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Andrei Marius On December - 23 - 2010

Hi there. In the next tutorial you will learn how to create a gift box illustration. I will show you how to use the rectangle tool and the star tool to create a pattern and a symbol. For the box and the bow shapes you will use the 3D Extrude&Bevel effect, the Map Art option plus some Warp effects and Pathfinder options.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Completion Time: 3 hours
Number of Steps: 40


This is what you’ll be creating:

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Step 01

Create a 700 by 700px document. First, enable the Grid (View > Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Next, you’ll need a grid every 5px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid, enter “5″ in the “Gridline every” box and “1″ in the “Subdivisions” box. 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 replace the unit of measurement to pixels from Edit > Preferences > Unit > General. Al these options will significantly increase your work speed.

Step 02

Pick the Rectangle Tool(M), create a 95 by 95px shape and fill it with none. Now, grab the Star Tool and create two stars shapes (about 25 by 25px). Fill them with white and place them as shown in the following image. Select these three shapes and go to Edit > Define Pattern. Now, take a look in the Swatches panel and you’ll notice that a new pattern was created.

Step 03

Open the Symbols panel and remove the existing symbols. Pick the Rectangle Tool(M), create a 485 by 400px shape and fill it with the pattern made in the previous step. In the following image I used a darker background so that you can distinguish the stars from the background. Select this rectangle, open the fly-out menu of the Symbols panel and click on New Symbol. Name it “Stars”, select Movie Clip from the drop down menu then click OK.

Step 04

Reselect the Rectangle Tool, create a 115 by 210px shape and fill it with black. Select this new shape, open the fly-out menu of the Symbols panel and click on New Symbol. Name it “Black”, select Movie Clip from the drop down menu then click OK. Now, you should have two symbols in your Symbols panel. Delete these two shapes from the your Layers panel.

Step 05

Now, you Layers panel should be empty. For the following step you’ll need a grid every 1px. Pick the Rectangle Tool(M). First, create a 485 by 400px shape and fill it with R=190 G=30 B=45. Next, create a second rectangle (489 by 80px), fill it with R=239 G=65 B=54 and place as shown in the following image. Take a closer look at the zoomed area to understand its exact position.

Step 06

Select the two rectangle made in the previous step and hit Ctrl+G, to group them. Select this new group, hit Ctrl+C once then Ctrl+F twice. This will create two copies of the group. For the moment make them invisible by clicking on the eye icon (from the Layers panel). Select the visible group and go to Effect > 3D > Extrude&Bevel. Enter the data shown in the following image then click on the Map Art button (to add the stars). Go to “Surface 1″ and select the “Stars” from the Symbol drop down menu then go to “Surface 5″ and select the “Stars” again. Squeeze these symbols so they fit the surfaces (as shown in the following images).

Step 07

Turn the first group copy back to visible. Select it and go to Effect > 3D > Extrude&Bevel. Enter the data shown in the following image then click on the Map Art button (to add the black symbol). Go to Surfaces 1,5,8,11 and 12 and select the “Black” from the Symbol drop down menu. This time you don’t need to squeeze the symbols but you need to rotate them 90 degrees (only surfaces 5 and 11).

Step 08

Turn the other group copy back to visible. Select it and go to Effect > 3D > Extrude&Bevel. Enter the data shown in the following image then click on the Map Art button. Go to “Surface” 12 and select the “Black” from the Symbol drop down menu. Rotate this symbol 90 degrees then click OK.

Step 09

Again, make the group copies invisible. Now, only the one with the stars should be visible. Select it and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Again, select the resulting group and hit Ctrl+Shift+G three times (to ungroup it). Now, you should have six red shapes and two groups (with the star shapes). Let’s focus on the groups. Drill down in each of these groups and delete the clipping masks. Finally, select the left group of stars and go to Object > Compound Path > Make then select the right group of stars and go to Object > Compound Path > Make. Select these two path, move them in the bottom of the Layers panel and make them invisible. You’ll need them later.

Step 10

Now, let move to the red shapes. First, delete the shape selected in the following image. Go to the Layers panel, double click on each of the remaining shapes and name them from “1″ to “5″ (as shown).

Step 11

Duplicate the red shapes made in the previous step (Ctrl+C > Ctrl+F). Turn the first group copy back to visible then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Select the resulting group and hit Ctrl+Shift+G three times (to ungroup it). Delete the resulting red shapes and keep the groups with the black shapes. Open these groups and delete the clipping masks. Now, select the black shape (shown in the first image) along with the copy of “5″ and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the black shape (shown in the third image) along with the copy of “4″ and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the black shape (shown in the fifth image) along with the copy of “3″ and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the black shape (shown in the first image) along with the copy of “5″ and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the black shape (shown in the seventh image) along with the copy of “2″ and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Finally, select the black shape (shown in the ninth image) along with the copy of “1″ and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel.

