Beginner Logo Tutorial for Adobe Illustrator

Beginner Logo Tutorial for Adobe Illustrator 800 470 Logos By Nick

Today I’ll be demonstrating how to create a simple logo design with Adobe Illustrator. The design depicts moving liquid inside of a circle and is quite easy to replicate, making it a good exercise for first-time users and beginners.

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The following is just a brief overview of the steps we’ll be taking to create this logo design. For complete step-by-step instructions, please watch the video tutorial at the top of the page.

Designing A Simple Logo with Illustrator

The first thing we’re going to do is create a new document sized at 1,280 x 1,280 pixels and create a red circle in the center of the page. Opacity is reduced to 50%.

Red circle

A duplicate copy of the circle will be used to create the ring going around the logo.

Red ring

We’ll then cut the red circle in half using the Direct Selection tool.

Circle cut in half

Now we can use the Anchor Points tool to curve the horizontal edge of the half circle.

Curved edges

For this design we’ll be creating the illusion that the liquid is swirling at the front of the circle and at the back of the circle as well.

To do this, we’ll need to make a duplicate copy of the swirling liquid and mirror it horizontally. It may help to make this object a different color so you can easily distinguish it from the other objects.

Swirling liquid

Now we just need to create a bit of an offset between the two objects. To do this, we’ll be using a duplicate copy of the red liquid, but rotated and positioned over the green object as depicted below.

Offset between the two objects

The rotated copy will then be used to create the offset between the liquid in the front and the liquid in the back.

Liquid offset

The structure of the logo design is now intact, so we can bring the opacity up to 100% and color it in as desired.

Colored in logo

The final step would be to add some white circles to represent bubbles in the liquid.

Liquid with bubbles

This particular design works best on darker backgrounds. This is because the negative space between the two liquid objects looks more like a shadow.

Finished logo design

And that should do it for this tutorial. That is how you can create a simple logo design in Adobe Illustrator, even if you’re a beginner or first-time user.

If you have any questions just leave a comment below! As always, thanks for watching.

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