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Create a Set of Coffee and Tea Icons in Adobe Illustrator

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In the following steps you will learn how to create a set of cup icons in Adobe Illustrator. For starters you will learn how to setup a grid and how to create a set of simple Graphic Styles. Next, using the Rectangle Tool, the Ellipse Tool and the Direct Selection Tool along with some Warp and Rounded Corners effects you will learn how to create starting shapes. Finally, using the Drop Shadow and the Inner Glow effects along with some basic blending techniques you will learn how to add highlights and shading.


1. Create a New Document and Setup a Grid

Step 1

Hit Command + N to create a new document. Enter 600 in the width box and 460 in the height box then click on the Advanced button. Select RGB, Screen (72ppi) and make sure that the Align New Objects to Pixel Grid box is unchecked before your click OK.

Enable the Grid (View > Show Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). You'll need a grid every 1px, so simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides > Grid, enter 1 in the Gridline every box and 1 in the Subdivisions box. You should also open the Info panel (Window > Info) for a live preview with the size and position of your shapes. Do not forget to set the unit of measurement to pixels from Edit > Preferences > Units > General. All these options will significantly increase your work speed.



2. Create Two Graphic Styles

Step 1

Focus on your Toolbar, set the fill color at black then select the stroke stroke and simply remove the color. Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 3px square, and lower the Opacity to 30%. Make sure that this new shape stays selected, open the Graphic Styles panel (Window > Graphic Styles) and simply click on the New Graphic Style button (pointed by the little blue arrow in the following image). Keep focusing on the Graphic Styles panel, double click on this new graphic style and name it "black". Naming it will make it easier for you to find it later. Get back to your artboard, select that black square and replace the black with R=237 G=28 B=38. Move to the Graphic Style panel, add a new graphic style and name it "red". Once you have both graphic style you can remove that little square.



3. Create the Main Shapes of the Latte Cup

Step 1

Using the Ellipse Tool (M), create a 25 by 8px shape and add the "black" graphic style. Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 25 by 46px shape, place it as shown in the second image and add the "red" graphic style. Focus on the top side of this rectangle and grab the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the left anchor point and drag it 7px to the left then select the right anchor point and drag it 7px to the right. In the end your rectangle should turn into a trapezoid.


Step 2

Select the trapezoid and go to Effect > Warp > Bulge. Enter the properties shown in the following image, click OK and go to Effect > Warp > Shell Upper. Enter the properties shown below, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Move to the Layers panel (Window > Layers), make sure that resulting group is selected and Ungroup it (Shift + Control + G). Select that red shape and lower its Opacity to 30% (or add the "red" graphic style).


Step 3

Select both shapes made so far, open the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder) and hit the Unite button. Move to the Layers panel, double click on the existing shape and name it "body".


Step 4

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 39 by 10px shape, place it as shown in the first image, add the "black" graphic style then duplicate it (Control + C > Control + F). Select this copy along with the "body" shape and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Move to the Layers panel, double-click on the remaining, 39 by 10px shape and name it "interior".


Step 5

Select "body", raise its Opacity to 100% and replace the red with the linear gradient shown in the first image. Make sure that the "body" shape stays selected, focus on the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance) and add a second fill using the Add New Fill button (pointed by the little, blue arrow in the following image). Select this new fill, change its Blending Mode to Color Burn and add the linear gradient shown in the following image. Make sure that your "body" shape is still selected, focus on the Graphic Styles panel and add a new graphic style. Name it "body".

The white numbers from the Gradient image stand for Location percentage while the yellow zero stands for Opacity percentage.

Step 6

Select "interior", raise its Opacity to 100% and replace the flat color used for the fill with the linear gradient shown in the following image.


Step 7

Make sure that the "interior" shape stays selected, focus on the Appearance panel and add a second fill. Select it, add the linear gradient shown in the following image and go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -1.5px Offset and click OK. Get back to the Appearance panel, add a third fill for this shape and drag it between the existing fills. Select this new fill, set its color at white, change the Blending Mode to Overlay and go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -1.5px Offset, click OK and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the properties shown in the following image and click OK. With the "interior" shape still selected, focus on the Graphic Styles panel, add a new graphic style and name it "interior".



