012  from marcos333’s blog

I should have done this tutorial sometime ago as Happy Tree Friends is already a old animation series (it was lauched in 2000), but it still really fresh. As everyone who enjoy this series, the contrast between the cuteness of the characters and the violence and gore that they get into it’s what made this series a classic.

Just in case you have never seen it before here’s a link. Now talking about the tutorial: I decided to not be gore as the series and so this image is way more softer. Anyway, this is a beginner tutorial, so no one should get any trouble on doing it, have fun guys.


Step 1

First of all open Adobe Illustrator and create a 20 x 20 cm canvas.


Later, using the rectangle tool (M) make a blue square on the background.


Using the pencil tool (N) or the pen tool (P) create this round shape on the background, it may look randomic but htis kind of shapes are classicaly used on retro cartoons.


Step 2

Let’s skip to the title, you can grab the typeface used on this link. I wrote the name of the show then outlined the font (command + shift + O / ctrl + shift + O).



I duplicated it and sent to front a version with a orange outline and yellow fill


Step 3

Ok, before going to illustrator  I decided to sketch a bit and besides the fact my sketches got really ugly, I got a main idea for the following steps. So, my idea was to make Toothy hugging Giggles strongly almost suffocating her.


I’ve been using the outline view a lot lately, as it make things easier to organize on Ai. Just press command + Y / ctrl + Y to acess this mode. Let’s begin with toothy body, so first let’s draw some parts of his boy using basic shapes as circles, use the ellipse tool (L) for the task. Let’s begin by drawing his head.


His belly and body.


His feet.


His tail.



His ears, use the path eraser tool to erase part of the ellipse, you can find this tol on the pencil tool panel.


The insed of the ear can be achieve using the pencil tool (P).


Use the previous tool to crea the smile, teeth, the eyes and the nose of our buddy.



Toothy got some freckles, create them using the ellipse tool (L).




I used the pencil tool (N) and the pen tool (P)to create the legs of the squirrel.




Organize and group all the elements and get back to the normal view, it’s time to add color.


Step 4

I first made a few hachures on the tail of this buddy.


The logic behind this coloring process it’s wuite easy, as you’re about to see that almost every path will have a outline and fill.


I use mainly the 5pt. oval brush for the outlines.


I created a layer with all the colors I used on each character so you guys can do the coloring process the easier way.



And here’s a rough shadow created using only ellipses, the idea here it’s not to be a perfect shadow as it’s from a childlook cartoon.


And yes, despite all the violence and the gore of the original show I decidd to insert a little more fluffyness on this illustrations so I draw some hearts using the pen tool (P).



Add some light using the brsuh tool (B) with a brighter color.


And spread the love.


Yep, I know what you’re think and dont worry, toothy it’s not handicapped, I just going to make his arms on other layer (command + L / ctrl + L) with the rest of Giggles.


Step 5

Drawing Giggles will be beyond the easy, let’s begin by copying Toothy’s body and rotate him using the selectio tool (V).


You can alos copy part of the head.


As any character on HTF got some characteristics on their face that make then unique and recognizable beside the fact that they all were made from the same default. Giggles got a light section on the face.


I’ve made her with the mouth wide open because she trying to breath, use the pencil tool (N) to draw it.


Do the same thing here.


Add some wrinckles to it using the brush tool (B).


Use the pencil tool (N) to draw the throat, tongue and teeth.




Use the ellipse tool (L) to make the pupil an the eye, you’re going to have to make a little triagle with the pen tool (P) and then use the minus front option to get this kind of 50’s pupil on the character.


Use the previous tool to draw the eyelashes, the dark circle and the wrinckle.



Later just duplicate the eye, reflect it and reposicionate it on the other side.


I must admit  I hate drawing arms and hands, but in this case this was not a big deal, as thery are wuite simple in terms of shape. So i just used the pencil tool (N) and a couple of time to do it.



Same thinig here, nothing really difficul, just make sure the positions make sense.




Finally I added some movement lines and that’s it.




Download the Adobe Illustrator File

Download the Adobe Illustrator file used for this tutorial

About the author

My name is Marcos Torres, I’m Graphic Artist from Porto Alegre, Brasil. You can get to know more about me by acessing my Personal Website or by following me on  Twitter: @marcos333. You can also see some of my last projects at my Flickr.


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How to Create an Alarm Clock in Adobe Illustrator

26 Apr

Today we will be learning how to create a cute alarm clock in perspective in  Adobe Illustrator. Some people tend to have problems with perspective, so if you  are one of them, feel free to use a reference image if you need to.

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We will create few ellipses, arrange them and with some nice gradients we  will make a nice looking alarm clock. There is just one thing about perspective  we should keep on mind. The most important aspects of perspective are size and  distance. If you increase the distance between you and the object you are  observing, you need to decrease the size of that object. That way you can  achieve a nice depth effect in you illustrations.


The final result should look like below:


So, let’s get down to business.

First we have to create few ellipses and arrange them in order to create nice  perspective.


Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) from the Tool Panel and create an ellipse as shown  in the picture below.



