In this tutorial you'll learn how to create and animate a soccer badge with basic lines and shapes. Launch Adobe Illustrator and enjoy!
1. CREATE THE BADGE
We'll begin by creating a New Document and then we'll make the basic shapes of the ball and badge. Let’s go!
In Adobe illustrator create a New File (File>New) with the following values:
For the soccer ball, create an ellipse that’s 175x175px and centered in the Artboard with the Ellipse Tool (L). Use white for the fill color and and red for the stroke. Change the stroke weight to 4 px.
With the Polygon Tool create a red pentagon with a 30px radius in the center of the ellipse. Copy and paste the shape. Rotate horizontally and place it on the upper part of the sphere. Duplicate the pentagon five times from the center of the ellipse with the Rotation Tool ( R ) at 72º. Delete the parts that out of the ellipse using the Shaper Builder Tool (Shift+M). Group all the shapes (Ctrl+G).
Join the corners of the pentagons using the Line Segment Tool with a red stroke that's 4px wide. Create an ellipse of 200x200px around the soccer ball with a stroke weight of 4px colored in red with a white fill color. Send it behind the soccer ball (Arrange>Send to back).
Let’s create a 600x600px ellipse with the Ellipse Tool (L), once again with red stroke of 4px but this time no fill color. Align the two ellipses' vertex and using the Rotation Tool ( R ), duplicate the big ellipse three times (120º), placing the anchor point in the center of the pentagon. Select the three ellipses and with the Shape Builder Tool (Shift+M) create an intersecting shape around the ball. Remove the excess.
Select the badge and fill it in with white and send it back (Object>Arrange> Send to back). Then copy (Ctrl+C) and paste in front (Ctrl+F). We'll make an offset shape going to Effect>Path>Offset Path and apply –10 px in the offset value. Lastly go to Object>Expand appearance.
Now we'll create the lines behind the soccer ball on the badge. Select the small badge and double click over it to isolate it, this way it will be easier to work. Select the Line Segment Tool and create a red vertical line from the center of the badge. Then with the Rotation Tool ( R ) duplicate the lines at 5º with the anchor on the lower vertex. Select everything, grab the Shape Builder Tool (Shift+M) and remove the lines outside the badge. Exit the Isolation Mode.
For the text above, create a new Text Layer (aligned to the center) and with the Type Tool (T) type "PLAY WITH" with whatever font you like. In this case I've used Azo Sans Medium, size 20 pt, tracking 200.
Select the text and go to Effect>Warp>Arc, Horizontal, Bend to 13%. Now select the Line Segment Tool with a stroke of 4pt and draw a horizontal line of 240px aligned to the center. Apply a Warp Arp with a Bend of 24%, Horizontal. Expand (Object>Expand Appearance). With the Scissors Tool ( C ), create a node on the path and remove the right node with the Direct Selection Tool (A).
Lastly Copy and Paste in front and reflect on the vertical axis with the Reflect Tool (O) placing the anchor point in the center of the badge.
Now, let’s create the banner.
Create two rectangles, one for the title that's 200x60px and one for the banner flaps that's 60x60px. Isolate the rectangles and with the Pen Tool (P) add an anchor on the center left side of the flap and with the Selection Direct Tool slide it inwards.
Then add another node with the Pen Tool (P) on the right side and move it inward and down with the Direct Selection Tool (A). Copy and Paste in front and Reflect on the vertical axis. Place the reflected flap on the other side of the rectangle. Exit Isolation Mode and select the banner group. Go to Effect>Warp>Arc and apply a Bend of 51%. Now go to Object>Expand Appearance and place the banner in the center of the badge. Ungroup (Shift+Ctrl+G), select the flaps and send back.
Now let’s create the "HEART" title for the banner. Create a text layer (Size: 40pt, centered, set tracking to 200, color: white) over the rectangle path. Create two small ellipses, place them on top of the banner and you're ready! Let’s go to Adobe Photoshop to animate the GIF!
Prepare the document to export to Abobe Photoshop. First on the Layer panel, Release to Layers (Sequence). You can rename the layers so it will be easier to find them on Photoshop. Then export the Photoshop file and select "Use Artboards" (File>Export>Export as).
2. ANIMATE THE SOCCER BALL
Now let’s create an animated GIF on Adobe Photoshop with the layers we've imported from Adobe Illustrator. Let’s go!
Open the exported file from Abobe Illustrator in Photoshop. As you see, we have all the layers in the Layers panel. Now we'll bring out the Timeline panel (Window>Time line) where we'll create "Video Timeline". Set the work area to 02:00f.
Let’s animate Layer 9 by selecting Position and Opacity. Create a new keyframe with Opacity at 0% at the beginning of the timeline and 100% on the last frame. For the Position create a new Keyframe keeping the current position at frame 20 and move it down with the keyboard arrows to frame 0. Repeat the step with layers 6 and 7.
Now let’s make the ball rotate. Convert layer 11 into a Smart Object and create a new Transformation Key frame at frame 0, then in frame 01,00 give it 72º, and in the last frame 144º.
Now to the banner badge. Apply a Gradient Overlay to layer 5, Opacity 50%, 24º angle, white color and Normal blend mode. Move the gradient with the Move tool (V) to the left and create a New Style in the last keyframe. Move the gradient again to the right at frame 01:00 and create a New Style keyframe. Repeat on layer 15 and 16.
To finish, we'll animate the "HEART" title. On layer 4 set an Opacity Keyframe to 0% and on the last keyframe, set it up to 100%
Finally create a Solid Color in White and place it as a background.
Export the GIF (File>Export>Save for Web) with the following values and you're done!