4. Add Highlights and Create the Handle of the Latte Cup

Step 1

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 25 by 8px shape, place it as shown in the first image and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Select the copy and move it 1px up using the up arrow from your keyboard. Reselect both shapes made in this step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=218 G=218 B=215 and change its Blending Mode to Color Burn. Make sure that the Ellipse Tool (L) is still active, create a 25 by 9px shape, place it as shown in the fourth image and add the "red" graphic style. Send this new shape to back (Shift + Control + [ ), raise its Opacity to 100% and replace that red used for the fill with R=218 G=218 B=215.


Step 2

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 15 by 40px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Set its fill color at none, but add a 3pt stroke, align it to inside and pick a random red for the color. Make sure that this new rectangle is still selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 10px radius and click OK. Keep focusing on this new shape and grab the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the top, right anchor point then drag it 13px down and 28px to the right then select the top, left anchor point and drag it 31px to the right. Move to the bottom, left anchor point, select it the drag it 18px up and to the right. Finally, with this shape still selected go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke.


Step 3

Select "body" along with the red compound path and duplicate them (Control + C > Control + F). Select both copies and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=242 G=101 B=34.


Step 4

Select the orange shape and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 1px Offset and click OK. Focus on the resulting shape and delete the original orange shape. For this step you'll need the Round Any Corner script. You can find it in the Vectortuts+ article 20 Free and Useful Adobe Illustrator Scripts. Save it to your hard drive, return to Illustrator select the remaining orange shape and go to File > Scripts > Other Script. Open the Round Any Corner Script, enter a 10px Radius and click OK. Reselect the red compound along with the orange shape and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel.


Step 5

Select "body", make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F) and bring it to front (Shift + Control + ] ). Select this copy along with the orange compound path and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Move to the Layers panel, double click on the remaining orange shape and name it "handle".


Step 6

Select "handle" and replace the orange with the linear gradient shown in the first image. Make sure that this shapes stays selected, focus on the Appearance panel and add a second fill. Select it, use the linear gradient shown in the second image, change its Blending Mode to Overlay and go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -1.25px Offset Path and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the properties shown in the following image and click OK.


Step 7

Make sure that "handle" is still selected, focus on the Appearance panel and add a third fill. Select it, add the linear gradient shown in the first image, lower its Opacity to 30% and change the Blending Mode to Color Burn. Keep focusing on the Appearance panel and add a new fill for your "handle" shape. Select it, drag it in the bottom of the Appearance panel, add the linear gradient shown in the second image and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the properties shown in the following image and click OK. Move to the Graphic Styles panel, make sure that your "handle" shape is still selected, save a new graphic style and name it "handle".



5. Add Shading to the Latte Cup

Step 1

Select all the shapes made so far and Group them (Control + G). Select this new group and duplicate it (Control + C > Control + F).


Step 2

Select the group copy made in the previous step, go to Object > Expand Appearance then click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel (do it more than one if you notice some gaps in the resulting shape). Select the resulting shape and hit the "D" key from your keyboard to replace the existing Appearance attributes with the default ones (white fill and 1pt, black stroke). Focus on the Appearance panel and simply remove that black stroke.


Step 3

Make sure that your white shape is still selected, make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F) and send it to back (Shift + Control + [ ). Move to the Layers panel, select this copy and focus on the Appearance panel. First, add a 1pt stroke, set the color at black, align it to outside and lower its Opacity to 3%. Next, select the fill and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the properties shown in the left window, click OK and go again to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the properties shown in the middle window, click OK and go one more time to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the properties shown in the right window and click OK. Make sure that this shape stays selected, focus on the Graphic Styles panel, save a new graphic style and name it "shadow".


Step 4

Select the top, white shape and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the properties shown in the following image, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Move to the Layers panel and open the resulting group. Keep the masked shape and remove the other one. Ungroup (Shift + Control + G) that masked shape then change its Blending Mode to Overlay. Finally, select all the shapes made so far and Group them (Control + G). Move to the Layers panel and lock this new group to make sure that you won't accidentally select/move it. This will be your latte cup icon.



