This is first tutorial on the 99 Easy blog. I will create unique logo for my blog and try to explain each step to learn basics of using tools in Illustrator.
The first question and answer for beginners they have to know is “Why I use Adobe Illustrator?”
The answer is mathematical algorithm setup in Illustrator which called vector. Vector is mathematical model which seeks to correct the edge of the drawing when necessary or when we print on large format of paper. When we designing logo we have to pay attention that the final logo is practical and like that used in business every day as brand name of business.
1. Step one “Setting up a new document”
When we designing logo for a website it’s important to choose Color Mode: RGB in new document when we start Illustrator.
2. Step two “make a circle”
Choose circle in Ellipse Tool (L) click on the paper then choose dimension Width 200 px Height 200 px. After that select circle and increase Stroke to 60 pt then click on Object and choose Expand.
3. Step three “cut circle as shown in the screenshot”
Using Rectangle Tool (M) make rectangle as shown in the screenshot then select rectangle and circle together and click Pathfinder Divide. To active toolbar Pathfinder press (Shift+Ctrl+F9) then click right button and Ungroup all objects after that remove rectangle.
4. Step four “Make shape like 9″
In the fourth step you have to select first shape on screenshot and click in Pathfinder tools on United it will compose two shapes in one. Using Rectangle Tool (M) make shape and connect with first that looks like nine “9” as shown in the screenshot. We can use Direct Selection Tools (A) to improve shape to looks like nine.
5. Step five “Use Gradient Tool and make it recognizably”
We can use Gradient to make shadows that looks like a folded. Select on the shape and click on the Gradient then choose colors you want in my case I have chosen blue and light blue. We use Gradient Tool (G) to make a difference between two shape.
5. Step five “Make shadow using Pen Tool (P) and Opacity”
Using Pen Tool (P) try to make shape as shown on picture it’s easy, only you have to be careful when you drag lines. After you do it select shape and choose color black then click Opacity on top of window and choose transparency I recommend 40 %.
6. Step six “Make 99 logo”
Select shape nine then click right key and choose Group after that we make number 9. Next step is make copy of this number use CTRL+C and paste CTRL+V. Select two shape 99 and click on Vertical Align Center in Pathfinder toolbar.
7. Step seven “Final”
Finally add text near 99 and make final logo as shown on screenshot.