Vectips http://vectips.com Adobe Illustrator® Tutorials, tips, tricks, and resources Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:43:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 Soak Up the Summer With these 10 Summer Vector Backgrounds! http://vectips.com/inspiration/summer-vector-backgrounds-roundup/ http://vectips.com/inspiration/summer-vector-backgrounds-roundup/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:57:00 +0000 http://vectips.com/?p=10411 In this roundup article you will find some great summer vector backgrounds which will give a special color to your projects! With a lot of cool and warm color combinations, turquoise water, and summer time elements, these summer vector backgrounds are sure to lift your spirits even if you aren’t on the beach.     […]

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summer vector backgroundIn this roundup article you will find some great summer vector backgrounds which will give a special color to your projects! With a lot of cool and warm color combinations, turquoise water, and summer time elements, these summer vector backgrounds are sure to lift your spirits even if you aren’t on the beach.

 
 

Palm Tree Vector Background

Great details and colours on the palm trees and also nice abstract elements that give a summer feel to this background.

summer vector background

Summer Beach Summer Vector Background

This summer vector background looks so great, I really like the splash effect on the background. This one will definitely make you feel like you’re on summer vacation!

summer vector background

Surfer Summer Background Vector

A lot of elements, with modern circles, sunburst lines, and halftone elements, and would be great for a beach music festival poster. This would even be great for a summer party invitation!

summer vector background

Summer Background Vector

Nice wave effect that masks some of the elements, leaving a lot of space for text. This would make a great summer poster or even flyer.

summer vector background

Summer Vector Background

Don’t forget to Enjoy the Summer Holidays! :) This vintage style polka dot label vector would be a great beginning to any summer projects. You’ll love the anchor on this summer label!

summer vector background

Summertime Beach Background

Excellent colours and details on the shoreline, I really like this artwork. Get your snorkels out and get ready to hit the water!

summer vector background

Seaside Summer Vector Background

Doesn’t this summer vector background make you want to be on the beach with an umbrella drink in your hand??

summer vector background

Bright and Modern Summer Vector Background

A great summer vector background option for all those projects that need a happy and sunny feel. Whether you love biking on the beach or hanging out with the wind in your hair, this summer vector would be perfect for you.

summer vector background

Every Summer Has a Story – Summer Vector Background

This is one of my favorites in this post, since it has a perfect lazy summer afternoon type of feel.

summer vector background

Beach Polaroid Summer Vector Background

Get your friends ready for summer with this polaroid summer vector background!

summer vector background

Enjoy the rest of the summer with these awesome summer vector backgrounds! :)

 

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Insta-Art: Wow Your Friends with this Mosaic Vector Effect http://vectips.com/tutorials/create-3d-cubes-mosaic-vector-effect/ http://vectips.com/tutorials/create-3d-cubes-mosaic-vector-effect/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:02:20 +0000 http://vectips.com/?p=10326 To create the 3D mosaic vector effect we will use the Halftone effect of the Phantasm plug-in and then we will learn how to automate work in Adobe Illustrator using the Action feature. Long sequences of commands, effects and filters with multiple parameters can easily be replaced with the work of the action, which lasts no more […]

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martini glass vector

To create the 3D mosaic vector effect we will use the Halftone effect of the Phantasm plug-in and then we will learn how to automate work in Adobe Illustrator using the Action feature. Long sequences of commands, effects and filters with multiple parameters can easily be replaced with the work of the action, which lasts no more than 5 seconds! At the end, you’ll be able to create instant works of mosaic art with this mosaic vector tutorial.


 

Tutorial Details: Mosaic Vector Effect

Final Image: Mosaic Vector Effect

mosaic vector

Creating 3D cubes graphic style for mosaic vector effects

Step 1

To begin this mosaic vector tutorial, let’s create a graphic style that will be used during the action. We need an object for work. Insert a raster image into the current document (File > Place …). I will use a reproduction of Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.

mosaic vector

Select an image, then add the white fill to it in the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance).

mosaic vector

Step 2

Next for this mosaic vector  effect, select the white fill in the Appearance panel, then go to Effect > Convert to Shape > Rectangle…. In the opened dialog box, select the Relative Size option and set the values ​​for Extra Width and Extra Height equal to 0.

mosaic vector

Note that the effect is applied to the target fill only.

mosaic vector

Move the white fill below Content item in the Appearance panel.

mosaic vector

Step 3

Now apply to the object the Halftone effect of Phantasm plug-in to make a mosaic vector of squares based on the raster image. Unselect white fill in the Appearance panel, then go to Effect > Phantasm > Halftone … and set the parameters shown in the picture below.

mosaic vector
mosaic vector

Step 4

Create a graphic style that will have all the appearances of our object. Keeping the image selected, click on the New Graphic Style … in the fly-out menu of the Graphic Styles panel (Window > Graphic Styles).

mosaic vector

Creating 3D cubes action for our mosaic vector

Step 1

Now we need an object to create an action. We can use the same raster image, but first we need to remove the fill and all the applied effects in the Appearance panel.

mosaic vector

Create New Set, by clicking on New Set … in the fly-out menu of the Actions panel (Window > Actions). Type name of the set – 3D cubes.

mosaic vector

Step 2

Proceed to recording the action. Click New Action … in the fly-out menu of the Actions panel. Type the name of the script 3D cubes (light from left). This is the case when the light source is on the left. Now click on the Record button.

mosaic vector

Step 3

Group up the object (Cmd / Ctrl + G). As you can see, the perfect action was immediately recorded in the Actions panel.

mosaic vector

Next for your mosaic vector, apply 3D Cubes graphic style, by clicking on its thumbnail in the Graphic Styles panel.

mosaic vector

Step 4

Click Insert Menu Item … in the fly-out menu of the Actions panel, then go to Object > Expand Appearance to record command in action. Now go to Object > Expand Appearance to apply the command to our group one more time.

mosaic vector
mosaic vector

Step 5

Ungroup objects (Shift + Cmd / Ctrl + G). Copy the selected objects (Cmd / Ctrl + C). In the future, we will insert copies twice to create different sides of the cubes.

mosaic vector

Step 6

Proceed to Object > Transform > Transform Each… and set the values ​​shown in the picture below.

mosaic vector

Go one more time to Object > Transform > Transform Each… and set new values ​​of the transformation shown below. Please note the position of the Transformation Pin in both dialog boxes.

mosaic vector

With these actions, we are creating the left side of the cubes. Group up the objects (Cmd/Ctrl + G).

mosaic vector

Step 7

Now use Phantasm’s filter to lighten the illuminated side of the cubes. Proceed to Object > Filters > Phantasm > Brightness / Contrast … and set 50 for Brightness.

mosaic vector

Paste in Front (Cmd / Ctrl + F). This copy will be used for creating the right side of the cubes. You can start to see the beginning of the mosaic vector effect.

mosaic vector

Step 8

Proceed to Object > Transform > Transform Each … and set the values ​​shown in the picture below.

mosaic vector

Proceed again to Object > Transform > Transform Each … and set new values ​​of transformation. Please take a look at the position of the Transformation Pin in both dialog boxes.

mosaic vector

Group up the selected objects (Cmd / Ctrl + G).

mosaic vector

Step 9

Go to Object > Filters > Phantasm > Brightness / Contrast … and set -50 for Brightness. This side of the cubes is located in the shade, so we darkened it.

mosaic vector

Paste in Front (Cmd / Ctrl + F). This copy will be used for the upper side of the cubes.

mosaic vector

Step 10

Go to Object > Transform > Transform Each… and set the values ​​shown in the picture below.

mosaic vector

After that, click Insert Menu Item … in the fly-out menu of the Actions panel, then go to Object > Transform > Reset Bounding Box to record command in action. Now go to Object > Transform > Reset Bounding Box again to apply the command to the selected objects.

mosaic vector

Step 11

Go to Object > Transform > Transform Each… and set the values ​​shown in the picture below.

mosaic vector

Group up the selected objects (Cmd / Ctrl + G).

mosaic vector

And finally, go to Select > Deselect. Now you can click on Stop in the Actions panel. Mosaic Vectors!

mosaic vector

Step 12

Toggle off dialog icons, if you do not want dialog boxes to open during the action.

mosaic vector

Now we can test the action. Remove all vector objects and paste raster image into the current document again. Run the script … 5 seconds its work replaced sequence of applying 21 steps, a few effects with dozens of parameters.

mosaic vector

Step 13

Save this mosaic vector action, to do this click on the Save Actions … in the flu-out menu of the Actions panel. Saved action will now be in the panel up until you decide to delete it. If after removal you would like to use the action again, then upload it to the panel using the Load Actions command… in the fly-out menu of the Actions panel.
Now you can use 3D cubes action to apply to any raster images. By the way, if you change the value for Phantasm Brightness for the right (50) and left (-50) sides of cubes, you can change the direction of light, that means that the light source in this case will be on the right.

mosaic vector

I would also like to mention that this mosaic vector action can be successfully applied to vector objects, making it completely all-purpose. Wish you successful experiments!

