# How to Create Vintage Vector Bottle Caps In Illustrator CS4

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a vector bottle cap in Illustrator CS4 using some basic shapes, gradients, and effects. This tutorial is for beginners and is quite simple. It will demonstrate how the layering of shapes with different gradients applied to them can give you a nice sense of depth. Let’s get stared!

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### Step 1

Open up a new project at least 600px by 400px. Using the Ellipse Tool (L), click on the canvas. A dialogue box should appear. Enter a height and width of 100px. You should now have a perfect circle on your canvas. Give the circle a black Fill and no Stroke.

### Step 2

Next, double-click the Crystallize Tool in the Tool Pallet. The Crystallize Tool can be found under the Warp Tool. A dialogue box should appear. Enter the setting indicated below, then click OK.

### Step 3

Now with the Crystallize Tool selected, hover over the black circle. If you have Snap To Point activated you will notice the Crystallize Tool snap to the center of the circle. If Snap To Point is not activated, go to View > Snap To Point. Once the Crystallize Tool is snapped to the center of the black circle, click once with the mouse. Your shape should now look like the image shown below.

### Step 4

Next, draw a new circle with a height and width of 120px centered over the old shape.

### Step 5

With both shapes selected, hit the Intersect button in the Pathfinder Window (Window > Pathfinder).

### Step 6

Now go to Object > Transform > Scale. Set the Scale to 200%, then click OK.

### Step 7

Apply a Linear Gradient using a 10% gray and a 60% gray, make sure the lighter color is on the left. Give it a rotation of -24 degrees. The Gradient Pallet can be found under Window > Gradient.

### Step 8

Now for the tricky part. With the Star Tool selected (the Star Tool can be found under the Rectangle/Ellipse Tool in the Tool Pallet), click on the canvas. A dialogue box should appear. Give Radius 1 a value of 190px, Radius 2 a value of 50px, and set the Points to 24, then click OK.

Now do it again, but this time give Radius 2 a value of 80px. You should now have two large 24 point stars. Now center all three shapes. You may have to nudge and rotate the star shapes slightly in order to line up the shapes to look like the image below.

### Step 9

Now select the back most shape. Copy it (Edit > Copy), then Paste in Front (Edit > Paste in Front). This will make a duplicate of the shape directly in front of itself. With the duplicate selected, hold Shift and select one of the two 24 point stars created in Step 8. In the Pathfinder Window, hit the Intersect button (shown below). Copy & Paste in Front the back most shape once again creating another duplicate. With the duplicate selected, hold Shift and select the other 24 point star. Hit the Intersect button again. Your shapes should now look like the image shown below.

### Step 10

Next, select the front most shape and give it a Linear Gradient using white and a 70% gray. Give the rotation a value of -90 degrees making sure that the white is at the top end.

### Step 11

With the middle shape selected, give it a Linear gradient as well, but with a 50% and 20% gray. Give the rotation a value of -24 degrees and make sure that the darker color is at the top-left.

### Step 12

Next, create a circle using the Ellipse Tool (L). Make sure it is 215px both high and wide. Center it, then give it a Linear Gradient using white and an 80% gray. Set the rotation to -45 degrees and make sure the white is at the top-left.

### Step 13

Create another centered circle, this time 190px both high and wide. Give it a Linear Gradient using white and a 20% gray. Set the rotation to -45 degrees and make sure the white is at the top-left again.

### Step 14

With both new circles selected, double-click the Blend Tool (W) in the Tool Pallet. A dialogue box should appear. Set the Spacing to Specified Steps and give it a value of 10, then Click OK. Now go to Object > Blend > Make.

### Step 15

Now we’ll add some color. Select the back most shape, Copy it (Edit > Copy) then Paste in Back (Edit > Past in Back). This will duplicate the shape and place it behind the original. Color the duplicate red (R=220, G=0, and B=0).

Select all the shapes except the new red shape and Group them together (Object > Group). With the grouped object selected, go to the Transparency Window (Window > Transparency) and select Multiply from the drop-down menu. Your image should now look like that shown below.

