Follow this tutorial and learn how to create a barbecue text effect in adobe illustrator. For starters you will learn how to create a grill with live coals using some gradients along with some basic effects and Transparency palette. Next, using a bunch of new shapes, some simple effects and basic masking techniques you will learn how to create three letters with different styles. Finally, you will learn how to add subtle shading using a simple Drop Shadow effect and the masking techniques. Let’s get started!
Requirements: Adobe Illustrator
What will you get?
- Instant download of PDF e-book (32 pages, 28 steps)
- Comes with Ai file for easy reference
- Detailed step by step tutorial to draw a nice realistic barbecue and grill food image
Create a New Document
1. Launch Illustrator and then press (Ctrl + N) to create a New document. Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu, enter 912 in the width box and 574 in the height box then click on the Advanced button. Select RGB, Screen (72ppi) and make sure that the Align New Objects to Pixel Grid box is unchecked before you click OK.
Create a BBQ Grill with Live Coals
2. Start with drawing a 912 by 574px rectangle using the Rectangle Tool (M). Fill the newly created rectangle with the radial gradient as shown in the second image. Keep the resulting shape selected and go to the Effect > Texture > Mosaic Tiles… Follow the data like you see in the third image and then click OK.
3. Make a copy (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) of the rectangle created in the step 2, then open the Appearance palette (Window > Appearance) and remove the Mosaic Tiles section. Next replace the existing color of the resulting rectangle with new radial gradient as shown below. Finally change the Blending Mode of it to Overlay.
4. Next come the live coals. Using the Pen Tool (P) or Pencil Tool (N) create some green
objects as shown in the first and the second image. Once your objects are drawn, select
a newly created object and fill it with the radial gradient like you see in the third image.
Make sure that the resulting shape is still selected and go to the Effect > Texture >
Mosaic Tiles… Follow the data as shown in the fourth image and then click OK. Next
apply a 6px Feather effect for the resulting shape and set it to Blending Mode
Overlay. Now reselect all remaining green objects, then pick the Eyedropper Tool (I)
from the Tool palette and click on the new shape created in this step.
5. Continue with the Pen Tool (P) or Pencil Tool (N) create some yellow objects as shown below. Once your objects are drawn, select a newly created object and fill it with the radial gradient like you see in the second image. Make sure that the resulting shape is still selected and go to the Effect > Texture > Mosaic Tiles… Follow the data as shown in the third image and click OK, then change the resulting shape to Blending Mode Color Dodge. Now reselect all remaining yellow objects, then pick the Eyedropper Tool (I) and click on the new shape created in this step.