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Illustration: Design Delicious Poker Aces

Beginner level Adobe Illustrator Adobe Illustrator

Card Shape

Step 01

In a New Document, take the Rectangle tool (M) and make a 183x254 px shape to create a card.

Set the stroke width to 5.6 pts and select the options Round Cap and Round Join in the Strokes panel. Then, deactivate the fill.

Step 02

In the new Adobe Illustrator CC, you can use 2 easy methods to change the corner radius of a rounded corner rectangle that has already been drawn:

a) Simply hold and drag the round red handles in each corner. 

b) You can change the border radius of all four corners by using the Shape Options and simply enter a new measurement for your corners. To change only one corner or give a different corner radius value to each of them, click on the icon of a chain you see in the middle (Link option) and fill the corner radius field for each corner.

We are going to use the second option and set the Stroke panel like in the image.

Pizza Shape

Step 01

Take the Rectangle tool (M), hold the Shift key and drag the mouse to build a perfect square.

Step 02

Select with Direct Selection Tool (A) the anchor point located at the bottom of the diamond, and delete it. With the same tool, select the two anchor points at the bottom, hold the Shift key and press the Down Arrow key three times. Now we have a kind of triangular shape.

Now select the left anchor point, hold the Shift key and press the Right Arrow three times. Do the same with the right anchor point, but pressing the Left Arrow key this time.

Step 03

Take the Rectangle tool (M) and create a 129x124px shape; it will be the pizza crust. Now, like we did with the card’s corner, round the corners of this new shape.

Step 04

Select this shape with the Selection tool (V) and go to Effects > Warp > Arc. Then, adjust the Bend tool to -25% and click on Expand Appearance. Select this shape and drag until it fits in the triangle.

Step 05

With the Ellipse tool (L), create 4 pepperonis with different sizes and place them like it is shown in the image.


Step 06

With the Selection Tool (V), select the pepperoni at the bottom and double-click on it. As we are in isolation mode, take the Scissors Tool (C), click on the intersection between the pepperoni and the pizza crust, and delete the extra parts. Exit isolation mode and do the same with all the other pepperonis.

Step 07

We are going to do the same we did with the pepperonis, but now with the triangular shape. Delete the intersections between the pepperoni and the triangle. Now we have this pizza without lines in specific places.

Color the pizza

Step 01

With the Ellipse tool (L), create the same 4 pepperonis with fill but without stroke. The color red we used is: R: 220, G: 80, B: 87.


Step 02

You can use two ways to fill the pizza in yellow.

a) With the Pen tool (P), try to repeat the pizza strokes and when you have the shape, fill it with any yellow shade.

b) With the Direct Selection Tool (A), select those anchor points which are disconnected to the pizza’s shape, and connect them with Ctrl + J. You can only connect two anchor points at a time. When you finish it, select this shape and fill it without stroke.

The yellow we used is: R: 244 G: 206 B: 79.


Step 03

With the Pen tool (P) create a horizontal line with 137 pixels of length. Select the line with the Selection tool (V) and go to Effects > Warp > Arc and adjust the Bend to -25% and Expand Appearance.


Select this new shape, press and hold Alt + Shift, drag up the mouse and release. Now we have already cloned this new shape. Select this new shape and press Crtl + D to repeat the last action. Repeat this action 8 times.

You can set the stroke width at 6 Pt and chose a white color.

Step 04

Adding white lines to the yellow area is an effect very easy to get. The only thing we have to do is placing the last lines we made between the pepperoni (red) and the cheese (yellow).

I recommend you to create three layers, the first one for the pepperonis, the second one for the white lines and the third for the shape of the pizza.

For the last detail, select just the colors and the white line and move those slightly to the right.

Now we have this displacement effect.


Step 05

Select the pizza icon we just created and place in the middle of the card we made in the first step.

Step 06

With the Selection Tool (V), select the card and double-click on it. As we are in isolation mode, take the Scissors Tool (C) and click on the card’s body and delete the extra parts like in the reference image. Exit isolation mode.

Step 07

Activate the Pen tool (P), hang over the bottom anchor point of this hole we made in the last step and click on it.

Now click on the middle of the pizza crust, like the reference image. Hold the button  and drag to the right to create a curve line connecting the card with the pizza.

