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How to Create a Detailed Chocolate Chip Cookie in Adobe Illustrator

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What You'll Be Creating

Follow this tutorial and learn how to draw a pretty detailed chocolate chip cookie in vector form. First, you'll create the whole cookie and after that, you'll learn to create the bite and the cookie crumbs. This tutorial is a great example of what you can do with the brushes available in Illustrator. Let's begin!

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1. Start a New Project

Launch Illustrator and go to File > New to open a blank document. Type a name for your file, set up the dimensions, and then select Pixels as Units and RGB as Color Mode. Make sure that Align New Objects to Pixel Grid is not checked.

Next, go to Edit > Preferences > General and set the Keyboard Increment to 1 px. While there, go to Units to make sure they are set as in the following image. I usually work with these settings and they will help you throughout the drawing process.

create new illustrator document

2. Create the Shape of the Cookie

Step 1

Use the Ellipse Tool (L) to draw a 184 x 184 px circle; then fill it with the radial gradient shown.

Start with Radial Gradient Ellipse

Step 2

While the circle stays selected, go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Roughen and apply the settings shown below. Next, go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform, select a 10 degrees Angle in the Rotate field and hit OK.

Roughen texture of cookie

Step 3

With the circle still selected, Copy and Paste it in Front (Control-F) and then choose Expand Appearance from the Object menu. Ungroup (Shift-Control-G) if necessary. This will be the “cookie shape”.

Now, take a look at the Appearance panel. Press Add New Fill and select black as the fill color. Next, go to Effect > Sketch > Reticulation and apply the settings shown. Set this Fill attribute to Blending Mode Screen and 50% Opacity.   

Reticulate fill of cookie

Step 4

With “cookie shape” still selected, add a 2 pt Inside Stroke and then go to Effect > Stylize > Feather and apply a Radius of 3 px

Inside stroke cookie

Step 5

If you take a closer look at the cookie, you will notice the pixelated edges that have been generated by the Reticulation effect. To fix that, you will create a mask.

Select “cookie shape” and then Copy and Paste in Place (Shift-Control-V). Remove all existing appearances. Now, select everything on your artboard and go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make (Control-7)

Mask off pixelation

3. Create the Texture of the Cookie

Step 1

Use the Pen Tool (P) to draw a straight path over the cookie as shown in the following image. Select black as the stroke color and the Chalk Art Brush from the Brush Libraries Menu > Artistic > Artistic_ChalkCharcoalPencil. Increase the Stroke Weight to 3 pt; then set to Blending Mode Color Dodge and 85% Opacity

Charcoal texture to cookie

Step 2

Draw another path in the bottom left side and use the Chalk Art Brush again. Set the Stroke Weight to 2 pt, the Blending Mode to Color Burn and the Opacity to 20%

Repeat charcoal with another Stroke

Step 3

Draw a new path over the cookie and use the Chalk Art Brush again to stroke it. Increase the Stroke Weight to 4 pt and select a light brown color this time. Next, go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur and apply a Radius of 2 px. Set this path to Blending Mode Color Burn and 50% Opacity

Repeat charcoal with third Stroke

Step 4

Next, draw a curved path at the bottom of the cookie. Stroke this path with the Charcoal-Rough Art Brush from the Brush Libraries Menu > Artistic > Artistic_ChalkCharcoalPencil and increase the Stroke Weight to 2 pt. Go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur, apply a Radius of 2 px, and then set to Blending Mode Overlay and 30% Opacity

Repeat charcoal with bottom Stroke

Step 5

Draw another path like in the following image. Stroke it with the Chalk-Scribble Art Brush from the Brush Libraries Menu > Artistic > Artistic_ChalkCharcoalPencil. Apply a 2 px Gaussian Blur; then set to Blending Mode Overlay and 50% Opacity.

Repeat charcoal with another Stroke

Step 6

You are almost done. Draw another path at the top of the cookie and use the Chalk–Scribble Art Brush to stroke it. Increase the Stroke Weight to 2 pt, apply a 2 px Gaussian Blur and set the Blending Mode to Overlay

Repeat top with another Stroke

Step 7

Draw the last two paths in the left side of the cookie as in the image below. Stroke them with the Chalk-Scribble Art Brush, set the Stroke Weight to 2 pt, apply a 2 px Gaussian Blur and then set to Blending Mode Color Dodge

Repeat charcoal with last two Strokes

Step 8

It's time to clean up all the mess. Select the “cookie shape” and Copy and Paste in Place (Shift-Control-V). Remove all existing appearances from the Appearance panel. Now, select this copy along with the eight stroked paths and go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make (Control-7). You can name the resulting group “cookie texture”. 