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Author: Iaroslav Lazunov

My name is Iaroslav Lazunov, I am a graphic designer from Ukraine. I am glad that I finally found a job in my life that I can share my knowledge and experiments with you in my tutorials. Follow me on Twitter or visit my blog Vectorboom.com

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Put a Hex on Your Designs with this Hexagon Pattern Vector! http://vectips.com/tutorials/rainbow-hexagon-pattern-vector/ http://vectips.com/tutorials/rainbow-hexagon-pattern-vector/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:18:11 +0000 http://vectips.com/?p=10388 Create a folded paper style Rainbow Hexagon Pattern Vector with a single hexagon, a few line segments and a few triangles. Layering gradients really makes this hexagon pattern vector pop! Tutorial Details: Rainbow Hexagon Pattern Vector Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6-CC 2014 Difficulty: Beginner Topics Covered: shape Building, Gradients, Pattern Options Panel Estimated Completion Time: 45 Minutes […]

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hexagon pattern vectorCreate a folded paper style Rainbow Hexagon Pattern Vector with a single hexagon, a few line segments and a few triangles. Layering gradients really makes this hexagon pattern vector pop!

Tutorial Details: Rainbow Hexagon Pattern Vector

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6-CC 2014
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Topics Covered: shape Building, Gradients, Pattern Options Panel
  • Estimated Completion Time: 45 Minutes

Final Image: Rainbow Hexagon Pattern Vector

Step 1

To begin this Rainbow Hexagon Pattern vector tutorial, we’ll start with a New Document in Adobe Illustrator. The overall size is your choice. I wound up changing my Artboard size several times, initially starting with 3 in. x 3in. Using the Polygon Tool, draw a six-sided object, keeping the top side flat (rather than rotating it to a point. For now, keep the fill color at null and choose a dark stroke color.

hexagon pattern vector

Step 2

Using the Line Segment Tool (/), draw a line from the top right corner to the middle left corner (see below). Repeat with a line from the top left corner to the bottom left corner.

hexagon pattern vector

Step 3

Repeat Step 2, this time going from the middle left corner to the bottom right corner.

hexagon pattern vector

Step 4

Continue going around the hexagon, drawing lines with the Line Segment Tool until you have six lines that touch each corner twice.

hexagon pattern vector

Step 5

In order to see the design more clearly, I traced a secondary hexagon within the negative space made by the line segments. This is an optional step meant to make the overall design clearer while working with shapes and gradients. This is the beginning of the hexagon shape in our hexagon pattern vector design.

hexagon pattern vector

Step 6

Use the Pen Tool (P) in order to draw a triangle in the top segment of the hexagon, defined by the line segments.

hexagon pattern vector

Step 7

Select the new triangle and use the Rotate Tool (R) in order to rotate the triangle 60°. Hit Copy. Use the Selection Tool (V) to move the copied and rotated triangle into place on the left.

hexagon pattern vector

Step 8

Select the copied triangle and repeat the process of rotating, copying, and moving until you have a total of six triangle around the hexagon.

hexagon pattern vector

Step 9

Hide or Delete the original hexagon shape, line segments and any additional non-triangular shapes you may have drawn. Select all six triangles and hit the Gradient Tool (G) in order to apply a gradient to the shapes.

hexagon pattern vector

Step 10

Starting with the topmost triangle, change the gradient colors, within the Gradient panel to bright pink (#EE2A7B) and orange (#EE7653) with the gradient’s angle set to .

hexagon pattern vector

Step 11

The next two gradients are the following:

      Orange (

#EE7454

      ) to Yellow (

#EEC22B

      ) at

46°

      Yellow (

#EEC22B

      ) to Green (

#8EB56F

      ) at

-108.2°

hexagon pattern vector

Step 12

The final three gradients are the following:

      Green (

#AEB958

      ) to Teal (

#50AD9B

      ) at

180°

      Teal (

#6AB088

      ) to Blue (

#00A2D4

      ) at

125.9°

      Blue (

#00A2D4

      ) to Pink (

#EE2A7B

      ) at

94°

hexagon pattern vector

Step 13

Group (Control-G) together the six triangles. Copy (Control-C) and Paste (Control-V) the group and set all of the gradients to black at 100% Opacity to black at 0% Opacity (with the darker tone concentraded at the larger portion of each triangle) in the Gradient panel. Set the Second group’s Blend Mode to Overlay and overall Opacity to 32% in the Transparency panel. We now have our rainbow hexagon for our hexagon pattern!

hexagon pattern vector

Step 14

Another optional step is to Paste the triangle group again two times over. The first copied group’s fill color should be set to null with its stroke set at purple (#262262), 2pt weight in the Stroke panel, and Blend Mode set to Overlay and Opacity set to 23% in the Transparency panel. The second copied group’s fill color should be set to null and the stroke to bright purple (#662D91), 0.25pt weight in the Stroke panel, Blend Mode set to Multiply, and Opacity set to 42% in the Transparency panel.

hexagon pattern vector

Step 15

Group your hexagon pattern vector components together. In order to make a hexagon pattern, Select the hexagon group and hit Make Pattern in the Pattern Options panel. Change the Tile Type to Hex by Column and make sure Size Tile to Art is selected. How far each hexagon is spaced is up to you. For the look of the final product in this tutorial, I changed the H Spacing to -0.5 in and the V Space to -0.875 in. Hit Done at the top of your document window when satisfied and you’ll find your new pattern in the Swatches panel.

hexagon pattern vector

Conclusion

Add a simple color background to your hexagon pattern vector by using the Rectangle Tool (M) and drawing a rectangle over your artboard. Copy and Paste the rectangle and apply the new hexagon pattern vector to it in order to make sure the hexagon pattern vector and background are the same size.
hexagon pattern vector

Author: Mary Winkler

Mary works under the brand Acrylicana® designing apparel, jewelry, and illustrating for companies like Disney, Jakks Pacific, Envato, and more. Check out Acrylicana.com for more artwork, tutorials, and more.

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Your Own Download Meter Vector in Under 20 Steps http://vectips.com/tutorials/download-meter-vector-under-20-steps/ http://vectips.com/tutorials/download-meter-vector-under-20-steps/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:30:03 +0000 http://vectips.com/?p=10364 In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a Download Meter Vector for user interfaces. You will find out how to create a Clipping Mask in order to clip some effects into a shape, and also how to create an Inner Shadow Effect in Photoshop. Let’s begin!     Tutorial Details: Create a Download […]

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download meter vector
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a Download Meter Vector for user interfaces. You will find out how to create a Clipping Mask in order to clip some effects into a shape, and also how to create an Inner Shadow Effect in Photoshop. Let’s begin!

