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Andrei Marius On September - 16 - 2010

Hi there. In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a glossy 3D RSS Icon. Using 3D Extrude, Bevel and Map Art options you will learn how to create the early shape. Even though we’re applying the RSS logo, you can use this effect with different logos.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Completion Time: 45 minutes
Number of Steps: 14


This is what you’ll be creating:

preview

Step 01

Create a 500 by 500px document. First you’ll create the RSS logo. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a 275×275 shape. Fill it with none and add a 27px, aligned to inside stroke (any color). Select this shape and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter “-47,5” in the Offset box and click OK. Reselect both circles and got to Object > Expand Appearance then select the resulting shapes and go to Object > Compound Path > Make. Grab the Rectangle Tool(M) and cretae a shape like the red one shown in the final image. Select it along with the circles and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel.

Step 02

Enable the Smart Guides and select the Ellipse Tool(L). Create a 37×37 shape and align it as shown in the following image. The alignement guides will ease your work. Select all the shapes created so far and fill them with white. Open the Symbols panel. Now that you made the RSS logo you need to save it as a symbol. Select it then go to the flyout menu of the Symbols panel and click on New Symbol… Name it “RSS”, check the Movie Clip button then click OK.

Step 03

Let’s continue with the icon. Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 330 x 330px rectangle and fill it with R=242 G=242 B=242. Add a 15,5px Rounded Corners effect (Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners) then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Select the resulting shape and go to Effect > 3D > Extrude & Bevel. Follow the data shown in the following image. You will need to add the RSS Logo. Click on the Map Art button, go to”Surface 1″ and select the “RSS” from the Symbol drop down menu. Place it as shown in the following image then click OK. Reselect this 3D shape and go to Obejct > Expand Appearance.

Step 04

Now, you should have a lot shapes and group of shapes. You’ll need to simplify them. First, select the RSS logo, ungroup it then lock it (for the moment). Select the shape shown in the first image, ungroup it and name it “1”. Unite the shapes selected in image #2 and name the resulting shape “2”. Unite the shapes selected in image #4 and name the resulting shape “3”. Unite the shapes selected in image #6 and name the resulting shape “4”. Unite the shapes selected in image #8 and name the resulting shape “5”.

Step 05

Take a closer look at all the shapes created so far.

Step 06

Now, let’s add some color. Select shape “5” and fill it with R=51 G=51 B=51. Select shape “4” and fill it with R=77 G=77 B=77. Add three new fills for this shape (from the flyout menu of the Appearance panel) and use the linear gradients shown in the followig images.

Step 07

Go to Edit > Preferences > General and enter “0,5” in the Keyboard Increment box. Create two copies of shape “4”. Select the top copy and hit the up arrow (to move it 0,5px up). Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape and fill it with R=77 G=77 B=77.

Step 08

Go to Edit > Preferences > General and enter “1” in the Keyboard Increment box. Select shape “3”, fill it with the linear gradient then make two copies. Select the top copy and hit the up arrow (to move it 1px up). Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with white.

Step 09

Select shape “2”, fill it with the linear gradient then make two copies. Select the top copy and move it 1px up. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black then lower its opacity to 15%.

Step 10

Select shape “1” and fill it with R=230 G=120 B=120. Add a second fill for this shape and use the radial gradient shown below.

Step 11

Make two copies of “1”. Select the top copy and move it 1px up and 1px the the left. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Now, let’s focus on the bottom right area. Pick the Direct Selection Tool(A), select the highlighted anchor points and move them in the direction pointed by the arrows. In the end your shape should look like in image #4. Fill it with black then lower its opacity to 3%.

Step 12

Make another two copies of “1”. Select the top copy and move it 1px up. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with white.

Step 13

Unclock the RSS logo. Select these three shapes, fill them with R=251 G=176 B=59 then go to Object > Compound Path > Make. Add a new fill for this shape and use the linear gradient shown below. Select this second fill (from the Apeearance panel) and lower its opacity to 40%. Create two copies of the RSS logo. Select the copy and move it 3px down and 3px to the right. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfidner panel. Fill the resulting shapes with R=247 G=147 B=30 (erase the other).

Step 14

Create a copy of shape “1”. Select the Pen Tool(P) and create a shape like the red one shown in the first image. Select it along with the copy of “1” and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient, lower its opacity to 20% and Bring it to Front (Shift + Ctrl + ]). Finally, you need to add a discrete shadow effect. Select the Rectangle Tool(M) and create a thin rectangle in the bottom of the icon. Send this shape to Back (Shift + Ctrl + [), fill it with black lower its opacity to 90% then add the Rounded Corners and the Gaussian Blur effects.

Final

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

Categories: Icons

8 Responses

  1. DJaVuPixel says:

    First 🙂
    Nice tutorial… I should really do some AI again

    • Kitty Kelso says:

      If only I knew something about the I in IT. I would love one of your special iconic notifiers. You do great work. I can’t do much, when it comes to using this damn pc. I can draw pictures…Thanks for all the trouble you go to for public…kitty

  2. Useful tips and tricks you sharing in this tut. thanks

  3. Joseph says:

    somethings wrong with me, when i unite (pathFinder) shapes, it was filled none, i dont know why it wasnt filled with 1 color like your posted image.

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