Delete the bread´s left round corner and our card is already finished. We just need to add some details like adding the “A” and the little triangle under it.

And now we have the first ace out of four.


Donut Shape

Step 01

Take the Ellipse tool (M), hold the Shift key and drag the mouse to create a perfect circle.

Step 02

With the Selection Tool (V), select the circle, right click and go to Transform > Scale…

Set the Uniform tool at 30% and select the option Copy.

Repeat the action with this new circle but now with Uniform set at 240%. Then, select the option Copy.

Step 03

Select this new circle with the Selection Tool (V) and go to Effects > Distort & Transform > Zig Zag… Set size at 5px, check the Absolute option, adjust the Ridges per segment to 3 and select the option Smooth. 

Color the Donut

Step 01

First, create a new layer under the one we have. Select the circle with the Selection tool (V), copy it by pressing Ctrl + C and paste it in the same place with Ctrl + Alt + V. The next step will be filling it with the following color: R: 255 G:211 B:122. Deactivate stroke. Then, do the same for the donut’s hole, and fill it in white.

Step 02

Repeat the steps we followed to create the donut, but now with the chocolate.

Step 03

We are going to decorate the donut with some chips on it. To do so, you can make them with the Rectangle tool (M).

Spiral Effect

Step 01

With the Scissors tool (C), we are going to cut the anchor point on the left side and move it a little bit to the left with the Direct Selection Tool (A).


Step 02

With the Scissors Tool (C), cut the left part of chocolate like in the example below. Then, use the Pen Tool (P) to connect the free anchor point of the donut to the chocolate's one.

Step 03

Repeat the same action we did in the previous step, but this time we are going to connect the chocolate with the donut’s hole.


Step 04

With the Pen tool (P), create a horizontal line with a length of 137 pixels. Select the line with the Selection tool (V) and go to Effects > Warp > Arc and adjust the Bend to -25% and Expand Appearance


Select this new shape, hold Alt + Shift, drag the mouse upwards and release it. We have already cloned this new shape. Select this new shape and press Crtl + D to repeat the last action. Repeat this 8 times.

To add the last details, select only the colors and the white line and move these slightly to the right.

Step 05

We are going to add again the white lines to the yellow area, which is pretty simple. The only thing we have to do is placing the last lines we did between the chocolate (brown) and the donut (yellow).

I recommend creating three layers, first the chocolate, second white lines, and third the dough.

Step 06

Select the donut we just created and place it in the middle of the card we made in the first step.

Step 07

With the Selection Tool (V) select the card and double-click on it. As we are in isolation mode, take the Scissors Tool (C) and click on the card’s body and delete the extra parts, like in the reference image. Exit isolation mode.

Step 08

Activate the Pen tool (P) and place the pen in the bottom anchor of this new hole we made in the last step. Then, click on it.

Now click onthe middle of the dough, like in the example, hold it and drag to the right to create a curve line connecting the card with the donut.

We just need to add the last details, which are the “A” and the little circle under it.

And now we have the second ace of four.


Burger Time

Step 01

Take the Ellipse tool (M), hold the Shift key and drag the mouse to create a perfect circle.

Select with Direct Selection Tool (A) the anchor located at the bottom of the circle, and delete it.

Step 02

With the Pen tool (P) create a straight line. Start drawing the line from right end of the semicircle and when you reach the left end, turn down -90%, as you can see in the example below. 

Step 03

With the Pen tool (P) create a line like we did in the last step.

Select the line with the Selection tool (V) and go to Effects > Distort & Transform > Zig Zag… Set the size at 3px, check the Relative Option, adjust Ridges per segment to 8 and select the Smooth option.

Step 04

Take the Rectangle tool (M) and make a shape with the same size that the bun on the top.

Step 05

In the new Adobe Illustrator CC version, you can use two easy methods to change the corner radius of a round corner rectangle that has already been drawn:

a) Simply hold and drag the round red handles in each corner, then select the two anchor points at the bottom. 

b) You can change the border radius of all four corners  by using the Shape Options and simply enter a new measurement for your corners. To change only one corner or give a different corner radius value to each of them, click on the icon of a chain you see in the middle (Link option) and fill the corner radius field for each corner.

