3D Fruit Bowl in Illustrator

    ●   Create some 3D Fruit and a Bowl.

    ●   Then use a Clipping Mask to bring the bowl forward.

Learn About:

Clipping Mask Blob Brush 3D Shapes

  •   This tutorial is part of the Cereal Package Design, and other projects.

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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: Ellipse Tool ~

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

… you need a RED or ORANGE Fill and Stroke/None

… and drag a small narrow Ellipse shape.

Step #3: 3D Illustrator ~

With the object selected, go to: Effects > 3D > Revolve … check the ‘Preview’ box, and change the "Offset" to make it plump …

Step #4: Stem Shape ~

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

… draw a stem shape …

… then open Brushes …

… and drag the shape into Brushes and choose "Art Brush" …

… and change the colorization method from the drop down menu to Tints.




Tints are important so you can change the color later.


Step #5: Stem ~

Get the Pencil Tool again and draw a stem …

… and apply the brush you created to the shape.

Step #6: Effects ~

Select everything by hitting the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+A and go to: Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow

Try the other Effects Too! Experiment! Take a risk!

Step #7: Duplicate the Shape ~

Hold the alt option keyAlt (⌥)/Option key - notice the cursor changes duplicate shape - and duplicate the shape:

Step #8: Change the Color ~

Change the colors!

Step #9: Change the 3D Shape ~

  With the duplicated shape selected, open the Appearance panel or go to: Window > Appearance

… and Double-click 3D Revolve to edit.

Rotate the shape to change it up.

Step #10: Pencil Tool ~

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

… and draw HALF a bowl.

Step #11: Selection Tool ~

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

… and make sure the shape is selected.

Step #12: 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 #13: Arrange your Fruit

Bring your fruit forward of the bowl and arrange everything as shown:

Step #14: Lock the Bowl Layer ~

Open your Layers and find the bowl layer …

… and lock that Layer.

Step #15: Clipping Mask ~

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

… then hit: Cmd(⌘)+a to select all the fruit and the circle shape, but NOT the bowl (because it's locked) …

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

Last Step: Save your Project and Attach ~

Go to: File > Save as … and save your work as -]

save as an ai

Attach it and keep working …

  •   ALWAYS save your projects like this: FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME

  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.


  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.

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