How To Create a Stylish Single Weight Line Art Logo in Adobe Illustrator

How To Create a Stylish Single Weight Line Art Logo in Adobe Illustrator

Hello everyone this is Chris from Spoon Graphics
back with another video tutorial. I’ve been focuing on a lot of Photoshop effects
in my uploads recently so I thought I’d open up Adobe Illustrator and have some fun creating
some nice vector artwork, so in today’s tutorial we’re going to look at creating a stylish
single weight line art logo. Even though the entire design is made just
using lines, there’s a range of Illustrator tools and techniques we’ll use throughout
this tutorial which you can incorporate into your arsenal. This style of illustration is pretty popular
with badge style logo designs, particularly those with an outdoors theme with landscape
scenes, so that’s the type of design I’ll be making in this guide. It features a simplistic mountain range with
trees, clouds and snow capped peaks, along with stylised linework to represent water
and sun rays. So begin by opening up Adobe Illustrator and
create a new document. I’m working with a generic A4 sized landscape
layout with the rules measurements in millimetres. Select the Line tool from the toolbar and
clear out the default white fill, leaving just a black stroke. Click and drag from one point to another across
the artboard while holding shift to draw a straight line. In the Stroke panel, increase the weight to
around 3pt, then check the round cap and round corner options to give it a smooth appearance. Switch over to the Selection tool, then hold
the ALT key while dragging the shape to make a copy. Before releasing, hold the Shift key tool
to make sure the copy moves perfectly vertical, then release the mouse. Use the shortcut for Transform Again, which
is CMD+D, or CTRL+ D on Windows, to create 5 or so duplicates of this line with even
spacing between them. Draw a selection around all the lines except
the top one, then go to Effect>Distort & Transform>Zig Zag. Turn on the Preview checkbox so you can see
the affect the settings have, then configure them Smooth, 1mm size with the Absolute option,
then alter the number of ridges to produce a nice wavy line to represent water. Be sure to leave it at an odd number so the
wavy line ends with a peak at both ends. Switch back to the Line tool, then head to
the View menu and check you have Smart Guides enabled. Use the little pink tooltip to find the centre
of the line, then carefully move your mouse upwards to stay centralised. Draw a diagonal line and snap it back to intersect
the horizontal line. Go to Object>Transform>Reflect and make
sure the Vertical option is checked, then hit the Copy button. Switch to the Select tool and move this line
until it snaps to form a triangle shape. Hold the Shift key to ensure it moves perfectly
straight. Draw a selection around both lines then hold
the ALT key while dragging with the mouse to make a copy. Position this duplicate to one side so it
overlaps both the original triangle and the horizontal line. Select the Scissors tool from under the Eraser
group in the toolbar. Use the Smart Guides to snip the lines where
they intersect, then press the backspace key to delete the excess. Draw a selection around the two lines that
make up this triangle shape, then go to Object>Transform>Reflect. Hit Copy to make a duplicate, then position
it on the other side. The Smart Guides might not snap it into place
exactly, so some nudging is sometimes required. Select the Line tool again and draw a horizontal
line across the top of the middle triangle. Go to Effect and select Zig Zag. Change the settings back to Corner, then reduce
the number of ridges to 5. Nudge this shape downwards with the keyboard
cursor keys so it fits within the triangle. Use the Line tool to draw a short horizontal
line on the edge of one of the smaller triangles. Switch to the Selection tool and hold the
ALT key to make a duplicate, while dragging the copy towards the top of the shape. Shift and click each lines to select them
both, then go to Object>Blend>Make. Head straight back to Object>Blend>Blend
Options and change the settings to Specified Steps with a value of around 7. Go to Object>Transform>Reflect. Hit Copy and move this duplicate into position
on the other mountain triangle shape. Next, we’ll create some cloud shapes. Use the Ellipse tool to draw a small circle
while holding the Shift key. Draw another one at a slightly smaller size
that overlaps. Switch to the Rectangle tool and draw a shape
that intersects the two circles right at the halfway point of the lower circle. Switch to the Selection tool and draw a selection
around all three shapes, then activate the Shape Builder tool. Click and drag between the circle first of
all to merge them together, then hold the ALT key while clicking and dragging the lower
rectangle area to clip these shape away to leave a cloud outline. Position this cloud shape with the Selection
tool so it overlaps one of the mountains. Switch to the Scissors tool and snip the path
where the two shapes intersect and delete the overlap. Hold the ALT key while clicking and dragging
with the Selection tool to make a few copies for the other mountains. Use the Reflect transformation to flip some
for the other sides. The key to making line art like this is simplifying
objects as much as possible. Let’s make a tree using just lines. Begin with a straight vertical line as the