6. Create the Main Shapes of the Espresso Cup

Step 1

Using the Ellipse Tool (M), create a 20 by 6px shape and add the "black" graphic style. Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 20 by 30px shape, place it as shown in the second image and add the "red" graphic style. Focus on the top side of this new rectangle and grab the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the left anchor point and drag it 12px to the left then select the right anchor point and drag it 14px to the right.


Step 2

Select the trapezoid and go to Effect > Warp > Bulge. Enter the properties shown in the following image, click OK and go to Effect > Warp > Arc Upper. Enter the properties shown below, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Move to the Layers panel, make sure that resulting group is selected and Ungroup it (Shift + Control + G). Select that red shape and lower its Opacity to 30% (or add the "red" graphic style).


Step 3

Select both shapes and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel.


Step 4

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 46 by 10px shape, place it as shown in the first image, add the "black" graphic style then duplicate it (Control + C > Control + F). Select this copy along with the red shape and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Move to the Layers panel, double click on the resulting shape and name it "body" then double click on the remaining, 46 by 10px shape and name it "interior".


Step 5

Reselect that "body" shape, focus on the Graphic Styles panel and simply add the "body" graphic style. Make sure that your "body" shape stays selected, move to the Appearance panel, select the fills one by one and edit the colors used for the gradients as shown in the following image.


Step 6

Make sure that "body" is still selected, focus on the Appearance panel and add a third fill. Select it, add the radial gradient shown in the following image, lower its Opacity to 15% and change the Blending Mode to Multiply.


Step 7

Reselect that "interior" shape, focus on the Graphic Styles panel and simply add the "interior" graphic style. Make sure that your "interior" shape stays selected, move to the Appearance panel, select the fills one by one and edit those colors as shown in the following image.



7. Create the Main Shapes of the Espresso Cup

Step 1

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 16px circle, place it as shown in the first image and add the "black" graphic style. Continue with the Ellipse Tool (L), create an 8px circle, place it as shown in the second image and add that same "black" graphic style. Select both shapes made in this step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. The resulting shape should look like in the fourth image.


Step 2

Select "body", make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F) and bring it to front (Shift + Control + ] ). Select this copy along with the shape made in the previous step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Move to the Layers panel and name the resulting shape "handle".


Step 3

Reselect that "handle" shape, focus on the Graphic Styles panel and simply add the "handle" graphic style. Make sure that your "handle" shape stays selected, move to the Appearance panel, select the fills one by one and edit the colors used for the gradients as shown in the following image. Also, open the Offset Path effect applied for the third fill and set the Offset at -1.75px.


Step 4

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 20 by 6px shape, place it as shown in the first image and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Select the copy and move it 1px up using the up arrow from your keyboard. Reselect both shapes made in this step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=186 G=182 B=176 and change the Blending Mode to Color Burn. Make sure that the Ellipse Tool (L) is still active, create a 20 by 8px shape, place it as shown in the fourth image and add the "red" graphic style. Send this new shape to back (Shift + Control + [ ), raise its Opacity to 100% and replace that red used for the fill with R=217 G=215 B=211.



8.Add Shading to the Espresso Cup

Step 1

Select all the shapes that make up this new cup and Group them (Control + G). Duplicate this new group (Control + C > Control + F), select the copy, go to Object > Expand Appearance then click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with white.


Step 2

Make sure that your white shape is still selected, make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F) and send it to back (Shift + Control + [ ). Move to the Layers panel, select this copy and simply add the "shadow" graphic style from the Graphic Styles panel.


Step 3

Select the top, white shape and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the properties shown in the following image, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Ungroup (Shift + Control + G) the resulting group of shapes. Select the masked shape and change its Blending Mode to Overlay then delete the remaining white shape. Finally, select all the shapes that make up this new cup and Group them (Control + G). Move to the Layers panel and lock this new group. This will be your espresso cup icon.



9. Create the Main Shapes of the Cappuccino Cup

Step 1

Using the Ellipse Tool (M), create a 25 by 6px shape and add the "black" graphic style. Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 25 by 26px shape, place it as shown in the second image and add the "red" graphic style. Focus on the top side of this new rectangle and grab the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the left anchor point and drag it 11px to the left then select the right anchor point and drag it 12px to the right. Make sure that the trapezoid is selected and go to Effect > Warp > Bulge. Enter the properties shown in the following image, click OK and go to Effect > Warp > Arc Upper. Enter the properties shown below, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Move to the Layers panel, make sure that resulting group is selected and Ungroup it (Shift + Control + G). Select that red shape and lower its Opacity to 30% (or add the "red" graphic style).


