Lately, everyone is thinking green and trying to be ‘environmentally friendly’. All the major product companies are trying design for sustainability and try to emphasise being eco-aware in there marketing campaigns. So I thought this Tut would be relevant and fun to make 🙂
Open up a document in Illustrator that is 8.5 inches by 11 inches. Choose a type face of your choice, type what you want.
Outline the text by going to Type > Create Outlines
Select the text and create a linear gradient. Change the slider on the left to a light green and the slider to the right into a dark green.
Use the gradient tool (G) to adjust the gradient by clicking on the top of the type and dragging it to the bottom so the dark part is at the bottom of the type.
Now we are going to create some leaves. Use the pen tool and draw a leaf shape.
With the pen tool, draw a line that from the point of the leaf to the middle of the bottom of the leaf.
Select the shape and use the same color gradient as the text.
With the pen tool draw a highlight on the top part of the leaf.
Fill it with a radial gradient . Change the left swatch to white and the right to a light green.
With the pen tool, create a stem shape and send it behind the leaf shape. Fill it on with the same color as the leaf shape .
Now we are going to make water droplets.
Using the ellipse tool, create an oblong shaped ellipse. Create a linear gradient using the same colors as the leaf, adjust the gradient so that the dark side is on the bottom left.
Create another ellipse on top of the first one. and create a radial gradient with the same swatches as the highlight on the leaf.
Create two more smaller ellipses with Linear Gradients matching the highlight gradient. Once you are done, group all the ellipses, scale and place them on the leaf shapes.
Now we are going to create the ladybug.
Create an ellipse and fill it with a linear gradient of red. Adjust the gradient so that the red color is at the bottom of the ellipse.
Draw another bigger ellipse that overlaps the center of the original ellipse.
Select the ellipse and the other circle, press the Intersect Shape Areas button in the Pathfinder Panel. Make the intersected shape a Linear Gradient with the first swatch white and the second swatch red. Adjust the gradient so the white is at the top of the shape.
Draw five ellipses over the ladybug body and fill them with black. Group the image.
Create another ellipse for the lady bugs head, fill with black. Use the pen tool to draw antennae. Send the head behind the body shape.
Draw an ellipse about the same size as the ladybug. Create a radial gradient so that the inside swatch is black and the outside is white.
Set the ellipse to Multiply from the Transparency Panel and send it behind the ladybug to the bottom left, creating a drop shadow.
After grouping the ladybug and drop shadow, place it on the leaf. Then scale and rotate the lady bug as needed.
After selecting the leaf and all the elements on it, place them over your text.
copy the leaves and place them wherever you desire on the text.
For the other leaves we are going to create an art brush.
Draw an oblong ellipse .
with the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the right anchor point in the ellipse. When you select an anchor point the Control Panel will default to the Anchor Point Options. Convert the anchor point to a Corner, repeat on the other corner.
squish the ellipse down from the top to half its original size.Drag the oval into the Brush Panel and choose New Art Brush. In the Art Brush options change Colorization to Tints
With your new brush make a swirl shape for a leaf blade. Attach it to the text and fill it with a light green color.
Now we are going to add some water droplets to the letters. Just copy and place them where desired.
Now we going to work on the dirt at the bottom of your text.
Use the pencil tool to draw a small circular shape. Press ALT before you let go to close the shape.
Fill the stone with a radial gradient, using a brown color.
Scale it down and place it on the first letter of the text. Copy the stone and create a pile of stones on the first letter.
Copy and paste the dirt pile until you have covered the bottom of all the letters.
Draw a Radial Gradient ellipse like you did for the ladybug drop shadow. Squish the ellipse to about half the size. Send the ellipse behind all the artwork and set it to Multiply.
Repeat on all the letters.
For the background create a rectangle with the rectangle tool. Give it a radial gradient, make the interior swatch green and the other white.