In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool and Blend in Adobe Illustrator to create a set of plastic packaging!
1. How to Draw the Polypropylene Tray
Draw a rectangle with rounded edges and fill it with
Take the Mesh Tool (U) and create a Mesh grid inside the object.
Then color the nodes just like in the screenshot below. You will need these colors:
Add another rounded rectangle, color it with
#E8E8E8, and then set it to Screen and 40% Opacity.
Draw another rounded rectangle, and then make its Stroke a Linear Gradient from
#FFFFFF. Select the result and go to Object > Expand to expand the stroke.
Construct the tray.
Draw a triangular element with Mesh (
#FFFFFF), and then set it to Screen with 60% Opacity.
Add a few variations of the element by changing its size or opacity.
Similarly draw one final element. Set it to Screen and 60% Opacity.
Assemble the elements as shown below, and then add a Clipping Mask in the size of the tray.
Place the elements over the top of the tray to simulate a clear foil. Check your Transparency settings if the result doesn't look like the one below!
Begin drawing a Blend shadow. Create two objects, one filled with
#777777 and another one with
#9D9D9D, and place them together as shown below.
Make the bigger object completely transparent, and then go to Object > Blend > Blend Options. Set it to Specified Steps, 30.
Select both objects and go to Object > Blend > Make.
Set the result to Multiply with 70% Opacity.
Place the shadow under the tray.
2. How to Draw the Plastic Packets
Begin by drawing one of the packets with Mesh!
#E9E9E9 rectangle, and then, using the Mesh Tool (U), add
#A3A3A3 stripes along the top and bottom edges of the rectangle (add Mesh rows very close to each other, alternating the color to create stripes).
Shape the rectangle into a packet with the same tool (manual dragging of nodes), and color the nodes indicated below with
#CECECE. Finally, add some
Finish coloring the packet by following the step in the screenshot below.
You will need these colors:
Create a smaller version of the packet by scaling a copy of it.
Begin drawing another plastic packet with Mesh.
Finish the packet, and set it to 60% Opacity.
Draw the seal for the packet.
Create a Blend shadow for the seal with
Consult Part 1, Steps 10-12 for the process.
Add the same shadow to a
Draw a red strip with Mesh. Add a shadow to it.
Finish two packets using the seals.
3. How to Draw the Sacks
Begin drawing the first sack with Mesh.
Draw the top.
Assemble the top of the sack.
Draw the tie.
Draw a Blend shadow for the tie with
#DCDDDF, and the same settings as before.
Assemble the sack and set it to 80% Opacity.
Create a copy of the lower part of the sack and start bending it with Effect > Warp > Arc Lower, using 80% Bend. Go to Object > Expand Appearance to expand the result.
Continue bending with Effect > Warp > Inflate, using -14% Bend and -24% Horizontal Distortion. Expand Appearance.
Create a copy of the top of the sack and bend it with Effect > Warp > Arc and 17% Bend.
Finally, take a copy of the blue tie and recolor it with Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors.
- Red: 75%
- Green: -60%
- Blue: -63%
Assemble the second sack.
4. How to Draw the Plastic Cup
Begin drawing the main part of the cup with Mesh. Set it to 70% Opacity.
Begin drawing a part of the lid.
Draw another part of the lid.
Add the final part of the upper lid.
Construct the upper part of the lid.
Draw some more parts.
Construct the whole lid.
Add the lid to the cup.
5. How to Draw the Plastic Bottle
Draw the main part with Mesh.
Finish the main part.
Begin drawing the lid.
Draw another part.
Make the third part out of a copy of part 2.
Create a Blend from a
#525151 strip to a
#717071 strip, using Specified Steps, 9.
(Object > Blend > Blend Options into Object > Blend > Make)
Create another Blend with
Assemble the elements as shown, and set them to 60% Opacity.
Assemble the lid of the bottle.
Add the lid.
The set is all done!
You can add a checkered background to really showcase the transparency of the packages!
Awesome Work, You're Now Done!
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