Step 2

Select both shapes and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel.


Step 3

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 48 by 10px shape, place it as shown in the first image, add the "black" graphic style then duplicate it (Control + C > Control + F). Select this copy along with the red shape and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Move to the Layers panel, double click on the resulting shape and name it "body" then double click on the remaining, 48 by 10px shape and name it "interior".


Step 4

Reselect that "body" shape, focus on the Graphic Styles panel and simply add the "body" graphic style. Make sure that your "body" shape stays selected and move to the Appearance panel. Select the fills one by one and edit the colors used for the gradients as shown in the following image.


Step 5

Make sure that the "body" shape is still selected, focus on the Appearance panel and add a third fill. Select it, add the radial gradient shown in the following image, lower its Opacity to 15% and change the Blending Mode to Multiply.


Step 6

Reselect that "interior" shape, focus on the Graphic Styles panel and simply add the "interior" graphic style. Make sure that your "interior" shape stays selected, move to the Appearance panel, select the fills one by one and edit those colors as shown in the following image.



10. Add Highlights and Create the Handle of the Cappuccino Cup

Step 1

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 9 by 23px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Set its fill color at none, but add a 2pt stroke, align it to inside and pick a random red for the color. Keep focusing on this new shape and grab the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the bottom, left anchor point and drag it 6px up and 13px to the left then select the bottom, right anchor point and drag it 27px to the left. Move to the top, right anchor point, select it the drag it 11px down. In the end your shape should look like in the fourth image.


Step 2

Reselect the shape made in the previous step and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 10px radius, click OK and go to Effect > Warp > Arc Lower. Enter the properties shown in the following image, click OK and go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke.


Step 3

Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid) and enable the Smart Guides (View > Smart Guides or Control + U). Pick the Pen Tool (P) and create three simple paths as shown in the first image. Select these new shapes along with the red compound path and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel.


Step 4

Select "body", make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F) and bring it to front (Shift + Control + ] ). Select this copy along with the red compound path and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Move to the Layers panel and name the resulting shape "handle".


Step 5

Reselect that "handle" shape, focus on the Graphic Styles panel and simply add the "handle" graphic style. Make sure that your "handle" shape stays selected, move to the Appearance panel, select those fills one by one and edit the colors used for the gradients as shown in the following image. Also, open the Offset Path effect applied for the third fill and set the Offset at -0.75px.


Step 6

Enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid) and disable the Smart Guides (View > Smart Guides or Control + U) Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 25 by 6px shape, place it as shown in the first image and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Select the copy and move it 1px up using the up arrow from your keyboard. Reselect both shapes made in this step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=212 G=205 B=194 and change its Blending Mode to Color Burn. Make sure that the Ellipse Tool (L) is still active, create a 25 by 8px shape, place it as shown in the fourth image and add the "red" graphic style. Send this new shape to back (Shift + Control + [ ), raise its Opacity to 100% and replace that red used for the fill with R=212 G=199 B=178.



11. Add Shading to the Cappuccino Cup

Step 1

Select all the shapes that make up this new cup and Group them (Control + G). Duplicate this new group (Control + C > Control + F), select the copy, go to Object > Expand Appearance then click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with white.


Step 2

Make sure that your white shape is still selected, make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F) and send it to back (Shift + Control + [ ). Move to the Layers panel, select this copy and simply add the "shadow" graphic style from the Graphic Styles panel.


Step 3

Select the top, white shape and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the properties shown in the following image, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Ungroup (Shift + Control + G) the resulting group of shapes. Select the masked shape and change its Blending Mode to Overlay then delete the remaining white shape. Finally, select all the shapes that make up this new cup and Group them (Control + G). Move to the Layers panel and lock this new group. This will be your cappuccino cup icon.



12. Create the Main Shapes of the Tea Mug

Step 1

Using the Ellipse Tool (M), create a 38 by 12px shape and add the "black" graphic style. Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 38 by 41px shape, place it as shown in the second image and add the "red" graphic style. Select both shapes made in this step and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel.


