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How to Create a Detailed Fire Extinguisher in Adobe Illustrator

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In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a detailed fire extinguisher illustration in Adobe Illustrator. We'll be creating base shapes using basic shapes and the Pathfinder panel and then adding detailing with gradients and the Appearance panel.


Step 1

Hit Control + N to create a New document. Enter 600 in the width and height boxes 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. Now, turn on the Grid (View > Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid).

For starters you'll need a grid every 5px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid, enter 5 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 set the unit of measurement to pixels from Edit > Preferences > Unit > General. Al these options will significantly increase your work speed.


Step 2

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 105 by 290px shape, fill it with black and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter an 8px radius, click OK and go to Effect > Warp > Arc Lower. Enter the data shown in the following image, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance.


Step 3

Continue with the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 35 by 75px shape, fill it with black and place it as shown in the first image. Switch to the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 105 by 110px shape, fill it with black and place it as shown in the second image. Select both shapes along with the one made in the previous step, open the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder) and click on the Unite button.


Step 4

Focus on the top side of the shape made in the previous step. Have a closer look at the left and right edges and you'll notice two little gaps. Using the Rectangle (M), create two simple squares (5 by 5px) and use them to cover those gaps as shown in the second. Fill both shapes with R=237 G=28 B=36 then select them along with the black shape and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel.


Step 5

For this step you will 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 and grab the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the two anchor points highlighted in the first image and go to File > Scripts > Other Script. Open the Round Any Corner Script, enter a 7px Radius and click OK. In the end your shape should look like in the second image.


Step 6

For the following step you will need a grid every 1px. So, go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 1 in the Gridline every box. With the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 35 by 36px shape, fill it with R=237 G=28 B=36 and place it as shown in the following image. Select this new shape along with the one edited in the previous step and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Move to the Layers panel, double click on your red shape and name it "body". We're going to use this shape a lot of times and naming it will make it easier for you to find it when you'll need it.


Step 7

Return to "gridline every 5px". So, go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 5 in the Gridline every box. Select "body" and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 105 by 40px shape and place it as shown in the second image. Fill it with none, but add a 1pt stroke. Pick a dark red for the color, align it to outside and go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke. Select the resulting path along with the copy made in the beginning of the step and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Ungroup (Shift + Control + G) then resulting group of shapes then remove the top path (pointed by the arrow in the fourth image).


Step 8

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 the thin path made in the previous step, change its Blending Mode to Multiply, fill it with the linear gradient shown in the first image then make a copy in back (Control + C > Control + B). Move to the Layers panel, select this copy, move it 1px down, fill it with white and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.


Step 9

Enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Select "body" and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 105 by 30px shape and place it as shown in the second image. Fill it with none, but add a 1pt stroke. Pick a dark red for the color, align it to outside and go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke. Select the resulting path along with the "body" copy and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Ungroup (Shift + Control + G) then resulting group of shapes then remove the top path.


Step 10

Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Select the path made in the previous step, change its Blending Mode to Multiply, fill it with the linear gradient shown in the first image then make copy in back (Control + C > Control + B). Select this copy, move it 1px down, fill it with white and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.


Step 11

Enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Grab the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 55 by 30px shape and place it as shown in the following image. Fill it with none, but add a 1pt stroke. Pick a dark red for the color, align it to outside and open the Appearance panel. Make sure that this squeezed circle is still selected, focus on the Appearance panel and add a second stroke using the Add New Stroke button. Select this new stroke from the Appearance panel, make it blue, set the size at 1pt, align it to outside and go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 1px Offset, click OK then go to Object > Expand Appearance.


Step 12

Reselect "body" and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Select it along with the dark red shape made in the previous step and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Ungroup (Shift + Control + G) then resulting group of shapes, remove the top path then select the other path, fill it with R=178 G=8 B=14 and change its Blending Mode to Multiply.


