Premium Tutorial: Wine Barrel

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a wine barrel using Adobe Illustrator. For beginners, you can create the main shapes using the basic tools along with vector shape building techniques. As you continue, you will learn how to add shades, highlights and subtle textures with the help of Transparency Palette, a bunch of gradients, some effects and blending techniques. Let’s have a good time while reading the tutorial and creating your own outstanding artworks!

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Difficulty: Intermediate
Requirements: Adobe Illustrator

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    • Detailed step by step tutorial to draw a nice wine barrel

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Create the Bung

25. Pick the Pen Tool (P) and draw two shapes that you see in the image below. Once your shapes are drawn, fill them with the radial gradient. Reselect the two newly created shapes and go to the Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -1px Offset and then click OK. Next, replace the existing color of the upper copy with R=224, G=152, B=0 and then replace the existing color of the lower copy with R=211, G=117, B=0. Now reselect the two newly created shapes and go to the Effect > Texture > Texturizer. Enter the data as shown in the final image below and then click OK. Finally, set the Blending Mode to Overlay and reduce their Opacity to 30%.

wine barrel

Create the Tap

26. Pick the Polygon Tool from the Tool Palette and click on the document. In the Polygon dialog box, enter the data as shown below and then click OK. Next, rotate this shape to an angle of about 30 degrees. While the result is selected, go to the Effect > Stylize > Round Corners. Enter a 5px Radius and then click OK.

wine barrel

27. Reselect the newly created shape and go to the Effect > 3D > Rotate. In the 3D Rotate Options box, enter the data as shown below and then click OK

wine barrel

28. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient. Next, go to the Object > Transform > Scale. Select Uniform and enter 88 in the Scale box, then click Copy. Next, move the duplicate 2px down and then move it 8px to the left. Duplicate (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) this shape once and hide the copy (Ctrl +3).

wine barrel

29. Now reselect the two newly created shapes and create a blend between them. Next, press (Ctrl +Alt +3) to show the shape hidden in the previous step and replace the existing color of it with the new linear gradient. Finally, apply a 1px Gaussian Blur for the result.

wine barrel

30. With the help of the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 20px by 37px shape. Next, fill this shape with the linear gradient and rotate it to an angle of about 15 degrees. Finally, place the resulting shape to the correct position as shown below.

wine barrel

31. Continue to create shapes, fill them, and apply the Gaussian Blur effect as you see in the images below.

wine barrel
wine barrel

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  1. Gravtar for Shawn Rubel
    Shawn Rubel May 9th

    Great stuff guys, definitely making me consider the premium subscription now :)



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