Step 2

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 38 by 10px shape, place it as shown in the first image, add the "black" graphic style then duplicate it (Control + C > Control + F). Select this copy along with the shape made in the previous step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Move to the Layers panel, focus on the resulting shape and name it "body" then move to the remaining, 38 by 10px shape and name it "interior".


Step 3

Reselect that "body" shape, focus on the Graphic Styles panel and simply add the "body" graphic style. Make sure that your "body" shape stays selected and move to the Appearance panel. Select the fills one by one and edit the colors used for the gradients as shown in the following image.


Step 4

Reselect that "interior" shape, focus on the Graphic Styles panel and simply add the "interior" graphic style. Make sure that your "interior" shape stays selected, move to the Appearance panel, select the fills one by one and edit those colors as shown in the following image.



13. Add Highlights and Create the Handle of the Tea Mug

Step 1

Select "body" and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 1px up. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=205 G=229 B=208 and change its Blending Mode to Color Burn.


Step 2

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create an 18 by 30px shape, place it as shown in the first image and add the "red" graphic style. Continue with the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 12 by 24px shape, place it as shown in the second image and add the same "red" graphic style. Select both shapes made in this step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel.


Step 3

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create two, 2 by 5px shapes and place them as shown in the first image. Add the "red" graphic style for both shapes and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 1px radius, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Select the resulting shapes along with the shape made in the previous step and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Select "body", make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F) and bring it to front (Shift + Control + ] ). Select this copy along with the shape made in this step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Move to the Layers panel and name the resulting shape "handle".


Step 4

Reselect that "handle" shape, focus on the Graphic Styles panel and simply add the "handle" graphic style. Make sure that your "handle" shape stays selected and move to the Appearance panel. Select the fills one by one and edit the colors used for the gradients as shown in the following image.



14. Add the Tea Bag

Step 1

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create 1 by 21px shape, fill it with R=174 G=161 B=135 and place it as shown in the first image. Make sure that this new shape stays selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 0.5px radius, click OK and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the properties shown in the following image and click OK.


Step 2

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 1px square, fill it with R=154 G=141 B=115 and place it as shown in the first image. Make a copy of this tiny shape (Control + C > Control + F) and place it as shown in the second image. Make sure that the Rectangle Tool (M) is still active, create a new 1px square, fill it with R=194 G=181 B=155 and place it as shown in the third image.


Step 3

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 9px square, fill it with the linear gradient shown below and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new shape stays selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 2px radius, click OK and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the properties shown in the following image, click OK and focus on the Appearance panel. Add a 1pt stroke, align it to inside and set the color at R=169 G=124 B=80. Grab the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 1px circle, fill it with R=169 G=124 B=80 and place it as shown in the second image.



15. Add Shading to the Tea Mug

Step 1

Select all the shapes that make up this new cup and Group them (Control + G). Duplicate this new group (Control + C > Control + F), select the copy, go to Object > Expand Appearance then click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with white.


Step 2

Make sure that your white shape is still selected, make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F) and send it to back (Shift + Control + [ ). Move to the Layers panel, select this copy and simply add the "shadow" graphic style from the Graphic Styles panel.


Step 3

Select the top, white shape and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the properties shown in the following image, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Ungroup (Shift + Control + G) the resulting group of shapes. Select the masked shape and change its Blending Mode to Overlay then delete the remaining white shape. Finally, select all the shapes that make up this mug and Group them (Control + G). Move to the Layers panel and lock this new group. This will be your tea mug icon.



16. Create the Main Shapes of the Tea Cup

Step 1

Using the Ellipse Tool (M), create a 34 by 20px shape and add the "black" graphic style then create a 48 by 10px shape, place it as shown in the second image and add that same "black" graphic style. Select both shapes and hit Alt + Control + B (or go to Object > Blend > Make) then go to Object > Blend > Blend Options. Select Specified Step from that drop-down menu, enter "100" in that white box and click OK. Make sure that your blend is still selected and go to Object > Expand. Select the resulting group of shapes and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel.


