In the following tutorial, you will learn how to draw the Looney Tunes logo using Adobe Illustrator.
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What You'll Learn in This Looney Tunes Logo Tutorial
- How to create the Looney Tunes logo text
- How to create the style of the Looney Tunes original logo
- How to create the Looney Tunes background circles
What You'll Need
You will need the following resource in order to complete this "That's all folks" logo:
About Looney Tunes
- Looney Tunes is an American animated short film series produced by Warner Bros from 1930 to 1969 during the Golden Age of American Animation alongside its sister series, Merrie Melodies.
- Looney Tunes originally showcased the adventures of cartoon characters such as Bosko and Buddy which were the actual first characters.
- Later, Looney Tunes featured the popular cartoon stars that we all know and love, including Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Tweety, Sylvester, Granny, Speedy Gonzales, Pepé Le Pew, the Tasmanian Devil, Wile E. Coyote, and Road Runner.
- The names Looney Tunes was inspired by Silly Symphonies, the name of Walt Disney's concurrent series of music-based short films.
- Since its success, Looney Tunes has become a worldwide media franchise, spawning several television series, feature films, comic books, music albums, video games, and amusement park rides. Many of the characters have made and continue to make cameo appearances in various other television shows, films, and advertisements.
- The most famous Looney Tunes character, Bugs Bunny, is regarded as a cultural icon and has appeared in more films than any other cartoon character.
In this recreation of the Looney Tunes logo, That's all folks will be the text because this is the Looney Tunes famous signature closing sequence, but the original style will remain the same. Let's begin the tutorial!
1. How to Create a New Document in Adobe Illustrator
Launch Adobe Illustrator and then go to File > New to open the New Document window. Type a file name and set the dimensions of the document as shown. Use Pixels as Units and RGB as Color Mode. Click Create Document.
2. How to Draw the Looney Tunes Logo Text
The Looney Tunes symbol, as we all know, is made of the Looney Tunes text and the background circles that are similar to a target symbol. Let's begin with the text part and learn how to create the popular and recognizable cartoon style of the Looney Tunes original logo.
Grab the Type Tool (T), click on your artboard, and start typing "THAT'S ALL FOLKS!" using the Grand Wilson font, with a size of 70 pt. Next, we will change a couple of settings in the Character panel to move the text rows and the letters closer to each other.
- Set the leading: 65 pt
- Set the tracking for the selected characters: -100
While the text stays selected, take a look at the Transform panel, which you can activate by going to Window > Transform. Set the W Value to 224 pt and the H Value to 220 pt to make the text even narrower.
The That's all folks logo text can be expanded now. To do this, right-click on it and choose Create Outlines from the menu or directly go to Type > Create Outlines (1). Follow this action with Object > Ungroup (Shift-Control-G).
Start to rotate each letter and arrange them as shown in the image below, just like in the Looney Tunes original logo (2). An idea would be to use Warp effects to achieve this look faster, but it will distort the shape of the letters too, so it's best to do it manually this time.
The next important thing is to arrange the letters in a specific order, where the first letter in the logo "T" is the last one at the bottom of the Layers panel, the second letter in the logo "H" will be the second to last in the Layers panel, and so forth. The exclamation mark will be at the top.
Once that's done, select only the letter "S" and make it a little taller by dragging the bounding box upwards with the Selection tool (V). Do the same thing for the other letter "S".
While all the letters stay selected, apply a 3 pt Stroke and a black fill. In the Stroke panel, press the Align Stroke to Outside option and choose any color for the stroke.
Then, go to Object > Expand Appearance to turn the strokes into filled outline shapes.
What we are trying to achieve here with the stroke is to make the letters in our logo bolder, just like in the original version. The two "S"s and the exclamation mark don't need to be bolder because they will lose their shape, so make sure to delete the red stroke for them before you continue (1).
Focus on the first letter. At this point, the letter "T" is made of the black shape and the red outline shape. Keep both shapes selected and click Unite in the Pathfinder panel to merge them into one (2). Repeat the same thing for the remaining letters in your "That's all folks" logo (3).
Let's begin the coloring part of the Looney Tunes logo That's all folks!
While the entire logo text stays selected, choose yellow as the fill color and also apply a 3 pt Outside Stroke using black. It's starting to look cartoonish, right?
Select the entire logo text and then Copy and Paste in Place (Shift-Control-V) to make a copy of it in front of everything. Remove all existing appearances and just apply a 2.5 pt Stroke using purple or any other color (1).
Now, focus on the first letter and select only the purple stroke. Go to Object > Path > Offset Path and apply a Radius of -4 px in order to obtain a smaller purple outline. Repeat the same technique for the remaining letters (2). After you are done, delete the bigger purple strokes because you don't need them (3).
Focus on the first letter and grab the Scissors Tool (C) from the Toolbar. Click on the indicated points to cut the purple outline into pieces. Keep only the two pieces of outline shown in the image below and delete the rest.
Use the technique explained in the previous step to cut the purple outline on the other letters and keep only the pieces shown in the following image (1).
Once you do this for the entire logo text, change the stroke color to red. The Looney Tunes That's all folks! logo is starting to really resemble the original version.
Select all the yellow and black text from the first line of text, and then Copy and Paste in Place (Shift-Control-V) to make copies of them. Go to Object > Expand Appearance followed by Unite in the Pathfinder panel. You will obtain a compound path like the blue one in the image below (1).
Do the same thing for the middle line of text (2) and then for the third line of text (3) to obtain the other two compound paths.
Keep the three blue compound paths selected, and send them to the back by going to Object > Arrange > Send to back (Shift-Control-[). Color them with black; then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform and apply the settings shown below. This action will create a long shadow look.
- Move Horizontal: 6 px
- Move Vertical: 6 px
This is how the Looney Tunes That's all folks! logo looks at this point (1). You need to fill the inside area between the letters with black too in order to complete the shadow. To do this, grab the Pen Tool (P) and draw a shape filled with black as shown (2).
We are done with the text part, and the cartoon style looks great. Without the background circles, we have a quite blank Looney Tunes logo, so let's continue to create the That's all folks background and complete this logo.
3. How to Draw the Looney Tunes Background
The Looney Tunes logo That's all folks! is not yet complete without the background, which is made of circles similar to a target symbol. Without this background it would be just a blank Looney Tunes logo.
Use the Ellipse Tool (L) to draw a circle bigger than the That's all folks logo. Mine is 358 x 358 px. Color it with orange and also apply a 4 pt Stroke using black. Now, make sure that the Fill attribute is selected in the Appearance panel and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Apply the settings shown.
While the first circle stays selected, go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Apply an Offset of -35 px to obtain the second smaller circle. Keep the same orange fill color, but remove the black stroke. Also, change the settings for the Inner Glow effect as shown.
While the second circle stays selected, go to Object > Path > Offset Path and apply a Radius of -35 px again to obtain the third circle. Keep the same orange color and the same Inner Glow settings as the second circle.
While the third circle stays selected, go to Object > Path > Offset Path and apply a Radius of -30 px this time. You will obtain the fourth and last circle in the That's all folks background.
Change the fill color to dark gray and change the Inner Glow settings as shown below.
Congratulations! You're Done!
You have successfully learned how to draw the Looney Tunes logo, but we made it unique by using the famous Looney Tunes ending screen phrase, That's all folks!
Now that you know how to make it, feel free to apply the same techniques to create other cartoon logos. Make sure to check out Envato Elements, where you will find many cartoon logos that might inspire you to create cool designs or download them ready to use.
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