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Andrei Marius On November - 25 - 2010

Hi there. A few months ago I received a message from Pete asking me if I can make a tutorial on how to create the QuickTime logo. After several tries here’s what came out. It’s not a very complicated tutorial but you might learn some cool stuff. Feel free to make any tutorial request. Hopefully, I’ll be able to help you.

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


This is what you’ll be creating:

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Step 01

Create a 700 by 700px document. First, enable 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 (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

Pick the Ellipse Tool(L), hold Shift and create a 420 by 420px shape. Fill it with none, add a 85px, aligned to inside stroke then go to Object > Expand Appearance.

Step 03

For the next step you’ll need a grid every 2.5px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter “2.5″ in the “Gridline every” box. Pick the Rectangle Tool(M) and create a 95 by 175.5px shape. Fill it with any color then go to Object > Path > Add Anchor Points. Grab the Direct Selection Tool(A), select the bottom, left&right anchor points and move them 47.5px up (hold Shift to select several anchor points). Now, your shape should look like in image #3. Select it and go to Object > Transform > Rotate. Enter a 45 degrees angle and click OK. Next, go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 3px radius, click OK then go to Object > Expand Appearance.

Step 04

Select the other shape made in the previous step and place it as shown in the following image. Select it along with the other shape and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel.

Step 05

Now, it’s time to add some color. First, make sure that Appearance panel is opened. Now, select the shape made in the previous step and fill it with R=8 G=145 B=228. Select this fill (from the Appearance panel) and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the data shown below image #1 then click OK. With the shape still selected, add a new fill from the pop-up menu of the Appearance panel. Select this second fill and use the linear gradient shown in the second image. Take a closer look at the gradients. The yellow text stands for Opacity and the white text text stands for Location. Let’s continue. Add a new fill and use the linear gradient shown below image #3. Add a fourth fill and use the radial gradient shown below image #4. Select it (from the Appearance panel) and lower its opacity to 70%. Add one final fill and use the last radial gradient. Finally, select the entire path and add the Inner Glow effect shown below the last image.

Step 06

Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter “5″ in the “Gridline every” box. Pick the Rectangle Tool(M) and create a 60 by 260px shape. Select it, add a 30px Rounded Corners effect (Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners) then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Reselect the Rectangle Tool(M) and create a shape like the one shown in the third image. Select it along with the rounded rectangle and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Your new shape should look like in the fourth image.

Step 07

Lets’ focus on the shape made in the previous step. First, select it and go to Object > Path > Add Anchor Points. Now, pick the Direct Selection Tool(A), select the anchor point highlighted in image #1 and move it 5px up. Switch to the Convert Anchor Point Tool (Shift + C), click on the same anchor point and drag to the right. It will add a roundness effect for this anchor point. Reselect the entire shape and duplicate it (Ctrl+C > Ctrl+F). Select the copy and move it 45px down. Now, select both shapes and click on the Divide button form the Pathfinder panel. You’ll get a group of four shapes. Keep the two shapes shown in the final image and remove the other two.

Step 08

Now, let’s focus on the top shape made in the previous step. First, fill it with white then add four new fills and use the linear gradients shown beow.

Step 09

Next, let’s add some color for the other shape made in the seventh step. Fill it with R=8 G=130 B=228 then add a new fill and use the linear gradient shown in the second image.

Step 10

Duplicate the blue shape then select the Rectangle Tool(M) and create a shape like the red one shown in the first image. Select it along with the copy of the blue shape and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the first linear gradient then add a second fill and use the same linear gradient (as shown). Select both fill and lower their opacity to 30%.

Step 11

Disable the Grid and the Snap to Grid. Go to Edit > Preference > General and enter “1″ in the Keyboard Increment box. Make two copies of the blue shape then select the top copy and hit the left arrow six times (to move it 6px to the left). Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=0 G=30 B=157 and lower its opacity to 10%. Go to Edit > Preference > General and enter “0,5″ in the Keyboard Increment box. Make two new copies of the blue shape then select the top copy and hit the left arrow three times (to move it 1,5px to the left). Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=2 G=97 B=254 and lower its opacity to 50%. Make another two copies of the blue shape then select the top copy and hit the right arrow nine times (to move it 4,5px to the right). Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown in the final image.

Step 12

Select the shapes made in the last six steps and group them (Ctrl + G). Select this group and go to Object > Transform > Rotate. Enter a -45 degrees angle, click OK then place these shapes as shown in the second image.

Step 13

Reenable the Grid and the Snap to Grid. Pick the Ellipae Tool(L). First, create a 320 by 280px then create a 270 by 235px shape and place it as shown in the second image. Reselect both circles and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Next, grab the Rectangle Tool(M) and create a shape like the one shown in the final image. Select it along with the other shape and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel.

