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How to Create a Tractor Illustration in Illustrator

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In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a tractor illustration. Learn how to build pixel perfect graphics in Adobe Illustrator CS5. We'll use multiple tools too build basic shapes, color them, then add texture and shading, with a complete workflow. The professional vector techniques you'll learn in this tutorial will allow you to create high quality icons, application branding, game graphics and more.


Step 1

Hit Command + N to create a new document. Enter 700 in the width box and 600 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.

Now, turn on the Grid (View > Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Next, 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. All these options will significantly increase your work speed.



Step 2

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 385 by 155px shape. Fill it with R=193, G=39, B=45, remove the color from the stroke, and switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the top, left anchor point and move it 30px to the right, then select the bottom, right anchor point and move it 20px to the left.

Make sure that this shape is still selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 25px radius, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Move to the Layers panel, Double-click on the resulting shape and name it "Red".



Step 3

Reselect "Red", focus on the Appearance panel and add a new fill using the Add New Fill button. It's the little, white square icon located at the bottom of the Appearance panel. Select this new fill from the Appearance panel, make it black, lower its Opacity to 3%, change the blending mode to Multiply and go to Effect > Artistic > Film Grain. Enter the data shown below and click OK.

Keep focusing on this shape and add a first stroke. Make it 2pt wide, set its color at R=255, G=75, B=81, and align it to inside. Make sure that your shape is still selected and add a new stroke using the Add New Stroke button. It's the black square icon located at the bottom, left corner of the Appearance panel. Select this new stroke, make it 1pt wide, set its color at R=99, G=0, B=7, and align it to inside.



Step 4

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 20px square, fill it with R=99, G=0, B=7, and place it as shown in the following image. The Snap to Grid will ease your work. Add a 2pt stroke for this shape, set its color at R=255, G=75, B=81, and align it to inside. Add a second stroke for this square, make it 1pt wide, set its color at R=99, G=0, B=7, and align it to inside.

Reselect this square, make sure that no fill or stroke is selected (in the Appearance panel) and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 5px radius, click OK then go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown below and click OK.



Step 5

Pick the Rectangle Tool, create a 300 by 20px shape, fill it with R=255, G=75, B=81, and place it as shown in the following image. Lower the Opacity of this new shape to 50%, change its blending mode to Overlay and go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 7px radius and click OK.



Step 6

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create an 85 by 130px shape, fill it with the linear gradient shown in the following image and place it as shown in the first image.

Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the top, left anchor point and move it 35px to the right. Make sure that this shape is still selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounder Corners. Enter a 5px radius, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance.



Step 7

Reselect "Red" and make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + F). Select this copy, along with the shape created in the previous step, open the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder) and click on the Intersect button.

Select the resulting shape and focus on the Appearance panel. Add a first stroke, make it 2pt wide, set its color at R=179, G=179, B=179, and align it to inside. Add a second stroke for this shape, make it 1pt wide, set its color at R=77, G=77, B=77, and align it to inside.

Reselect this entire shape, make sure that no fill or stroke is selected (in the Appearance panel) and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown in the final image and click OK.



Step 8

Pick the Pen Tool (P), draw a 50px, horizontal path and place it as shown in the first image. Add a 1pt stroke for this path, set its color at R=51, G=51, B=51, and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown below, click OK then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Again, enter the numbers shown in the following image and click OK.



Step 9

Reselect the shape created in the seventh step and make a copy in front. Bring it to front (Shift + Command + ] ) and hit the D button from your keyboard to replace the existing properties from the Appearance panel with the default properties (a white fill and a 1pt, black stroke). Now get rid of that stroke.

Select the remaining white shape, along wih the path created in the previous step and activate the Transparency panel (Window > Transparency). Open the fly-out menu of this panel, and click on Make Opacity Mask. Now your horizontal path should look like the fourth image shown.



Step 10

Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and simply click on your artboard. Enter 130 in the width box and 1 in the height box, then click OK. Obviously, this will create a 130 by 1px shape.

