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3.1 Set Up the Shape for the Glaze

Create the main shape for the top of the glaze in a mesh, and set the main mesh points and color.

3.1 Set Up the Shape for the Glaze

Hello everybody, I'm Simona, and welcome back to the course, Advanced Gradient Mesh in Adobe Illustrator here on Tuts+. And we're about to start the lesson, set up your shapes for your glaze. As you remember from the previous lesson, we've created our cake shapes. We've added some cream and some filling, our colors, highlights, and shadows, and I think it's already pretty awesome looking. Now in this lesson, we're going to create our cake glaze. Now let's get right to it and let's open up Adobe Illustrator. As you can see here, we have to create parts we've created in the previous lesson, the sketch below. And I've already created a new layer called glaze. And this is where we're going to add our glazed gradient mesh object. Remember from the previous lesson, all we have to do is create a rectangle. And then turn it into a gradient mesh object and then transform it. So let's do the same thing here. We'll select a rectangle tool, and as you can see, this is the shape we want to create. So all we have to do is create here a rectangle. And then I'm going to toggle off the visibility again by pressing command or control and then clicking on the eye. And then we're going to Object > Create Gradient Mesh. And just like before, we keep the rows and columns to 1, and we'll click OK. Now when we select the anchor points, we can see our handles. Now if I zoom in, all we have to do is transform this shape. So I will put it down here, grab those anchor point handles, place the other anchor point to approximately into this position, grab the anchor point handle. And then I have to zoom in a little bit, and this part gets quite tricky. You'll see here a handle. And you might assume that this handle belongs to the top anchor point here, on the top right. But this isn't so. If I select it, and I pull it away, you can see that it's actually the anchor point belonging to the bottom over here. So let me just move this closer, and then I can see the other handle for the top point, and then I'll drag this one up. If not, we would have things overlapping, and they would look funky. So let's move this anchor point up here, just a little bit closer. Then we're going to zoom out, and this sketch will help us to place things into place. So let's grab this anchor point over here, and again, we have to move the handles closer to the points. And then we can morph our rectangle into an elliptical shape. We just need to do some tweaking here and there. It's not really complicated, so if I zoom out, we have to do a little bit of a cleanup over here. Work a little bit with the handles, move it together, and now you can see, we've created our first shape for our glaze. Now let's hide the cake parts, so we can see what's happening. And also, let's hide the sketch. We need to create mesh points, and we need to create mesh points just below this anchor point over here, the one on the left. So, we're going to select our mesh tool, and we want to place the points just slightly above the first anchor point here. So let me zoom in even more. First, I want to click above the anchor point. And as you can see, because I'm clicking above, I'm getting a line following the outline of our shape. But this is not enough, you need to create more. And so I click again, add another one and another one. And then maybe one more, just above here. Now I leave a little bit of space. And I will add two more close together. And then I move it out a little bit. And then I want to create one, two, three, let's say four more. One close here, one over there, and one and two. Now if I zoom out, we have our base lines here for our shape. Now this is not all. We need to also create vertical mesh points. So again, we want to zoom in on the left side here. And we want to make sure that we're placing the first mesh point for the vertical ones just above this anchor point here. So if I click here, voila, our first vertical line. Another one over here, and then over there, maybe one here, one a little bit closer, then one in the middle, one here, maybe close to it, then one over here. And then we're moving on to the right side. And again, I want to zoom in, and I want to place the point above this anchor point here on the right, and this will fall along our edge here, and then two more. Now we have the base shape for our top glaze part. We're going to create the glaze shape in two parts, one elliptical shape, and then afterwards, the shape for the drips. It would get really complicated to make it all in one shape, and we would have some highlight and shadow problems. So it's best to split them up into two shapes. Now before we wrap up this lesson, let's do one more last step. Let's select the whole shape. And instead of the white fill, I would like to give it the base color of our glaze. I've already put some colors together for us. And you can find those colors in your source file folder. It is saved as a swatch file that you can open up in Illustrator. And then I will select a base shape, just like this one here. And now when I toggle off and on the visibility again, this is now our shape for our glaze. Of course, it doesn't have any highlights, nor does it have any shadows, just a bunch of mesh points. And they might look confusing to you now, but when we move on to the next lesson, we're going to add highlights and shadows. And we're going to start to manipulate those mesh points, so our glaze will come to life. So let's move on, and I'll see you in the next lesson.

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