How can I replicate this exactly in Illustrator CS5?

Tom C.'s picture

Hi, first of all I'm just starting out with Illustrator CS5, and I'm trying to replicate this logo exactly as a practice.
I've tried the Extrude and Bevel 3D effect after adding the fill gradients to the objects, but I can't manage to get the gradient fill on the edges.

Any other procedure and help is appreciated.

5star's picture

Howdy, isn't this a simple matter of feathering the edge of an object(s) Effect > Stylize > Feather?

You also used a Gradient Mesh here's a tute for that...
http://layersmagazine.com/adobe-illustrator-gradient-mesh-tool.html

And, you could also try using an Opacity Mask...
http://creativetechs.com/tipsblog/transparent-gradients-in-illustrator/

Edge feathering mini tute...
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Illustrator/14.0/WS714a382cdf7d304e7e07d0100...

Good luck, hope that helps.

Tom C.'s picture

5star, thanks a lot for your your info. It was very useful.

Tom C.'s picture

5star, I looked at all the links, tried to do the effect, but haven't had any luck. Can you please tell me step by step how you did it?

jabez's picture

Show us the results of your efforts so far, and describe step-by-step how you arrived at it.

It'll be easier for us to see which part you might need help with.

Tom C.'s picture

I first used the blue gradient, then feathered. After that I applied the extrude and bevel, but I can't get it to have a thicker edge.

I don't know if that's the way 5star did it.
Thanks.

Luma Vine's picture

Forget extrude and bevel. Just one flat object with a gradient under a copy of the object with a slightly different gradient and a feathered edge. No stroke or other effects on either object.

Tom C.'s picture

Thanks Luma Vine, now I understand how 5star did it. I tried it and it works great. But after playing around a while I managed to do it with the 3D Extrude and Bevel options, expanding, compounding path, deleting... I forgot how, ha ha. Gonna try and do it again. This time I'll write it down.
Thanks for everything guys.

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