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Andrei Marius On July - 22 - 2010

Hi there. In the next tutorial you can learn to create the Mini logo. You’ll start with some basic tools and simple shapes. Then, with the Pathfinder options and some Warp effect you’ll get the desired shapes. Finally, you’ll need several gradients and strokes plus some Gaussian Blur and Drop Shadow effects.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Completion Time: 2 hour
Number of Steps: 17


This is what you’ll be creating:

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Step 01

Create a 700 by 400px document. First, turn on 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 to increase your work speed. This way, you can easily see the values for width and height for any shape.

Step 02

Select the Ellipse Tool(L), hold Shift and create 285x285px circle. Select this shape, go to Object > Path > Offset Path, enter a -17px offset and click ok. Select the resulting shape and go again to Object > Path > Offset Path. This time enter a -5px offset. Once again select the resulting shape, go to Object > Path > Offset Path and enter a -7px offset. Now, you should have four concentric circles.

Step 03

Pick the Rectangle Tool(M) and create a 675by165px shape. Select this new shape along with the biggest circle, pick the Direct Selection Tool(V), click on the border of the circle (it should get emphasized) then click on the Horizontal Align Center button from the Align panel. Next, you need to move this rectangle vertically. Leave 70px between the top point of the circle and the top point of the rectangle. Now, let’s focus on the rectangle. Grab the Direct Selection Tool(A). Select the bottom left anchor point and move it 170px to the right then select the the bottom right anchor point and move it 170px to the left. You should get a trapeze shape (image #2). Select it, add the Bulge effect (Effect > Warp > Bulge) and go to Object > Expand Appearance.

Step 04

Now, you need to create three new rectangles above the trapeze shape. Select the Rectangle Tool(M) and create these shape (size 675by25px). Place them as shown in the folowing images. Take a closer look at the pictures and the grids to understand the exact positioning. Now, select this three rectangle and the trapeze and click on the Divide option from the Pathfinder panel. Keep only the seven shapes shown in the final image (delete the rest). Also, fill these shapes with red and green, like I did. It will make your work easier in the following steps.

Step 05

Let’s return to the circles. Select them all and click on the Divide option from the Pathfinder panel. Keep only the four shapes shown in the following image (delete the rest). Name them from “1″ to “4″.

Step 06

Now, select circle “1″ and the red rectangles and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Name the resulting shape “Grey”. Fill it with R=234 G=236 B=238 (for the moment) and add a 0.75px aligned to center stroke (R=248 G=248 B=250). Also, go to the Stroke Panel and click on the Round Join button.

Step 07

Create a copy of “Grey”. Select it along with the green rectangles and click on the Divide button from the Pathfinder panel. Keep only the six green shapes shown in image #2.

Step 08

Seelct circle “3″, move it below circle “2″ and “4″ (in the Layer panel) then fill it with the linear gradient shown in the first image. Select “2″ fill it with black and add a 0.5pt aligned to outside stroke (R=132 G=143 B=147). Finally, select “4″, fill it with the radial gradient and and add a similar stroke.

Step 09

Reselect “Grey” and replace the flat color with the linear gradient shown in image #1. Next, add four new fill (from the fly-out menu of the Appearance panel) and use the linear gradients shown in the following images.

Step 10

Select the left green shapes, group them then duplicate the group. Make this copy invisible, you’ll neeed it a few steps later. Select the original shapes and fill them with R=235 G=237 B=239. Next, select the entire group, add two new fill (from the fly-out menu of the Appearance panel) and use the linear gradients shown in images #2 and #3. Send this group to back.

Step 11

Select the right green shapes, group them then duplicate the group. Again, make this copy invisible, you’ll neeed it a few steps later. Select the original shapes and fill them with R=235 G=237 B=239. Select the entire group, add two new fill (from the fly-out menu of the Appearance panel) and use the linear gradients shown in images #2 and #3. Send this group to back.

Step 12

Now, you need to make a little shadow efect. Turn back to visible the groups of green shapes. Bring them in front. Duplicate these two groups. I filled these copies with a discrete tint of red so that you can distinguish them easier. Move the copies approximately like I did in image #1. Now, select them two by two (original and copy) and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. In the end you should get the six shapes shown in image #2.

Step 13

Pick the Direct Selection Tool(A) and move the highlighted anchor points in the direction shown by the arrow. Now, these shapes should look like in image #2. Fill them with black, add a 2px Gaussian Blur effect then group them. Move this group below “Grey” (in the Layers panel).

Step 14

Duplicate all the shapes create so far. Select all these copies and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with none, but add a 2px aligned to outside stroke. Also, go to the Stroke Panel and click on the Round Join button. Reselect this shape and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Fill the resulting shape with the radial gradient shown in image #3.

Step 15

Once again, duplicate all the shapes created so far. Select these copies and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Send this new shape in the back. Fill it with any color then add the Drop Shadow effect.

Step 16

Now, the text. Select the Type Tool(T) and add the “MINI”. Take a closer look at image #1 for the text info. Select this text and go to Object > Expand. Select the resulting shapes and go to Object > Compound Path > Make. Fill the resulting shape with the radial gradient and add a 0.75px stroke(R=242 G=242 B=24). Reselect this shape and add the Drop Shadow effect (Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow).

Step 17

Finally, for the background, select the Rectangle Tool(M), create a 700by400px rectangle, sent it to back and fill it with the radial gradient shown below.

Final

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

Categories: Logos

17 Responses

  1. Design ideas says:

    Nice tutorial. Thanks

  2. Jim says:

    wow this is awesome. you are talented for sure. it is one thing to be about to do something it is another to be able to teach and show your step by step. well done.

  3. AFI says:

    Very Nice, Thanks. I can design this logo using my own process but I’m sure I’ll learn a few new things following this tutorial..

  4. sriganesh says:

    Nice and amazing tutorial.

  5. Alex D. says:

    great Tutorial, added it to tutorialfox.com

  6. Eko says:

    Thanks for make the easy to understand tutorial.

  7. TheLand says:

    I think it is a very nice tutorial and explained very very very well…

  8. Zephyr Ion says:

    Great tutorial and the final outcome is beautiful!

  9. Very nice and well explained tutorial. Thanks for share this nice tutorial. :)

  10. Nicely done!! A very detailed tutorial!

  11. Fimo says:

    I adore your Car logo’s!
    This is the second of your logo’s I am learning and it is fantastic!
    Thank you.

  12. Adie says:

    Really well explained tutorial. Liking your work

  13. Pen says:

    great tutorial – thanks!

  14. thanks for sharing, this article details, very useful!

  15. ducsu says:

    Here is my mini logo. Not sure why the color is more of a greenish. I have my doc set to rgb and I’ve checked the color swatch with the tutorial. Any hoot, it was fun and learned more tips. Thanks again.

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