 

 

Tutorial Details: Create a Download Meter Vector

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6 – CC
  • Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate
  • Topics Covered: Gradient Tool, Basic Tools and Effects, Transform techniques and the Appearance panel
  • Estimated Completion Time: 30 minutes

Final Image: Download Meter Vector

This is the final download meter vector that we’ll be creating:
download meter vector

Step 1

Step one for this download meter vector is to open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document (Ctrl + N). Select CMYK Color Mode, 300 PPI Raster Effects and make sure that Align New Objects to Pixel Grid is unchecked.

Next, go to Edit > Preferences > General and set the Keyboard Increment to 1 pt.
download meter vector

Step 2

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and draw a 1000 x 500px rectangle, then fill it with a radial gradient fill (Window > Gradient).

download meter vector

Step 3

Next for this download meter vector tutorial, use the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 490 x 20px rectangle. Fill it with C=0 M=0 Y=0 K=90. Apply a Round Corners Effect (Effect > Stylize > Round Corners) by entering a value of 9px in the dialog box. Expand the effect by going to Object > Expand Appearance.

download meter vector

Step 4

With the shape selected let’s focus on the Appearance Panel (Window > Appearance). First of all apply a Drop Shadow by going to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. In the dialog box change the Color to White (C=0 M=0 Y=0 K=0), change the Mode to Screen, lower the Opacity to 30%, enter a value of 0px to X Offset, then 1px to Y Offset and finally enter a value of 1px to Blur. Now let’s apply an Outer Glow by going to Effect > Stylize > Outer Glow. Set the Color to White, the Mode to Screen, lower the Opacity to 7% and set the Blur to 3px.

download meter vector

Step 5

Select the main shape and create two copies in front of it (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F > Ctrl + F). Select the top copy and nudge it 3px down. Select both copies and from the Pathfinder Panel (Window > Pathfinder) hit the Minus Front button.

download meter vector

Step 6

Select the resulted shape and fill it with Black (C=0 M=0 Y=0 K=100). Now apply to it a 10px Gaussian Blur (Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur).

download meter vector

Step 7

With the previous shape selected, pick the Scale Tool (S) and with the ALT key pressed, click on the center of the shape, like in the image below. In the dialog box enter a value of 10% for Horizontal and 150% for Vertical.

download meter vector

Step 8

Select the main shape from Step 3 and make a copy in front of it (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F). Move it on front of the other shapes (Shift + Ctrl + ]), then select both the copy and the inner shadow shape and create a Clipping Mask (Object > Clipping Mask > Make). 

download meter vector

Step 9

Next for the download meter vector, use the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 490 x 20px rectangle. Apply a Round Corners Effect (Effect > Stylize > Round Corners) by entering a value of 10px in the dialog box. Expand the effect by going to Object > Expand Appearance.

download meter vector

Step 10

Select the previous shape and let’s focus on the Appearance Panel. First of all fill it with Cyan (C=100 M =0 Y=0 K=0). Apply a 10px Gaussian Blur by going to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Now apply a Drop Shadow by going to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. In the dialog box change the Mode to Normal, lower the Opacity to 75%, set the Blur to 3px and the Colour to Cyan (C=100 M=0 Y=0 K =0). Now let’s apply an Outer Glow by going to Effect > Stylize > Outer Glow. Set the Color to Cyan, the Mode to Normal, lower the Opacity to 50% and set the Blur to 10px. This will be the bright lit meter of the download meter vector that will tell you how far along the download process is.

download meter vector

Step 11

Select the shape from Step 9, then go to Object > Path > Offset Path and enter a value of -3px in the dialog box. Fill the shape with a linear gradient fill from White (o% opacity) to White (100% opacity). Apply a 20px Gaussian Blur (Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur).

download meter vector

Step 12

From the Layers Panel move the Glow Shape and the Meter Shape into the Clip Group. Pay attention to the order, it matters!

download meter vector

Step 13

Using the Elipse Tool (L) create a 73,5 x 73,5 px elipse. Fill it with a radial gradient fill from White (100% opacity) to White (0% Opacity).

download meter vector

Step 14

Now that’s how our Download Meter vector UI should look like right now.

download meter vector

Step 15

Next step in creating this download meter vector, use the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 155 x x 25px rectangle and fill it with C=0 M=0 Y=0 K=90. With the shape selected let’s focus on the Appearance Panel (Window > Appearance). First of all apply a Drop Shadow by going to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. In the dialog box change the Color to White (C=0 M=0 Y=0 K=0), change the Mode to Screen, lower the Opacity to 30%, enter a value of 0px to X Offset, then 1px to Y Offset and finally enter a value of 0,5px to Blur. Now let’s apply an Outer Glow by going to Effect > Stylize > Outer Glow. Set the Color to White, the Mode to Screen, lower the Opacity to 15% and set the Blur to 2px. Now let’s apply an Inner Glow by going to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Set the Color to Black, the Mode to Multiply, lower the Opacity to 20% and set the Blur to 7px. Last but not least apply 1px a Round Corners Effect by going to Effect > Stylize > Round Corners. 

download meter vector

Step 16

Using the Pen Tool (P) create a shape similar to the one below. Fill it with a linear gradient fill from White (0% opacity) to White (100% opacity). This box of the download meter vector can show the actual percentage of download.

download meter vector

Step 17

Select the main shape from Step 15 and make a copy in front of it (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F). Move it on front of the other shapes (Shift + Ctrl + ]), then select both the copy and the highlight shape and create a Clipping Mask (Object > Clipping Mask > Make). 

download meter vector

And we’re done! You’ve made your own download meter vector!

download meter vector

Andrei urse

Author: Andrei Urse

My name is Andrei Urse. I’m a graphic designer from Romania.  I love creating logos and complex vector art using Illustrator, but I also use Photoshop and InDesign on a daily basis. You can find all of my work on Behance.

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Sweet Strawberry Text Effect! Perfect Summer Font http://vectips.com/tutorials/sweet-strawberry-text-effect/ http://vectips.com/tutorials/sweet-strawberry-text-effect/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:48:44 +0000 http://vectips.com/?p=10301 Sweeten up your text art with this strawberry text effect tutorial. Learn how to use custom brushes and the appearance panel to your advantage when customizing typography.         Tutorial Details: Strawberry Text Effect Program: Adobe Illustrator CS5-CC 2014 Difficulty: Intermediate Topics Covered: Custom Brushes, Appearance Panel, Offsetting Paths Estimated Completion Time: 30 […]

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Strawberry Vector Text TreatmentSweeten up your text art with this strawberry text effect tutorial. Learn how to use custom brushes and the appearance panel to your advantage when customizing typography.

 
 
 
 

Tutorial Details: Strawberry Text Effect

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS5-CC 2014
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Topics Covered: Custom Brushes, Appearance Panel, Offsetting Paths
  • Estimated Completion Time: 30 Minutes

Final Image: Strawberry Text Effect Treatment

Step 1

To begin this summery sweet strawberry text effect tutorial, start with a rounded sans-serif font, like Gotham Rounded Bold. Select your font, Expand the text under Object, and change the color to a bright pink (like #E62357). Ungroup your text so we can focus on one letter at a time.

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Step 2

In the Appearance panel, add a New Fill above the first one and apply a Linear Gradient using the Gradient panel. This gradient goes from Orange (#F37F2F) to Pink (#EA2654) to Dark Magenta (#BB0670) at an approx. 69° angle.

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Step 3

Under the gradient fill in the Appearance panel, apply a Plastic Wrap effect with the following attributes: Highlight Strength: 8, Detail: 12, and Smoothness: 15. You’ll find this effect under Effect > Artistic > Plastic Wrap.

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Step 4

Since we applied a raster effect, the edges of the letter are pixelated. Copy (Control-C) and Paste (Control-V) the main S-shape. Make sure to remove the effects and gradient fill from the copied shape, as they are unnecessary and only contribute to a larger file size. Set the fill color to null, Align with the original S, and Create a Clipping Mask (Control-7). Now we have a clean, vector edge. We’ll be using this clipping mask again in this tutorial.

