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Premium Tutorial: Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey

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This is step by step Illustrator tutorial that teaches you how to draw roasted Thanksgiving turkey. First, you’ll create the turkey and after that, you’ll learn to create other decorative elements as the grapes, the lemon and some rosemary branches. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so here is a turkey design tutorial you can use as inspiration for your own graphic designs this holiday season.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Requirements: Adobe Illustrator

What will you get?

    • Instant download of PDF e-book (48 pages, 51 steps)
    • Comes with Ai file for easy reference
    • Detailed step by step tutorial to create a nice realistic roasted turkey

Tutorial Preview:

Create a New document

1. Launch Illustrator and then press (Ctrl + N) to create a New document. Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu, enter 700 in the width box and 600 in the height box then click on the Advanced button. Select RGB, Screen (72ppi) and make sure that the Align New Objects to Pixel Grid box is unchecked before you click OK.

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Create the Turkey

2. First of all, we’ll create the shape of the turkey. Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 442 by 230px rectangle. Next with the help of the Pen Tool (L), create a red object like you see in the second image. After you are done creating the red object, reselect the black rectangle created in this step and remove it. Now select the red object, remove the stroke of it and then fill this object with the linear gradient as shown in the last image.

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3. Select the shape created in the step 2 and go to the Object > Path > Offset Path… Enter a -3px Offset and click OK, then replace the existing color of the newly created shape with new linear gradient as shown in the second image. Select the shape created in the step 2 again, make a copy (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) of this shape, then bring the copy to front (Ctrl +Shift +Right Square Bracket). Next replace the existing color of the newly created shape with orange (# D7710D). Keep the resulting shape selected and go to the Effect > Stylize > Feather… Enter a 18px Radius and then click OK.

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4. With the Pen Tool (P), create an object like you see in the image below. Now select the shape with feather effect applied in the step 3 and make a copy (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) of it. Keep the copy selected, hold down the Shift and click on the object created in this step. Next open the Pathfinder palette (Window > Pathfinder) and click on the Intersect button. Fill the newly created object with light orange (# FFA607) and remove its stroke, then apply a 18px Feather effect for the resulting shape.

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5. Pick the Pen Tool (P) and create an object like you see in the image below. Fill the newly created object with the radial gradient as shown in the second image and remove the stroke of the resulting shape. Keep this shape selected and go to the Effect > Stylize > Feather… Enter a 5px Radius and click OK. Continue with the Pen Tool (P), create a red object like you see in the third image. Remove the stroke of the newly created object and fill it with brown (# 99410C), then apply a 3px Feather effect for the resulting shape.

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6. With the Pen Tool (P), create an object like you see in the image below. Once your object is drawn, reselect it and remove the stroke of this object, then fill it with brown (# B74600). Continue with the Pen Tool (P), create a curved path as shown in the second image. Replace the existing stroke color of this path with dark brown (# 761207) and change the stroke weight to 4px. Next apply the Width Profile 1 and a 2px Gaussian Blur effect for the resulting path.

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7. With the help of the Pen Tool (P) create three objects like you see in the images below. Once your objects are drawn, reselect the black object and fill it with brown (# C05C27), then remove the stroke of the resulting shape. Select the red object, remove its stroke and fill this object with the radial gradient as shown in the fourth image. Now select the remaining object, pick the Eyedropper Tool (I) and click on the shape you just filled with radial gradient. Finally select three shapes created in this step and send them to back (Ctrl +Shift +Left Square Bracket).

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