Step 06

Select the left anchor point on the top and delete it. Now we have this new shape, drag it upwards and fit it with the other lines.

Step 07

The easiest way to create the cheese’s shape is using the Pen tool (P). First, click on the points which are shown in the reference image.

Select the point of the middle with the Direct Selection tool (A) and drag it down.

Color

Step 01

You can use the same shapes we created it in the previous steps to color them.

For example, for the bun on the top, you can select it and, without stroke, fill it with the following color R:244 G:174 B:67. Another option is using the Ellipse tool (L) to create another circle and fill it with the color.

With the Pen tool (P), you can complete a shape if you need. Put all the colors in different layers because it will be really useful when moving or changing something else.

Lettuce: R:46 G:152 :B:21

Meat: R:102 G:55 B:14

Step 02

With the Pen tool (P) create a horizontal line witha length of 137 pixels. Select the line with the Selection tool (V) and go to Effects > Warp > Arc and adjust the Bend to -25% and Expand Appearance.

Select this new shape, hold Alt + Shift, drag the mouse upwards and release it. We have already cloned this new shape. Select this new shape and press Crtl + D to repeat the last action. Repeat this 8 times.



To add the last details, select only the colors and the white line and move these slightly to the right.

Step 03

We just need to follow the same steps that the pizza and the donut. Thus, place the last lines we did between the meat (brown), lettuce (green), cheese (yellow) and the buns (yellow/orange).

I recommend you to create five layers: the first one for the cheese, the second fo the meat, the third for the lettuce, the fourth for the white lines and the fifth for the buns. 

Step 04

Select the burger we just created and place it in the middle of the card we made in the first step.


Step 05

With the Selection Tool (V) select the card and double-click on it. As are in isolation mode, take the Scissors Tool (C) and click on the card’s body and delete the extra parts, like inthe reference image. Exit Isolation Mode.

Step 06

Use it the Pen tool (P) and place the pen in the bottom anchor point of this new hole we made in the last step. Then, click on it.

Now click in the middle of the dough like the reference image, hold it and drag to the right to create a curve line connecting the card with the donut.

We just need to add the last details, which are the “A” and the little buns under it.

And now we have the third ace of four.


The Hot Dog

Step 01

Take the Rectangle tool (M) and make a shape like in the example. Change the border radius of all four corners by using the Shape Options. Go to Effects > Warp > Arc, select the Vertical option and set the Bend at 5%. Then, Expand Appearance.

Select this new shape, hold Alt + Shift, drag the mouse to the right and release it. Now we have cloned this new shape. Select this new shape and press Crtl + D to repeat the last action.

Now we have these three new shapes.

Step 02

Select the shape number two and, with the Selection Tool (V), select the shape and double-click on it. As we are in isolation mode, take the Scissors Tool (C), click on the shape’s body and delete the intersection,  like we did it in the reference image. Exit isolation mode.

Repeat the same action with the third shape.

Step 03

Like we did in step 02, select the middle line of the shape, but now we are just going to take it out of the shape.

Select the line with the Selection tool (V) and go to Effects > Distort & Transform > Zig Zag… Set the size at 4px, check the Absolute option, adjust Ridges per segment to 7, and select the Smooth option. 

Step 04

Put the line back where it was before. 


Color

Step 01

You can use the shape we did in the first step, and fill it with the following colors: for the buns, R: 244 G:174 B: 67. For the sausage, R: 220 G: 80 B:87. For the mustard, R:244 G: 255 :B 67.

You can duplicate the zig zag line of the mustard. 


Step 02

With the Pen tool (P), create a horizontal line witha lenght of 137 pixels. Select the line with the Selection tool (V) and go to Effects > Warp > Arc, adjust the Bend to -25% and Expand Appearance.


Select this new shape, hold Alt + Shift, drag the mouse upwards and release it. We have already cloned this new shape. Select this new shape and press Crtl + D to repeat the same steps up to 8 times.

Step 03

Like we did in the last cards, what we are going to do now is placing the last lines we did between the sausage (red), mustard (yellow) and the buns (yellow/orange).

Step 04

Select the Hot Dog we just created, and place in the middle of the card we made in the first step.

Step 05

With the Selection Tool (V), select the card and double-click on it. As we are in isolation mode, take the Scissors Tool (C), click on the card’s body and delete the extra  parts, like we did it in the reference image. Exit isolation mode.