### Step 16

Now we can add some shine. To create the crescent shape, create two large circles 200px wide and tall. Center them over the artwork, then nudge the front circle to the left 7px and down 7px. With both circles selected, hit the Minus Front button in the Pathfinder Window. You should now have the crescent shape. With the shape selected, give it a Linear Gradient using white on both ends. Set the Opacity of the white color stop on the right side of the Gradient Slider to 0%. Also, set the rotation to -45 degrees.

### Step 17

How about some text or a familiar logo? Simply pick your font and type out some text. Mickey Rossi was nice enough to let me use his font Ballpark Weiner for this tutorial. Make sure you place your text above the solid red layer, but below the grouped object. This will ensure that your logo has some of the shading on it otherwise it will look like it’s just floating in front of the image.

### Step 18

So that’s one, but how about the competition? Make a copy of the existing object. Draw a rectangle with the Rectangle Tool (M) 300px wide by 100px high. Center it over the artwork.

### Step 19

With the new rectangle selected, go to Effect > Warp > Flag. Set the Bend to 25% and click OK.

### Step 20

Next, with the rectangle still selected, go to Object > Expand Appearance. Your shape should look like that shown below.

### Step 21

Now with both the flag shaped rectangle and the red background shape selected, hit the Divide button in the Pathfinder Window.

### Step 22

Delete the two extra shapes on the left and right. Leave the top shape colored red, color the middle shape white, and color the bottom shape blue (R=0, G=45, and B=130). Now with all three colored shapes selected, go to Object > Arrange > Send To Back. You object should now look like the image shown below.

### Step 23

Now bring back in your text or logo. I repositioned the 5 cent mark to the top-left and re-colored the text red. Remember to place the logo above the colored shapes, but below the grouped object.

### Step 24

To enhance the text to make it look more like the competitor’s vintage logo, select the text minus the 5 cent mark and go to Effect > Warp > Flag. Set the Bend to 30 and click OK.

### Step 25

In the Transform Pallet (Window > Transform), set the rotation to 5 degrees.

### Conclusion

There you have it, a simple vintage vector bottle caps, just like that!

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• http://www.omerercan.com Omer

i like it very simple and elegant good work!

• http://www.dawghousedesignstudio.com Jan Cavan

Great tut thanks!

• massafakka

nice… v good tut.. short but hot ;)

Nice tut! very smart.

• margaret

those are cute.

Neat and simple, Thank you!

• http://www.idrawdigital.com Drezz

For some reason I want a Coke or a Pepsi. =)

Nice tutorial – simple and effective!

• http://www.awalkinmyshoes.com Melody

Very clean design..lovely..

• akshay

hi melody u r very cute.

• http://www.aaronmillerillustration.com Aaron Miller

Love this tut, would be nice to mention a cs3 bit though for the gradient bit?

• josephkache

Great Techniques shown here..nice!

• http://www.alcbevtesting.com Gary

Matt Kloskowski did this in one of the first Ai books – called, I believe, Illustrator Most Wanted. A lot of folks do not realize that Matt was/is an AI expert!!

• http://joshuaundone.com Joshua

Relly? I didn’t know that. Matt and the guys over at Photoshop User TV are great. Thanks for the tid-bit Gary.

• mike

Very Cool. :)

• http://www.studiografiko.net Grafiko

great tutorial. nice techniques!!

• http://www.w2point.com Web 2.0

What a nice tutorial :)

• http://www.crearedesign.co.uk/ Oliver

Nice and simple tutorial with some great techniques. I always like to see nice tutorials on this site and I will have to try this one. Thanks.

• http://www.thierrydehove.com Thierry

Genius ;-)

• http://www.firetidecreative.com Martin

Nicely done!

• http://www.chanamesser.com Chana Messer

Cool i!Q

• http://www.chanamesser.com Chana Messer

Great image. very cool!

• yvette

great tutorial, but how can i do it if i have a CS3?

It should be almost the same. You will have to use the screen transparency mode for the gradients with transparency on them. Just make the part you want to see white and the transparent parts black.

I hope this helps.

• alberto

thanks, gracias, merci

• http://www.aaronmillerillustration.com Aaron Miller

Looks great Aaron, keep up the good work.

• http://www.philippineglobaloutsourcing.com Philippine Outsourcing

Thanks for the tutorial. Nice work there!

• Eric

Great tut thanks!

• i0_

nice tuts!!!

