Create A Colorful Cocktail Icon Using Illustrator
TimothyBlake • April 16th, 2012
The cocktails are probably the only drink that you can get any color in this world. The variety of colors, shapes and ingredients of these drinks are just amazing. In this simple tutorial I will show you how to create a colorful cocktail icon inside Illustrator.
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Open Illustrator, set up a new document and give it a background by drawing a rectangle of the same size as your art board. I used #4E1123 for it. Lock the background sublayer.
Select the Pen Tool (P) and a path that will be a half of the glass. This will probably take a couple of tries till you get the needed shape. Give this line a 2pt white stroke and no fill.
Make a copy of this path and reflect it to create a glass. Move your copy to the left a little if your glass is too wide ( that’s the most common mistake ).
Select both paths and click the Unite button in the Pathfinder palette to create one single path.
With the resulting path still selected go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter -8 pixel for as Offset value and hit Enter.
Select the Scissors Tool (C) and click on the anchor points that are highlighted in the image below.
Delete the right part of path that we’ve just cut.
Select the main glass path and select the Offset Path command again. Set -15 pixel as the Offset value this time.
Select the Delete Anchor Point Tool (-) and delete the whole lower part of the newly created path.
Press M to select the Rectangle Tool and draw a rectangle that intersects the smallest path.
Select the smallest path and the rectangle and press Minus Front button in the Pathfinder palette.
Apply a linear, vertical gradient from #6D1241 to #C62E68 .
With this path still selected go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow and enter these settings.
Create a copy of the liquid path. Select the Pen Tool (P) and draw a random path as you see below. The top part of the liquid itself will be frozen.
Select the ice path and the liquid copy path and press the Intersect button in the Pathfinder palette. Give the resulting path a linear gradient from #D195B9 to #FCE5EF .
Using Star Tool that is located under the Rectangle Tool draw a small star somewhere near the glass. Use Eyedropper Tool to apply the same gradient as we used for the ice on it but make i radial this time.
Select the star and go to Effect > Stylize > Round Corners and enter 5 pixel Radius value.
Make another three copies of this star and place them on the glass.
Use Pen Tool (P) to draw a straw. Move straw sublayer under the ice sublayer.
Select Ellipse Tool (L) and draw a circle on the straw. Use Eyedropper Tool (I) and click on the liquid to apply the same settings to the circle and then make the gradient radial.
Now draw another, smaller, white circle.
Go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the Radius to 30 pixels.
Use Pen Tool again to draw white highlights on the glass.
Draw a white highlight on the circle and set it’s opacity to 70%.