3D Bowl in Illustrator

    ●   Make a Bowl Shape look like it has Liquid in it, and add some Colorful Round Cereal Shapes.

Learn About:

Gradient Slider Colors 3D Revolve Gradient Tool
Ellipse Tool Clipping Mask

  •   This tutorial is associated with the Cereal Box Design Project.

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Step #1: Open Your Project in Illustrator ~

Open YOUR PROJECT in Illustrator and …



… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …



… make a New Layer, and lock lock your other layers.

Step #2: Pencil Tool ~

Get the Pencil Tool, or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (n) …

… and draw HALF a bowl.

Step #3: Selection Tool ~

Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …

… and make sure the shape is selected.

Step #4: 3D Revolve~

Go to: Effect > 3D > Revolve, click Preview to see what you got!

Adjust the anchor points with the Direct Selection Tool (if necessary).

Step #5: Colors ~

Click the Swatches icon or go to: Window > Swatches

… grab the top, "tear off" the panel and place it somewhere.

Step #6: Gradient Palette~

Now click the Gradient icon or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+F9 and select Radial as the Type …

… and make sure "Fill" is selected as the foreground color.

Step #7: Blue Color ~

Drag a blue color from from the Swatches menu to your gradient …

Repeat this process creating new gradient points and change the colors for a radial gradient pattern.

Drag OFF any stops you don't need …

Step #8: MILK! ~

Make another New Layer and call it "Milk."

Step #9: Ellipse ~

Get the Ellipse Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (L) …

… and, holding Shift, drag a perfect circle.

Step #10: Add the Gradient to the Fill ~

If necessary, add the fill to the gradient.

Step #11: Squish it Down ~

Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …

… and squash it into a an oval shape.

Drag the shape into your bowl.

Step #12: Cereal O's ~

Get the Ellipse Tool again or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (L) …

… set a colorful Fill and turn the stroke off none

… and drag a small narrow Ellipse shape.

Step #13: Half Circle ~

Get the Direct Selection Tool again - keyboard shortcut (a) …

… select the bottom anchor point …

… and delete it leaving a half circle.

Step #14: 3D ~

With the object selected, go to: Effects > 3D > Revolve … check the ‘Preview’ box, and locate the "Offset" field …

3d revolve offset

… specify the offset a little.

Lastly, get the Direct Select Tool again, select the top anchor point and use the Down Arrow key to flatten the shape a little.

Step #15: Duplicate the Shapes ~

Holding Alt (⌥) make a copy of the shape …

… make a bunch of copies this way and change the color of each shape.

Step #16: Filters ~

With a cereal shapes selected, go to: Effect > Texture > Texturizer - apply texture and any other filiters you want, change the sizes, etc.

Optional: Clipping Mask ~

Draw ANOTHER circle over your squished shape and align it with the top of your bowl …

… then select both circle shapes by Shift clicking them both …

… then go to: Object > Clipping Mask > Make or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+7.

Last Step: Save and Attach ~

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Attach it!

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