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Day 30: Designing a Logo

Designing a logo is a common task in Adobe Illustrator. In this final project, we will sum up what we have learnt so far in Illustrator to create your own custom logo. I will show you the process in drawing a logo and hopefully you have more confidence after this tutorial.

Drawing the Honey Farm Logo

First scan the sketch of your logo and save it as a jpeg.

Next, we need import it to Illustrator. Go File>Place and select your picture. Make sure Template is checked to place it as a template. When you open your Layers Palette. You will see that it is locked and the colors are faded out. This makes it perfect for tracing.

We will start with the bee’s body. Draw an oval shape. Edit the points using the Direct Selection Tool to form the body of the bee.

Next, draw a cirlce shapes for the head. Edit the points to make it slightly pointed.

To draw the antennae, I use an oval and draw a thick line using Pen Tool connecting to it.

Next, draw 2 ovals and rotate it to form the wings. Select the bigger wing and press Ctrl/Command+C to copy. Press Ctrl/Command+F to paste infront. Now, hold Shift and select the small wing. Open up your Pathfinder (Window>Pathfinder) and hold Alt/Option as you select Subtract from shape area.

The overlapping part of the wing will be subtracted.

We will move on to create the body stripes. Draw 2 rectangles with the height of the stripe thickness.

Select both rectangles and go Effect>Warp>Arc. Set Bend to 23% to bend the rectangle. Go Object>Expand Appearance to expand the effect.

Rotate the stripes and place it over the bee. Copy the the bee’s body by pressing Ctrl/Command+C. Then paste it infront by pressing Ctrl/Command+F. Select the body’s copy and stripes and right click to select Make Clipping Mask. This will hide the extruding areas.

Select the Polygon Tool and hold Shift as your drag a polygon on the canvas. Hold Alt/Option and drag the first polygon to make another copy of it. Do this until you have 3 copies of it.

Select all 3 polygons and swap it to black fill. Then group it by pressing Ctrl/Command+G.

We will now crop away the overlapping areas of the polygons. Select the bee’s body and go Object>Path>Offset Path and set the Offset value to 10pt. Send the new path to the top by pressing Ctrl+Shift+] / Command+Shift+].

Select both the offset path and polygons and open up your Pathfinder (Window>Pathfinder). Hold Alt/Option as you select Subtract from shape area.

Final Touch ups

Finally, we will add in the text for our final logo. Notice I have increased the strokes for the bee’s body to make sure that the line doesn’t fade out when printing. Also zoom out to see whether it still looks clear and sharp when it is small. Print out a copy at different sizes to see how it will look in letterheads and continue tweaking until you are satisfied.

Cleaning up the Logo

Once I am happy with my logo, I will start cleaning up my logo. Save a copy of your logo so that you still have the original copy to work with if you need to make any adjustments. Now select your text and outline it by pressing Ctrl+Shift+O / Command+Shift+O to convert it to paths. This will prevent missing fonts on other computers.

Next, select the bee stripes and go Pathfinder and select Trim to trim away the edges.

Select the paths of your bee that are made contains line strokes and go Object>Expand and click OK. We will need to expand it to maintain the same stroke thickness or else the proportions get distorted when we rescale the logo.

After we expanded the bee, hold Shift and select the bee stripes. Go Pathfinder and hold Alt/Option as your select Add to shape area. This will combine the bee shapes together.

Finally, we will add in the colors for the logo and we are logo is done.

honey farm logo

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  1. Gravtar for Khawla
    Khawla August 12th

    Your tutorials are great. I will experiment and will try to design a logo for me. Thank you very much!

  2. Gravtar for jd
    jd August 13th

    I followed your directions for clipping mask, and it’s not working for me. I don’t know what i’m doing wrong. Here’s what i did:

    1. made an oval
    2. made the stripes
    3. selected the oval and stripes
    4. right click and select clipping mask

    The body and one of the stripes disappears, clipping just one stripe.

    Help!

  3. Gravtar for iStockdiary
    iStockdiary August 13th

    Hi Jd, make sure the oval is at the top of all the stripes. You can also group the stripes before you make clipping mask. It should work now.

  4. Gravtar for albert  elga
    albert elga August 14th

    Helo! thanks for the tutorials! 8 rely helps me… i’m just only a biggner in AI. thanks a lot!

  5. Gravtar for Marden
    Marden August 25th

    Excellent post. Excellent tutorial. Congratulations!!!!!

  6. Gravtar for Leroy Simpson
    Leroy Simpson August 31st

    Blood claat good tutorials man. i go make a rasta logo in jamaican colors.

  7. Gravtar for Zoomrix
    Zoomrix September 2nd

    Epic awesome dude! Thank you so much for slaving over this monster for 30 days. Greatly appreciate this because it really did get me on a great start with Illustrator.

