A simple yet awesome Illustrator CS6 logo design tutorial

Below is a video tutorial I recorded that shows the process of designing the logo “archfold” as shown below.  I used the new Illustrator CS6 entirely.  The video is beneath this preview:

 

Here’s a brief run-down of the different techniques involved in the design of this logo.

  • To create a perfect circle, hold SHIFT & ALT, left click and drag.
  • To divide shapes, select the top shape layer and go to Object -> Path -> Divide objects below.
  • To re-adjust either a radial or linear gradient, hit the “G” key.
  • To duplicate a layer, select the layer and hit CTRL-C and then CTRL-F.
  • To move an object along a perfect horizontal path, hold the SHIFT button while dragging (OR) use the left and right arrow keys.
  • To quickly adjust the color of a group of shapes with either solid colors or gradients, select the object and go to Edit -> Edit Colors and choose the most suitable option.
  • To create a pattern, select the object and visit Object -> Pattern -> Make.

And that’s it!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

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