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How to Create a Nail Polish Bottle with Basic Shapes and Gradients

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In this quick tutorial you will create two nail varnish/polish bottles using Adobe Illustrator. We will use a Warp Effects, some gradients and the Pathfinder panel. You can use at as an icon or as a template for designing nail polish labels. Useful and very easy to create!


Step 1. Creating a Bottle Shape

First open a New web document 300 x 300px. Take the Rounded Rectangle and draw a 70 x 100 px rectangle with corner radius 10 px. No matter what color of rectangle you choose.

Select a rectangle and go to Effect menu, choose a Warp option and then Shell Upper style. In the dialog option choose a horizontal and the bend put a 5%. When you finished with it, go to Object menu and select an Expand Appearance.

Make a two copies of shape: select a shape and click a Ctrl + C and than twice a Ctrl + F. Now you have a three copies. Two of them we need for making a bottom and sides of bottle. Choose a top shape and move it up as shown in the picture. It is not necessary to recolor one shape as in the picture. I did this for better understandig where to put a top shape. After that select two shapes: top and middle shapes. Go to Pathfinder panel, choose in Shape Mode menu - Minus Front. You will get a shape as shown in the picture 3.

Select a new shape, take a Direct Selection Tool (A). Select an internal left point and move it to the right about 3-4 steps, than select an internal right point and move it to the left about 3-4 steps. Use picture as reference.

Select a new shape, take a Direct Selection Tool (A). Select a left top point, choose a right handle and move it to the left. Than choose a right top point, choose a left handle and drag it to the left. Play with other points and handles for getting better result.

Now we will add some highlights. Select a main shape of bottle, make a copy Ctrl + C, put it in the front Ctrl+F. Go to Transform panel, put a point in the middle top and put a size of a shape to 60 x 90 px. With the Ellipse Tool (L), draw a 20 x 120 ellipse. Put it on the center of newly made shape. Select an ellipse and new made shape, go to Pathfinder panel, in the Shape Mode menu select a Minus Front Tool.

Take the Rectangle Tool (M) and draw a 25 x 7 px rectangle.

Now put both shapes together as shown in picture. Send the smaller Rectangle back.


Step 2. Creating a bottle cup

Take the Rounded Rectangle Tool and draw a 25 x 150 px rectangle with corner radius 5 px.

Select a rectangle and go to Effect menu, choose a Warp option and then Shell Lower style. In the dialog option choose a horizontal and the bend put a 3%. When you finished with it, go to Object menu and select an Expand Appearance.

Now we have a shape of nail polish bottle with a cup.


Step 3. Coloring a transparent nail polish.

Select a cup and color it in to linear graident: Location 0% R0 G0 B0, Location 60% R50 G50 B50, Location 100% R0 G0 B0.

Select a main shape of bottle and color it in to radial gradient, as shown in the picture.

Select a bottom of the bottle and color it in to radial gradient, as shown in the picture. Please, pay attention on the location of radial gradient.

Select the and color them in to white. Select a rectangle and color it into linear gradient from R210 G210 B210 to white.


Step 4. Adding brush to transparent nail polish

Take the Rounded Rectangle Tool and draw a 7 x 77 px rectangle with corner radius 10 px. Color it into gradient as shown in the picture.

Take the Pen Tool (P) and draw a brush shape. Color it into gradient. Use picture as reference

Select two parts of brush and put them together and then put them into the bottle. Play with location, gradients for getting better result.


Step 5. Coloring a pink nail polish

Make a copy of your nail polish. Recolor it in to pink gradients and colors. Use picture as reference.


Conclusion

We are done! Using a mixture of colors and even patterns, you could create your own nail polish line!

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