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Step 5

Let’s make some strawberry seeds for this strawberry text effect! Use the Ellipse Tool (L) in order to draw a circle. Drag the bottom anchor point downward using the Direct Selection Tool (A) so it forms a teardrop shape. I found it easiest to soften up the curve of the shape by using the Anchor Point Tool (Shift-C) to convert the bottom to a point and carefully drag the handles back outward to the curve that I wanted. Repeat in light yellow and cream for smaller shapes to serve as highlights. Group(control-G) together your seed shapes.

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Step 6

Select the larger shape with the Direct Selection Tool and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Input 0.0278 inches (or so, as it really depends on what size your objects are. Make sure Preview is selected in order to determine the right offset size).

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Step 7

Select your new, large shape and change the color to a bright pink (#F22C60).

007

Step 8

In the Transparency panel, reduce the Opacity to 67%, or so, and the Blend Mode to Multiply.

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Step 9

Select the yellow seed group and apply a Drop Shadow effect (go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow in the Appearance panel) with the following attributes:

Mode:

    Multiply

Opacity:

    75%

X Offset:

    0.01 in

Y Offset:

    0.03 in

Blur:

    0.01 in

Color:

    #3A0312

009

Step 10

Repeat adding a Drop Shadow effect but with the following attributes:

Mode:

    Screen

Opacity:

    30%

X Offset:

    -0.02 in

Y Offset:

    -0.05 in

Blur:

    0.01 in

Color:

    #FF7BA4

010

Step 11

Group together your seed components. In the Brushes panel create a new Scatter Brush whose rotation is kept relative to the page. The other attributes will depend on the size of your seed components in relation to your lettering and may take a few edits to get just right. Note that mine needed to be scattered and scaled down a bit compared to the brush’s default size. Edit brushes by selecting them in the Brushes panel and hitting Enter.

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Step 12

Use the Paintbrush Tool (B) to draw a few messy, scribbly lines over your strawberry text effect letter with your new Scatter Brush.

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Step 13

Once satisfied with the seed coverage, Group the strokes together and place this group within the S’s Clip Group underneath the Compound Clipping Path line in the Layers panel. Doing so will include the seed paths in the clipping mask made previously.

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Step 14

Repeat Steps 2-13 of this strawberry text effect tutorial on the other letters. You can take a few shortcuts by creating a clipping mask out of a group of letters or applying some of the attributes in the Appearance panel to an entire group, but the Plastic Wrap effect will work best when applied to individual objects.

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Step 15

For a quick background, draw a large rectangle over the Artboard with the Rectangle Tool (M). Apply the fill color of your choice. In the Appearance panel, create a new fill below the main fill. Set the main fill’s Blend Mode to Screen and apply a Halftone Pattern effect to the secondary fill (the effect is found under Effect > Sketch > Halftone Pattern.

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Step 16

Finally, select your completed text, and apply the two Drop Shadow instances in the Appearance panel.

Instance A

Mode:

    Multiply

Opacity:

    40%

X Offset:

    0.05 in

Y Offset:

    0.02 in

Blur:

    0.01 in

Color:

    #05352F

Instance B

Mode:

    Screen

Opacity:

    40%

X Offset:

    -0.03 in

Y Offset:

    -0.01 in

Blur:

    0.01 in

Color:

    #40DDC6

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Great Job, You’re Done!

Push your design further by creating bitten or sliced strawberry letters with this strawberry text effect. Or, keep them growing with leaves, vines, and a whole strawberry plant. What other fruit or veggie letters can you create in Illustrator? Have a happy summer!

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Mary works under the brand Acrylicana® designing apparel, jewelry, and illustrating for companies like Disney, Jakks Pacific, Envato, and more. Check out Acrylicana.com for more artwork, tutorials, and more.

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Bubble Lamp Vectors and Easy Glass Effects http://vectips.com/tutorials/lamp-vector-and-easy-glass-effects/ http://vectips.com/tutorials/lamp-vector-and-easy-glass-effects/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:19:16 +0000 http://vectips.com/?p=10204 In this lamp vector tutorial, you will learn how to create a Bubble Lamp Vector by applying a semi-realistic glass texture effect, which you could then transfer to so many other projects. You will learn how to combine the Clipping Mask and the Gaussian Blur in order to create shadows and highlights to your lamp […]

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lamp vectorIn this lamp vector tutorial, you will learn how to create a Bubble Lamp Vector by applying a semi-realistic glass texture effect, which you could then transfer to so many other projects. You will learn how to combine the Clipping Mask and the Gaussian Blur in order to create shadows and highlights to your lamp vector illustration, and you will also learn to use the Pathfinder Panel and the Transparency Panel. Let’s begin!

 

Tutorial Details: Bubble Lamp Vector

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS5 – CC
  • Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate
  • Topics Covered: Gradient Tool, Basic Tools and Effects, Transform techniques, Clipping Mask and the Appearance panel
  • Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour

Final Image: Bubble Glass Lamp Vector

This is the final image that we’ll be creating:

lamp vector

Step 1

First thing to do in this glass bubble lamp vector tutorial is open Adobe Illustrator and create a new 600 x 737px document (Ctrl + N). Select CMYK Color Mode, 300 PPI Raster Effects and make sure that Align New Objects to Pixel Grid is unchecked.

Next, go to Edit > Preferences > General and set the Keyboard Increment to 0,5 px.
lamp vector

Step 1

Using the Elipse Tool (L) create a 360 x 360px elipse. Fill the shape with black. then from the Transparency Panel lower the Fill Opacity to 10%, then set the Blending Mode to Multiply. Focus on the Appearance Panel (Window > Appearance) and add a new Radial Gradient Fill,  then from the Transparency Panel set the Blending Mode to Screen.

lamp vector

Step 3

Select the previous shape and make two copies in front of it (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F > Ctrl + F). Nudge the top shape 3,5px to the left and 3,5px up.

lamp vector

Select both copies and from the Pathfinder Panel (Window > Pathfinder) hit the Minus Front button. Fill the resulting shape with Black, then apply to it a 40px Gaussian Blur (Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur).

lamp vector

Step 4

Select again the previous shape (Step 2) and make two copies in front of it (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F > Ctrl + F). Nudge the top shape 1,5px to the left and 1,5px up.

lamp vector

Select both copies and from the Pathfinder Panel (Window > Pathfinder) hit the Minus Front button. Fill the resulting shape with Black, then apply to it a 10px Gaussian Blur (Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur). From the Transparancy Panel lower the opacity to 80% and set the Blending Mode to Multiply.

lamp vector

Step 5

Select again the previous shape (Step 2) and make two copies in front of it (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F > Ctrl + F). Nudge the top shape 3,5px to the right.

lamp vector

Select both copies and from the Pathfinder Panel (Window > Pathfinder) hit the Minus Front button. Fill the resulting shape with Black, then apply to it a 40px Gaussian Blur (Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur).

lamp vector

Step 6

Select again the shape from Step 2 and make a copy in front of it (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F). Now select all shapes and create a Clipping Mask (Object > Clipping Mask > Make).

lamp vector

Step 7

Next step in creating our bubble lamp vector is to create a glass effect by making some glares. This will help our lamps look realistic. Using the Pen Tool (P) crate a path similar to the one below. Set the stroke width to 28px and the Variable Width Profile to Width Profile 1.

lamp vector

Select the Path and apply a 40px Gaussian Blur (Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur), then from the Transparency Panel set the Blending Mode to Screen. 

lamp vector

Step 8

Using the Pen Tool (P) crate a path similar to the one below. Set the stroke width to 19px and the Variable Width Profile to Width Profile 1.

lamp vector

Next for creating our lamp vector, select the Path and apply a 20px Gaussian Blur (Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur), then from the Transparency Panel lower the Opacity to 80%, then set the Blending Mode to Screen.