Step 13

Reselect "body" and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Select it along with the blue shape made in the eleventh step and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Ungroup (Shift + Control + G) then resulting group of shapes, remove the top path then select the other path, fill it with white and change its Blending Mode to Soft Light.


Step 14

Switch to "gridline every 1px". Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 1 by 244px shape, fill it with black, place it as shown in the first image then duplicate it. Select this copy, fill it with white and move it 1px up and to the right using the arrow keys from your keyboard.


Step 15

Return to "gridline every 5px". Reselect the white rectangle made in the previous step and send it to back (Shift + Control + [ ). Select it along with the thin, white shapes edited in the eighth and the tenth steps then click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel.


Step 16

Reselect the black rectangle made in the fourteenth step and send it to back (Shift + Control + [ ). Select it along with the thin, red shapes edited in the eighth and the tenth steps then click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel.


Step 17

Reselect "body" and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Select all the shapes highlighted in the second image (basically all the shapes created so far, except "body" and the "body" copy) and Group them (Control + G). Make a copy of this group (Control + C > Control + F), select it, click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel them go to Object > Compound Path > Make.


Step 18

Select the compound path and the "body" copy made in the previous step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Move to the Layers panel, ungroup (Shift + Control + G) the resulting group and fill the five main shapes with the colors shown in the third image. You might also get some really thin shapes. Get rid of them.


Step 19

Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Select the yellow shape and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 5px to the right and 1px up. 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, lower its Opacity to 40% and change the Blending Mode to Overlay.


Step 20

Select the yellow shape and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 5px to the left. 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, lower its Opacity to 70% and change the Blending Mode to Color Burn.


Step 21

Select the blue shape and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 3px up and 5px to the right. 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, lower its Opacity to 40% and change the Blending Mode to Overlay.


Step 22

Select the blue shape and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 2px up and 4px to the left. 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, lower its Opacity to 70% and change the Blending Mode to Color Burn.


Step 23

Select the green shape and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 2px up and 5px to the right. 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, lower its Opacity to 40% and change the Blending Mode to Overlay.


Step 24

Reselect the yellow shape, make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F) and enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create two, 20 by 30px shapes and place them as shown in the second image. Fill both rectangles with black and turn them into a compound path (Object > Compound Path > Make). Select it along with the copy of the yellow shape and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown in the following image and lower their Opacity to 20%. Reselect both shapes and send them to back (Shift + Control + [ ). We'll bring them back in front later.


Step 25

Move to the Layers panel and delete the five shapes made in the eighteenth step. Reselect all the shapes created so far (except "body" and the two paths made in the previous step) and Group them (Control + G).


Step 26

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 20 by 280px shape, fill it with white and place it as shown in the first image. Select this rectangle, lower its Opacity to 10% and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 10px radius, click OK and go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 5px radius and click OK. Move to the Layers panel and drag this blurred rectangle below the group made in the previous step.


Step 27

Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Reselect "body" and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -1px Offset and click OK. Select the resulting shape and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Select it and move it 1px up. Reselect both shapes made in this step 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 change its Blending Mode to Soft Light.


Step 28

Reselect "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=121 G=2 B=4 and lower its Opacity to 75%.


Step 29

Reselect "body" and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 7px up and 10px to the right. 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, lower its Opacity to 80% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.


Step 30

Reselect "body" and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 1px to the right. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=199 G=10 B=18 and change the Blending Mode to Color Burn.


Step 31

Reselect "body" and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 3px down and 5px to the left. 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 change the Blending Mode to Color Burn.


Step 32

Select all the shapes created in the last six steps and Group them (Control + G).


Step 33

Enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Reselect "body" and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create an 85 by 375px shape and place it as shown in the second image. Fill it with black and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 50px radius, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Select the resulting shape along with the copy made in the beginning of the step and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown in the following image and change its Blending Mode to Soft Light.


