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Andrei Marius On May - 13 - 2010

Hi there. In the following tutorial you can learn to create a cartoonish popcorn box. The Warp effects play a big role in this tutorial. For the popcorn shapes you will have to use some calligraphic brushes, linear gradients and drop shadow effects.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Completion Time: 30 minutes
Number of Steps: 7


This is what you’ll be creating:

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Step 01

Create a 256 by 256 px document. First, make the Grids visible (View > Show Grid) and turn on the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Next you need a grid every 5px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter the data shown in the following image.

Step 02

Select the Rectangle Tool(M) and create a 15x300px shape. You can simply click on the Artboard and enter these dimensions or you can click and drag to create this new shape. The Snap to Grid option will ease your work. For a live preview with the size of your shape you can use the Info panel (Window > Info). Fill this new shape with white. Duplicate this shape (Ctrl+C > Ctrl+F) and move it 15px to the right. Fill this copy with the R=193 G=39 B=45. Create two new copies for each of these shapes and move them as shown in image #1. Reselect the Rectangle Tool(M) and create seven new shapes, size 5 by 130px. Fill them with the same colors and place them as shown in image #2.

Step 03

Select the thick shapes, add the Arch effect shown below image #1 and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Select the thin shapes, add the Arch effect shown below image #2 and go again to Object > Expand Appearance. Pick the Direct Selection Tool(A), select all the bottom anchor points then go to the menu bar and click on the “Convert selected anchor points to smooth” and on the “Convert selected anchor points to corner” buttons.

Step 04

Group the thin shapes then add the Arc effect shown below image #1. Group the thick shapes and add the Arc effect shown below image #2. Select both groups and hit Ctrl + G to group them. Select this new group add the Bulge effect then go to Object > Expand Appearance.

Step 05

Select the thick red shapes and group them. Add a new fill for this group (from the flyout menu of the Appearance panel) and use the linear gradient shown below image #1. Select the thick white shapes and group them. Add a new fill for this group and use the linear gradient shown below image #2. Select the thin red shapes and group them. Add a new fill for this group and use the liner gradient shown above image #3. Select the thin white shapes and group them. Add a new fill for this group and use the linear gradient shown above image #4. Add a 1px black stroke for the thin shapes and a 1.5px black stroke for the thick shapes.

Step 06

Let’s continue with the popcorn. Open the Brushes panel, pick the the Brush Tool(B) and use the 2pt Oval brush to create some random popcorn shapes (double click on the Brush Tool if you want to change the behaviour of this tool). Select these paths and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Select the resulting shapes and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Next, you need to add some color to the interior of the popcorn. Select the Rectangle Tool(M), create a shape like the one shown in image #3 and move it in the back of the popcorn shapes. Select this rectangle along with the popcorn shapes and click on the Divide button from the Pathfidner panel. Keep only shape shapes inside the popcorn and fill them with the gradient shown in image #4. Now, to ease you work, you should group each popcorn shape and its fill.

Step 07

Resize, rotate and duplicate the popcorn shapes as you want then put them in the box (do not forget to place them in the back of the box). Place one popcorn outside the box and add a discrete Drop Shadow effect. Select the Pen Tool(P), create a shape at the bottom of the box (image #3) and send it to back. Fill this shape with black, add a 20px Gaussian Blur effect then lower its opacity to 20%. Finally for the background use the radial gradient shown in the final image.

Final

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

Categories: Illustrations

25 Responses

  1. very nice tutorial, thanks.

  2. Haha, very different, but awesome tutorial! Keep up the great work. – Mat.

  3. SiteSyrup says:

    nice one, using different tools.

  4. Manuela says:

    Very nice! I like it :)

  5. Bonnie says:

    Thanks, Im gonna give this a shot :-D

  6. Ilie Ciorba says:

    Very nice and simple tut.

  7. Thanks for sharing….

  8. Richie says:

    This is really cool… and extremely simple. Thanks a lot for sharing :D

  9. Bill says:

    Next time I want to produce of very amaturish illustration of a popcorn box I’ll give this a try.

  10. fajarfaqih says:

    Great Logics ;)

  11. lucy says:

    great! Thanks for sharing…

  12. Adie says:

    Quite simple but still a very nice tutorial

  13. PsdDude says:

    This is so cool! I like it!

  14. martha says:

    thanks excelent tips

  15. mary says:

    I am desperately trying to make this, however, once I have made the rectangles (both sets), when I go to select “expand appearence”, it is greyed out…I have no idea what I am doing wrong…please help!

    Mary

    PS- I am using version CS5

  16. Daniel says:

    Very nice. Thanks. I have been searching for this.!

  17. This is a symbol of creativity. Very nice website. Thanks for the post Andrei.

  18. Emilee says:

    Actually trying to do this – cannot get the arcs selected within the group to warp (step 4), it only highlights the rectangle, and ive literally tried everything to get it selected. what am i doing wrong?

  19. Hi Emille,
    Here’s a more detailed explanation:
    After you apply all the effects from step #4 go to the Layers panel and make a quick recap. You should have your starting layer with six thick shape and seven thin shapes. No groups, no sublayers. Now, select all the thin shapes and hit Control + G. Return to the Layers panel and you’ll find a new group. Select it and go to Effect > Warp Arc. Enter the data shown in step #4 (image #1) and click OK. Continue by selecting the thick shapes. Group them then select this entire group and add the Arc & Bulge effects shown in step #4.
    Let me know if this worked.
    Thanks.

  20. Anders says:

    Very nice tutorial. I will try to do it myself. It is always good to read these kind of tutorials to get some tips.

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