tree trunk. Switch to the Arc tool from under the Line
tool group, then use the Smart Guides to snap to the top point. Hold shift to make a smooth quarter circle
path. Hold the ALT and Shift keys while dragging
a duplicate with the Selection tool, then use the CMD+D Transform Again shortcut to
quickly add a couple more copies. If you want to extend the length of the tree
tunk line, you can use the Direct Selection tool to drag just the lowermost point. Select and make reflected copies of the these
tree branch lines, then use the snapping functionality of the Smart Guides to position them on the
other side. Draw a selection around all the paths that
form the tree and press CMD+G to Group. Position the first tree centrally within the
middle mountain, then drag a copy to one side. Rather than scale the tree down and affect
the proportions of the stroke weight, overlap it with the horizontal line then use the Direct
Selection tool to delete the lowermost branches and shorten the trunk to size. Place a few copies of this tree elsehwere
in the scene. Select the Ellipse tool and hover over the
end of the horizontal line to find the starting point, then drag out a circle that finishes
at the other end. Move this circle downwards until the upper
portion surrounds the main mountain scene but just overlaps the clouds slightly. Use the Scissors tool to snip the path and
delete the lower portion below the horizontal line, then also the overlapping areas on each
of the two clouds. Elsewhere on the artboard, draw a vertical
line. Make a duplicate of this line and position
it off to the side. With both of them selected, go to Object>Blend
>Make. Head back to the Blend Settings and change
it to Specified Steps. We can change this value again later, but
make a series of evenly spaced lines. Draw a circle on the artboard, then use the
Direct Selection tool to delete the lowermost point, leaving a semi-circle. Select this semi-circle along with the blended
lines and go to Object>Blend>Replace Spine. Head back to Object>Blend>Blend Options
and change the Orientation setting so the lines flare out from the centre. One of those flared lines isn’t playing nicely,
but a quick fix is to snip the top point with the Scissors tool to set all the lines in
place. Move this blend object centrally within the
main scene. Before scaling it up, you’ll want to open
up Illustrator’s Preferences and make sure Scale Strokes and Effects isn’t checked. This will keep the stroke weight the same
size, rather than enlarge it with the object. Scale the flared lines object to the same
width as the horizontal line. Head back to the Blend Options and alter the
number of blend steps to produce a series of sun ray lines. Go to Object>Lock>Selection for this next
step to avoid accidentally selected these flared lines. Hold the Shift key while selecting the various
segments of the semi-circle path and the two clouds it overlaps, then go to Object>Path
>Offset Path. Enter 4mm and change the Joins to Round. Click the Unite button from within the Pathfinder
panel to merge these shapes into one, then draw a rough circle to join the inner portion
of these shapes. Unite the shapes again to form one large outline. Go to Object>Unlock All to release the locked
flared shapes, then go to Object>Expand. Choose just the Object in the options, not
the Fill or Stroke. Add both the flared lines and the temporary
outline shape to the selection, then grab the Shape Builder tool. Hold the ALT key and carefully click each
line to delete it, making sure to only click where the red highlight appears, not the grey
highlight. CMD+Z to Undo if you accidentally click while
the grey area is highlighted. Run through and delete all the flared lines
to trim them to the size of the temporary outline shape. Once you’re done, that outline shape can be
deleted to leave a series of sun rays that have an even space between all other objects
in the scene without any overlaps. To finish off the artwork as a badge style
logo, draw a rectangle, aligning it to the exact width of the rest of the design using
the Smart Guides. Add some text with the Type tool. I’m using a font named Smoothy Sans, which
has a nice rounded appearance, with increased tracking to spread out its width. Once your layout is complete, you might want
to save a copy with editable paths in case you want to change anything later. Select everything and drag a duplicate into
some empty space on the artboard. To finialise the design so it can be used
as a logo, begin by creating outlines from the text using the shortcut CMD+Shift+O. Go to Object>Expand Appeance, then go to
straight back to Object>Expand to convert any strokes to solid shapes. Click the Unite button from the Pathfinder
panel to merge everything into one outline. If any elements disappear, it means there’s
a couple of blends that haven’t yet been Expanded. Go to Object>Expand again, then try the
Unite button. The artwork is now made of continuous paths,
so the colour can be changed by altering the fill. You can choose any colour combination you
wish, and even place it on a darker background with a lighter coloured fill. So I hope this tutorial helped you learn some
new tricks in Adobe Illustrator. If you did, a thumbs up on the video and a
share with your friends would be a great help to spread the word. Subscribe to the channel if you want to stick
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and I’ll see you in the next one!