Step 34

Reselect "body" and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create an 85 by 350px shape and place it as shown in the second image. Fill it with black and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 50px radius, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Select the resulting shape along with the copy made in the beginning of the step and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown in the following image, lower its Opacity to 50% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.


Step 35

Reselect the shape made in the thirty-third step, make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F) and bring it to front (Shift + Control + ] ). Select this copy, fill it with the linear gradient shown in the following image then lower its Opacity to 50% and change the Blending Mode to Normal. Reselect the two shapes made in the twenty-fourth step and bring them back to front (Shift + Control + ] ). Select these three shapes along with the two shapes made in the last two steps and Group them (Control + G).


Step 36

Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Reselect "body" and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Select this "body" copy and turn it into a mesh using the Mesh Tool (U). Add six simple mesh points as shown in the second image.


Step 37

Focus on the mesh made in the previous step, select those mesh points one by one and use the colors as shown in the following image.


Step 38

Select all the shapes created so far (except the "body" shape) and Group them (Control + G).


Step 39

Enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid), switch to "gridline every 1px" and focus on the top side of the group made in the previous step. Grab the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 35 by 15px shape, fill it with the linear gradient shown below and place it as shown in the following image.


Step 40

Focus on the shape made in the previous step, grab the Add Anchor Point Tool(+) and add four new anchor points as shown in the first image. Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A), select those new anchor points and simply drag them 3px down.


Step 41

Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Select the shape made in the previous step and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Select it, move it 1px down then make a copy in back (Control + C > Control + B). Move to the Layers panel, select this copy and move it 1px down. Reselect both shapes made in this step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the white and change its Blending Mode to Soft Light.


Step 42

Reselect the shape made in the fortieth step and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Move to the Layers panel, select the bottom copy and move it 1px down. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=178 G=8 B=14 and change its Blending Mode to Multiply.


Step 43

Reselect the shape made in the fortieth 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 R=50 G=50 B=50 and lower its Opacity to 50%.


Step 44

Reselect the shape made in the fortieth step and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 2px up. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=195 G=195 B=195 and change its Blending Mode to Overlay.


Step 45

Reselect the shape made in the fortieth step and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 1px down. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=195 G=195 B=195 and change its Blending Mode to Overlay.


Step 46

Enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a two, 10 by 15px shape and place them as shown in the first image. Focus on the left rectangle, switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the right anchor points and drag them 3px down. Move to the right rectangle, select the left anchor points and drag them 3px down. Reselect both shapes, lower their Opacity to 20% then fill them with the linear gradients shown in the following image.


Step 47

Grab the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 15 by 6px shape, fill it with the linear gradient shown below, place it as shown in the first image and go to Object > Path > Add Anchor Points. Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A) and focus on the this new rectangle. Select the middle, left anchor point and move it 10px to the left then select the middle, right anchor point and move it 10px to the right. In the end your shape should look like in the second image.


Step 48

Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Reselect the hexagon made 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 and to the right. 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 third image. Select this new shape along with all the shapes made in the last nine steps and Group them (Control + G).


Step 49

Enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid) and return to "gridline every 5px". Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create an 85 by 10px shape and fill it with R=155 G=155 B=155. Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the top, left anchor point and move it 5px down.


Step 50

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 100 by 5px shape and fill it with R=155 G=155 B=155. Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the top, left anchor point and move it 5px up and to the right. Move to the top, right anchor point, select it and move it 20px up. Pick the Add Anchor Point Tool (+) and add a new anchor point as shown in the second image. Select it using the Direct Selection Tool (A) and move it 10px to the right. In the end your shape should look like in the third image.


Step 51

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 90 by 25px shape, fill it with white and place it as shown in the first image. Select this squeezed circle along with the shape made in the previous step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape and go to Object > Transform > Rotate. Enter a -35 degrees angle and click OK.


Step 52

Switch to "gridline every 1px". Select the shape edited in the previous step and place it as shown in the following image. Select both grey shapes and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 2px radius, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance.