Fill it with R=99, G=0, B=7, place it as shown in the first image and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown below, click OK then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Again, enter the data shown below and click OK.



Step 11

Reselect "Red", make a new copy in front (Command + C > Command + F) and bring it to front (Shift + Command + ] ). Again, you need to get rid of the properties applied for this copy. The D key is one of the fastest ways to do this. Keep the white fill, remove the color from the stroke and move to the next step.



Step 12

Go to Edit > Preferences > General and make sure that the Keyboard Increment is set at 1px. Reselect the shape created in the previous step and make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + F).

Select this copy and hit the left arrow ten times. This will move your shape ten pixels to the left. Reselect the two, white shapes and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown in the third image and lower its Opacity to 30%. The yellow zero from the gradient image stands for Opacity percentage.



Step 13

Reselect "Red" and make a new copy in front (Command + C > Command + F). Select this copy, replace the existing properties with a simple white fill, then duplicate it (Command + C > Command + F).

Select the top, white shape and move it 5px to the left. Reselect both, white shapes and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown in the final image, lower its Opacity to 50% and change the blending mode to Overlay.



Step 14

Reselect "Red" and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -10px Offset and click OK. Bring the resulting shape to front (Shift + Command + ] ). Replace the existing properties with a simple white fill and duplicate it (Command + C > Command + F).

Select this copy and move it 10px down and to the left. Reselect both, white shapes and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Lower the Opacity of the resulting shape to 80%, change its blending mode to Overlay and go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 5px radius and click OK.



Step 15

Select all the shapes created so far and group them (Command + G). Move to the Layers panel, Double-click on this new group and name it "Body".



Step 16

Re-enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 150px circle and place it as shown in the first image. Fill it with none and add an 80pt stroke. Select it, set its color at R=128, G=128, B=128, and open the Stroke panel. First, check the Dashed Line box and the "Align dashed to corners…" button. Next, enter 15pt in the dash box and 25pt in the gap box. In the end your path should look like the first image shown.

Move to the Layers panel and name it "Dashed Stroke". Reselect the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a new, 150px circle. Fill it with none and add a 40px stroke. Set its color at R=51, G=51, B=51, align it to inside and go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke. Move to the Layers panel and name the resulting shape "Tire".



Step 17

Select "Dashed Stroke", make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + F), bring it to front (Shift + Command + ] ) and go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke. Select the resulting compound path, remove the color from the fill, add a 1pt, black stroke and go again to Object > Path > Outline Stroke.



Step 18

Select "Tire" and make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + F). Select this copy, along with the compound path created in the previous step, and click on the Intersect 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 the radial gradient shown below. The white number from the gradient image stands for Location percentage.



Step 19

Select "Dashed Stroke", make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + F), bring it to front (Shift + Command + ] ) and go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke. Reselect "Tire" and make a new copy in front (Command + C > Command + F). Select the two paths created in this step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel.



Step 20

Select the group of shapes created in the previous step and turn it into a compound path (Object > Compound Path > Make). Make sure that it's filled with R=51, G=51, B=51, lower its Opacity to 50% and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the data shown below and click OK.



Step 21

Reselect "Tire", make a new copy in front (Command + C > Command + F), bring it to front (Shift + Command + ] ) and fill it with the radial gradient shown below. Select this new shape along with the compound path created in the previous step and go to the Transparency panel. Open the fly-out menu and click on Make Opacity Mask. In the end your shape should look like the fourth image shown.



Step 22

Reselect the masked shape from the previous step and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -2px Offset and click OK. Increase the Opacity of the resulting shape to 100%, fill it with a different color (to distinguish it from the rest of the shape) and make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + F).

Select this copy and open the Transform panel (Window > Transform). Make sure that the "Constrain" button is checked and simply enter "143" in the width box. This will make your copy a bit smaller. Again, you can pick another fill color for this shape so that you can spot the difference. Now, select this resized path, along with the other path created in the beginning of the step, and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel.



Step 23

Select the group of shapes resulted from the previous step, turn it into a compound path (Object > Compound Path > Make) and fill it with the linear gradient shown below.



