Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Soccer Badge Logo

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By: Bao Nguyen

In this new tutorial I will show you how to create a soccer badge logo. Using the Rectangle Tool, the Ellipse Tool or the Pen Tool you will create the basic shapes. Later, with basis vector shape building techniques and some warp effects you will get the final logo. Let’s start!

Create a New document

  1. Launch Illustrator and then press (Ctrl + N) to create a New Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu, enter 720 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.

Create the Shield

2. Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 134 by 353px black rectangle. Next pick the Pen Tool (P) and create a red object like you see in the second image. Once your red object is drawn, select and remove the black rectangle.

3. Keep the red object created in step 2 selected, pick the Reflect Tool (O), then hold down Alt and click on the right side of the red object. In the Reflect dialog box, check the Vertical box and click Copy. Now select the two red objects, then open the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder) and click on the Unite The resulting object should look like the last image below.

4. Select the red object created in step 3, remove its stroke and fill this object with very dark blue (#003561). Still having the resulting shape selected and make a copy (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) of it. Keep the copy selected, swap the fill and stroke colors by clicking the bent double-headed arrow next to the Fill and Stroke color swatches in the Toolbox. Change the stroke weight of this copy to 5px and replace the existing stroke color with very light gray (#fdfdfd). Make sure that the resulting object is still selected, open the Stroke panel (Window > Stroke) and click on the Align Stroke to Outside Now select the very dark blue shape created in this step and go to the Object > Path > Offset Path… Enter a -14px Offset and click OK. Then replace the existing fill color of the newly created shape with dark orange (#a26e05).

5. Select the dark orange shape created in step 4 and go to the Object > Path > Offset Path… Enter a -3px Offset and click OK. Then replace the existing fill color of the newly created shape with pure orange (#f4a100). Focus on the second image, pick the Direct Selection Tool (A), select five anchor points highlighted with red and remove them. The resulting shape should look like the last image below.

6. Using the Line Segment Tool (\)create a horizontal line of length 418px, with a 10px very dark blue stroke (#001e39) and no fill. Still having the newly created line selected and go to the Object > Transform > Move… Enter a 19px in the Vertical box and click Copy. Then press (Ctrl +D) fourteen times to get the results as shown in the last image. Finally select and group (Ctrl +G) all horizontal lines created in this step.

7. Make sure that the group created in step 6 is still selected and go to the Object > Transform > Rotate… Enter a 41 degrees Angle and click OK. Then place the resulting group to the position like you see in the first image. Now select the dark orange shape created in step 4 and make a copy (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) of it, then bring the copy to front (Ctrl +Shift +Right Square Bracket). Keep this copy selected, hold down Shift and click on the group created in step 6. Right-click on the artboard and then select the Make Clipping Mask section from the drop-down menu. The resulting clipping set should look like the last image below.

Create the “SOCCER” Piece of Text

8. Open the Character panel (Window > Type > Character), select the Impact font, make it Regular, and set the size to 232px. Now pick the Type Tool (T), simply click on your artboard. Then add the “SOCCER” piece of text and set its color to very light gray (#fdfdfd). Make sure that the “SOCCER” piece of text is still selected and go to the Effect > Warp > Bulge… Follow the data like you see in the second image and click OK. Keep the resulting text selected and go to the Object > Expand Appearance. Then place this text to the position as shown in the last image.

9. Make sure that the “SOCCER” piece of text is still selected and make a copy (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) of it. Still having the copy selected, swap the fill and stroke colors of the resulting text by clicking the bent double-headed arrow next to the Fill and Stroke color swatches in the Toolbox. Next change the stroke weight of the resulting text to 15px and replace the existing stroke color with very dark blue (#012e57). Make sure that this text is still selected, open the Stroke panel (Window > Stroke) and click on the Align Stroke to Outside Keep the resulting text selected and then press (Ctrl + Left Square Bracket) to hide it behind the very light gray text created in step 8.

10. Keep the very dark blue text created in step 9 selected and make a copy (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) of it. Next change the stroke weight of the copy to 23px and replace the existing stroke color with very light gray (#fdfdfd). Make sure that this text is still selected and then hide it behind the very dark blue text created in step 9.