Mask off charcoal strokes

4. Create the Cracks on the Cookie

Step 1

Take the Pencil Tool (N) and draw a few random paths on the surface of the cookie. The number of paths depends on how many cracks you want on your cookie. 

Select all of them and use the Charcoal-Rough Art Brush to stroke them. The two green paths have a 1 pt Stroke (bigger cracks) and the rest of the paths have a 0.75 pt Stroke (smaller cracks). Next, go to Effect > Stylize > Feather and apply a Radius of 2 px to all of them. 

Draw crack paths on cookie

Step 2

Select all the paths and then Copy and Paste in Front (Control-F). Change the color, reduce the Stroke Weight to 0.25 pt, apply a 2 px Feather Radius and reduce the Opacity to 65% for all of them. 

Duplicate cracks on cookie

5. Create the Chocolate Chips

Step 1

Use the Pen Tool (P) to draw some random shapes next to the cracks and between them. Add as many as you want. Fill these shapes with dark brown. 

create chocolate chips on cookie

Step 2

Let's add some shine. On each chocolate chip, draw another smaller shape or two. Fill the smaller shapes (blue) with the first gradient and the slightly bigger shapes (pink) with the second gradient shown.

At this point the cookie is ready, but let's not stop here....

add shine to chocolate chips

6. Create a Bite in the Cookie

Step 1

First, select all the shapes that make up the cookie, Group (Control-G) them, and then make a copy of the group.

Use the Pen Tool (P) to draw a path as shown in the following image that will define the shape of the bite. Starting from the end points, close the path around the cookie to obtain a shape. Set this shape to fill-none and stroke-none. Now, select the cookie group along with this path and go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make (Control-7)

clip section to make bite

Step 2

Follow the edge of the bite and draw the blue and red paths. Stroke both of them with the Charcoal-Rough Art Brush and set the Stroke Weight to 0.75 pt

Roughen edge with stroke

Step 3

Draw a new path as shown in the following image, use the Charcoal-Rough Art Brush again, and set the Stroke Weight to 0.5 pt

Apply lighter rough stroke

Step 4

Draw another path as shown below, use the Charcoal-Rough Art Brush again, and set the Stroke Weight to 0.5 pt

Add second lighter stroke

Step 5

Draw a smaller path on the front left side of the bite, use the Charcoal-Rough Art Brush again, and then set the color and the Stroke Weight to 0.25 pt

Apply darker edge stroke

Step 6

The bite in the cookie is ready, and in the next image you can see both of them. 

whole cookie and bitten cookie

7. Create the Shadow under the Cookie

Step 1

Use the Ellipse Tool (L) to draw a 143 x 53 px ellipse filled with white and then a 88 x 25 px ellipse filled with gray. Arrange both shapes at the bottom of the cookie, as in the image below, and send them in back.

Having both shapes selected, go to Object > Blend > Blend Options, choose 20 Specified Steps and hit OK. Now, go back to Object > Blend > Make (Alt-Control-B). Set the resulting blend group to Blending Mode Multiply and 75% Opacity

Draw ellipses for shadow

Step 2

Make a copy of the blend group from the previous step and arrange it behind the other cookie as well. 

Cookies with Shadows

8. Create the Cookie Crumbs

Step 1

Go to the Symbols panel and in the Brush Libraries Menu > Nature find the Rock 5 symbol. Drag it onto your artboard and press the Break Link to Symbol icon at the bottom of the Symbols panel in order to expand it. Make the rock smaller by moving the sides of the bounding box closer to each other.

Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to select only the main shape of the rock and then Copy and Paste in Place (Shift-Control-V). Fill this copy with orange and change the Blending Mode to Hard Light. Finally, make a copy of the shadow under the cookie, make it smaller, and arrange it behind the cookie crumb. 

Modify rock into crumb

Step 2

Move the cookie crumb next to the cookie and make a smaller copy or as many as you want. That's it! 

Cookie with crumbs

Congratulations! You're Done

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and if you recreate these cookies, don't forget to share an image with us. I bet they're gonna be yummy. 

whole and bitten chocolate chip cookies final
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