lamp vector

Step 9

Using the Paintbrush Tool (B), draw some small highlights on the bubble lamp vector. Group them (Ctrl + G) then apply a 10px Gaussian Blur to the grup (Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur).

lamp vector

Step 10

This is how your Bubble Lamp vector should look like right now!

lamp vector

Step 11

Now let’s create the second part of the Bubble Lamp vector. Using the Rectangle Tool (M) crate a 132 x 407px rectangle.

lamp vector

Step 12

Using the Add Anchor Point Tool (+) add two anchor points like in the image below. Using the Direct Selection Tool (A), select and move the left anchor point 59px to the right and the right anchor point 59px to the left.

lamp vector

Step 13

Select again both anchor points, then hit the Convert Selected Anchor Points to Smooth button. With the Direct Selection Tool (A) move the handles like in the image below.

lamp vector

Step 14

Using the Add Anchor Point Tool (+) add an anchor point like in the image below. Using the Direct Selection Tool (A), select and move the anchor point 3px up.

lamp vector

Step 15

Hopefully by now you can see our bubble lamp vector start to take shape. Select again the anchor point, then hit the Convert Selected Anchor Points to Smooth button. With the Direct Selection Tool (A) move the handles like in the image below.

lamp vector

Step 16

For this step, you’ll need the Round Any Corner script. You can find it in this article 20 Free and Useful Adobe Illustrator Scripts. Save it to your hard drive, return to Illustrator and grab the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select only the anchor point highlighted in the image and go to File > Scripts > Other Script. Open the Round Any Corner script, enter a 3px radius and click OK.

lamp vector

Step 17

Pick the Elipse Tool (E) and draw a 50 x 20px circle. Select both the black shape and the elipse and hit the Divide Button from the Pathfinder Panel.

lamp vector

Step 18

Using the Direct Selection Tool, delete parts tagged with (1), (2) and (3).

lamp vector

Step 19

Now unite the remaining two shapes by pressing the Unite button from the Pathfinder Panel.

lamp vector

Step 20

Using again the Round Any Corner Script, select only the anchor point highlighted in the image and go to File > Scripts > Other Script. Open the Round Any Corner script, enter a 1px radius and click OK.

lamp vector

Step 21

Now let’s create the first highlight on the top of the bubble lamp vector. Pick the shape and make two copies in front of it (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F > Ctrl + F). Move it 7px up, double click on the Scale Tool (S) from the Toolbox, then enter a value of 60% for the Horizontal Non-Uniform scaling.

lamp vector

Step 22

Using the Direct Selection Tool (A), move the left anchor point 7px to the left and the right anchor point 7px to the right.

lamp vector

Step 23

Now select both copies and hit the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder Panel.

lamp vector

Step 24

From the Layers Panel (Window > Layers), delete the unnecessary shapes (Del).

lamp vector

Step 25

Fill the shape with a Linear Gradient, then apply a 20px Gaussian Blur (Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur). Focus on the Transparency Panel and lower the Opacity to 55%, then set the Blending Mode to Screen.

lamp vector

Step 26

Copy and paste in front twice the main shape (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F > Ctrl + F). Move the first copy 4px to the right then second copy 7px to the right. Select both copies and hit the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder Panel.

lamp vector

Step 27

Fill the resulting shape with White, then add a 10px Gaussian Blur (Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur). From the Transparency Panel, lower the Opacity to 50%, then set the Blending Mode to Screen.

lamp vector

Step 28

Select again the main shape and make a copy in front of it (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F). Now select the two highlights and the main shape, then create a Clipping Mask (Object > Clipping Mask > Make).

lamp vector

Step 29

Select the main shape once again and apply a Drop Shadow (Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow) with the same values from the image below.

lamp vector

Step 30

Make a copy of the shape from step 2 (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F), move it in front of the other shapes (Shift + Ctrl + ]), select the copy and the previous shape, then create a Clipping Mask (Object > Clipping Mask > Make).

lamp vector

Step 31

Select again the main shape, make two copies in front of it (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F > Ctrl + F). Move the top copy 2px up, then select both copies and from the Pathfinder Panel hit the Minus Front button. Fill the resulting shape with a linear Gradient, then set it’s Blending mode to Screen.

lamp vector

And we’re done! You’ve made your very own Bubble Lamp Vector.

lamp vector

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Author: Andrei Urse

My name is Andrei Urse. I’m a graphic designer from Romania.  I love creating logos and complex vector art using Illustrator, but I also use Photoshop and InDesign on a daily basis. You can find all of my work on Behance.

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iStock Promo Codes – July 2014 http://vectips.com/news/istock-promo-code/ http://vectips.com/news/istock-promo-code/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:40:25 +0000 http://vectips.com/?p=7823 My goal here at Vectips is to create a site that offers more than just vector tutorials. I want to create a unique resource that offers helpful resources for everyone in the vector space. That means in the coming months we have plans to start rolling out more useful content besides vector tutorials. Part of […]

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istock promo codeMy goal here at Vectips is to create a site that offers more than just vector tutorials. I want to create a unique resource that offers helpful resources for everyone in the vector space. That means in the coming months we have plans to start rolling out more useful content besides vector tutorials.

Part of that useful content involves additional tools and resources that creatives often use. While we encourage everyone here to create their own illustrations, we know that often times isn’t ideal for certain projects. We’ve all had those clients need artwork “yesterday” and you may not have time to illustrate a custom piece yourself. So the next best thing is to purchase a stock illustration.

Click to Reveal iStock Promo Code for 20% off iStock credit packs

Based on our survey we ran a few weeks ago, we found that many of our readers still spend several hundred dollars on stock vectors each year. It’s always handy to have some credits in your account when your budget doesn’t permit custom illustration.

Since iStock is one of the leading microstock marketplaces in the industry, we thought it would be helpful to start aggregating promo codes we find around the web and post them to this page. Here are two iStock promo codes to get you started:

There are several sites doing this already like Vecteezy, but they don’t always work. Our goal is to keep this page updated so you always have a go-to source for a discount before you make your purchase. We plan to update this post once or twice a month with a new iStock promo code to keep things fresh. If it turns out to be popular then we will turn it into a category an put it in the top navigation on the home page.

How To Use This iStock Promo Code

  1. Click on the button above to unlock the iStock promo code.
  2. Select your desired credit package
  3. Enter the promo code at the bottom of that page and click the “Next” button.
  4. Review your order and check out.

If iStock isn’t your marketplace of choice, we hope to have more exclusive discounts from other marketplaces in upcoming months so stay tuned.

If you decided to take advantage of this deal, please leave a comment below to let us know how much you saved! Also please let us know if you’d like to see more promotional offers from *relevant* companies like this in the future.

Enjoy!

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Happy Hour: Celebrate With Your Own Martini Glass Vector http://vectips.com/tips-and-tricks/create-festive-martini-glass-vector/ http://vectips.com/tips-and-tricks/create-festive-martini-glass-vector/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:00:33 +0000 http://vectips.com/?p=10247 In this shining Martini Glass Vector tutorial you will learn how to work effectively with simple geometric shapes, and then learn how to create amazing lighting effects, using different blending modes and gradient fills. Symbols and Symbol Sprayer Tool will help you to create splashes quickly for your festive martini glass vector. With just a […]

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martini glass vector

In this shining Martini Glass Vector tutorial you will learn how to work effectively with simple geometric shapes, and then learn how to create amazing lighting effects, using different blending modes and gradient fills. Symbols and Symbol Sprayer Tool will help you to create splashes quickly for your festive martini glass vector. With just a little bit of effort you can create an awesome martini glass vector illustration on your own.