Step 06

Activate the Pen tool (P) and place the pen over the bottom anchor of this new hole we made in the last step. Then, click on it.

Now click on the middle of the buns, like the image, hold it and drag to the right to create a curve line connecting the card with the donut.

We just need to add the last details, which are the “A” and the little buns under it.

Our four aces are already done!

We can use these simple techniques to create delicious food, try out different options! Share your designs with us in the comments or through social media!


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Discussion

3 months ago

Buenas tardes, estimados diseñadores de este tutorial:

Me llamo Michel y soy nuevo en esta página. Me la recomendó un diseñador gráfico que trabaja con un familiar mío porque vio que explicaban muy bien todo el procedimiento de lo que hacían y como sabe que yo busco aprender a diseñar diferentes cosas de forma autodidacta.

Después de leer este tutorial sigo teniendo muchas dudas. Nos proponen diseñar como una especie de folleto en el que se incluyan en primera instancia estas cuatro cartas. Aunque lógicamente podemos hacer las que queramos.

He visto que en otros tutoriales, de iconos por ejemplo, para separar cada elemento colocan varias mesas de trabajo.

Este es el caso de la pizza

1. ¿Cómo se pueden separar las cartas para que en algún momento dado podamos tomar una?

2. Al juntar la forma de la pizza con el borde y colocar el pepperoni. Lo aíslo para posteriormente cortar con la herramienta tijeras. Pero al hacer esto, la unión entre el borde y la forma de la pizza se me coloca recta. ¿Cómo soluciono esto?

3. Al colocar el color amarillo entre la pizza y el borde me tapa el negro del borde.

4. Para colocar las líneas blancas he intenta con máscara de recorte pero no es lo que se pretende en el tutorial.

Este es el caso del donnut

1. Para agregarle color dice lo siguiente:

Paso 1

Crea una capa nueva debajo de la que tenemos. Selecciona el círculo con la herramienta Selección (V), cópialo pulsando Ctrl + C y pégalo en el mismo lugar pulsando Ctrl + Mayús + V. Rellénalo usando el color: R: 255, G: 211, B: 122. Desactívale el trazo. Luego, repite la acción con el agujero del dónut y rellena con color blanco.

¿Qué significa crea una capa nueva? Copiar la existente o crear una desde el botón Capa Nueva?

2. ¿Cuál de todas las acciones hay que repetir en este punto? Luego, repite la acción con el agujero del dónut y rellena con color blanco.

3. Aquí lo mismo, cuál de todas las acciones: Repite la acción que has hecho con el dónut, pero ahora con la parte del chocolate

Reciba un cordial saludo

Good afternoon, dear designers of this tutorial:

My name is Michel and I am new to this page. I was recommended by a graphic designer who works with a relative of mine because he saw that they explained very well the whole procedure of what they were doing and how he knows that I am looking to learn to design different things in a self-taught way.

After reading this tutorial, I still have many doubts. We propose to design as a kind of brochure in which these four letters are included in the first instance. Although we can logically make the ones we want.

I have seen that in other tutorials, of icons for example, to separate each element they place several work tables.

This is the case with pizza

1. How can the letters be separated so that at some given moment we can take one?

2. By joining the shape of the pizza with the edge and place the pepperoni. I isolate it to later cut with the scissors tool. But by doing this, the union between the edge and the shape of the pizza is placed straight. How do I solve this?

3. When placing the yellow color between the pizza and the edge, I cover the black of the edge.

4. To place the white lines I try with clipping mask but it is not what is intended in the tutorial.

This is the case of donnut

1. To add color it says the following:

Step 1

Create a new layer below the one we have. Select the circle with the Selection tool (V), copy it by pressing Ctrl + C and paste it in the same place by pressing Ctrl + Shift + V. Fill it in using the color: R: 255, G: 211, B: 122. Deactivate the stroke. Then, repeat the action with the donut hole and fill it with white.

What does it mean to create a new layer? Copy the existing one or create one from the New Layer button?

2. Which of all the actions must be repeated at this point? Then, repeat the action with the donut hole and fill it with white.

