Once or twice a week I like to come up with articles that really expose my viewers to the various types of tutorials that they need to get their latest designs off the ground. In this post, you’ll find everything from designing  a clean retro 3D arcade text effect to creating a beautiful vector portrait.
Select the two ellipses and hit the Subtract option from the Pathfinder palette to punch out the inner shape from the outer, leaving a solid ring. Draw a selection around the four individual objects then hit the Merge option from the Pathfinder palette to blend them all into one single shapes. Close the path with a harsh straight line, then accurately align a perfect circle to provide a smooth curved edge. Move the duplicate over to the right, leaving a slight overlap, then Merge the two halves together with the Pathfinder tool. Scale and position the small graphics within the cross element then add a typical Established date to fill the empty spaces. Make any minor spacing adjustments to each letter by moving the type cursor into place then nudging with the Alt key and cursor keys.
Combine the type with the layout of elements and align the two along the Y axis using the Align palette. Hold Alt and Shift to drag a circle out from the centre of the cross using the Ellipse tool.
Use the same tagline font to type a short list of services, then drag the handles of the Text On a Path tool to the edges of the path using the Direct Selection Tool. Increase the gap between each word with a couple of extra spaces then scale and rotate small moustache icons to break up the three words.
Once the logo layout is complete, draw a selection around all the elements and go to Object > Expand.


To really give the logo that old style distressed appearance we can rough up the sharp edges to give the impression of a stamped or printed mark.
The subtle roughen effect adds irregular edges to all the elements to match the fuzzy appearance of bleeding ink common in traditional printing methods. To mock the logo up and really give it that aged vintage appearance copy it over to Photoshop and dab it over with a subtle grunge brush.
The final logo might only be for a fictional client but it gave us the chance to play around with the popular vintage theme. Access All Areas members gain instant access to 100s of premium design resources & source files.
You always share such great technique, which is what I really enjoy with your tutorials, Chris!
I’m embarrassingly bad at Illustrator but your tutorials are teaching me so many new tricks.
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Just pick a design style and play around with a concept of your choice without the hassle of the client approval process. It makes use of the popular vintage style cross layout with small icon style graphics representing the nature of the business. Copy a picture of some old barber scissors from Google Images and begin tracing the outline.
Click and drag four points with the Pen tool to form a smooth flowing curved teardrop shape.
Rotate it by 45° while holding Shift then Copy (CMD+C) and Paste in Front (CMD+F) a duplicate and rotate it the opposite way to form a cross.


Type out the name of the business and alter the tracking to add a little spacing between the letters. Dramatically increase the tracking to around 350 and scale the text down to fit under the main heading.
Delete the lowermost point with the Direct Selection tool then click somewhere along the semi-circle path with the Text On a Path Tool.
By scaling up the logo we can apply the effect in more detail, which will then provide just a subtle distressed effect when the logo is scaled back down. Who knows, adding this popular style of design to your portfolio might lead to similar work from live clients.
Thank you very much for explaining the steps in such detail, it really makes learning a lot easier. I think mustache-symbol should be slightly bigger than existing other than it is wonderful. This also gives you the chance to experiment with styles and trends you’ve seen around but never had the opportunity to try yourself.
If it weren’t for you, I would still be sitting on my computer with Illustrator and Photoshop lying rusting in it. In this tutorial we’re going to create a logo design for a classic barber shop using the popular vintage theme. Follow the step by step guide to see how each individual element is crafted in Adobe Illustrator.



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