Tutorial Details: Martini Glass Vector

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS2 – CC
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Topics Covered: Transparency blending modes, gradient fills, Symbol Sprayer Tool
  • Estimated Completion Time: 45 minutes

Final Image: Festive Martini Glass Vector

martini glass vector

Step 1

For this martini glass vector tutorial, we’ll start in Adobe Illustrator, then go to the File > New …. In the opened dialog box, set the necessary size of our artboard and choose the RGB color mode.

martini glass vector

Step 2

Take the Polygon Tool and click on the artboard. In the dialog box, set the number of sides equal to three in order to create a triangle.

martini glass vector

Drag the triangle up, hold Opt / Alt and Shift, which will lead to duplication and will allow to move the object vertically up.

martini glass vector

Step 3

Rotate the top rectangle 180 degrees using the Selection Tool (V) and bounding box and holding the Shift.

martini glass vector

Change the height and width of the rectangle, as shown in the picture below. Use the Selection Tool (V) for this purpose. The beginning of a martini glass vector!

martini glass vector

Step 4

Take the Rectangle Tool (M), position the pointer of the tool at the point A, then hold the Opt / Alt, create a rectangle elongated vertically.

martini glass vector

Select all the created objects, and then click Unite button in the Pathfinder panel.

martini glass vector

From simple geometric shapes we created the shape of martini glass vector.

Step 5

Take the Direct Selection Tool (A) and select the angles A and B. Change the rounding radii of these angles using Corner Widgets (View > Show Corner Widget). This feature is available only in the latest releases of Adobe Illustrator (CC17 – CC2014). If you are using earlier releases of the application, VectorScribe plug-in with Dynamic Corners Tool can be used for these purposes.

martini glass vector

Step 6

Set the stroke width equal to 6px and select Round Join for Corner in the Stroke panel (Window > Stroke). This will make the base of the martini glass vector not so harsh, and more realistic.

martini glass vector

Turn off the fill of this object. Now using the Rectangle Tool (M) create a rectangle filled with black color. The sizes of this rectangle must correspond to the sizes of the background of your illustration. Place the shape of the martini glass vector above the black background and change the color of the stroke to white.

martini glass vector

Step 7

Take the Scissors Tool (C) and cut the path at points A and B. Now, select and delete the smaller part of the path.

martini glass vector

Step 8

Proceed to the creation of slices of lime that will garnish your martini glass vector. Take the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a circle with no fill and stroke of white color. Set the stroke width equal to 9px in the Stroke panel.

martini glass vector

Using the Line Tool (\) create a vertical straight-line segment between points A and B.

martini glass vector

Now go to Object > Transform > Rotate … and in the opened dialog window set the angle of 45 degrees, and then click on the Copy button.

martini glass vector

Press twice Cmd / Ctrl + D shortcuts for the consecutive repetition of the previous action.

martini glass vector

Step 9

Select all the elements of the lime, then go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke.

martini glass vector

Now press the Unite button in the Pathfinder panel.

martini glass vector

Take the Eraser Tool (Shift + E), hold Opt / Alt, and remove the lower part of the lime.

martini glass vector

Rotate the object at 45 degrees using the Selection Tool (V) and bounding box and holding Shift. Place lime on the edge of the martini glass vector as shown below.

martini glass vector

Group up the glass and lime (Cmd / Ctrl + G).

Step 10

Proceed to the creation of light effects. Draw a circle using the Ellipse Tool (L) and fill it with a radial gradient from blue to black. Place this circle below the group with white objects.

martini glass vector

Create another circle with a similar fill, then transform it into an ellipse using the Selection Tool (V).

martini glass vector

Using this technique, create the third ellipse with a radial gradient. Place this ellipse to the right of the glass. Blue color of the gradient is darker than in the previous cases.

martini glass vector

Step 11

Select all ellipses, then set the Screen blending mode in the Transparency panel.

martini glass vector

Select the group with white objects, then set the Overlay blending mode in the Transparency panel.

martini glass vector

Step 12

Now we can locally create glare on the edges of the martini glass vector. Create a circle filled with a radial gradient, which includes two white, blue and black colors. Deform the circle into an ellipse, then apply the Screen blending mode to it.

martini glass vector

Place similar objects in places where you want to create glares.

martini glass vector

Step 13

Proceed to the creation of light splashes. Draw a circle with a radial gradient fill, which contains two white, blue and black sliders. Apply the Screen blending mode to the circle.

martini glass vector

Save the circle as a new symbol in the Symbols panel. Draw a new circle filled with a radial gradient from blue to black color and apply the Screen blending mode to it.

martini glass vector

Keep this circle as a symbol in the Symbols panel.

martini glass vector

Step 14

Take the Symbol Sprayer Tool (Shift + S), select the first symbol and start spraying on the surface of the background.

martini glass vector

Now select the second symbol, and spray it.

martini glass vector

Step 15

Create less dense splashes. Draw a 3 by 3px circle filled with a radial gradient from white to black color and apply the Color Dodge blending mode to it.

martini glass vector

Save this object as a symbol and is sprayed on the surface of the background using the Symbol Sprayer Tool.

martini glass vector

Using symbols allows us to quickly create a large number of similar objects. In addition, you can quickly change the size of some of them. Symbol Sizer Tool is designed for that.

Step 16

After a few minutes of experimenting I got a splashes shown in the picture below – such a festive martini glass vector already!

martini glass vector

For further acceleration of work, select and group up all the objects of splashes (Cmd / Ctrl + G). Now you can duplicate the group, resize, rotate and place its copies where needed.

martini glass vector

I hope you will achieve good results! This martini glass vector would be perfect for any festive holiday, New Year’s Eve, a party invitation, or just to celebrate happy hour at the end of a work day. Cheers!

martini glass vector

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Author: Iaroslav Lazunov

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Bright Light Bulb Vector: Lights On in Under an Hour http://vectips.com/tutorials/create-a-light-bulb-vector-in-an-hour/ http://vectips.com/tutorials/create-a-light-bulb-vector-in-an-hour/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:04:14 +0000 http://vectips.com/?p=10184 Turn on the light with this icon and illustrative light bulb vector. In the tutorial below you’ll create the light bulb vector from simple shapes, manipulate gradients, gradient meshes, and blending modes all in pursuit of a semi-realistic light bulb vector design.       Tutorial Details: Light Bulb Vector Program: Adobe Illustrator CC-CC 2014 […]

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019Turn on the light with this icon and illustrative light bulb vector. In the tutorial below you’ll create the light bulb vector from simple shapes, manipulate gradients, gradient meshes, and blending modes all in pursuit of a semi-realistic light bulb vector design.

 
 
 

Tutorial Details: Light Bulb Vector

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CC-CC 2014
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Topics Covered: Blend Modes, Gradient Mesh, Live Corners, Rendering
  • Estimated Completion Time: 45 Minutes

Final Image

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Step 1

First step in creating this light bulb vector is drawing the bulb. Use the Ellipse Tool (L) to draw a circle and the Rectangle Tool (M) to draw a box on the bottom of it. If you’re using Adobe Illustrator CC or above, pull the Live Corners inward in order to round the corners of the box (or manipulate the corners in the Transform panel). Using the Direct Selection Tool (A), pull the top left and right anchor points upward to the outer sides of the circle. Curve the paths by manipulating the handles of the anchor points (see below for desired bulb shape). Unite the two objects in the Pathfinder panel.
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Step 2

Apply a Radial Gradient to the bulb shape using the Gradient Tool (G). The gradient shown below goes from white to a light, cornflower blue. Adjust the gradient’s shape so it’s oval and the darker color is concentrated on the edges of the light bulb vector shape.
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Step 3

Copy (Control-C) and Paste (Control-V) the light bulb vector shape, Align to the original bulb and change the fill color to white. Use the Gradient Mesh Tool to define areas of blue around the edges of the bulb. Use the Direct Selection Tool in order to select the anchor points elsewhere within the mesh that are remaining white and reduce their Opacity to 0% in the Transparency panel.
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Step 4

For the screw cap of the light bulb vector, draw a gray or blue square on the bottom of the bulb shape. Grab the Live Corners and pull them inward slightly to round the corners, as was done in Step 1. Use the Direct Selection Tool to select and pull the top anchor points upward and to either side of the light bulb. The screw cap should be a bit wider than this. Continue to manipulate the shape until you have the look you want for the screw cap.
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Step 5

Apply a Radial Gradient to the screw cap shape. Since I decided on blue, at the time, the inner color is a bright blue while the outer color is navy blue. Concentrate the darker color of the gradient towards the edges.
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Step 6

Use the Ellipse Tool to draw a gradient ellipse at the top of the screw cap. Use the same gradient from the screw cap shape, but change its Type to Linear and the bright blue’s Opacity to 0% in the Gradient panel. Use the Shape Builder Tool (Shift-M) to delete the non-intersecting component of the ellipse from the screw cap by Selecting both objects with the Selection Tool (V) and then selecting the extraneous portion with the Shape Builder Tool. Deselect and Delete the unnecessary portion of the ellipse.

