Minimal logo with different shapes and bright colors can never go wrong as a design. In this particular tutorial you use basic shapes, such as rectangle to create a unique minimal plus shape logo. We’ll simply use rectangles as our base and use the shape builder tool and create new and different shapes to create this end result. Adding this gradient color scheme just enhances the style of logo and add to it’s modern feel. The sophisticated and basic bold font just helps keeping the attention towards the design. 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 800 x 600px
Now use Rectangle Tool (M) from the tool panel to create a rectangle on your artboard. Create a Vertical rectangle as shown below.
Select the rectangle and Click Right > Transform > Rotate > 90 degree.
Once the rotate panel appears on your screen set the angle to 90 and hit copy. Place that copy along the vertical as shown below.
Then select your entire design and select the Shape Builder tool (Shift + M) to create different objects. Simply click and drag across the selected shapes to create one single object. Create one L Shape by combining the two rectangles.
Remember that your paths must be either aligned or overlapping for the Shape Builder tool to work.
To give our shape rounded edges, select the Direct Selection Tool (A) from the tool panel and then select the four corners on each side and drag your mouse inside the shape.
Select the shape, Click Right > Transform > Rotate > 180 degree > Copy. With the copy created out plus will be completed. Align the shape in a way that it looks like a plus shape as shown below.
Now select the Direct Selection Tool and select the new top right vertex of the shape and drag it inside to round the edge.
Once again select your entire design and hit the shape builder option. This time you just need to click on the left and bottom parts of the shape that are not intersecting with the other L shape. You can refer to image given below.
Let’s create our color palette.
I have selected four colors that gel well together. To use them colors, you can add them to the Swatch panel by selecting them and clicking on the New Color Group button.
Our design and the color palette are ready. Now select an object, then select the Gradient Tool (G) and add color to your design. Select the top right shape and fill it with shades of pink and light orange. Select the middle object and fill it with the red color. Now select the remaining two shapes and fill them with orange shade.
The last step is to add text. Select the Text Tool (T) from the tool panel and write your company name. I stuck with Gothic Centaury font but a bold version. The size can be adjusted to your need. I placed them beside the logo inside of beneath it.
Our gradient plus symbol logo is complete! Symbol logo are easy to make but you can make them interesting by adding shapes and gradients. 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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