Use the basic drawing tools and transformations to create a logo for a design project.
- [Instructor] Oh, do you know how I love it when we sit here drawing together. It's fab. We're going to continue on with the logo that we started working on. And we're going to tap L on our keyboard, that gets us the lips tool from over here in the toolbox. And I'm going to draw a circle. I'm going to basically look at this line, here. There almost is a circle just there. I'm going to move my cursor just up above it, like so, to where I imagine the top of the rest of that circle will be. And the left edge of this one. I'm going to hold down the shift key.
I'm going to keep that held down until after I release the mouse button. It constrains that. And drag it across. Wow, look at that, bang. There we go. Release just there and then release the shift key. That's not too bad, is it? And then I'm going to move to the middle of the shape and you'll see that it changes to a transform icon which is what newer versions of Illustrator have done for quite some time. Hold down the alt or option key, which starts a copy, and shift to keep it constrained.
So those two together. And then drag across like so to meet the other edge of that top petal. And you can see there that I've created a copy and now they're joined. I did zoom in slightly there as well. It's just a thing with my mouse. It does that periodically. I'm going to tap V now to get to the selection tool and drag across those two things to select them both and then hold down the shift key and tap M. And that gets me this fab tool called the shape builder, which allows me to make shapes from combinations of other shapes.
Now by default it wants to add things together but we can get it to behave with its alter ego of take away stuff by holding down the alt or option key. And you can see I can click on this region here. And this region here. And the result is this petal shape. And now we need to rotate that around a little way. I'm actually going to push mine up a little way. So I'm going to use the arrow key just to nudge that up slightly. So I get v for my selection tool and use my up arrow. There we go. Just a bit there, like so, near the top.
That was just for my own use. It's probably perfect. Okay, so now we got that. I'm going to tap r and that gets me the rotate tool. And you'll see this small icon in the middle there. That's its transformation point. We're going to move that. We move it by going down to the intersection of the two guides. Holding down the alt key or option key and clicking. And that sets the transformation point down there. It's not like Photoshop where you drag it. You just click to place it. What we need to do is get five copies of this.
Now I think that's 72 degrees. But the way to find out is to type 360 and then a slash for divided. By five. And I'm going to hit the tab key there. Yep, it is indeed 72 degrees. And then I'm going to hit copy and that creates me a duplicate. And now I'm going to use the transform again command, which is command+d or control+d. So if I just do that, command+d, command+d, you can see how that's rotated around nicely.
And I've got all five petals just there. Let's tap v quickly to get the selection tool and drag across those to select them. You don't need to go all the way around them. And then we'll get the shape builder back in because we need that again. So hold down the shift key and tap m and now we're going to join some regions together. So we're going to drag across these two like so. Petal one done. Drag across these two. Petal two done. These two, petal three. These two, petal four. And these two, petal five.
Nice, all done. We're back to the shape builder in just a moment. But first we need another rotation and we need everything selected. So tap v, there we go. We've got everything selected. So that's fine. If you haven't, you could just drag across those. Now tap r and move back to that intersection again and alt click just there. This time we're going to just wind it back by about five degrees. Type -5 into that field and hit copy.
There we go. We've got a nice little duplicate thing going on there. Basically, select everything again. You could actually use command+a or control+a in this particular instance because we're on a single art board and this is the only artwork that we have. And then hold down shift and tap m again for that shape builder. Now what we're going to do is we're going to join these two together. Okay, the two where it crosses over. We're going to make our way around and join those two things together like so.
Okay? We've got those shapes. Then, when we've gone all the way around, we're going to hold down the alt key and we're going to remove all of the overlapping shapes. Okay, the whole lot. There we go. If I move around like so, you can even drag a little bit if you want to just there. Can you see that? Now we've got this funky nice shape for the flower. To finish this off, all we need to do is draw a small elipse. So just tap l on your keyboard to do that.
Hold down shift. Come up to here where this circle is and just drag there until you've got a circle about the same size. Nice, drag that into position. All we need to do now is tap r for the rotate tool. Come down to the guide intersection. Can you see how useful these guides actually are? Hold down alt or option and click. Okay, again this needs to go all the way around 72 degrees. So five times here. So type 72.
We can click copy but if you want to be an even faster illustrator, if you hold down the alt or option key and hit return, it's the same thing. And now all we need to do is command+d once, twice, three times and that's it. We've got all of the necessary components for our logo complete. Save your work right now, okay, and in the next movie what we're going to do is start to develop the color scheme for it.
- The creative process
- Layout and composition
- Transforming images and assets in Photoshop
- Drawing logos in Illustrator
- Designing graphics and documents in InDesign