Step 53

Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid), select the bottom, grey shape and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -1px Offset and click OK. Select the resulting shape and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Select this copy and move it 1px down. Reselect both shapes made in this step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown in the following image.


Step 54

Select the bottom, grey shape and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -1px Offset and click OK. Select the resulting shape and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Select this copy and move it 1px up. Reselect both shapes made in this step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown in the following image.


Step 55

Select the bottom, grey shape and focus on the Appearance panel. First, replace the flat color used for the fill with the linear gradient shown in the following image. Next, add a 1pt, black stroke for this shape and align it to inside.


Step 56

Select the other grey shape and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -1px Offset and click OK. Select the resulting shape and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Select this copy and move it 1px up. Reselect both shapes made in this step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown in the following image.


Step 57

Reselect that grey shape and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -1px Offset and click OK. Select the resulting shape and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Select this copy and move it 1px down. Reselect both shapes made in this step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown in the following image.


Step 58

Reselect that grey shape and focus on the Appearance panel. First, replace the flat color used for the fill with the linear gradient shown in the following image. Next, add a 1pt, black stroke for this shape and align it to inside.


Step 59

Enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 6px circle, fill it with the radial gradient shown below and place it as shown in the following image.


Step 60

Reselect the circle made in the previous step and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the bottom copy and move it 1px up and to the left. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black. Reselect the circle made in the previous step and make two new copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 1px up and to the left. 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.


Step 61

Select all the shapes created in the last twelve steps and Group them (Control + G). Select this new group and place it as shown in the following image.


Step 62

Return to "gridline every 5px". Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 10 by 15px shape, fill it with the linear gradient shown below and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 3px radius, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance.


Step 63

Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Reselect the shape made in the previous step and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F), Select the top copy and move it 1px to the left. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=88 G=89 B=91. Reselect the shape made in the previous step and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F), Select the top copy and move it 2px to the left. 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.


Step 64

Enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 15 by 25px shape, fill it with the linear gradient shown below, place it as shown in the following image and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 5px radius, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance.


Step 65

Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Reselect the shape made in the previous step and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F), Select the top copy and move it 1px to the left. 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.


Step 66

Enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Select all the shapes created in the last four steps and Group them (Control + G). Send this new group to back (Shift + Control + [ ) then place it as shown in the following image.


Step 67

Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Pick the Pen Tool (P) or the Paintbrush Tool (B) and draw a curved path as shown in the first image. Add an 8px stroke for this path, set its color at R=35 G=35 B=35 and go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke. Focus on the Layers panel, reselect the grey rounded rectangle made in the sixty-second step, make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F) and drag it in the top of the Layers panel. Select this copy along with the expanded stroke and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. In the end your shape should look like in the fourth image.


Step 68

Reselect the shape made in the previous step and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -1px Offset and click OK. Select the resulting shape and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Select this copy and move it 1px down and to the left. Reselect both shapes made in this step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting group of shapes, turn it into a compound path (Object > Compound Path > Make) and fill it with R=55 G=55 B=55.


Step 69

Reselect the shape made in the sixty-seventh step and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -1px Offset and click OK. Select the resulting shape and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Select this copy and move it 1px down and 2px to the left. Reselect both shapes made in this step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Turn the resulting group of shapes into a compound path (Object > Compound Path > Make) and fill it with R=105 G=105 B=105.


Step 70

Reselect the shape made in the sixty-seventh step and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -1px Offset and click OK. Select the resulting shape and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Select this copy and move it 1px to the right. Reselect both shapes made in this step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Turn the resulting group of shapes into a compound path (Object > Compound Path > Make) and fill it with R=75 G=75 B=75.


Step 71

Reselect the shape made in the sixty-seventh step, focus on the Appearance panel, add a 1pt, black stroke and align it to inside. Select this path along with the compound paths made in the last three steps and Group them (Control + G).