We will have to distort the ellipse a little bit. With the Direct Selection  Tool (A) adjust the position of the anchor points and the angle of theirs  handles. If you are unsure how to distort the ellipse, feel free to do this step  later, after we have created some more elements for our Alarm clock. Basically,  you should end up with something like this.



Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) from the Tool Panel and create the ellipse as shown  in the picture below.



We are going to apply gradient immediately. This way we’ll be able to see if  there’s something that needs to be fixed.

We are going to apply a radial gradient to the larger shape.



Apply a radial gradient to the smaller ellipse as well.



Duplicate (Ctrl / Cmd + C, Ctrl / Cmd + F) the smaller ellipse and place the  copy underneath the original ellipse. Set the Fill color to #666666 and using a  non-uniform scale grab the middle part of the selection box on the left side and  drag it to the left, just like in the picture below.



Grab the Type Tool (T) from the Tool Panel and type the numbers from 1 to 12.  Place them on the circle. In order to make our Alarm clock more interesting we  will change the Fill color for some numbers.




Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) again and create a small ellipse and place it in  the middle.



Duplicate (Ctrl / Cmd + C, Ctrl / Cmd + F) the ellipse from the previous  step, change its Fill color to #4D4D4D, send it behind the original ellipse  (Ctrl / Cmd +[) and nudge it to the right by 2-3 pixels.



Select the ellipse in the front and under the Object select Path > Offset  Path. Set the Offset to -7 and hit the OK button. Set the Fill color of the  smaller ellipse to #00CCFF. You can also nudge this ellipse to the left side by  a pixel or two.



Grab the Pen Tool (P) from the Tool Panel and draw the shape of the arrow.  Since we are creating our alarm clock in perspective make sure not to draw a  symmetrical arrow. Set the Fill color to #4D4D4D.



Duplicate (Ctrl / Cmd + C, Ctrl / Cmd + F) the arrow, set the Fill color to  #666666 and nudge it to the left exactly like we did in the previous step with  the ellipse.



There is one thing that needs to be fixed.


Grab the Add Anchor Point Tool (+) from the Tool Panel and add two anchor  points near the corners. Grab the Direct Selection Tool (A) from the Tool Panel  and move them and place them as shown in the picture below.



Repeat the last two steps in order to create a smaller pointer.


You should end up with something like this.



The next thing we are going to create is the“leg” for our alarm clock. To  complete it we will need the Ellipse Tool (L), the Rectangle Tool (M) and the  Direct Selection Tool (A). All we have to do is to create three objects, adjust  some anchor points and bring them all together.



Don’t forget to use the Horizontal Align Center under the Align Panel in  order to align all three elements properly.



We are going to apply a nice linear gradient.



For the middle part of the leg we will use the same linear gradient. Just  make sure to move the gradient slider to the left a little bit.



And for the circle we will use radial gradient.



Select all the elements and Group them (Ctrl / Cmd + G). Rotate the selection  and place it as shown in the picture below.



Under the Object select Transform > Reflect. Set the Axis to Vertical and  hit the Copy button. Place the second leg as shown in the picture below.



Grab the Pen Tool (P) from the Tool Panel and create the shape as shown in  the picture below.



Apply a radial gradient.



With the Pen Tool (P) selected, draw a similar shape and apply a radial  gradient.



Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) from the Tool Panel and create an ellipse. Rotate  it and adjust the anchor points until the endpoints match.



Apply a nice gray linear gradient.



Grab the Pen Tool (P) from the Tool Panel and create the shape as shown on  the picture below.



We will also apply a linear gradient. This way we’ve created a nice  shadow.



Duplicate (Ctrl / Cmd + C, Ctrl / Cmd + F) the upper part (the “bell)”. Grab  the Pen Tool (P) from the Tool Panel and create a path as shown in the picture  below. Select the copy we have just created and the path, and under the  Pathfinder Panel hit the Divide button.



Ungroup (Shift + Ctrl / Cmd + G) the new shape, delete the upper part and  apply a linear gradient to the lower part.



Repeat the previous step and create a nice blue stripe for the left part of  the “bell” as well.



Select the Ellipse Tool (L) again from the Tool Panel and create a small  ellipse. Place it as shown in the picture below. Don’t forget to apply a nice  radial gradient.



Repeat the previous step for the left “bell” of the alarm clock. You should  end up with something like this.



Now we have to create a middle part, the one that actually is making a noise  when you would rather sleep. This part contains a small rectangle and a  circle.

Grab the Rectangle Tool (M) from the Tool Panel and create a rectangle. Make  sure to nudge the lower endpoints to the inner side and make the lower side  slightly curved. The Direct Selection Tool (A) will help you to do that. When  you are satisfied with the shape apply a nice linear gradient.



Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) from the Tool Panel and create a nice circle. Apply  a gray radial gradient.



For the lower part create a small ellipse. Set the Fill color to #666666.



Grab the Pen Tool (P) from the Tool Panel and create the path as shown in the  picture below.






