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Andrei Marius On July - 1 - 2010

Hi there. In the next tutorial I will show you how to create the Renault logo. First, the grids and the snap to grid will help you create the basic shapes. Next, you’ll need some simple paths to divide these shapes. Finally, you will use some linear and radial gradient plus some basic effects.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Completion Time: 45 minutes
Number of Steps: 14


This is what you’ll be creating:

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Step 01

Create a 700 by 700px document. Turn on the Grid (View > Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Now, you need a grid every 10px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid, enter “10” in the “Gridline every :” box and “1” in the “Subdivisions” box. Now, select the Rectangle Tool(M) and create a 160x620px shape. Select this shape and go to Object > Path > Add Anchor Points. Pick the Direct Selection Tool, select the left, highlighted anchor point and move it 170px to the left. Next, select the right, highlighted anchor point and move it 170px to the right. Now your shape should look like in image #3. Name it “01”.

Step 02

Reselect the Rectangle Tool(M), create a 200x200px shape and name it “02”. Select it along with “01”, pick the Selection Tool(V), click on the border of “01” (it should get emphasized) then click on the Horizontal Align Center and on the Vertical Align Center buttons from the Align panel. Reselect “02”, go to Object > Path > Add Anchor Points then pick the Delete Anchor Points Tool and click on the anchor points hightlighted with red in image #2. Now, your shape should look like in image #3. Pick the Direct Selection Tool(A) select the top anchor point and move it 90 px up then select the bottom anchor point and move it 90px down. Finally, your shape should look like the one shown in image #4.

Step 03

Reselect “01”, add a 10px Rounded Corners effect then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Duplicate “02”. Select “01” and the copy of “02” and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Name the resulting shape “03”.

Step 04

Select the original “02” shape. Fill it with none, add a 15pt aligned to inside stroke then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Now, you need to divide the resulting shape in four equal shapes. Select the Pen Tool(P) and create a vertical path and a horizontal path like in images #2 and #3. Select these paths along with the expandes stroke and click on the Divide button from the Pathfinder panel. You should get eight new shapes. Keep only the four shapes shown in the next step and delete the other four.

Step 05

Fill the shapes made in the previous step with the linear gradients shown below.

Step 06

Select “03”, fill it with R=202 G=193 B=172 then go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a “4px” Offset and click OK. Send the resulting shape in the back and turn off the Snap to Grid. Fill it with the gradient shown below image #2, move it 2 pixels to the left then lock it.

Step 07

First, turn on the Smart Guides(U) then select the Pen Tool(P) and create a path like the one shown in image #1. Pay attention at the middle area, it should go along the edge of the inner diamond shape. Fill this path with none, add a 3.5px aligned to outside stroke(any color) then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Select the resulting shape along with “03” and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. You should get two new shapes. Name the left one “03-Left” and the right one “03-Right”.

Step 08

Create two copies of “03-Left”. Select the one above and move it two pixels to the left. Reselect these two copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. You should get a thin shape like in image #2. Get rid of the bottom area (highlighted in iamge #2) then fill this shape with R=243 G=241 B=234.

Step 09

Once again, create two copies of “03-Left”.Select the one above and move it two pixels down. Reselect these two copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. You should get a thin shape in the top of “03-Left”. Fill it with R=243 G=241 B=234.

Step 10

Create two copies of “03-Right”. Select the one above and move it three pixels to the left. Reselect these two copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=243 G=241 B=234. Select all these thin shapes (made in steps 08, 09 and 10) and group them.

Step 11

Next, you need to divide “03-Left” and “03-Right” in four relatively equal shapes. Select the Pen Tool(P) and create a horizontal path along the middle of these shapes. Select this path along with “03-Left” and “03-Right” then click on the Divide button from the Pathfinder panel. Delete the resulted shape filled with none.

Step 12

Now, you should have four new shapes resulted from the previous step. Fill the bottom left one with the gradient shown below image #1. Fill the top left shape with R=219 G=216 B=203 then add a new fill (from the fly-out menu af the Appearance panel) and use the gradient shown below image #3. Next, fill the top right shape with the gradient shown above image #4 and the bottom right shape with the gradient shown above image #5.

Step 13

Duplicate all the shapes create so far. Select these copies and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=102 G=102 B=102, send it to back then add the Drop Shadow effect shown below.

Step 14

Finally, select all the shapes created so far and group them. Select this group,add the Fisheye effect (Effect > Warp > Fisheye) and you’re done.

Final

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

Categories: Logos

12 Responses

  1. metalpig says:

    hey, great tuts on logo design! :)

  2. Great Tutorial Marius. :)

  3. Richie says:

    Brilliant tutorial…. it keeps getting better and better :)

  4. Dian Mulyono says:

    nice tutorial

  5. henri says:

    really love your tutorial.great work.

  6. Extremely helpful, thanks!

  7. hamza says:

    thanks for your work but i cant get the 3th step
    round effect

  8. ducsu says:

    Hi. step 6, gradient 2 (right color code) doesn’t produce the same color as the image. It’s more of a dark amber color. Can you confirm?

  9. sagar says:

    After applying pathfinder effect in step 3 then in step 4 if we select inside polygon and apply 15 pt stroke it will apply to both shapes. how to apply it for only inside polygon?
    Thanks!

  10. sagar says:

    I solved by adding one more shape.
    Thanks for tutorial! I completed this logo. Enjoyed it!

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