11. Select the very light gray text created in step 8 and make a copy (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) of it, then replace the existing fill color of the copy with dark grayish blue (#878d9c). Make a copy of the newly created text, then move the copy 4px up and 3px to the left. Before you continue, select two dark grayish blue pieces of text created in this step and press (Ctrl +Shift +G) to ungroup them. Focus on the third image, select two dark grayish blue shapes of the letter “S”, then open the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder) and click on the Minus Front The resulting group should look like the fourth image below. Continue focus on the fifth image, select two dark grayish blue shapes of the letter “O”, then click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Likewise, repeat the same process for the four remaining letters. Also you can see them all in the final image.

Create the Banner

12. Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a 268 by 149px red ellipse. Make sure that the newly created ellipse is sill selected and go to the Object > Transform > Scale… Check the Non-Uniform, enter a 107% in the Horizontal box and 95% in the Vertical box, then click Copy. Next move the newly created ellipse 47px Now select the two red ellipses created in this ellipse, then open the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder) and click on the Minus Back button. The resulting object should look like the last image below.

13. Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 217 by 91px black rectangle, then place it to the position as shown in the first image. With the help of the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the top-right anchor point of the black rectangle and move it 50px to the right. Next select the top-left anchor point and move it 50px to the left. Now select the red object created in step 12 and the black object created in this step, then open the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder) and click on the Intersect Remove the stroke of the resulting object and then fill it with pure orange (#f4a100).

14. Pick the Pen Tool (P) and create two objects like you see in the first and the second image. Once your objects are drawn, select the blue object, remove its stroke and fill this object with pure orange (#f4a100). Next select the red object, remove its stroke and fill this object with dark orange (#a26e05). Now select the two newly created shapes and hide them behind the pure orange shape created in step 13. Keep these two shapes selected and go to the Object > Transform > Reflect… Check the Vertical and click Copy. Then drag the copies to the right and place them as shown in the last image.

15. Select and group (Ctrl +G) five shapes created from beginning step 13 to this time, then place it to the position as shown in the first image. Make sure that the newly created group is still selected and make a copy (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) of it. Keep the copy selected, open the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder) and click on the Unite Still having the resulting shape selected, swap the fill and stroke colors by clicking the bent double-headed arrow next to the Fill and Stroke color swatches in the Toolbox. Next change the stroke weight of the resulting object to 5px and replace the existing stroke color with light grayish red (#fbfafa). Keep the resulting object selected, open the Stroke panel (Window > Stroke) and click on the Align Stroke to Outside icon.

16. Open the Character panel (Window > Type > Character), select the Gill Sans MT Condensed font, make it Regular, and set the size to 45px. Now pick the Type Tool (T), simply click on your artboard. Then add the “CHAMPIONSHIP” piece of text and set its color to very light gray (#fdfdfd). Make sure that the “CHAMPIONSHIP” piece of text is still selected and go to the Effect > Warp > Arc… Follow the data like you see in the second image and click OK. Keep the resulting text selected and go to the Object > Expand Appearance. Then place this text to the position as shown in the last image.

17. Make sure that the “CHAMPIONSHIP” piece of text is still selected and make a copy (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) of it. Still having the copy selected, swap the fill and stroke colors of the resulting text by clicking the bent double-headed arrow next to the Fill and Stroke color swatches in the Toolbox. Next replace the existing stroke color with dark orange (#a26e05). Make sure that this text is still selected, open the Stroke panel (Window > Stroke) and click on the Align Stroke to Outside

Create the Ball

18. It’s time to draw the ball. Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a 108 by 108px grayish blue ellipse (#acbbc4). Still having the resulting ellipse selected, swap the fill and stroke colors by clicking the bent double-headed arrow next to the Fill and Stroke color swatches in the Toolbox. Next change the stroke weight of the resulting ellipse to 8px and replace the existing stroke color with very light gray (#fdfdfd). Keep the resulting ellipse selected, open the Stroke panel (Window > Stroke) and click on the Align Stroke to Outside Still having the newly created ellipse selected and make a copy (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) of it. Next change the stroke weight of the copy to 3px and replace the existing stroke color with very dark blue (#001950). Make sure that this ellipse is still selected and then hide it behind the very light gray ellipse created in this step.

19. Pick the Polygon Tool from the Toolbox and simply click on the artboard. Enter the data like you see in the first image and click OK. Still having the newly created polygon selected and go to the Object > Transform > Reflect… Check the Horizontal and click OK. Then place this polygon to the position like you see in the last image.

