### Tutorial Details

• Difficulty: Intermediate
• Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour

### Step 1

Open up a new document and select the Ellipse Tool (L), then use it to create an ellipse.

### Step 2

Select the Pen Tool (P) and add a path point on each side. Grab the Direct Selection Tool (A), then use it to move the added points inward to make it look more like an avocado shape. Make a copy and put it aside.

### Step 3

Select the shape and add a 4pt Stroke. Then go to Object > Path > Outline Path.

### Step 4

Select the outlines shape and go to Effect > Stylize > Zig Zag and apply the settings you see below.

### Step 5

Create a rectangle filled with green and place it behind the shape.

### Step 6

Select both and in the Path Finder Palette, chose Divide. Then select the outer part with the Direct Selection Tool (A) and delete it.

### Step 7

This is our simple avocado shape for now. You could save the last two steps if you fill the shape right in the beginning with a color before outlining the stroke.

### Step 8

Take the copied shape from Step 2 and scale it down. Place it towards the bottom and fill it with a lighter green.

### Step 9

Select the outline and fill it with a brown.

### Step 10

Make another copy of the shape with the lighter green, scale it down and fill it with an even lighter green.

### Step 11

Select the green shapes and apply a blend with the specified steps shown below.

### Step 12

Create another oval like shape or take another copy of the shapes we created and fill it with a beige radial gradient.

### Step 13

Make a copy of the pit shape on top and alter the outline with the Direct Selection Tool (A). Move the gradient slider around if you think it gives it a better contrast.

### Step 14

With the Pen Tool (P), create a small roundish shape as a highlight on the pit and fill it with white. Set the Layer Mode to Overlay with a 40% Opacity.

### Step 15

This is the inside part of the avocado.

### Step 16

Copy the outline shape and inside fill of the avocado and Unite in the Pathfinder Palette. Now fill it with a muddy green.

### Step 17

Open the Patterns and choose the Cheetah patterns form the animal patterns. Drag it onto the artboard. We want to change the colors a little bit.

### Step 18

Select the small black fill and go the Select > Same > Fill Color. This will pick all the small black circles.

### Step 19

Fill them with the radial white to black gradient, then change the background color to the muddy green or a dark green as shown.

### Step 20

Now drag the pattern back into the Swatch Palette and name it avocado skin.

### Step 21

Copy the avocado shape on top (Command + C + F) and fill it with the just the altered pattern. See how big it is? We will change that.

### Step 22

Double-click the Scale Tool and uncheck all option boxes except for the Patterns box. Now chose about 25% for scaling. With the preview button checked, you can see how it just changes the size of the pattern without affecting the shape.

### Step 23

Set the shape to the Layer Mode to Overlay and the Opacity to 20%.

### Step 24

This is what it should look like now.

### Step 25

Copy the shape on top again and fill it with a green to brown to green radial gradient. Set the Layer Mode to Overlay.

### Step 26

Copy it on top again and fill it this time with a black to white radial gradient and set the Layer Mode to Multiply at 55% Opacity.

### Step 27

Repeat the copy on top again, change the gradient sliders and set it to Overlay at 30% Opacity.

### Step 28

Repeat and apply the settings you see below.

### Step 29

One last time, fill it with a light green, a muddy green and black gradient. Set the Layer Mode to Multiply and 100% Opacity. This way we achieve a glossy and rich look. I bet there are other ways to achieve this as well, feel free to get creative and experiment here.

### Step 30

Create two little beige shapes that act like the little stem piece of the avocado.

### Step 32

I created a background with a linear black to white gradient and placed the avocado on top. I added a Drop Shadow to the inside part.

### Step 33

To make it even glossier, I copied and reflected the shapes and applied an Opacity Mask.

### Conclusion

Last but not least, I transformed the inside part and placed a scaled skin to the back to make the avocado look like it is lying on the back and not standing up. That's it! I hope you had fun and learned some new techniques!

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