Step 14

Select the shape made in the previous step, Bring it to Front (Shift + Ctrl + ]), place it as shown in the following image then fill it with the radial gradient. Don’t forget that the white text stands for Location and the yellow text stands for Opacity.

Step 15

Pick the Ellipse Tool(L), create 295 by 35px shape then grab the Convert Anchor Point Tool (Shift + C) and click on the anchor points highlighted in image #1. Select the resulting shape, add the Arc effect (Effect > Warp > Arc) then go to Object > Expand Appearance.

Step 16

Select the shape made in the previous step, Bring it to Front (Shift + Ctrl + ]), place it as shown in the following image then fill it with the radial gradient.

Step 17

Select the large, blue shape then go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a “-3px” Offset and click OK. Pick the Pen Tool(P) and create a shape like the red one shown in the second image. Select it along with the other fresh shape and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the radial gradient then lower its opacity to 85%. Next, you need to mask a part of this shape. Duplicate it then open the Transparency panel (Window > Transparency). Select the copy and fill it with the second linear gradient. Now, select the copy and the original shape, open the pop-up menu of the Transparency panel and click on Make Opacity Mask. In the end, your shape should look like in image #5.

Step 18

Finally, select all the shapes created so far and group them (Ctrl + G). Select this new group and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown below, click OK and you’re done.

Final

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

Categories: Logos

26 Responses

  1. Another super tutorial from you Marius. Well explained and easy to follow. Thanks :)

  2. woody says:

    Very nice! gratz!

  3. Nana Yaw says:

    Am just gonna take some practice on it,very interesting hope it easy to follow

  4. FAQPAL says:

    Excellent tutorial and love the result. Good job.

  5. Amr Boghdady says:

    Yet another awesome tutorial, extremely easy to follow as well.
    Many thanks mate!

  6. GTA 5 says:

    Great tutorial! thanks for sharing :)

  7. Great tutorial. Very professional. Thanks for sharing!

  8. techwench says:

    Well depicted tutorial, impressive work.
    thanks!!!

  9. ThemeKiss says:

    Awesome tutorial and very nice outcome.

  10. Design Blog says:

    Thanks for the Tutorial. good one.
    I have a doubt. If i apply the first effect to my Text it show some rather way. even i created outline from the text. but the same effect wont apply.

    What to do. can you help me in this. ??
    Thank yo in advance.

    • Marius says:

      I do not understand. What are you trying to say by “rather way”? Are you trying to add an effect for a text? What kind of effect?

      • Design Blog says:

        I mean this is applied on the shapes ( circle , rectangle ) I like to implement the same effect on text . the Result should be looking same like this quick time logo. what to do. ??

        I hope you understand now !!! :P

  11. Curt says:

    what program is this?

  12. This is a great tutorial! Thank you for the tips.

  13. Abel.Xavie says:

    great tut, one question however. How did you make final background?It looks like some kind of metal brush style…

    • Hi, here is how I made it:
      Create a rectangle and fill it with a radial gradient from white to light grey. Select this shape, go to the Appearance panel and add a second fill. Select this new fill from the Appearance panel, make it black, lower its opacity to 2% then go to Effect > Sketch > Graphic Pen. Drag the Stroke slider to 15, the Light/Dark Balance slider to 16 then select Right Diagonal from the Stroke Direction drop down menu and click OK. I also added a third gradient filled with a radial gradient from black (opacity:100%) to white (opacity:0%). This last fill it’s not essential.
      Let me know if you got it.

      • Abel.Xavier says:

        Thanks for response.I did it your way but didnt get same looking result so I increased black opacity to 4%. Thanks for hint. How long are you working with graphic programs? You are really one of the best Ive seen.

  14. lee says:

    wow, it’s so beautiful, thank you

  15. Lin says:

    Fantastic. Great job.

  16. ducsu says:

    I do like the background. Nice choice of shade and graphic for the Quicktime logo.
    Here is my version.

  17. Constantin says:

    Salut ! I ‘ve just found your tutorials and they are great, I am starting to use illustrator for web design … however i have a technical question regarding gradients in illustrator: Why when i use a gradient from k:100 to K:90 i am not seeing a fade between the two shades instead i see different steps of black ? Thanks.

  18. Great tutorial,thanks for sharing.

  19. eduardo says:

    Thanks by this Tutorial, i’m begginer in Illustrator and i put this exercise in college, i loose lot of time making this tutorial, is some complicated but I could do approach and thank to this tutorial i do it better than all other students because i make identical to the final result. :)

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