Step 24

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 160px circle and place it as shown in the first image. Fill it with a random color and drag it below "Dashed Stroke" (in the Layers panel). Select "Dashed Stroke" and go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke.

Select the resulting path, along with the 160px circle, and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting group of shapes and turn it into a compound path (Object > Compound Path > Make).



Step 25

Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Next you need to add a bit of roundness for the path created in the previous step. Select it and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 5px radius and click OK. Most likely you will have some corners that did not get rounded.

This thing happens because there are two, very close anchor points. Pick the Delete Anchor Point Tool(-), focus on those areas and remove one of those anchor points. Once you have all the corners rounded go to Object > Expand Appearance.



Step 26

Select the path created in the previous step, bring it to front (Shift + Command + ] ) and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -2px Offset and click OK. Select the resulting path and make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + F). Select this copy, go to the Transform panel and enter "153" in the width box.



Step 27

Select the two paths created in the previous 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 the linear gradient shown below.



Step 28

Reselect the shape created in step 25, drag it below "Tire", select it along with this shape and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Make sure that the resulting shape is filled with R=51, G=51, B=51.



Step 29

Reselect the shape created in the previous step and focus on the Appearance panel. Add two new fills and use the radial gradients shown below. Remember that the yellow numbers from the gradient image stand for Opacity percentage, while the white numbers stand for location percentage. Return to the Appearance panel, select the second fill and lower its Opacity to 30%.



Step 30

Re-enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 70px circle, fill it with R=193, G=39, B=45, and place it as shown in the following image. Add a stroke for this shape, make it 2pt wide, set its color at R=99 G=0 B=7 and align it to outside. Add a second stroke for this shape, make it 1pt wide, set its color at R=255, G=75, B=81, and align it to outside.



Step 31

Reselect the shape created in the previous step and add a new stroke. Make it 7px wide, set its color at R=70, G=70, B=70, and align it to outside. Move to the Appearance panel, select this new stroke, drag it below the fill, and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the data shown below, click OK and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Again, enter the data shown below and click OK.



Step 32

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 60px circle, fill it with R=25, G=25, B=25, and place it as shown in the following image. Add a stroke for this shape, make it 2pt wide, set its color at R=70, G=70, B=70, and align it to inside. Add a second stroke for this shape, make it 1pt wide, color it black and align it to inside.



Step 33

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 30px circle, fill it with R=193, G=39, B=45, and place it as shown in the following image. Add a stroke for this shape, make it 2pt wide, set its color at R=255, G=75, B=81, and align it to outside. Add a second stroke for this shape, make it 1pt wide, set its color at R=99, G=0, B=7, and align it to outside.



Step 34

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a 15px circle. Fill it with R=99, G=0, B=7, place it as shown in the following image and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown below and click OK.



Step 35

Select all the shapes created in the last nineteen steps and group them (Command + G). Move to the Layers panel and name this new group "Front Wheel".



Step 36

Create a 230px circle and place it as shown in the first image. Fill it with none and add a 120pt stroke. Select it, set its color at R=128, G=128, B=128, and open the Stroke panel. First, check the Dashed Line box and the "Align dashed to corners…" button. Next, enter 15pt in the dash box and 35pt in the gap box. In the end your path should look like the first image image shown below.

Move to the Layers panel and name this new shape "Dashed Stroke". Reselect the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a new, 230px circle. Fill it with none and add a 60px stroke. Set its color at R=51, G=51, B=51, align it to inside and go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke. Move to the Layers panel and name the resulting shape "Tire".



Step 37

Select "Dashed Stroke", make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + F), bring it to front (Shift + Command + ] ) and go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke. Select the resulting compound path, remove the color from the fill, add a 1pt, black stroke and go again to Object > Path > Outline Stroke.



Step 38

Select "Tire" and make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + F). Select this copy, along with the compound path created in the previous step and click on the Intersect 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 the radial gradient shown below.



Step 39

Select "Dashed Stroke", make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + F), bring it to front (Shift + Command + ] ) and go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke. Reselect "Tire" and make a new copy in front (Command + C > Command + F). Select the two paths created in this step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel.