Step 12

Make a new copy of shape “5″. Turn the other group copy back to visible then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Once again, select the resulting group and hit Ctrl+Shift+G three times (to ungroup it). Delete the resulting red shapes and keep only the groups with the black shapes. Open it, delete the clipping mask then select the black shape along with the copy of “5″ and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel.

Step 13

Duplicate shapes “3″ and “4″. Select these two copies along with shape “2″ and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Name the resulting shape “2″.

Step 14

Make another copy of shape “4″ and move it in the top of the Layers panel. Select this copy along with the bottom, left, black shape and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the red shapes and group them then select the black shapes and do the same thing. Move the black shapes group in the top of the Layers panel and make it invisible (for the moment).

Step 15

Let’s focus on the red shapes. Select shape “1″, fill it with R=131 G=22 B=25 , go to the Appearance panel, open the fly-out menu and click on Add New Fill. This should add a second fill for your shape. Select this new fill and use the linear gradient shown below. Add a third fill and use the same gradient but with a different angle. Select this final fill (from the Appearance panel) and lower its opacity to 70%.

Step 16

Select shape “2″, fill it with R=122 G=19 B=22 then add two new fills and use the lienar gradient shown below.

Step 17

Select shape “3″, fill it with R=156 G=39 B=33 then add a new fill and use the linear gradient shown in the second image. Reselect this shape, add a third fill and use the radial gradient shown in the final image. Select this final fill and lower its opacity to 30%.

Step 18

Select shape “4″, fill it with R=134 G=23 B=26 then add a new fill and use the linear gradient shown in the second image. Reselect this shape, add a third fill and use the radial gradient shown in the final image. Select this final fill and lower its opacity to 30%.

Step 19

Select shape “5″, fill it with R=157 G=37 B=28 then add a new fill and use the linear gradient shown in the second image. Reselect this shape, add a third fill and use the radial gradient shown in the final image. Select this final fill and lower its opacity to 30%.

Step 20

Go to Edit > General and enter “1″ in the Keyboard Increment box. Make two copies of shape “1″. Select the top copy and hit the the up arrow and the left arrow twice (to move it 2px up and to the left). Select both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. You’ll get a pretty thin shape. Pick the Delete Anchor Point Tool(-) and click on the anchor points highlighted in the second image. This will add a bit of sharpness for the shape. Select it and remove two of the three fills (from the Appearance panel). Now, select the remaining fill, use the linear gradient shown below and lower its opacity to 70%. You should save this gradient in the Swatches panel. You’ll need in the further steps.

Step 21

Make another two copies of shape “1″. Select the top copy and hit the the up arrow and the right arrow (to move it 1px up and to the right). Select both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, pick the Delete Anchor Point Tool(-) and click on the anchor points highlighted in the second image. Keep only one fill and use the gradient saved in the previous step.

Step 22

Make two copies of shape “2″. Select the top copy and hit the the up arrow and the right arrow twice. Select both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, pick the Delete Anchor Point Tool(-) and click on the anchor points highlighted in the second image. Keep only one fill, use the same gradient and lower its opacity to 70%.

Step 23

Make another two copies of shape “2″. Select the top copy and hit the the up arrow and the left arrow. Select both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, pick the Delete Anchor Point Tool(-) and click on the anchor points highlighted in the second image. Keep only one fill and use the saved gradient.

Step 24

Make two copies of shape “3″. Select the top copy and move it 1px down and to the left. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, pick the Delete Anchor Point Tool(-) and click on the anchor points highlighted in the second image. Keep only one fill, use the saved gradient and lower its opacity to 50%.

Step 25

Make two copies of shape “4″. Select the top copy and move it 1px down and to the right. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, pick the Delete Anchor Point Tool(-) and click on the anchor points highlighted in the second image. Keep only one fill, use the saved gradient and lower its opacity to 50%.

Step 26

Make another two copies of shape “3″. Select the top copy and move it 1px down and to the right. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, pick the Delete Anchor Point Tool(-) and click on the anchor points highlighted in the second image. Keep only one fill, use the linear gradient shown below and lower its opacity to 80%.

Step 27

Make another two copies of shape “4″. Select the top copy and move it 1px down and to the left. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, pick the Delete Anchor Point Tool(-) and click on the anchor points highlighted in the second image. Keep only one fill, use the same linear gradient shown below and lower its opacity to 80%.

Step 28

Make two copies of shape “5″. Select the top copy and move it 1px up. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, pick the Delete Anchor Point Tool(-) and click on the anchor points highlighted in the second image. Keep only one fill, use the linear gradient shown below and lower its opacity to 80%. Select all these sharp shapes and group them (Ctrl+G). Select this new group and move it in the top of the Layers panel.

