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Andrei Marius On April - 7 - 2011

Hi there. In this week’s tutorial I will show you how to create the Yin Yang symbol. You will only need the Grid, several circles and ellipses along with some basic effects. Once you’ve followed these eleven, simple steps you can easily turn your final result into a nice, little icon.

Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Completion Time: 30 minutes
Number of Steps: 11


This is what you’ll be creating:

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Step 01

Create a 250 by 250px, 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 10px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid, enter 10 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

Pick the Ellipse Tool(L), hold Shift and create a 230 by 230px shape. The Snap to Grid will ease your work. For the moment fill it with any color.

Step 03

For this step you will need a grid every 5px. Go to Edit > Preference > Guides&Grids and enter 5 in the Gridline Every box. Reselect the Ellipse Tool(L), create a 115 by 115px shape. Fill it with none and add a thin red stroke. Make a copy this circle and move it down as shown in the second image. Again, the Snap to Grid will ease your work.

Step 04

Select the shapes made in the previous step. Group them (Control+G) then open the Align panel (Window > Align). Select this fresh group along with the larger cirlce. Click on the border of the large circle (it should get emphasized) then click on the Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align Center buttons. Now your shapes should look like in the second image.

Step 05

Let’s focus on the stroked circles. Pick the Direct Selection Tool(A), select the anchor points highlighted in the first image and hit the Delete key. Now, your shapes should look like in the second image. Next, you need to unite these two paths. Grab again the Direct Selection Tool(A). Select the two, overlapping anchor points highlighted in the third image and go to Object > Path > Join. Now, you got only one path.

Step 06

Duplicate the remaining circle shape (Control+C > Control+F). Select this copy along with the path made in the previous step and click on the Divide button from the Pathfinder panel. You will get a group with two shape. Remove the right one then select the remaining one and fill it with white.

Step 07

Pick the Ellipse Tool(L), create a 35 by 35px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Select it along with the white shape made in the previous step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Your resulting shape should look like in the second image.

Step 08

Pick the Ellipse Tool(L), create a 35 by 35px shape and palce it as shown in the first image. Select it along with the white shape and go to Object > Compound Path > Make. Fill th resulting shape with the simple, linear gradient shown below image #2.

Step 09

Select the original cirlce shape and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 4px Offset and click OK. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown below image #2 then delete the other circle.

Step 10

Duplicate the shape made in the previous step (Control+C > Control+F) then Pick the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a shape like the red one shown in the first image. Select it along with the fresh copy and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown in the second image. Take a closer look at the gradient image and you will notice a yellow text above the gradient slider. It stands for oapcity.

Step 11

Finally, select all the shapes created so far and group them (Control+G). Select this fresh 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

15 Responses

  1. B8C says:

    Fantastic, was just creating one the other day and wasn’t getting it right, thanks heaps!

  2. Altanore says:

    A very well written tutorial! It was very easy to follow. Thanks!

  3. OANH says:

    Thanks yours!!

  4. Jez says:

    Thanks for this tutorial – learnt how to use paths in more complex ways, thanks for helping this newbie out :D tangential learning ftw!

  5. lala says:

    Duplicate the remaining circle shape (Control+C > Control+F). Select this copy along with the path made in the previous step and click on the Divide button from the Pathfinder panel. You will get a group with two shape. Remove the right one then select the remaining one and fill it with white.
    The Right One?
    Duplicate the remaining circle?
    Divide?
    Copy?
    All makes no sense just a freaking bad piece of junk

  6. Ljubo says:

    THANKS…U LEARN WITH SIMPLE EXAMPLES

  7. Marion says:

    Thanks very much. This worked for me!

  8. SaraVera says:

    Grazie mille. Great tutorial

  9. ducsu says:

    I should have started with this one since it was sooo easy than the 3d puzzle. Hehe.

    note:
    Step 8 should have been -90 degree for the gradient color.

  10. james says:

    what program do you need for this

  11. Sumon farazi says:

    Thank you Dear,
    it’s a very helpful tutorial for my. Continued posting this type of tutorial.

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