20. With the help of the Pen Tool (P), create five polygons like you see in the first and the second image. Once your objects are drawn, change the stroke weight to 3px and replace the existing stroke colors with very dark blue (#001950), then fill them with very light gray (#fdfdfd).

21. With the Pen Tool (P), create five red polygons like you see in the first and the second image. Once your objects are drawn, change the stroke weight to 3px and replace the existing stroke colors with very light gray (#fdfdfd), then fill them with very dark blue (#001950). Continue with the Pen Tool (P), create five objects like you see in the fourth and the fifth image. Once your objects are drawn, change the stroke weight of the two magenta objects to 3px and replace the existing stroke colors with very dark blue (#001950), then fill them with light grayish blue (#d6dde0). Next change the stroke weight of the three red objects to 3px, replace the existing stroke colors with very dark blue (#001950) and fill them with very light gray (#fdfdfd).

22. Select and group (Ctrl +G) ten shapes created in step 21. Next select the very dark blue ellipse created in step 18, make a copy (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) of it and bring the copy to front (Ctrl +Shift +Right Square Bracket). Keep this copy selected, hold down Shift and click on the group created in this step. Right-click on the artboard and then select the Make Clipping Mask section from the drop-down menu. Now select and group (Ctrl +G) all objects created from beginning step 18 to this time. The ball is done! Finally place this ball to the position as shown in the last image.

Create the “FAIR PLAY” Piece of Text

23. Open the Character panel (Window > Type > Character), select the Gill Sans MT Condensed font, make it Regular, and set the size to 39px. Now pick the Type Tool (T), simply click on your artboard. Then add the “FAIR PLAY” piece of text and set its color to white (#fffffff). Make sure that the “FAIR PLAY” piece of text is still selected and go to the Effect > Warp > Arc… Follow the data like you see in the second image and click OK. Keep the resulting text selected and go to the Object > Expand Appearance. Then place this text to the position as shown in the last image.

24. Pick the Star Tool from the Toolbox and simply click on the artboard. Enter the data like you see in the first image and click OK. Keep the newly created star selected and go to the Object > Transform > Rotate… Enter a 5 degrees Angle and click OK. Still having the resulting star selected and make a copy (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) of it. Still having the resulting star selected, swap the fill and stroke colors by clicking the bent double-headed arrow next to the Fill and Stroke color swatches in the Toolbox. Next change the stroke weight of the resulting star to 3px and replace the existing stroke color with light grayish green (#e5f7ed). Keep the resulting star selected, open the Stroke panel (Window > Stroke) and click on the Align Stroke to Outside Now select and group (Ctrl +G) two stars created in this step, then place it to the position as shown in the next to last image. Still having the newly created group selected and go to the Object > Transform > Reflect… Check the Vertical and click Copy. Then drag the copy to the right and place it as shown in the last image.

25. Select and group (Ctrl +G) all objects created from beginning step 2 to this time. The soccer badge logo is ready and looks like this:

Create the Background

26. We’re done with the soccer badge logo. It’s time for the background now. Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 718 by 600px cyan rectangle (#39b0cd).

27. With the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 70 by 563px dark cyan rectangle (#1584a2), then place it to the position as shown in the first image. With the help of the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the bottom-right anchor point of the newly created rectangle and move it 30px to the left. Next select the bottom-left anchor point and move it 30px to the right. Now select the dark cyan shape created in this step, pick the Rotate Tool (R), then hold down Alt and click on the center of the bottom side of the dark cyan shape. In the Rotate dialog box, enter a 15 degrees Angle and click Copy. Then press (Ctrl +D) until you will get the results like you see in the last image. Finally select and group (Ctrl +G) all dark cyan shapes created in this step.

28. Select the cyan rectangle created in step 26 and make a copy (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) of it, then bring the copy to front (Ctrl +Shift +Right Square Bracket). Keep this copy selected, hold down Shift and click on the group created in step 27. Right-click on the artboard and then select the Make Clipping Mask section from the drop-down menu. Finally place the soccer badge logo into the newly created background.

29. We are going to start making shadow for the soccer badge logo to give it more of a 3D look. With the help of the Ellipse Tool (L) and the Gradient Tool (G), create a 269 by 25px ellipse like you see in the first and the second image. Keep the newly created ellipse selected and go to the Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur… Enter a 5px Radius and click OK. Then change the Blending Mode of the resulting ellipse to Multiply.

Here is what the completed design looks like:

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