3. Here the same, which of all the actions: Repeat the action you have done with the donut, but now with the chocolate part

Receive a cordial greeting

2 months ago

Buenas :)

Con respecto a lo que comentas de trabajar en varias mesas de trabajo, podrías aplicarlo perfectamente a este tutorial, aunque eso depende en parte de tu modo de trabajar, o en este caso del tutor encargado del tutorial.

Intento comentarte a todo lo que preguntas por partes. Para las preguntas del caso de la pizza:

1. En definitiva, como has trabajado cada diseño de manera independiente, no debes tener problema en seleccionarlas de una en una y trabajar con cada una de ellas de manera independiente.

2. Esto puedes hacerlo moviendo los nodos con la herramienta de selección directa (A) y modificándolos para que tome la curva que te interesa. Si como comentas los nodos son rectos, puedes pinchar en la barra superior que aparece con esta herramienta y hacer clic en Convertir puntos de ancla seleccionados en suavizado y ya modificar los manejadores. Otra opción es trabajar directamente con la herramienta Punto de ancla (Shift + C) que te generará estos manejadores de manera automática y te será más sencillo trabajar.

3. En este caso el diseño es así y el borde negro tapa parte del relleno, pero si no te convence el resultado puedes ajustar la forma del relleno amarillo para que se situé de tal forma que esté completamente tapado por el borde negro (creo entender que te refieres a esto)

4. El autor lo que hace es crear recortes con las líneas, pero puedes conseguir el mismo efecto usando líneas blancas.

Para las preguntas del caso del donut:

1. No entiendo a lo que te refieres con esta pregunta. El autor a lo que hace alusión es a que crees una nueva capa justo debajo de las que hemos creado para diseñar la forma del donut, y en ella, pegar una copia de la estructura ya diseñada.

2. Se refiere a repetir los pasos que hemos seguido en el paso 1 de este apartado de colorear el donut. En cuanto al agujero del donut se refiere a que repitas los mismos pasos que has usado para lo que es el donut en si, y a su vez los repitas para el chocolate. Es decir, crear una nueva capa, copiar el diseño, pegarlo en el mismo lugar, y seleccionar el color que nos interesa.

Espero con esto resolver todas tus dudas y te invito a que te adentres en algo más sencillo para empezar como es el curso de introducción a la ilustración vectorial. Un saludo

Good :)

With respect to what you mention of working in several work tables, you could apply it perfectly to this tutorial, although that depends in part on your way of working, or in this case the tutor in charge of the tutorial.

I try to tell you everything you ask in parts. For pizza case questions:

1. In short, since you have worked each design independently, you should have no problem selecting them one at a time and working with each of them independently.

2. This can be done by moving the nodes with the direct selection tool (A) and modifying them so that it takes the curve that interests you. If, as you say, the nodes are straight, you can click on the top bar that appears with this tool and click on Convert selected anchor points in smoothed and modify the handles. Another option is to work directly with the anchor point tool (Shift + C) that will generate these drivers automatically and it will be easier to work.

3. In this case the design is like this and the black border covers part of the filling, but if you do not like the result you can adjust the shape of the yellow filling so that it is placed in such a way that it is completely covered by the black border (I think what do you mean to this)

4. What the author does is create cuts with the lines, but you can get the same effect using white lines.

For the donut case questions:

1. I do not understand what you mean by this question. The author to which he refers is to create a new layer just below those we have created to design the shape of the donut, and in it, paste a copy of the structure already designed.

2. It refers to repeating the steps that we followed in step 1 of this section of coloring the donut. As for the hole of the donut, it means that you repeat the same steps you have used for what the donut is, and in turn repeat them for the chocolate. That is, create a new layer, copy the design, paste it in the same place, and select the color that interests us.

I hope with this solve all your doubts and I invite you to go into something simpler to start as is the course of introduction to vector illustration . a greeting

3 months ago

Hola estimado Carlos:

Me refiero al paso en el que creamos los círculos y los vamos a cortar con la herramienta Tijeras. Al hacer uno parece que la base de abajo pierde la forma y se vuelve recta. Tengo una captura pero no sé cómo adjuntar.

Entre otras cosas, también tengo dudas en la creación del donnut: Cuando dice que creemos una capa debajo de la que tenemos se refiere a crearla dentro de la misma capa o dentro del panel capas? O sea el grande?