Draw three rounded rectangle shapes (either with the Rectangle Tool or the Rounded Rectangle Tool beneath the screw cap, each smaller than the last (see below). Set the fill color to dark blue or gray, or select a subtle gradient.
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Step 7

Draw curving lines on the cap of this light bulb vector with the Paint Brush Tool (B) to indicate the screw threads. Set the width of the stroke in the Stroke panel to 2-4pts (depending on the size of your illustration these may be larger or smaller). Expand the strokes under Object and apply the same Radial Gradient used in Step 5 to each thread. Draw highlight shapes (see below) on each thread with the Pen Tool (P) with the same gradient as before. Set the Blend Mode to Screen and Opacity to 20%, or so.
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Step 8

Strengthen the shadows and highlights on the light bulb vector by drawing additional gradient shapes (see below) in each threaded section. There are four gradient shapes drawn in the sections between each thread, the shadows on each thread were drawn in darker, and there’s cast shadow shapes drawn below the last thread. Each gradient is Radial, Blend Mode set to Normal and the colors in the gradient go from Opaque to Transparent.
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Step 9

Group (Control-G) together all of the screw cap components. Copy and Paste the group and Unite the copy in the Pathfinder panel. Apply a Radial Gradient going from light blue or gray at 100%-0% Opacity. With the Gradient Tool, adjust the shape of the gradient so it’s a vertical oval within the united cap shape.
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Step 10

Changing the overall color of the light bulb vector is wonderfully easy. Doing so, you can create a whole rainbow of light bulbs within a couple minutes. Paste a second instance of the screw cap and change the fill color to dark gray (or whatever color you wish) and the Blend Mode to Color in the Transparency panel.
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Step 11

Draw a curving highlight shape with the Pen Tool (or manipulate a circle or sketch it out with the Pencil Tool, and apply a Radial Gradient going from white at 100% Opacity to white at 0% Opacity in the Gradient panel.
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Step 12

Changing the light bulb vector color is as simple as the process from Step 10. In this case, I chose a light yellow for a warm bulb look.
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Step 13

Create additional highlight areas by drawing a vertical rectangle on the screw cap of the light bulb vector. This time, the gradient will be Linear with transparent instances of dark gray on either side of creamy yellow, the Blend Mode set to Overlay, and the overall Opacity set to 37% in the Transparency.
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Step 14

I decided I wanted to warm up the grey used previously a bit further. As such, I repeated the process from Step 10 but the fill color was set to light yellow and the Blend Mode to Multiply. Making quick changes like this, instead of changing the entire color palette allows for a wider range of design variations.
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Step 15

For the background, draw a large rectangle over the artboard, beneath the light bulb vector design in the Layers panel and apply, once again, a Radial Gradient going from dark gray to a very warm yellow (or whatever tone your lightbulb has). Adjust the gradient shape so that it primarily radiated outward from the bulb portion of the design.
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Step 16

For the inside of the bulb, I drew the general idea of the bits and pieces found there. I Copied and Pasted the gradient shape from Step 13 as well as drew a circle and rounded rectangle in a simple 1pt black stroke (each set to Multiply. The rest of the shapes were quickly drawn with the Paint Brush Tool while referencing a light bulb for the general idea of its wires. Feel free to create a more detailed composite in your design.
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AHA! Your Light Bulb Vector is Complete!

Now that you’re done, consider additional design styles: is the light bulb vector floating, hanging from a wire, or screwed into a lamp socket? What additional light bulb vector shapes can you create with the same techniques explored in this tutorial? Let us know below. Happy drawing!
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Author: Mary Winkler

Mary works under the brand Acrylicana® designing apparel, jewelry, and illustrating for companies like Disney, Jakks Pacific, Envato, and more. Check out Acrylicana.com for more artwork, tutorials, and more.

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Spray It Up! Make Your Own Spray Can Vector http://vectips.com/tutorials/spray-can-vector-icon-tutorial/ http://vectips.com/tutorials/spray-can-vector-icon-tutorial/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:27:30 +0000 http://vectips.com/?p=10159 In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a detailed spray can vector icon in Adobe Illustrator. For starters, you will find out how to set a a simple grid and how to create a bunch of pixel perfect shapes using basic tools and effects. Once you have the main spray can vector […]

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Preview In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a detailed spray can vector icon in Adobe Illustrator. For starters, you will find out how to set a a simple grid and how to create a bunch of pixel perfect shapes using basic tools and effects. Once you have the main spray can vector icon, you will learn how to work with complex gradients and how to add subtle shadows and highlights using basic blending and vector shape building techniques. Finally, you will learn how to create a simple mesh and how to easily recolor your spray can vector icon.

Tutorial Details: Spray Can Vector Icon

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate
  • Topics Covered: Basic Tools and Effects, Transform techniques and the Appearance panel
  • Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Final Image: Your New Spray Can Vector Icon

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

Final Image

Step 1

Hit CTRL + N to create a new document. Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu, enter 600 in the width box and 480 in the height box then click on the Advanced button. Select RGB, Screen (72ppi) and make sure that the Align New Objects to Pixel Grid box is unchecked before you click OK. Enable the Grid (View > Show Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). For starters on this spray can vector icon tutorial, you will need a grid every 5px, so simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides > Grid, enter 5 in the Gridline every box and 1 in the Subdivisions box. Try not to get discouraged by all that grid, it will ease your work in making this spray can vector icon and keep in mind that you can easily enable or disable it using the Control + " keyboard shortcut. You should also open the Info panel (Window > Info) for a live preview with the size and position of your shapes. Do not forget to set the unit of measurement to pixels from Edit > Preferences > Units > General. All these options will significantly increase your work speed.

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Next up for this spray can vector icon tutorial, pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and focus on your Toolbar. Remove the color from the stroke then select the fill and set its color at R=39 G=170 B=225. Move to your artboard and simply create a 45 x 95px rectangle, the Snap to Grid should ease your work. Switch to the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 45 x 10px shape and place it exactly as shown in the second image. Select both shapes made in this step, open the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder) and click the Unite button. Move to the Layers panel (Window > Layers), simply double click on your blue shape and rename it "body". This will essentially be the body of your spray can vector icon.