Step 72

Enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 55 by 195px shape and fill it with the linear gradient shown in the following image. Focus on the top side of this rectangle and switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the left anchor point and move it 15px to the right then select the right anchor point and move it 15px to the left.


Step 73

Reselect the shape made in the previous step and go to Effect > Warp > Arc Lower. Enter the data shown below, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Once again, you'll need the Round Any Corner script. Grab the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the top anchor points and go to File > Scripts > Other Script. Open the Round Any Corner Script, enter a 10px Radius and click OK. Move to the bottom side, select both anchor points and go to File > Scripts > Other Script. Open the Round Any Corner Script, enter a 2px Radius and click OK.


Step 74

Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Reselect the shape made in the previous step and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -1px Offset and click OK. Select the resulting shape and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Select it and move it 1px up. Reselect both shapes made in this step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown in the following image.


Step 75

Reselect the shape made in seventy-third step and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -1px Offset and click OK. Select the resulting shape and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Select it and move it 5px to the left. Reselect both shapes made in this step 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 lower its Opacity to 50%.


Step 76

Reselect the shape made in seventy-third step 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 R=50 G=50 B=50.


Step 77

Reselect the shape made in seventy-third step, focus on the Appearance panel and add a second fill using the Add New Fill button. Select it, change the Blending Mode to Overlay, add the linear gradient shown in the following image and go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -10px Offset, click OK and go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 5px radius and click OK.


Step 78

Reselect the shape made in seventy-third step and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 20 by 200px shape, fill it with white and place it as shown in the second image. Focus on the top side of this rectangle and grab the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the left anchor point and move it 5px to the right then select the right anchor point and move it 5px to the left.


Step 79

Reselect the two shapes made in the previous step and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown in the following image, lower its Opacity to 45% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.


Step 80

Enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 15 by 10px shape, fill it with the linear gradient shown below, place it as shown in the following image and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 5px radius, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Select the resulting shape and send it to back (Shift + Control + [ ).


Step 81

Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid), reselect the shape made in the previous step and make two copies in front (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Select the top copy and move it 1px down. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=88 G=89 B=91.


Step 82

Reselect all the shapes created in the last ten steps and Group them (Control + G). Select this new group, rotate it a little then place it as shown in the following image.


Step 83

Reselect the group made in the previous step along with the one made in the seventy-first step and Group them (Control + G). Select this new group and make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F). Select it and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with a flat black.


Step 84

Reselect the black shape made in the previous step and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown in the top window, click OK and go again to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown in the middle window, click OK and go one more time to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown in the bottom window and click OK.


Step 85

Next, you need to mask the shape edited in the previous step. Open the Transparency panel (Window > Transparency). Reselect "body", make a copy in front (Control + C > Control + F), bring it to front (Shift + Control + ] ) and fill it with white. Select this white shape along with the black shape edited in the previous step, open the fly-out menu of the Transparency panel and click on Make Opacity Mask. In the end your masked shape should look like in the third image.


Step 86

Focus on the Layers panel, select the masked shape from the previous step and drag it below the group made in the eighty-third step. Switch to "gridline every 1px" and enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 109 by 34px shape, fill it with black and place it as shown in the following image.


Step 87

Reselect the black shape made in the previous step, send it to back (Shift + Control + [ ) then focus on the Appearance panel and add three new fills. Make sure that all the fills are black then select the bottom fill, lower its Opacity to 10% and go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 3px Offset, click OK and go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 5px radius and click OK. Move up to the next fill, select it, lower the Opacity to 5% and go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 3px Offset and click OK. Move up to the next fill, select it, lower the Opacity to 5% and go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 2px Offset and click OK. Finally, select the top fill and lower its Opacity to 10%.


Step 88

Select all the shapes created so far (expect the mesh and the black shape edited in the previous step) and duplicate them (Control + C > Control + F). Select all these copies and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown in the following image, lower its Opacity to 25% and change the Blending Mode to Color Dodge.


Conclusion

Now your work is done. Here is how it should look.

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