99 thoughts on “How To Create a Stylish Single Weight Line Art Logo in Adobe Illustrator”

  1. Another Master Piece Sir.! This 10 minutes video has a value like an entire course! A mug of beer 2 you friend! Cheers!
    * ps. sharing in south america *

  2. Thanks Chris really simple and best way you done the Tutorial learn many new things for this tutorial god bless you keep posting.

  3. Very useful! I just refereed a friend to visit your website and join your newsletter. thank you for the great content.

  4. Great tut – but you sound like you are reading and bored – talk to me about what you're doing. Sorry, I am a media coach.

  5. Hey man, i really want to know more about freelance graphic design and how to come about it im 17 its hard to come across advice

  6. Thank you so much for your great work, keep it up! Also I'm wondering where did you learned your skills from? Did you graduated on design or something similar? Thanks again!

  7. at 8:30, when I go to the shape builder tool, none of the sun rays are red and I cannot remove them… anybody knows why that could be?

  8. Love this design? Get the t-shirt!

  9. I had a great friend named Spoon who taught me 75% of what i know about VW's and now I have a new Spoon Teacher. lol Thanks for the videos.

  10. Hi
    I created a logo based on this tutorial and the non profit I work for wants to use my logo design for tshirts to sell to campers and parents. Would this be a breach of any legal issue with you? I believe my is different than yours and created by myself. I just really want to check in with you and not step on any toes
    Thanks and its a amazing tutorial and love your others

  11. Thank you for the wonderful tutorials..I have tried this tutorial and it worked well under your guidance. Now that i am trying to practice further Single Weight Line Art Logos without and text in it.. What are the necessary steps to convert the stokes to objects … since the create outline option is dimmed and cannot go further. please help…

  12. At the 8:22 when you expand the outline, why only checked the object, not including fill and stroke as well. What is diferrent result if expand the the fill and stroke as well?

  13. Chris I've been following your blog for years!! I can't believe I've never watched your channel, amazing! I learned more illustrator tricks and shortcuts in this video than in 2 years in design school! You're the best!!!

  14. Subscribed after 1minute due to you actually talking and doing a tutorial unlike most that are basically speed drawings! Plus you sound like your from Leeds lad?

  15. I LOVE your Tutorials but you speak so quickly its really hard to keep up and make notes.  Could you maybe do a newbie tutorial and attach a step by step cheat sheet for those like me who really want to learn to use the package as well as I can PLEASE!

  16. Excellent tutorial with useful but easy techniques that can be applied to almost every design project on illustrator that just uses lines! I followed everything, but I'm stuck on the last bit (the sun rays). I am not wielding the same results as you for the sun rays and I really don't know why? My sun rays don't flare out for a start and instead flare inwards making a shape that I don't want…can anyone help? My blend options are same as yours so I don't understand. :/ :s

  17. Great Video Spoon Graphics!! I am doing my first design in Illustrator but I am stuck at the last step of sunrays. Getting an error as 'The filter produced no results. Please select two or more overlapping paths'. I did make sure that I have two overlapping clouds with the half circle. Can anyone help?

  18. You're such a god. Honestly, you really helped me get through school with all of your tutorials. I have a BFA in Graphic design and a BA in Visual Studies and I visited your channel a lot throughout my studies.

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