    Thanks again,

    Zoomrix.

  8. Gravtar for cem
    cem September 26th

    Really great tutorial. Thank you very much :)

  9. Gravtar for Kade Lyons
    Kade Lyons September 28th

    Wow, I needed a nice way to get used to illustrator to help out with work stuff. This tutorial was intensely awesome for an AI newb.

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    Jelmer October 5th

    Great tutorials, I’ve just learned illustrator in 1 day with them :), thanks a lot!

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    Mike October 11th

    thanks for creating the 30 Day Tutorials! they are the best guide for beginners on the net! appreciate all your hard work and effort in putting this guide together!

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    Dido October 22nd

    This is the powerfully tutorial on the world for beginner and i strongly thank you for providing us the present tutorial.

  13. Gravtar for Brandon
    Brandon October 23rd

    Thank you so much for this whole collection of tutorials. I feel that I’ve just gotten a fairly good grasp of this program in just 2 days. If only there were tutorials like this for all other design programs.

  14. Gravtar for hendra
    hendra October 27th

    I want to ask can we directly make it to illustrator without sketch it at on paper..

  15. Gravtar for Steven
    Steven October 31st

    So this is a really nice read, but.. Considering the company is called Honey Farm, I worry about how most people would read this logo. My bet is atleast 75% would think the company was called Farm Honey. It looks really nice though :)

  16. Gravtar for Stobs
    Stobs December 4th

    thanks for great series of tutorials.
    My perspective on the bee logo -> http://img147.imageshack.us/my.php?image=killahbeezud7.jpg

  17. Gravtar for aVen
    aVen December 10th

    Awesome tutorials good job man.

    One question from a beginner : Do I have to unlock my template before tracing it ? Can’t draw the oval shape or something else ?

  18. Gravtar for Vectordiary
    Vectordiary December 10th

    Hi aVen, Do not unlock the template when tracing, as this prevents from selecting the template. You can draw other shapes if you want. No problem with that.

  19. Gravtar for Tom
    Tom December 17th

    Finishedd :) took 2 days! i now feel confident with illustrator.. thank you :)

  20. Gravtar for khanysha
    khanysha December 18th

    Thank you for this great tutorial! Until now I’ve worked only with Photoshop. Now I’ll be able to create wonderful graphics in Illustrator. Thank you very much!

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    seth capitulo January 7th

    you’re very very generous publishing an illustrator course… thanks…

  22. Gravtar for evelet
    evelet January 10th

    i can’t get rid of the overlapping without subtracting one of the shapes (for the wings). help!

  23. Gravtar for evelet
    evelet January 10th

    i’m getting tripped up on while trying to delete the intersecting line between the wings. help!

  24. Gravtar for Vectordiary
    Vectordiary January 10th

    Hi evelet, you will need to subtract one of the shapes to get rid of the overlapping. So you will need to duplicate one of the wing.

  25. Gravtar for inga
    inga January 13th

    Thank you :)

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    racs January 24th

    This 30-days tutorial really helped me. Thank you! :D

  27. Gravtar for Evan
    Evan February 19th

    Thanks so much! Whole series was fantastic.

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    gigsy February 23rd

    outstanding 30day course!!!!! thank u very much!!!!!
    u are amazing! thank you once again for sharing!!! :D :D :D

  29. Gravtar for ekki
    ekki March 21st

    thanks so much i need this way for my beginning.love this post.

  30. Gravtar for Oli
    Oli March 26th

    … That’s actually a pretty bad logo. The fonts are ones recognized pretty much as a do-not-use (yes this happens) and the drawing is sub par. It’s pretty clear this artist dosn’t know much about typography since it’s given such a smal- scratch that, NO mention (other than “then I added text”) Type is NOT a “Final Touch Up.” This logo could easily be good in CONCEPT but the execution was poor.

  31. Gravtar for Oli
    Oli March 26th

    …not to mention it says “farm honey” instead of “honey farm”

    This logo gets an F.

  32. Gravtar for Malou Garganta
    Malou Garganta March 28th

    Thank you so much!… this tutorial will help me as for knowing the basics. a million thanks

  33. Gravtar for Destery Hildenbrand
    Destery Hildenbrand March 31st

    Thanks for the time and effort put in. This was a great walk through of the program.

  34. Gravtar for Juan Ignacios Anapios
    Juan Ignacios Anapios April 13th

    Thanks very very much!. This is a fantastic tutorial. Thanks for taking your time to do it. I first thought that Illustrator was such a great monster (and it is, after all), but then i learn that it wasn’t impossible anyway.
    Congratulations!

  35. Gravtar for Bronwyn Vourtis
    Bronwyn Vourtis April 28th

    Thank you so much for these tutorials. I’d been trying to get my head around the illustrator basics for ages, this was definitely a huge help!