Step 40

Select the group of shapes resulted from the previous step and turn it into a compound path (Object > Compound Path > Make). Make sure that it's filled with R=51, G=51, B=51, lower its Opacity to 50%, and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the data shown below and click OK.



Step 41

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 230px circle, place it as shown in the first image and fill it with the radial gradient shown below. Select this new shape, along with the compound path created in the previous step, open the fly-out menu of the Transparency panel and click on Make Opacity Mask. In the end your shape should look like the third image shown.



Step 42

Reselect the masked shape from the previous step and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -3px Offset and click OK. Increase the Opacity of the resulting shape to 100% and make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + F).

Select this copy and open the Transform panel. Make sure that the "Constrain" button is checked and enter "220" in the width box. Select this resized path, along with the other path created in the beginning of the step, and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel.



Step 43

Select the group of shapes resulted from the previous step, turn it into a compound path (Object > Compound Path > Make) and fill it with the linear gradient shown below.



Step 44

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 240px circle and place it as shown in the first image. Fill it with a random color and drag it below "Dashed Stroke" (in the Layers panel). Select "Dashed Stroke" and go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke.

Select the resulting path along with the 240px circle and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting group of shapes and turn it into a compound path (Object > Compound Path > Make).



Step 45

Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Select the shape created in the previous step and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Again, use the Delete Anchor Point Tool (-) to remove the unwanted anchor points, then go to Object > Expand Appearance.



Step 46

Select the path created in the previous step, bring it to front (Shift + Command + ] ) and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -2px Offset and click OK. Select the resulting path and make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + F). Select this copy, go to the Transform panel and enter "232" in the width box. Select the two paths created in the this step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel.



Step 47

Select the group of shapes resulted from the previous step, turn it into a compound path (Object > Compound Path > Make) and fill it with the linear gradient shown below.



Step 48

Reselect the shape created in step 45, drag it below "Tire", select it along with this shape and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Make sure that the resulting shape is filled with R=51, G=51, B=51.



Step 49

Reselect the shape created in the previous step and focus on the Appearance panel. Add two new fills and use the radial gradients shown below. Select the second fill and lower its Opacity to 30%.



Step 50

Re-enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 110px circle, fill it with R=193, G=39, B=45, and place it as shown in the first image. Switch to the Rectangle Tool (M), create two, 10 by 25px shapes, place them as shown in the second image and group them.

Select this new group and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the data shown below image 3, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Turn the resulting group of rectangles into a compound path (Object > Compound Path > Make) then reselect the Ellipse Tool (L). Create a 90px circle, fill it with black and place it as shown in the fourth image.



Step 51

Reselect the black circle, along with the compound path created in the previous 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). Select it, along with the red circle created in the previous step, and click again on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel.



Step 52

Select the shape resulted from the previous step and add a stroke. Make it 2pt wide, set its color at R=99, G=0, B=7, and align it to outside. Add a second stroke for this shape, make it 1pt wide, set its color at R=255, G=75, B=81, and align it to outside.



Step 53

Reselect the shape edited in the previous step and add a new stroke. Make it 7px wide, set its color at R=70, G=70, B=70, and align it to outside. Move to the Appearance panel, select this new stroke, drag it below the fill and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the data shown below, click OK and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Again, enter the data shown below and click OK.



Step 54

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create an 80px circle, fill it with R=25, G=25, B=25, and place it as shown in the following image. Add a stroke for this shape, make it 2pt wide, set its color at R=70, G=70, B=70, and align it to inside. Add a second stroke for this shape, make it 1pt wide, black and align it to inside.



Step 55

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 40px circle, fill it with R=193, G=39, B=45, and place it as shown in the following image. Add a stroke for this shape, make it 2pt wide, set its color at R=255, G=75, B=81, and align it to outside. Add a second stroke for this shape, make it 1pt wide, set its color at R=99, G=0, B=7, and align it to outside.



Step 56

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a 20px circle. Fill it with R=99, G=0, B=7, place it as shown in the following image and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown below and click OK.



