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Andrei Marius On October - 28 - 2010

Hi there. Here’s my new tutorial on how to create the Opel logo. In the following steps we’ll be using some classic tools, such as the Rectangle Tool, the Ellipse Tool or the Direct Selection Tool, along with some quite simple effects, such as the Drop Shadow, Offset Path, Reflect&Move and Zig Zag.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Number of Steps: 18


This is what you’ll be creating:

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Step 01

Pick the Ellipse Tool(L) and click on your Artboard. Enter 525 in the Width & Height boxes then click OK. Fill the resulting shape with none and add a 40px, aligned to inside stroke. Select this shape and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -13px Offset and click OK. Select the reresulting shape, and lower the stroke size to 15px. Reselect both shapes and go to Object > Expand Appearance.

Step 02

Select the shapes made in previous step and click on the Divide button from the Pathfinder panel. You will get a group of four shapes. Keep the three shapes shown in the second image and remove the other one. Select these shapes and group them (Ctrl + G).

Step 03

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 palette for a live preview with the size and position of your shapes. Now, select the Rectangle Tool(M) and create a 485x50px shape. I filled it with red and I lowered it’s opacity (30%) so that you can distinguish the grid. Pick the Direct Selection Tool(A), select the top, left anchor point, move it 20px to the right and 15px down. Continue with the Direct Selection Tool(A), select the bottom, right anchor point then move it 95px to the left and 20px down.

Step 04

First, disable the Grid and the Snap to Grid then duplicate the shape made in the previous step. Select this copy and go to Object > Transform > Reflect. Check the Vertical button and click OK. Go again to Object > Transform > Reflect. Check the Horizontal button and click OK. Next, go to Object > Transform > Move. Enter 180 in the Horizontal box and -60 in the Vertical box then click OK. Finally, reselect both shapes and click on the Unite button from the Pathfidner panel. Double click on the resulting shape (in the Layers panel) and name it “00″.

Step 05

Open the Align panel. Select the group of shapes (made in step 02) along with “00″. Pick the Selection Tool(V), click on the circles (it should get emphasized) then click on the Horizontal Align Center and on the Vertical Align Center buttons.

Step 06

Select “00″ and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -11px Offset and click OK. Select the resulting shape along with “00″ and click on the Divide button from the Pathfidner panel. Name the resulting shapes “1″ and “2″ (as shown in the second image).

Step 07

Enable the Smart Guides. Select the Pen Tool(P) and create the paths shown below. Each path starts and ends at an anchor point. With the aid of Smart Guides, you’ll be able to easily locate the starting and ending anchor points. Group all these paths (Ctrl + G). Double click on this group and name it “Paths”. Make a copy of this group and make it invisible (you’ll need it later). Select the original group along with shape “1″ and click on the Divide button from Pathfinder panel. You will get eight shapes. In the final image I resized them so that you can distinguish them from each other.

Step 08

Reselect the Pen Tool(P) and create the paths shown below. Make sure that the Smart Guides is still enabled.

Step 09

Select the shape and the path shown in the first image and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. The resulting shape should look like in image #2. Select the shape and the path shown in the third image and click on the Minus Front button. Select the shape and the path shown in the fifth shape and clcik on the Minus Front button. Select the shape and the path shown in the seventh image and click on the Minus Front button.

Step 10

Duplicate the shapes selected in the first image. Select these copies and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Duplicate the resulting shape. Select the copy along with the smallest circle (image #2) and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Next, select the original shape along with the largest circle (image #4) and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel.

Step 11

Select shape “2″, fill it with the linear gradient and add a 0,75px, aligned to outside stroke (R=242 G=242 B=242). Select the shapes shown in the second image and fill them with R=20 G=20 B=20. Now, fill the rest of the shapes with the linear gradient shown in the final images.

Step 12

Turn the “Paths” group (made in step #7) back to visible and Bring it to Front (Shift + Ctrl + ]). Now, let’s focus on one of these paths. Fill it with none and add a 0,75px stroke. Select it and go to Object > Expand. Next, pick the Direct Selection Tool(A), select the highlighted anchor points and go to Object > Path > Average. Check the Both button and click OK. Finally, fill the resulting shape with R=242 G=242 B=242. Repeat the same techniques for the rest of the paths from this group.

Step 13

Let’s add some color for the rest of the shapes. First, select the middle circle, fill it with the left linear gradient and add a 0,75, aligned to center stroke (R=242 G=242 B=242). Add a new fill for this shape (from the flyout menu of the Appearance panel) and use the right linear gradient. Select this second fill (from the Appearance panel) and lower its opacity to 50%.

Step 14

Select the shape shown in the first image and fill it with the linear gradient shown below. Add a second fill for this shape and use the second gradient. Select the shapes shown in the third image and fill it with the linear gradient shown below.

Step 15

Select the shape shown in the first image and fill it with the linear gradient shown below image #1 then select the shapes shown in the second image and use the linear gradient shown below image #2.

Step 16

Duplicate all the shapes created so far. Select these copies and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, name it “vvv”, fill it with none and duplicate it. Grab the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a shape like the red one shown in the second image. Add the Zig Zag effect then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Select the resulting shape and the copy of “vvv” then click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the newly created shape and Bring it to Front (Shift + Ctrl + ]). Fill it with the linear gradient, lower its opacity to 60% then change the blending mode to Overlay.

Step 17

Select the original “vvv” shape and Send it to Back (Shift + Ctrl + [). Fill it with white, add a 1pt, aligned to outside stroke (R=77 G=77 B=77) then add the Drop Shadow effect (Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow).

Step 18

Finally, for the background, use a simple rectangle. First, fill it with R=255 G=168 B=1 then add a second fill and use the radial gradient.

Final

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

Categories: Logos

11 Responses

  1. Childmonster says:

    I like what you make the metal style. So cool :)

  2. dave says:

    Nice tutorial, Ill have fun next weekend designing this!

  3. cool work you did. thanks

  4. Nicely done Opel logo! Thanks for posting such detailed steps.

  5. This is a really nice tutorial! Thank you for sharing.

  6. Tiger says:

    So excited I found this article as it made things much quicker!

  7. awesome design tutorial

  8. Lou says:

    Ace tutorial! I’ve adapted it to a logo I’m designing, worked a treat! Thanks!

  9. Fernando says:

    I’m sorry, but badly explained. Lots of missed texts, it is difficult to follow the tutorial.

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