Set the Stroke to 14 and under the Stroke Panel hit the Round Cap.



Duplicate (Ctrl / Cmd + C, Ctrl / Cmd + F) the path and set the Stroke to 2pt  for the copy. Select both paths and under Object hit Expand.



Now we need to change colors. Set the Fill color for the thicker shape to  #B2B2B2 and for the thinner shape to #F2F2F2. You should end up with something  like this.



Select both shapes and under Object select Blend > Make. Then, under  Object select Blend > Blend Options. Set the Spacing to Specified Steps and  for the value enter 30.



Duplicate (Ctrl / Cmd + C, Ctrl / Cmd + F) the handle and send one of them to  back (Shift + Ctrl / Cmd + [). Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) from the Tool Panel and  create a small ellipse. With the Direct Selection Tool (A) adjust the position  of some anchor points as shown in the picture below.



Remove the Stroke color. Select the distorted ellipse and the handle in the  front and under Object hit Make Clipping Mask. You should end up with something  like this.



With a few more adjustments and some nice details our alarm clock will look  like this.


In this tutorial we’ve had an opportunity  to create a cute alarm clock in perspective. The creation process was quite  simple and the final result looks quite nice. Feel free to use different colors  as well. You may end up with really nice results. I hope you liked this  tutorial. If you have any questions, please post them in the comment section  below. Thank you for following along.



Create Yummy Ice Cream Illustrations in Adobe Illustrator

24 Apr

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create yummy ice cream illustrations in Adobe Illustrator.

Create Yummy Ice Cream Illustrations

Tutorial Details

Program: Illustrator CS5

Estimated Completion Time: 40-45 Minutes

Step 1

Create a new document with width 1000px and height 1000px in adobe illustrator.

Create Yummy Ice Cream Illustrations

Step 2

Create a new color swatch for this tutorial with the following shades.

Create Yummy Ice Cream Illustrations

Step 3

First of all, select the ‘shade 1′ as your foreground color and select the ‘ellipse tool’ to draw a circle on layer 1. Label it as ‘shape 1′. Now with the help of ‘selection tool’ rotate it a bit. After that, pick the ‘direct selection tool’ and drag the anchor points and their handles as shown below.

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Step 4

Now click on the ‘ring’ shape target on ‘shape 1′ layer to select it. Then click on the options menu present at the right top corner of layers pallete and select the option of ‘duplicate shape 1′. Place the duplicated layer below original layer and drag it a bit downward using ‘selection tool’.

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Now we’ll apply lighter color gradient on it as this will serve as highlight. Click on the target on this layer to select it and then select the gradient tool. Use shade 2 and 3 for this gradient.

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Step 5

Once again duplicate ‘shape 1′ layer and drag this copy below the highlight layer. Drag it downward to give 3D look. We need to adjust its shape a bit. Use the ‘pen tool’ to add two anchor points, then position the anchor points and their handles using ‘direct selection tool’.

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Now apply the gradient on it as shown below. Use shade 3, 4 and 5 for this gradient.

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Step 6

Create a new layer at top of rest of the layers. Select ‘shade 6′ as foreground color. Now draw an ellipse on this new layer. Select the ‘ellipse’ and ‘shape 1′ layers by pressing ‘Shift’ key and clicking the target on both these layers. After that, select the ‘Shape builder tool’ and press ‘Alt’ key when the arrow is over the part of ellipse outside the shape 1. Click to delete that part.

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You can adjust the curve of this shape using ‘direct selection tool’.

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Step 7

Create the stick using ‘pen tool’ on a new layer. Keep stroke 1pt white and apply gradient as below. Use shade 7 and 8 for this gradient.

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Duplicate stick layer and place this copy below the original stick layer. Color this with shade 9 and drag it downward a bit.

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Step 8

Duplicate stick layer, place this copy above the original stick layer. Reduce its size a little bit using ‘selection tool’. After that, go to Effects > Texture > Grain. Use the given settings.

Create Yummy Ice Cream Illustrations

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Step 9

So far we are done with the chocolaty ice cream. We can enhance it further by creating the effect that a bite has been taken. Create a new layer and draw the shape using ‘pen tool’. Apply the given gradient on it and 3pt stroke of shade 11.

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Adjust shape 1, highlight and 3D layers of the ice cream according to the bite area using ‘direct selection tool’.

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Step 10

Draw another shape inside the bite area on a new layer using ‘pen tool’ and apply the same white and gray gradient on it. After that, go to Effects > Texture > Grain. Use the same settings as applied in step 8.

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Step 11

Create a new layer, place it behind the bite shape layer, select the ‘pen tool’ and draw the outline of bite. Use shade 3 for it.

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Step 12

Now to add shadow, create a new layer, place it below all layers, select shade 10 as foreground color and draw a thin ellipse. After that, go to Effects > Blur > Gaussian blur. Use the given values for it.

Create Yummy Ice Cream Illustrations

Create Yummy Ice Cream Illustrations

That’s it. Hope you enjoyed the creation of these yummy ice cream illustrations. Don’t forget to share your thoughts.