Step 57

Select all the shapes created in the last twenty-one steps and group them. Move to the Layers panel and name this new group "Back Wheel".



Step 58

Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Reselect the "Back Wheel" group and make a copy in back (Command + C > Command + B). Select this group copy and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black and move it 10px to the right.



Step 59

Move to the Layers panel. Open the "Body" group, select "Red", make a copy (Command + C > Command + F) and drag it outside the group. Select this copy, along with the shape created in the previous step, and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown below and lower its Opacity to 30%.



Step 60

Reselect the "Front Wheel" group and make a copy in back (Command + C > Command + B). Select this group copy and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black and move it 10px to the left.



Step 61

Back to the Layers panel. Open the "Body" group, select "Red", make a copy (Command + C > Command + F) and drag it outside the group. Select this copy, along with the shape created in the previous step, and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown below and lower its Opacity to 30%.



Step 62

Reselect the two shapes created in the last four steps and go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 5px radius, click OK then group them (Command + G). Move to the Layers panel, name this new group "Wheel Shadows" and drag it below the "Front Wheel" and "Back Wheel" groups. Open the "Body" group, make a new copy of "Red" and fill it only with white.

Drag it outside the group, right above the "Wheel Shadows" group. Select this fresh, white shape along with the "Wheel Shadows" group and go to the Transparency panel. Open the fly-out menu and click on Make Opacity Mask.



Step 63

Re-enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 15 by 95px shape, fill it with R=51, G=51, B=51, and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 3px radius, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid).

Select the resulting shape and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -2px Offset and click OK. Select the resulting shape and make a new copy in front (Command + C > Command + F). Select this copy and move it 1px to the right. Reselect these two, smaller rounded rectangles and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown in the final image.



Step 64

Reselect the rounded rectangle created in the beginning of the previous step and focus on the Appearance panel. Add a new fill and use the linear gradient shown below. Continue and add a 1pt stroke for this shape. Make it black, and align it to outside. In the end your shape should look like the following image. Select it, along with the thin shape created in the previous step and group them (Command + G).



Step 65

Re-enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 5 by 65px shape and fill it with R=51, G=51, B=51. Add a stroke for this shape, make it 2pt wide, black and align it to outside. Add a second stroke for this shape, make it 1pt wide, set its color at R=102, G=102, B=102, and align it to outside.



Step 66

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 40 by 5px shape and fill it with R=51, G=51, B=51. Add a stroke for this shape, make it 1pt wide, set its color at R=102, G=102, B=102 and align it to inside. Add a second stroke for this shape, make it 1pt wide, set its color at R=51, G=51, B=51, and align it to outside. Reselect this shape, make sure that no fill or stroke is selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 3px radius and click OK.



Step 67

Select the two shapes created in the last two steps, open the Align panel (Window > Align) and click on Horizontal Align Center button. Make sure that these two shapes are still selected and group them (Command + G).



Step 68

Disable the Snap to Gird (View > Snap to Grid). Select the two groups created in the previous steps and send them to back (Shift + Command + [ ). Rotate these groups and place them as shown in the following image.



Step 69

Re-enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 10 by 55px shape, fill it with a random color, place it as shown in the first image and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 5px radius, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance.

Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Select the resulting shape and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -2px Offset and click OK. Select the resulting shape and make a new copy in front (Command + C > Command + F).

Select this copy and move it 1px up and to the left. Reselect these two, smaller rounded rectangles and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=242, G=242, B=242.



Step 70

Re-enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Select the rounded rectangle created in the beginning of the previous step and make a copy in back (Command + C > Command + B). Select this copy, rotate it and place it as shown in the second image.

Open the "Body" group, select "Red" and make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + F). Select this copy, along with the rotated, rounded rectangle and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown below, lower its Opacity to 25%, and change its blending mode to Multiply.



Step 71

Reselect the rounded rectangle created in the beginning of step 69, make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + F) and bring it to front (Shift + Command + ] ). Fill it with the linear gradient shown below, lower its Opacity to 25% and change the blending mode to Multiply.