Step 2

Select the shape made in the previous step and go to Effect > Warp > Squeeze. Enter the properties shown below, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Ungroup the resulting group (Shift + Control + G) then select that black shape and lower its Opacity to 30% (or add the "black" graphic style).


Step 3

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 46 by 10px shape, place it as shown in the first image, add the "red" graphic style then duplicate it (Control + C > Control + F). Select this copy along with the black shape and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Ungroup the resulting group of shapes (Shift + Control + G). Delete the top, black shape (pointed by the arrow in the following image) then move to the Layers panel. Double click on the remaining, 46 by 10px shape and name it "interior" then double click on the remaining black shape and name it "body".


Step 4

Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid) then go to Edit > Preferences > General and make sure that the Keyboard Increment is set at 1px. Select "body" and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 2px down. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown in the following image and increase the its Opacity to 100%. Make sure that this golden gradient is still active, focus on the Swatches panel (Window > Swatches) and simply click on the New Swatch button (pointed by the little, blue arrow in the following image) to save it.


Step 5

Reselect that "body" shape, focus on the Graphic Styles panel and simply add the "body" graphic style.


Step 6

Reselect that "interior" shape, focus on the Graphic Styles panel and simply add the "interior" graphic style.


Step 7

Enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 21 by 9px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Send this new shape to back (Shift + Control + [ ) add the "body" graphic style then focus on the Appearance panel and simply remove the top fill.


Step 8

Select the shape made in the previous step and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F) then select "body" and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 1px Offset and click OK. Select both shapes made in this step and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with that golden linear gradient.



17. Create the Handle of the Tea Cup

Step 1

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create an 11px circle and place it as shown in the first image. Fill it with none, but add a 2pt stroke and set its color at R=237 G=28 B=36. Make sure that this new shape is selected and go to Object > Path > Add Anchor Points. Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the two anchor points highlighted in the first image and simply hit the Delete button from your keyboard. Select the resulting path, open the Stroke panel (Window > Stroke) and check the Round Cap button.


Step 2

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a new 11px circle and place it as shown in the first image. Fill it with none, but add that same 2pt, red (R=237 G=28 B=36) stroke and go to Object > Path > Add Anchor Points. Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the five anchor points highlighted in the first image and delete them. Select the resulting path and check the Round Cap button from the Stroke panel.


Step 3

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 15px circle and place it as shown in the first image. Fill it with none, add that 2pt, red (R=237 G=28 B=36) stroke and go to Object > Path > Add Anchor Points. Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A) and delete the five anchor points highlighted in the first image. Select the resulting path and check the Round Cap button from the Stroke panel.


Step 4

Make sure that the Direct Selection Tool (A) is still active, select the two anchor points highlighted in the first image and hit Control + J (or go to Object > Path > Join). Continue with the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the two anchor points highlighted in the third image and go again to Object > Path > Join (or hit Control + J).


Step 5

Make sure that the red path is still selected, go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke then send the resulting shape to back (Shift + Control + [ ). Move to the Layers panel and name it "handle".


Step 6

Reselect that "handle" shape, focus on the Graphic Styles panel and simply add the "handle" graphic style. Make sure that your "handle" shape stays selected and move to the Appearance panel. Select those fills one by one and edit the colors used for the gradients as shown in the following image. Also, open the Offset Path effect applied for the third fill and set the Offset at -0.75px then open the Transform effect applied for the same fill and enter the properties shown in the following image.



18. Add Shading to the Tea Cup

Step 1

Select all the shapes that make up this new cup and Group them (Control + G). Duplicate this new group (Control + C > Control + F), select the copy, go to Object > Expand Appearance then click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with white.


Step 2

Make sure that your white shape is still selected, make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F) and send it to back (Shift + Control + [ ). Move to the Layers panel, select this copy and simply add the "shadow" graphic style from the Graphic Styles panel.


Step 3

Select the top, white shape and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the properties shown in the following image, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Ungroup (Shift + Control + G) the resulting group of shapes. Select the masked shape and change its Blending Mode to Overlay then delete the remaining white shape. Finally, select all the shapes that make up this new cup and Group them (Control + G). Move to the Layers panel and lock this new group. This will be your tea cup icon.