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Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid) then go to Edit > Preferences > General and make sure that the Keyboard Increment is set at 1px. Make sure that your blue shape is selected and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 1px up using the up arrow button from your keyboard. Reselect both copies made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Make sure that the resulting shape stays selected and focus on the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance). Set the fill color at black (R=0 G=0 B=0) then simply click on that "Opacity" piece of text to open the Transparency fly-out panel. Lower the Opacity to 10% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

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Make sure that your blue shape is selected and make two, new copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 2px up using that same up arrow button from your keyboard. Reselect both copies made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black, lower its Opacity to 10% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

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Make sure that your blue shape is selected and make another two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 3px up using that same up arrow button from your keyboard. Reselect both copies made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black, lower its Opacity to 10% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

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Make sure that your blue shape is selected and make two more copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 5px up using that same up arrow button from your keyboard. Reselect both copies made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black, lower its Opacity to 10% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

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Next step for your spray can vector icon tutorial is to make sure that your blue stays selected, open the Gradient panel (Window > Gradient) and simply click on the gradient thumbnail to add the default black to white linear gradient. Keep focusing on the Gradient panel and set the Angle at 0 degrees. Next, select the left gradient slider and set the color at R=183 G=183 B=185 then select the right gradient slider and set the color at R=225 G=224 B=224. Focus on the gradient bar and simply click on it to add a new gradient slider. Make sure that this new slider is selected, set its color at R=141 G=141 B=145, focus on the Location box (from the Gradient panel) and set it at 15%. Keep in mind that the white numbers from the Gradient images stand for Location percentage. Add six new sliders for this gradient then use the colors and Location attributes shown in the following image.

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Make sure that your "body" shape is still selected, focus on the Appearance panel and add a second fill using the Add New Fill button. Select this new fill, lower its Opacity to 25%, change the Blending Mode to Multiply and add the linear gradient shown in the following image. Remember that the white numbers from the Gradient image stand for Location percentage while the yellow ones stand for Opacity percentage.

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Make sure that your "body" shape is still selected, focus on the Appearance panel and add a third fill using that same Add New Fill button. Select the new fill, set the color at R=247 G=148 B=30 and change its Blending Mode to Color.

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Enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). For the following steps you will need a grid every 1px, so go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 1 in the Gridline every box. Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 47 x 12px shape, set the fill color at R=100 G=100 B=105 and place it exactly as shown in the following image. Make sure that this squeezed circle is selected and simply hit Shift + Control + [ to send it to back.

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Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 47 x 12px shape, set the fill color at R=0 G=161 B=75 and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Switch to the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 47 x 2px shape and place it as shown in the second image. Select both shapes made in this step and click the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Make sure that the resulting shape is selected and simply send it to back (Shift + Control + [ ).

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To keep on with this spray can vector icon, reselect your squeezed, grey circle and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Select this copy along with the green shape and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel.

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Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Make sure that your green shape is selected and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 1px down. Reselect both copies made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with white (R=255 G=255 B=255), lower its Opacity to 80% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

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Reselect your green shape, replace the existing fill color with the linear gradient shown in the following image and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the properties shown below and click OK. You'll need this complex gradient again, so you should make sure to save it. Focus on the Gradient panel, click on that gradient thumbnail and simply drag it inside the Swatches panel (Window > Swatches).

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Enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 45 x 24px shape, fill it with blue and place it as shown in the first image. Grab the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 23 x 2px shape and place it as shown in the second image. Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A) and focus on the top side of this new rectangle. Select the left anchor point and drag it 1px to the right then select the right anchor point and drag it 1px to the left. You can see how this is turning into your spray can vector icon.

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Reselect both blue shapes made in the previous step and click the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 45 x 12px shape, set the fill color at red and place it as shown in the second image. Select this new rectangle along with the blue shape made in the beginning of the step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel.

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Focus on the top side of your blue shape and pick the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the two anchor points highlighted in the first image, focus on the control panel and simply enter 2px in that Corners box. This feature is only available for CC users. The best solution to replace this effect would be the Round Any Corner that can found in this article: 20 Free and Useful Adobe Illustrator Scripts. Save it to your hard drive, return to Illustrator and make sure that Direct Selection Tool (A) is active. Select the two anchor points and go to File > Scripts > Other Script. Open the Round Any Corner Script, enter a 2px radius and click OK. The end result might look a bit different.

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Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 47 x 2px shape, set the fill color at R=239 G=65 B=54 and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new rectangle is selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 1px Radius, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance.

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Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Make sure that your red, rounded rectangle is selected, make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F) and move it 1px down. Select your "body" shape and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Reselect both copies made in this step and click the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black, lower its Opacity to 30% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

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Make sure that your red, rounded rectangle is selected, make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F) and move it 1px up. Select your blue shape and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Reselect both copies made in this step and click the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black, lower its Opacity to 15% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

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Make sure that your red, rounded rectangle is selected and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 1px down. Reselect both copies made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with white, lower its Opacity to 70% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light. Reselect your red, rounded rectangle and simply replace the existing fill color with that saved linear gradient. This is the beginning of the top of the spray can vector icon forming.

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Enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 23 x 2px shape, set the fill color at R=239 G=65 B=54 and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new rectangle is selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 1px Radius, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance.

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Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Make sure that your red, rounded rectangle is selected, make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F) and move it 1px down. Select your blue shape and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Reselect both copies made in this step and click the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black, lower its Opacity to 30% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

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Make sure that your red, rounded rectangle is selected and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 1px down. Reselect both copies made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with white, lower its Opacity to 50% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

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Reselect your red, rounded rectangle and simply replace the existing fill color with the linear gradient shown in the following image. You'll need again this complex gradient so don't forget to save it in your Swatches panel.

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Reselect your blue shape and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Make sure that the copy stays selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Replace the existing fill color with the linear gradient shown in the following image, lower its Opacity to 70% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

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Enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Reselect your blue shape and simply hit Shift + Control + ] to bring it to front. Grab the Mesh Tool (U) and turn your blue shape into a simple mesh as shown in the second image. The grid and the Snap to Grid feature should ease your work.

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Keep focusing on your mesh and pick the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select those mesh points one by one and simply add the colors shown in the following image. Once you’re done, select the entire mesh and send it to back (Shift + Control + [ ).

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Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 17 x 4px shape, set the fill color at R=100 G=100 B=105 and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new rectangle is selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 1px Radius, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Send the resulting shape to back (Shift + Control + [ ) and make sure that the Rectangle Tool (M) is still active. Create a 17 x 1px shape, place it as shown in the second image, set the fill color at black, lower its Opacity to 30% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

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Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 15 x 9px shape, fill it with blue and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new shape stays selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 1px Radius, click OK and go to Effect > Warp > Arc Upper. Enter the properties shown in the following image, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance.

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Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Make sure that your blue shape is selected and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 1px down. Reselect both copies made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with white, lower its Opacity to 70% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

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Enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 15 x 1px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Set the fill color at black, lower its Opacity to 20% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light. Reselect your blue shape and simply replace the existing fill color with that second linear gradient that you saved.

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Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 3px circle, set the fill color at R=90 G=90 B=95 and place it as shown in the first image. Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid), make sure that your tiny circle is selected and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 1px down. Reselect both copies made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=60 G=60 B=65.

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Reselect your 3px circle, focus on the Appearance panel and add a second fill using that same Add New Fill button. Select the new fill, set the color at R=170 G=170 B=175 and go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -1px Offset, click OK and return to the Appearance panel. Make sure that your entire path is selected (simply click on that "Path" piece of text from the top of the Appearance panel) and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the properties shown in the following image and click OK.

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Reselect all the shapes that make up the button and send them to back (Shift + Control + [ ). Look at the top of that spray can vector icon!

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Focus on the bottom side of your can, pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 47 x 12px shape, set the fill color at black and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Make sure that this squeezed circle stays selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the existing fill, lower its Opacity to 30% and go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 1px Offset, click OK and go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 10px Radius, click OK, return to the Appearance panel and add a second fill for your shape. Select this new fill, make sure that the color is set at black, lower its Opacity to 10% and go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 1px Offset, click OK and you’re done.

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Finally, feel free to try a different color for your "body" shape. Select it and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the top fill and replace the existing color with one that you like or remove it if you’re looking for a metallic spray can.

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And We’re Done!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and can apply these techniques in your future projects.

Final Image

Andrei Marius

Author: Andrei Marius

Andrei Marius is a self taught vector artist who is trying to make a living doing something that he likes. He spends most of his time working in Adobe Illustrator, trying to avoid the Pen Tool. You can find most of his vector experiments at this little website dedicate to Illustrator VforVectors.

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