Step 72

Reselect the rounded rectangle created in the beginning of step 69 and focus on the Appearance panel. First, replace the flat color from the fill with the linear gradient shown below. Continue in the Appearance panel, add a new fill and select it. Make it black, lower its Opacity to 3%, change its blending mode to Multiply and go to Effect > Artistic > Film Grain. Enter the data shown below and click OK.

Next, add a first stoke for this shape. Make it 2pt wide, set its color at R=204, G=204, B=204, and align it to inside. Add a second stroke for this shape, make it 1pt wide, set its color at R=128, G=128, B=128, and align it to inside.



Step 73

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 20 by 70px shape, fill it with a random color, place it as shown in the first image and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 5px radius, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid).

Select the resulting shape and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -2px Offset and click OK. Select the resulting shape and make a new copy in front (Command + C > Command + F). Select this copy and move it 3px to the left. Reselect the two, smaller rounded rectangles and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=242, G=242, B=242.



Step 74

Reselect the rounded rectangle created in the beginning of the previous step and focus on the Appearance panel. First, replace the flat color from the fill with the linear gradient shown below. Continue in the Appearance panel, add a new fill and select it. Make it black, lower its Opacity to 3%, change its blending mode to Multiply and go to Effect > Artistic > Film Grain. Enter the data shown below and click OK.

Next, add a first stoke for this shape. Make it 2pt wide, set its color at R=204, G=204, B=204 and align it to inside. Add a second stroke for this shape, make it 1pt wide, set its color at R=128, G=128, B=128, and align it to inside.



Step 75

Re-enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 30 by 80px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Fill it with none, add a 10pt stroke (any color) and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 5px radius, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance.

Select the resulting shape and switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the anchor points highlighted in the second image and hit the Delete key from your keyboard. Send the resulting path to back (Shift + Command + [ ) and go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke.



Step 76

Disable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Reselect the shape created in the previous step and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -2px Offset and click OK.

Select the resulting shape and make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + F). Select this copy and move it 1px down and to the left. Reselect the two shapes created so far and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=242, G=242, B=242.



Step 77

Reselect the shape created in step 75 and focus on the Appearance panel. First, replace the flat color from the fill with the linear gradient shown below. Continue in the Appearance panel, add a new fill and select it. Make it black, lower its Opacity to 3%, change its blending mode to Multiply and go to Effect > Artistic > Film Grain. Enter the data shown below and click OK.

Next, add a first stoke for this shape. Make it 2pt wide, set its color at R=204, G=204, B=204, and align it to inside. Add a second stroke for this shape, make it 1pt wide, set its color at R=128, G=128, B=128, and align it to inside.



Step 78

Open the "Body" group, reselect "Red" and focus on the Appearance panel. Add two, new fills and use the radial gradient shown below.



Step 79

Re-enable the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 530 by 65px shape, fill it with black and place it as shown in the first image. Lower its Opacity to 20% and go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 20px radius and click OK.



Step 80

Focus on the front wheel, pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 110 by 40px shape, fill it with black and place it as shown in the first image. Lower its Opacity to 30% and go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 15px radius and click OK. Continue with the Ellipse Tool (L) and create an 80 by 30px shape.

Fill it with black, place it as shown in the second image and go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 7px radius, click OK, then duplicate this shape (Command + C > Command + F). Select this copy, remove the Gaussian Blur effect (from the Appearance panel) then lower its Opacity to 15%.



Step 81

Focus on the back wheel, pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 150 by 40px shape, fill it with black and place it as shown in the first image. Lower its Opacity to 30% and go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 15px radius and click OK. Continue with the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a 95 by 35px shape.

Fill it with black, place it as shown in the second image and go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 7px radius, click OK, then duplicate this shape (Command + C > Command + F). Select this copy, remove the Gaussian Blur effect (from the Appearance panel), then lower its Opacity to 15%.



Step 82

Select all the shapes created in the last three steps and group them (Command + G). Select this new group, send it to back (Shift + Command + [ ) and you're done.



Conclusion

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


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