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    juan salvatierra May 1st

    Thankyou very much! now i learn ilustrator :D i love it great tutorial n_n

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    Weasel97 May 19th

    Sorry about justin molina’s comment he mental sadly

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    Yes, Great tutorial. I can now put that I completed this tutorial on my resume and begin confidently applying for jobs as a senior graphics artist. Thank you!

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    aaron clark June 11th

    Awsome set of tutorials. been wanting to get to grips with Ai for some time. really appreciate all of your help will definatly link to them on my blog!!

  40. Gravtar for Metuzalem
    Metuzalem June 18th

    thank you for this tutorial! with great idea and simple instructions this logo looks great

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    tasarhane July 30th

    pretty nice tutorial.. totally like it.
    thanks.

  42. Gravtar for Elizabeth K. Barone
    Elizabeth K. Barone July 30th

    Beautiful end result and very simple process. I also like that it works for print, too. I’ve been dying to start using Illustrator more, so I’m definitely going to go back through the rest. Thanks a bunch for this!

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    rabiya ganatra October 12th

    thankyou

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    anna December 25th

    It’s a tutorial… doesn’t need the nasty comments from people like “John Smith”. It won’t teach someone typography or the importance of kerning, or how to DESIGN, but it teaches the production process and that’s the part a lot of people get tripped up on.

    Thanks for the tutorial, you had some nice tips.

  45. Gravtar for Logo Design Monster
    Logo Design Monster March 2nd

    I really like the final logo works well. Thank you for sharing was interesting to see the many stages of the logos development.

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    criar logo tipos August 2nd

    Great! :D

  47. Gravtar for Logo Design
    Logo Design September 20th

    Great step by step logo design tutorial, thank you.

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    Logo Templates October 4th

    Nice tutorial. Appreciate you including the sketch as well.

  49. Gravtar for Creative Logo Designers
    Creative Logo Designers January 8th

    We are LogoProDesign as a Custom Logo Designer, We checked your artwork collections. Those are amazed us. Thanks for that type of good work collections. We regularly checked your website for good artwork example.
    Thanks
    David Thomas

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    Next Webpage January 12th

    This tutorial is perfect for clients with a more creative background. I send it to a scrapbooker and she is loving Illustrator

  51. Gravtar for Nina
    Nina January 22nd

    Great tutorial for begginers. :D
    What type of font did you use? I like it! :)

  52. Gravtar for Dan Huffman
    Dan Huffman January 29th

    k, so after I create my offset path of bees body, I can’t get it to go to front/top. I know this because 1) I can’t see it, even though I make outline in black and 2) when I subtract the shape area, the honeycombs are outlined and not subtracted. I’ve tried now for an hour- I’m getting tired of it now. Does anyone know how to help or what I am doing wrong? Thanks!

  53. Gravtar for Creative Logo Designers
    Creative Logo Designers February 17th

    We are LogoProDesign as a Creative Logo Designer, We checked your artwork collections. Those are amazed us. Thanks for that type of good work collections. We regularly checked your website for good artwork example.
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    David Thomas

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    john February 17th

    i have learn it in 4 hours….amazing na

  55. Gravtar for Tien Hai
    Tien Hai March 25th

    Thank for your guides.
    I finished above logo for 30′.

  56. Gravtar for tEDS
    tEDS April 7th

    Did anybody have to group the hexagons to get the subtract effect…

  57. Gravtar for Bill
    Bill July 10th

    Interesting tutorial. I was searching on the web for some illustrative mascot designs depicting a bee and stumbled upon your site. As far as my designing skills go, even though I tried following the steps in this tutorial, my final character design came out odd somehow. My bee looks more like a strawberry. I decided to seek a professional designing site instead at http://www.mascotdesigncorner.com and the end product came out better than expected. They managed to realize what I want in the character design. For the price I paid it was a steal as well. I guess I am not the suited for designing but thanks for the tutorial anyway. On the bright side, at least I had fun doing it.

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    Nikki July 16th

    The design you posted here is wonderful for starter people, but it would be better if you post some coreldraw tricks as well.

    Good Job

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    Richard August 15th

    Thanks for this series – it helped me out heaps while beginning to learn illustrator. Cheers.

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    Well worth the dollars for me – i now open up Illustrator with a feeling of confidence rather than fear! Thank you very much.

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    finally done. thanks Vectordiary :)

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    Adi March 28th

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    Thanks
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    dalila June 9th

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    Logo Design Ideas August 20th

    Hay Tony. You explained the steps in very easy way that anyone would be able to create a logo like this, after reading the post. Thanks for sharing this nice post.

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    www.destinycontest.com February 16th

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