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Andrei Marius On April - 29 - 2010

Hi there. In the following tutorial you can learn to create the Audi logo. It is mainly about circles, strokes and the Pathfinder pallete. It’s a pretty simple and fast tutorial but you might find some interesting stuff about working with these classic tools.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Completion Time: 45 minutes
Number of Steps: 8


This is what you’ll be creating:

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Step 01

First, create a 700by270px document. Select the Ellipse Tool, hold Shift and create a 190by190px shape. Place it in the left side of your artboard then fill it with none and add a 25px aligned to center stroke (you can choose any color you want). Select this shape, add the Transform effect (Effect > Distort&Transform > Transform) shown in image #1 then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Create a copy of the resulting group, name it “Cut” and for the moment make it invisible (you’ll need it later). Select the visible group and go to Object > Expand. Now you should get a group of four shapes. Duplicate this group. Select the duplicate, click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder pallete, name the resulting shape “Shadow” then make it invisible. Next, select the original group and click on the Divide button from the Pathfinder pallete. Go to the next step to find out what you have to do with the resulting shapes.

Step 02

Enable the Smart Guides (View > Smart Guides). Delete all the shapes filled with none from the resulting group. For the moment focus on the diamond shapes highlighted in image #1. Select the Pen Tool(P) and create a horizontal and a vertical path for each of these diamond shapes. These paths should split the diamond shapes in four relatively equal shapes. Select all the paths and the diamond shapes and click on the Divide button from the Pathfinder pallete. Next, use the Unite button from the Pathfinder pallete to get the twelve shapes shown in image #2. I’ve separated these shapes so that you can distinguish them easier.

Step 03

Turn back on the visibility for the “Cut” group. Create a copy of this group, name it “Stroke” and make it invisible. Now, return to the “Cut” group, move it in the top of the Layers pallete then fill it with none (for both fill & stroke). Select it along with the group of shapes created in the previous step and click on the Divide button from the Pathfinder pallete. Once again, from the resulting group select the shapes filled with none and delete them. Also, you might get some small shapes (as shown in following image). Unite these shapes with the bigger shapes until you get the 24 shapes shown in image #2. Again, I’ve separated these shapes so that you can distinguish them easier.

Step 04

Now, It’s time for the color. Fill the shapes shown in the following pictures with their coresponding gradients.

Step 05

Continue with the shapes shown in the next images and fill them with their coresponding gradients.

Step 06

Fill the shapes shown in image #1 with the radial gradient shown below. Next, fill the shapes shape shown in image #2 with the same gradient. Add a new fill for this shape (from the fly-out menu of the Appearance panel) and use the radial gradient shown in the final image.

Step 07

Fill the shape shown in image #1 with the linear gradient. Add a new fill for this shape (from the fly-out menu of the Appearance panel) and use the radial gradient shown in image #2. Select the shapes shown in image #3 and fill it with the radial gradient shown in the last picture.

Step 08

Turn on the visibility for the “Stroke” group and move it in the top of the layer pallete. Fill the ellipses from this group with none then add a 1.5pt alinged to center stroke (R=233 G=234 B=234). Next, turn on the visibility for “Shadow” shape. Move it in the bottom of the Layer pallete, fill it with white then add a 1pt aligned to outside stroke (R=158 G=161 B=165) and the drop shadow effect shown in image #3. Finally, for the background, select the Recntangle Tool(M) and create a 700 bt 270px (the size of the artboard). Move this new shape in the back (Shift + Ctrl + [) then fill it with the gradient shown in final picture.

Final

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

Categories: Logos

27 Responses

  1. Richie says:

    This is fantastic. You should be writing tutorials for Vector Tuts also, so that your blog gets more exposure. Many designers out there are missing some quality tutorials on Illustrator and your site could really help them.

    Thanks a lot for this cool tutorial btw :)

  2. Great tutorial, i really like its creativity.

  3. Radwa says:

    Awesome work and high quality vector tutorial , thanks for sharing it with us,which version of illustrator do you work with cs3 or cs4 ?

    Thanks a lot

  4. Splendid tutorial and outcome! And even better is Audi logo, one of mine favorite cars.

  5. John says:

    Really nice result especially because Audi is one of my favorite cars too:)!

  6. Logo Design says:

    Bloground showed me the way to this web… amazing post dear… write more… the more you will write the more people will get benefit from it…
    Best of Luck for your future writings..

  7. woody says:

    Very nice !!! Good job

  8. Kelly Justin says:

    i love Audi…thx for sharing such a grt tutorial

  9. Very nice:) thanks for the post………..

  10. lucy says:

    It’s really amazing lov!! and Thanks for the post!!

  11. keletso says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial, always wanted to know how this was created.

  12. peter james says:

    You haven’t explained how to create the gradient fills for the far left and right rings???!!!

  13. shamoil says:

    nice job

  14. e11world says:

    Fantastic Tutorial!

  15. This is an awesome post!

  16. swaminath says:

    great tut. It took me some time but I finished it.
    keep more like this coming. :-)
    thanks

  17. Very nice article. Thanks for share. Good job. Keep it up

  18. Sergi says:

    Great!! Thank you so much!

  19. somya says:

    Fantastic tut Thanks for post.

  20. Gerry says:

    @step 2 I am not getting those diamond shapes?

    Would appreciate a little help here folks ;)

  21. swaags says:

    how do i create the horizontal and vertical paths with the pen over the diamonds? i keep just deleting the points

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