Illustrator vector cupcakes and muffins!

by Ainsley Bevis

Getting ready for the 4th of July and all of the cook-outs, receptions, parties and picknics going on, we were delighted when Ainseley Bevis sent in this Adobe Illustrator tutorial with lots of blends, gradients and vector cooking! Ainseley writes:

illustrator In this tutorial I’ll teach you how to create a scrumptious Cupcake with Chocolate Frosting and a cherry on top! We’ll be creating this cupcake in Adobe Illustrator with various shapes, tool, a custom brush and Effects.

Cupcake Cup

1. Create a new document that’s 600×600 pixels. Using the Ellipse Tool, draw a thin oval shape for the of the cupcake cup. Next using the Pen Tool, draw the main part of the cupcake cup, drawing from the sides of the oval. Select the 2 shapes and click on the Unite icon in Pathfinder to turn the 2 shapes into 1.

pathfinder

2. Using the stroke settings below, draw a line using the Line Segment Tool while holding down the Shift Key (to keep the line straight). With the line selected go into Effect > Distort & Transform > ZigZag.

zig-zag

3. Duplicate the line by selecting it and dragging away while holding down the ALT Key until it fits the length of the cupcake cup & place it on top. Select the main cup shape and put in a gradient of your choice. While holding down the shift key, select the zigzag lines and make them the same colour as the last bit of gradient colour.

NEXT: Let's put some cake into the cup . . .

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