How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

TimothyBlake • August 12th, 2010

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Cookies, also known as biscuits, are probably the most popular bakery product around the world, and due to the variety of their flavours and aromas, it is extremely hard to resist the temptation of trying them. In this simple tutorial, I will show you how to create a super detailed cookie illustration inside Adobe Illustrator.

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Step 1

Open Adobe Illustrator and set up a new document, 600 by 600 pixels.cookie 01 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

Step 2

Press “L” to select the Ellipse Tool and draw a circle with default settings applied (hold down the Shift key to create a perfect circle) mine is about 300 by 300px.cookie 02 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

Go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Roughen and enter these  settings:

(10px for the Size, 3in for the Detail, Absolute and Smooth checked).cookie 03 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

Go to Object > Expand Appearance.cookie 04 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

Step 3

Once you’ve expanded this path, give it a 1pt #83320A stroke and fill with a vertical (Angle: -90 degrees) gradient from #FFC77D to #F8B15E.cookie 05 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

Set #D87A3A as your stroke color and “none” for the fill, press “B” to select the PaintBrush Tool and start drawing some little cracks on the cookie. That’s easy to do even using mouse.cookie 06 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator cookie 07 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

Click on the Brush Libraries Menu > Artistic > Artistic_Ink (you can select any other artistic brush) and select “Calligraphy 1” brush.

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Make #EA9C49 your stroke color and start painting shadow paths on the cookie.

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Select the Pen Tool (P) and draw some random shapes filled with any color (for now).cookie 12 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

Now fill all these paths with gradient from #D6526 to #F8B15E. Make sure that they all have different Angle setting to create a illusion that they have different depth.cookie 13 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

Select every element on the artboard but the main cookie path and reduce their opacity to 80%.cookie 14 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

Step 4

Good, now it’s time to draw some little chocolate crumbs. For this, somewhere on your art board draw a 12 by 12px ellipse filled with #7F3221.cookie 15 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

Apply the Roughen effect once again with these settings:cookie 16 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

Expand the appearance of this path and drag it into the Brushes panel to create a brush from it. Check the Scatter Brush and click ok, then enter these settings:cookie 17 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

Once you’ve created this brush select the Paintbrush Tool and start drawing on the cookie to fill it with chocolate crumbs.

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Select them all and go to Object > Expand Appearance to create multiple paths.cookie 19 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

Fill them all with gradient from #9B6E68 to #7F3221 (Angle -90).cookie 20 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

Go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow and enter these settings (Color: #7F4025) :cookie 22 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator cookie 21 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

Select one chocolate crumb, make a much bigger copy of it and place it somewhere on the cookie. cookie 23 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

Now make multiple copies of this path, rotate them change their sizes and width and place them all over the cookie.

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Select the main cookie path, press “Ctrl + C” and then “Ctrl + F” twice to create two copies of that path. Select the top copy and move it up by 20px.cookie 25 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

With this copy selected, hold down the “Shift” key and click on the second copy to select them both.cookie 26 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

Click on the Minus Front button in the Pathfinder panel.cookie 27 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

With the resulting path selected press “Shift + Ctrl + [ “ to make this path the top one. Fill it with #603913 and remove any stroke.cookie 28 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

Reduce the opacity of this sublayer to 20% and set the Blendidng Mode to Multiply (inside the Transparency panel).

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Step 7

Select the whole cookie; grab the top, middle handle of the bounding box, and squash the cookie just a little.cookie 31 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

Select the basic path of the cookie, go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow and enter these settings: (color: 442D27)cookie 32 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustratorcookie 33 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

Step 8

For the last step we have to bring this illustration to Photoshop.

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Once you files is opened and rasterized. Import the paper texture from the source files.cookie 35 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator cookie 36 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

Hold down the Alt key and click between the “Paper” and te “Cookie” layer to create a clipping mask.cookie 37 How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

Set the Blending of the “Paper” layer to Overlay and reduce the opacity to 50%.

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End Result

We’re done!

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  • http://www.goblinridge.co.uk Ted Thompson

    Great article, very helpful. Thanks for sharing, Ted.

  • Rebecca

    with both paths selected, when i press minus front it tells me i have no intersecting paths.

    any reason why this would be?

  • dominic correia

    Rebecca, you have to Hold ALT while clicking it, i had the same problem

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  • http://www.brettwidmann.com Brett Widmann

    This is a really fun tutorial! I think I’m gonna go bake the real thing now. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://none Chris

    Help.
    When i get to the stage where you minus the front it never turns out to be the same, could any one help?

  • yoedhi

    can i get editable file….thanks

  • QM

    Hey um… Where can i get that texture?

  • http://www.clippingpathzone.com/ Sila Mahmud

    I think I’m gonna go bake the real thing now. Thanks for sharing.

  • Tasha Lanigan

    This is so brilliant thanks for sharing. :)

  • Phillius Thomas

    That is quite the cookie. I would use this on a pamphlet or in a paper where you are supposed to do have a picture.
    Phillius | http://www.igiftsandthings.com