• mike

how’d you make the cent symbol? it’s not in the font file?

thanks, great tutorial

Thank you Mike. If I recall correctly, I think I made it from a lower case ‘c’. Should have mentioned that. Sorry.

• joe the plumber

clear and easy to understand. thanks

• http://desaindigital.com jeprie

great work. easy to understand. thanx

• Rob

Great tutorial like all the others! Im kinda a new so I´m sorry if this question seems a little stupid, but in every exercise I have done I cant seem to use the divide button, It just doesnt work, Can some one please help me Im getting so frustrade cos I dont know what Im doing wrong ;P
Thanks!

• Rob

oh and Im using Cs3

• Mr Pill

I’m not so fluent in English, but I find your tuto very easy to understand and to practice.
Thansk a lot… from France

• mayank

dude good done.

• bimon

Thanks for the great tutorial!

• borbsorb

wow! im making this right now, my first project, very confusing at first lol

• http://www.alkabeergrafix.com Asim

V. Nice man,,,, Good Luck!

• http://www.theprowebdesigner.com Maryland Logo Designer

Great Stuff. With a lil modification, this make a perfect portfolio addition.

Thanks!

• http://www.autoexpressmd.com Auto Repair Shop MD

Great looking cap man!

• Fabrice

HI There,

I’m trying to use this design on a site that is kind of vintage but the bright red stands out a bit too much. Is there some filter or modification I can make to the finished design to make it a bit more grungy? Just to give it a more weathered look. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks

Hi Fabrice, Try using a colour with less saturation and incorporating a grunge texture with a transparency on it. I like to use this site when looking for textures.

http://zentextures.com/

Enjoy,

• MRAGH

Nice tut. But I have to ask, why are you specifying measurements in pixels in a vector app???

• http://digitalkonst.wordpress.com Sussi

Thank you! Yet another nice shape for my library. And again I learnt some new stuff. Great!

• Sean

For some reason the sizes of all of my elements are wrong. I am set to px as the unit (although that shouldn’t matter because it is relative) the first thing I notice is the length of the spikes created with the crystallize tool are wrong, also the relative lengths of the star features are also out. I’m sure this is a n00b problem but can anyone help?

P.S. I am following the instructions to the letter (or am I?).

• http://bucketothought.com/loungekat/blog/ LoungeKat

I’m not sure what’s happening, but I think it could have something to do with the settings. Perhaps play around with the height of the brush settings to get something you would like.

• Sean

I have looked at that to no avail. This is stressing me out as any tutorial I follow rapidly gets into a mess with all of the sizes being out of proportion. Any more specific advice?

• Joe St.Onge

Very good tutorial. One question though. I have the same font installed (Ballpark weiner) but I don’t see where it has a cents sign…. am I just missing it?

There is no cent symbol. I made it myself by putting a stroke through the ‘c’. Sorry, I neglected to mention that in the tutorial. My apologies.

• http://www.design2score.com Usha

Great tutorial. Very well written. It is just superb !

• Martin

Really neat tutorial, but I was having trouble with the sizes as well – I set everything to px but once I got to adding the stars, all the sizes weren’t coming out right.

• http://bucketothought.com/loungekat/blog/ LoungeKat

Double check your document settings, if that’s set to pixels, check that the snap to grid isnt turned on as that can sometimes make it hard to draw items.

• Christina

Great Tutoria!. I’m just finding my way around Illustrator and I was able to follow this. I had to make some adjustment to pixel sizes after the first circle, but no big deal. Thanks a bunch!

• Chelsea

For some reason when I try to do the pathfinder, intersect, it won’t let me and says “the filter produced no results. Please select two overlapping paths.”. I did everything right. What could the problem be?

• ducsu

Thank you for the tutorial. Here is my example.

• Michelle

MUITO BOM!

• Bryson

has anyone actually attempted this tut? CS6 must have very different measurements for a px since not a single instruction has given correct results. I’m as far as step 10, following to the letter, and nothing is as it should be. Maybe CS4 is way different, but if not, get your instructions straight. moving on to something that actually works.

• Maria

A little late, but I’m doing it right now and it’s working for me… Maybe with the circles and shapes you have to rearrange them after giving the px the tutorial says… but I got it completly

• Danny

Hi, very creative tutorial you have here, thank you,

Cheers,
Danny