In this tutorial we are going to talk about how can one use a pen tool and circle and create a minimal logo. We’ll use the single circle as our base and create triangles using the pen tool and use the shape builder tool to enhance the design. Afterwards we’ll add a simple two color gradient to the design to make it look more dimensional and a logo with depth. You may find additional inspiration by searching on Vlemonn.
Let’s get started!
First, we create a new document (cmd+N or ctrl+N) in Adobe Illustrator with an artboard size of 600 x 600px
Now use Ellipse Tool (L) to create a circle on the centre of the artboard. Once you select the ellipse from tool panel click and drag on the artboard while pressing Shift on your keyboard.
Use the Pen Tool (P) to create a triangle on the corner of the circle as shown below. You need to create as many triangles as you can create to fill the entire circle.
Remember that no two triangles should intersect and that the distance should almost be similar between two triangles. But don’t worry about them being perfect, let them be as natural as you want.
Once you are satisfied with the placement of your triangles just select the entire design excluding the circle. Then select the Direct Selection Tool (A) from the tool panel and and just select any vertex of any triangle and then drag your mouse slightly inside. Your triangle will end up with rounded edges.
Now select your entire design, this time include the circle as well and select the Shape Builder tool (Shift + M) to create different objects.
Select the Shape Builder tool and then click on the triangles that are on the circle outskirts. These triangles will be divided into two different objects. Then you have to go ahead and delete the part of the object that lies outside the circle as shown below.
Once the triangles are deleted. Select the black circle and hit delete on your keyboard to get rid of it as well.
We’re now going to convert the logo into one single compound path. Select the entire design and go to Object > Compound Path > Make.
Now we will add gradient and text to complete our logo. Just pick two colors you want. I went with dark blue and blue. Then selected our logo object and added gradient to from the right panel of the artboard. Adjust the ratio of the gradient and single as well.
Then to add text, go to tool panel and select the Text Tool (T) and add your company name or brand name. Then place it below the object and aligned it centrally to it as it is shown below.
Our gradient logo made with pen tool is complete! It is a very simple and easy style of logo which you can incorporate in any basic shape you want. Just go ahead and play with the colors and text style to change the purpose of the logo. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. If you do follow this tutorial and create your own logo, please post it in the comments so we can see your result. Thankyou fellow designers!
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