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.
Estimated Completion Time: 45 minutes
Number of Steps: 8
This is what you’ll be creating:
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.
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.
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.
Now, It’s time for the color. Fill the shapes shown in the following pictures with their coresponding gradients.
Continue with the shapes shown in the next images and fill them with their coresponding gradients.
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.
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.
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.
Now your logo is done. Here is how it should look like: