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Andrei Marius On June - 9 - 2011

Hi there. In the next steps I will show you how to create the Mitsubishi logo. First, using basic tools and simple effect we will create the starting shapes. Next, using the Rounded Corners effect, multiple fills and strokes and some Pathfinder options we will reach the final illustration.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Number of Steps: 17


This is what you’ll be creating:

preview

Step 01

Create a 700 by 700px, RGB 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 can also open the Info panel (Window > Info) for a live preview with the size and position of your shapes. Do not forget to replace the unit of measurement to pixels from Edit > Preferences > Unit > General. Al these options will significantly increase your work speed.

Step 02

Let’s start with the Rectangle Tool(M). Create an 170 by 280px shape, fill it with any color and remove the stroke. Select this fresh shape and go to Object > Path > Add Anchor Points. Next, grab the Delete Anchor Point Tool(-) and click on the four anchor points highlighted in the first image. In the end your shape should look like a diamond.

Step 03

Select the shape made in the previous step and go to Object > Transform > Rotate. Enter a -58.73 degrees angle then click on the Copy button. This will create a second shape as shown in the second image. Select it and place it as shown in the third image. The snap to grid will ease your work.

Step 04

Let’s make some small changes for the shape created in the previous step. Grab the Direct Selection Tool(A) and focus on the top, left anchor point. Select it and move it to the right as shown in the second image. Take a closer look at the zoomed image to understand the exact position. Once again, the Snap to Grid will ease your work. Move to the bottom anchor points, select them and move then as shown in the second image.

Step 05

Select the shape edited in the previous step and go to Object > Transform > Reflect. Check the Vertical button then click on the Copy button. This will add a horizontally flipped copy as shown in the second image. Select it and move it to the right as shown in the final image.

Step 06

Select all three shapes created so far and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 5px radius then click OK. Now, select the top shape and hit the down arrow once, select the left shape and hit the right arrow once then select the right shape and hit the left arrow once.Now, your shapes should be placed as shown in the second image. Reselect all these shapes and go to Object > Expand Appearance.

Step 07

Select the shapes created in the previous step and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder). Fill the resulting shape with R=190 G=30 B=45.

Step 08

Pick the Rectangle Tool(M), create a shape the size of your artboard, Send it to Back (Shift + Control + [ ) and fill it with the radial gradient shown in the following image. Select this fresh shape, go to the Appearance panel, open the fly-out menu and click on Add New Fill. This will add a second fill for your shape. Select it (from the Appearance panel), make it black, lower its opacity to 7%, change the blending mode to Multiply then go to Effect > Artistic > Film Grain. Enter the data shown below then click OK.

Step 09

Now, let's focus on the logo. Select the red shape made in the seventh step. Replace the red with white then go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown below then click OK.

Step 10

Select the shape from the previous step and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Select this copy and remove the drop shadow effect then replace the white with the linear gradient shown in the following image. Select this fill from the Appearance panel and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the data shown below then click OK.

Step 11

Reselect the shape made in the previous step, add a second fill and select it. Make it black, lower its opacity to 5%, change the blending mode to Multiply then go to Effect > Artistic > Film Grain. Enter the data show below, click OK then add a white stroke. Make it 13pt wide, align it to inside, lower its opacity to 15% and change the blending mode to Overlay.

Step 12

Select the red shape from the previous step and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -2pt Offset and click OK. Select the resulting shape, remove the existing fills and strokes from the Appearance panel then add a new stroke. Make it 4.5pt wide, align it to inside, set its color at R=240 G=240 B=240 then go to Effect > Distort&Transform > Transform. Enter the data shown below image #2 then click OK.

Step 13

Reselect the red shape, make a copy (Control + C > Control + F) and Bring it to Front (Shift + Control + ] ). Select this fresh shape, remove the existing fills and strokes from the Appearance panel then add a new stroke. Make it 6pt wide, align it to inside and set its color at R=147 G=149 B=152. Open the fly-out menu of the Appearance panel and click on Add New Stroke. This will add a second strole for your shape. Make it 5pt wide, align it to inside and set its color at R=65 G=64 B=66. Add a third stroke for this shape. Make it 1pt wide, align it to inside and set its color at R=35 G=31 B=32.

Step 14

Select the shape made in the previous step and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -2px Offset and click OK. Select the resulting shape, remove the existing strokes then add a simple, white fill. Duplicate this shape then go to Edit > Preferences > General and enter 0.5 in the Keyboard Increment box. Now, select the fresh copy and hit the down arrow and the right arrow twice. Reselect this copy along with the original, white shape and click on the Minus Front button from the Appearance panel. Fill the resulting group of shapes with R=250 G=250 B=250.

Step 15

Repeat the techniques used in the previous step but, this time hit the left and the up arrows twice. Again, use the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel then fill the resulting shapes with R=209 G=211 B=212.

Step 16

Select the shapes created in the last two steps and group them (Control + G). Next, select the shape made in the ninth step and duplicate it (Control + C > Control + F). Select this copy, Bring it to Front (Shift + Control + ] ) and fill it with the radial gradient shown in the third image.

Step 17

Select the shape and group created in the previous step and go to the Transparency panel. Open the fly-out menu, click on Make Opacity Mask and you’re done. In the end your illustration should look like in the following image.

Final

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

Categories: Logos

15 Responses

  1. rajasegar says:

    Great tutorial and techniques well explained!
    Thanks for sharing…
    Bookmarked!!

  2. Musa says:

    Wonderful… Thank you very much for such nice tutorial i will definitely try this one and impress my friends :P

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  4. Dorpon says:

    Great work
    I like it and It’s useful for me.
    Thanks

  5. Alexander D. says:

    Hi
    Great tutorial!!!
    BUT There’s no picture in the step 16 :S
    If you can fix it…
    Thanks

  6. t'ik t'ak says:

    It’s Awesome! thanks :)

  7. dew drop says:

    thanks for nice explanation.

  8. Shaun Mclain says:

    Nice informative post, thanks for sharing.

  9. Beratung SEO says:

    Awesome tutorial. I love that you’re using a grid to really construct a logo. I feel like most designers design logos mainly free-hand. I would love to seoo a logo process plus font. Typo spacing is difficult job.

  10. Luna says:

    Hi thanks so much for this tutorial!
    I did something wrong though and can’t figure out what… http://designmuchness.blogspot.it/2012/08/mitsubishi-ish.html
    Thanks!

  11. jawwad says:

    nice ,,,,,but it very hard methord….wel thanks buddy

  12. Ashraf says:

    It was really Great Tutorial. Thanks a lot for sharing

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