19. Create the Main Shapes of the Coffee Cup

Step 1

Using the Ellipse Tool (M), create a 20 by 4px shape and add the "red" graphic style. Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 20 by 8px shape, place it as shown in the second image and add the "red" graphic style. Focus on the top side of this new rectangle and grab the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the left anchor point and drag it 1px to the left then select the right anchor point and drag it 1px to the right. Select both shapes made in this step and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel.


Step 2

Using the Ellipse Tool (M), create a 22 by 4px shape, place it as shown in the first image and add the "black" graphic style. Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 22 by 41px shape, place it as shown in the second image and add the "black" graphic style. Focus on the top side of this new rectangle and grab the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the left anchor point and drag it 4px to the left then select the right anchor point and drag it 4px to the right. Select both shapes made in this step and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel.


Step 3

Using the Ellipse Tool (M), create a 32 by 6px and place it as shown in the first image. Select it along with the black shape and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Move to the Layers panel and name the resulting shape "body". Select it and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Select this copy along with the red shape and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Get back to the Layers panel and name the resulting shape "bodySupport".


Step 4

Select "bodySupport", increase the Opacity to 100% then replace the flat color used for the fill with the linear gradient shown in the first image. Select "body", increase the Opacity to 100% then replace the flat color used for the fill with the linear gradient shown in the second image.


Step 5

Select "bodySupport" and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F) then select "body" and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 1px Offset and click OK. Select both shapes made in this step and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black and lower its Opacity to 5%.


Step 6

Select "body" and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F) then select "bodySupport" and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 1px Offset and click OK. Select both shapes made in this step and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Bring the resulting shape to front (Shift + Control + ] ), fill it with black, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light and lower its Opacity to 30%.


Step 7

Select "body" and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 32 by 6px shape, place it as shown in the second image, add the "black" graphic style and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 1px Offset and click OK. Select the resulting shape along with the "body" copy and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light and raise its Opacity to 50%.



20. Create the Cap of the Coffee Cup

Step 1

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 32 by 2px shape, place it as shown in the first image and add the "black" graphic style. Select both black shapes and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel.


Step 2

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 32 by 6px shape, place it as shown in the first image, add the "red" graphic style then duplicate it (Control + C > Control + F). Select this copy along with the black shape made in the previous step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, raise its Opacity to 100% then replace the flat color used for the fill with the linear gradient shown in the following image.


Step 3

Select the remaining red shape, raise its Opacity to 100% then replace the flat color used for the fill with the radial gradient shown in the following image.


Step 4

Re-select the squeezed circle edited in the previous step and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 1px up. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black, lower its Opacity to 50% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.


Step 5

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 28 by 4px shape, place it as shown in the first image and add the "black" graphic style. Switch to the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 28 by 2px shape, place it as shown in the second image and add that same "black" graphic style. Select both shapes made in this step and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel.


Step 6

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 28 by 4px shape, place it as shown in the first image, add that "red" graphic style then duplicate it (Control + C > Control + F). Select this copy along with the black shape made in the previous step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, raise its Opacity to 100% then replace the flat color used for the fill with the linear gradient shown in the following image.


Step 7

Select the remaining red shape, raise its Opacity to 100% then replace the flat color used for the fill with the radial gradient shown in the following image.


Step 8

Re-select the squeezed circle edited in the previous step and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 1px up. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black, lower its Opacity to 50% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.


Step 9

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 4 by 2px shape, fill it with R=226 G=226 B=223 and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the properties shown in the following image and click OK.



21. Add Shading to the Coffee Cup

Step 1

Select all the shapes that make up this new cup and Group them (Control + G). Duplicate this new group (Control + C > Control + F), select the copy then click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with white.


Step 2

Make sure that your white shape is still selected, make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F) and send it to back (Shift + Control + [ ). Move to the Layers panel, select this copy and simply add the "shadow" graphic style from the Graphic Styles panel.


Step 3

Select the top, white shape and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the properties shown in the following image, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Ungroup (Shift + Control + G) the resulting group of shapes. Select the masked shape and change its Blending Mode to Overlay then delete the remaining white shape. Finally, select all the shapes that make up this new cup and Group them (Control + G). Move to the Layers panel and lock this new group. This will be your coffee cup icon.



Congratulations! You're done.

Here is how it should look. I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and can apply these techniques in your future projects.


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