¿No se puede encontrar este tutorial en video?

Reciba un cordial saludo

Hello dear Carlos:

I am referring to the step in which we create the circles and we are going to cut them with the Scissors tool. By making one it seems that the bottom base loses its shape and becomes straight. I have a capture but I do not know how to attach.

Among other things, I also have doubts in the creation of the donnut: When it says that we create a layer below what we have, it refers to creating it within the same layer or within the layers panel? That is the big one?

Can not find this video tutorial?

Receive a cordial greeting

3 months ago

¡Saludos Michiel25!

Lamentamos decirte que actualmente este tutorial está tan solo en la modalidad de texto, pero estamos trabajando por aumentar la cantidad de tutoriales y cursos que tenemos disponibles tanto en texto como en vídeo. Creo que concretamente te refieres al paso 6 del apartado "Crear la forma de la pizza". 

Este paso hace referencia a cómo tienes que hacer el recorte de la pizza, aclarándote un método sencillo de cara a que al utilizar la herramienta tijera no hagas los cortes por error en la circunferencia (del peperoni), y es ahí, donde utilizando la herramienta tijera (C) haces clic sobre los puntos donde la loncha de peperoni se cruzan con el borde de la pizza. 

Creo que con eso ya tendrías solución a tu problema. Un saludo :)

Greetings Michiel25!

We regret to tell you that currently this tutorial is only in text mode, but we are working to increase the amount of tutorials and courses that we have available in both text and video. I think that concretely you refer to step 6 of the section "Create the shape of the pizza".

This step refers to how you have to cut the pizza, clearing a simple method so that when using the scissors tool you do not cut the circumference by mistake (from the peperoni), and that is where, using the tool scissors (C) click on the points where the slice of pepperoni intersect with the edge of the pizza.

I think that with that you would already have a solution to your problem. A greeting :)

3 months ago

Muchas gracias por responder. Voy a intentarlo a ver si así lo soluciono. 

Con respecto al donut, a qué se refiere con crear una capa debajo de la que tenemos? 

Un saludo 

Thank you very much for answering. I'm going to try and see if that's how I solve it.

Regarding the donut, what do you mean by creating a layer below what we have?

a greeting

3 months ago

Con respecto al dónut, al pedirte que hagas una copia del objeto y que después desactives el trazo, el autor intenta decirte que trabajes el trazo y el relleno de forma independiente. Al tener trazo y relleno por separado, evitas deformar el relleno cuando empieces a hacer los cortes necesarios en los trazos para generar el efecto de espiral.

Un saludo :)

With respect to the donut, when asking you to make a copy of the object and then deactivate the stroke, the author tries to tell you to work the stroke and the filling independently. By having stroke and fill separately, you avoid deforming the filling when you start making the necessary cuts in the strokes to generate the spiral effect.

A greeting :)

3 months ago

Buenas noches me llamo Michel y soy nuevo en esta página. La conocí gracias a que una persona le dio el dato a un familiar mío. Intento hacer este tutorial y tengo un problema. Una vez que termino la forma de la pizza la junto con el borde y empiezo a crear los círculos. Como no me queda exacto con la tijera lo intento con Buscatrazos. Primero selecciono el círculo del borde lo traigo al frente y Menos Frente. Luego hago lo mismo con alguno de arriba y me aparece como un trazo en el primer círculo. ¿Qué puedo estar haciendo mal? Un saludo

Good evening, my name is Michel and I am new on this page. I met her because a person gave the information to a relative of mine. I try to do this tutorial and I have a problem. Once I finish the shape of the pizza I put it together with the edge and start creating the circles. As I do not fit with the scissors I try with Buscatrazos. First I select the circle of the edge I bring it to the front and Less Front. Then I do the same with one of above and it appears as a stroke in the first circle. What I can be doing wrong? a greeting

3 months ago

¡Hola! Primero, quiero darte la bienvenida a Tutpad y espero que disfrutes de nuestros cursos y tutoriales. Para poder responderte de una manera más precisa, ¿te estás refiriendo al paso 7 del apartado de la pizza? Un saludo :)

Hello! First, I want to welcome you to Tutpad and I hope you enjoy our courses and tutorials. In order to respond more accurately, are you referring to step 7 of the pizza section? A greeting :)

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