Step 29

Pick the Pen Tool(P) and draw a path like the one shown in the following image. Fill it with none, add a 3pt stroke (any color) and go to Object > Expand. Select the resulting group and hit Shift + Ctrl + G, to ungroup it. Pick the Direct Selection Tool(A), select the bottom anchor points and go to Object > Path > Average. Check Both then click OK. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown in the third image then add a second fill and use the linear gradient show in the fourth image. Select the first fill (from the Appearance panel) and lower its opacity to 50% then select the other one and lower its opacity to 40%. Finally, move it in the red shapes group, below shapes “3″, “4″ and “5″.

Step 30

First, lock the visible groups. Turn the star shape back to visible and move them in the top of the Layer panel. Fill them with R=255 G=239 B=193 and add a 1pt, black, aligned to center stroke. Lower their opacity to 80% and change the blending mode to Hard Light. Select the stroke (from the Appearance panel), change its blending mode to Hard Light then open the stroke panel (Window > Stroke) and click on the Round Join and Round Cap buttons. Turn the black shapes group back to visible and move it in the top of the Layers panel. Select all black shapes and replace the fill color with R=255 G=239 B=193.

Step 31

Select the shape selected in the first image, add two new fills and use the linear gradients shown below. Select the shape selected in the third image, add two new fills and use the same two gradients, as shown.

Step 32

Select the shape selected in the first image, add two new fills and use the linear gradients shown below. Select the shape selected in the third image, add two new fills and use the same two gradients, as shown.

Step 33

Select the shape selected in the first image, add two new fills and use the linear gradients shown in the first two images. Select the shape selected in the third image, add four new fills and use the linear gradients shown below.

Step 34

Pick the Pen Tool(P), create a shape like the one shown in the first image and fill it with R=255 G=239 B=193. Add two mew fills for this shape and use the linear gradients shown in the following images. Reselect the entire path and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown in the final image then click OK.

Step 35

Now, let’s create the bow. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L), create a squeezed shape (as shown in the first image) and fill it with R=255 G=239 B=193. Grab the Convert Anchor Point Tool and click on the bottom anchor point. Select the resulting shape, go to Effect > Warp > Arc and click OK then go to Effect > Warp > Shell Upper and click OK. Finally, go to Object > Expand Appearance.

Step 36

Duplicate the shape made in the previous step. Resize, rotate and reflect these two shape then place them as shown in the following image. Add a new fill for each of these shapes and use the linear gradients shown below.

Step 37

Pick the Ellipse Tool, draw a shape like the one shown in the first image and fill it with R=255 G=239 B=193. Add two new fills for this shape and use the radial gradients shown in the following images. Take a closer look at the gradient, the white text stands for Location.

Step 38

Make two copies of the right, ribbon shape. Select the top copy and move it 3px to the left. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, delete the extra fill then use the linear gradient shown in the second image. Make two copies of the left, ribbon shape. Select the top copy and move it 2px down and 3px to the right. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, delete the extra fill then fill it with R=254 G=250 B=215. Finally, pick the Pen Tool(P) and create some thin shape as shown in the final image. Fill them with R=250 G=182 B=114, group them, then select the group and lower its opacity to 40%.

Step 39

Pick the Pen Tool(P) and create a shape like the one shown in the first image. Fill it with R=255 G=239 B=193 then add a new fill and use the linear gradient shown in the second image. Make two copies of this shape. Select the top copy and move it 1px to the right. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown in the fourth image (don’t forget to remove the extra fill). Make another two copies of this shape. This time, select the bottom copy and move it 1px to the right. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown in the final image.

Step 40

Unlock the red shapes group. Make two copies of shape “1″. Select the top copy and move it 20px down. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, fill it with R=75 G=23 B=27, lower its opacity to 3% and change its blending mode to Multiply. Now, make two copies of shape “2″. Select the top copy and move it 20px down. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, fill it with R=75 G=23 B=27, lower its opacity to 3% and change its blending mode to Multiply. Select these two shapes, move them in the top of the Layers panel and you’re done.

Final

Now your work is done. Here is how it should look like.

Categories: Illustrations

11 Responses

  1. Vinay Bhat says:

    Awesome!!

  2. Logomondo says:

    Very nice. Keep up the good work

  3. Great tutorial and I like the finish product!

  4. Vinayak says:

    Very nice. Good for my knowledge

  5. avanthi says:

    great job!!!!!

  6. web3mantra says:

    Amazing……Great work dudes……Thanks for the sharing…:-)

  7. DINA says:

    great job…thank u

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  10. PSDDude says:

    It looks great!!!!

  11. mukesh says:

    Great tutorial and I like the finish product!Thank to got.

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