How to Create an Interlocking Letter Logo

How to Create an Interlocking Letter Logo

In this tutorial we are going to talk about interlocking in letter logo designing. Interlocking letter logo is an interesting and illusional logo design. With the help of gradient, we will add depth to the logo and provide it with a sense of overlapping. The color scheme here is monochromatic with carrot orange as the main color. You may find additional inspiration by searching on Vlemonn.

Let’s get started!


Step 1

First, we create a new document (cmd+N or ctrl+N) in Adobe Illustrator with an artboard size of 800 x 600px


Step 2

Now use Rounded Rectangle Tool from the tool panel, from the shapes panel. Create vertical rectangle on your artboard. Then you need to select any of the four vertex and drag it inside the rectangle as shown below.

Remember the stroke size should be 15 pt., you can adjust it according to your requirements.


Step 3

Copy and paste the already selected rounded rectangle. We need to scale the newly created rectangle. Select the rectangle and use your mouse to select the bottom vertex drag it below. So, this way the rectangles length is increased.

As an alternative you can use the Scale Tool (S) for scaling your rectangle.

Step 4

Now to rotate the rectangle, with the rectangle selected, Click Right > Transform > Rotate > 30 degrees. It is important that you align the bottom of the longer rectangle with the top of the shorter rectangle.

Step 5

Complete the Letter Y by reflecting the existing long rectangle. To do so, select the rectangle, Click Right > Transform > Reflect > Vertical. When the reflect panel will appear on your screen, hit the copy button. Then align the third rectangle with the first two as shown below.

Step 6

Now select top rectangles and select the Shape Builder tool (Shift + M) to combine the two rectangles. Select the Shape Builder tool and then click and drag across the selected shapes to create one single object.

Remember that your paths must be either aligned or overlapping for the Shape Builder tool to work.

Step 7

Let’s convert the strokes into objects for easier use in next steps. Select all the strokes on your artboard, go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke.

Step 8

We are now going to add more objects and edit the design so that it looks as if it were interlocking. For this first we are going to divide the bottom object into two equal parts. I find it easy to use Shape Builder Tool to combine and divide my objects.

Now create a rectangle on the left half of the objects as shown below. Then with the object and rectangle selected, choose the shape builder tool and just click on the half of the tool.

Once completed with this step, go ahead and delete the rectangle. Then select the object on left and Click Right > Arrange > Send to Back. This will give you the interlocking effect as shown below.

Step 9

To add little shadows in the design, select the bottom left object, copy and paste and then repeat the previous step including the Shape Builder Tool, after this process the copied object should only be a curved object as shown below.

Send this object behind the V shaped object using the Arrange option.

Step 10

You need to repeat the last step but this time on the V shaped object. Once that curved object it created, send it behind the bottom right object as shown below.

Step 11

We’re now going to generate our color palette.
First select your colors for light and shadows. Draw squares with fills of the colors and one for the background.

To use the colors as gradients, you need to add them to the Swatch panel by selecting them and clicking on the New Color Group button.

Step 12

Fill the Y shape with the lighter Carrot color and leave the curves for gradient. Once filled with solid color, select one curve and add gradient to it using the Gradient Tool (G) from the tool panel. Go ahead and adjust the gradient so that the darker shade is between the lighter shade and it is placed beneath the overlapping shape.

Play around with the angle and adjust the colors until it looks seamless shadow on an object.

Step 13

Our last step is to create a background. Create a rectangle the size of the artboard, then send it back using the arrange option. This allow us to see the logo again with a neutral background.


Our interlocking letter logo is complete! 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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