# How to Create an Energy Saving Bulb in Illustrator

Here we’re showing how to create an energy saving bulb with the help of the Illustrator’s Mesh Tool. At the beginning it could be quiet hard to work with, but if you get used to it, it’s fairly simple.

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### Tutorial Details

• Estimated Completion Time: 3-5 hours

### Step 1

As the first step you will need a shape of an energy saving bulb to start with. Either you pick a good photograph or you make one on your own in vector graphics as shown here. Here we draw our bulb with the Pen Tool, easy as can be.

### Step 2

Now you start making the first glowing rod by placing a rectangle as broad as the rod could be.

### Step 3

Now divide the rectangle into four parts by using the Mesh Tool (shown in the toolbar). It’s important that you don’t click in the rectangle, but at the edge on the left or right side of the vertical center of the rectangle.

### Step 4

As you see here, you have to repeat Step 3 two more times to have it divided into all four parts.

### Step 5

Grab the Direct Selection Tool (A), and use it to select the top 6 anchors of your rod, then rotate these by 90 degrees.

### Step 6

Select the outer four anchors of the rotated part and rotate these again by 90 degrees to create an arch.

### Step 8

Place the rod as shown below and between the guidelines. Make sure you drag the rod parts by the anchors to align them at the guidelines by having the magnetic guidelines active.

### Step 9

Now this part is going to get tricky. The shape for our first part is ready and now you have to place further mesh anchors, so later on you can colorize it to get a gradient effect into your rod.

Place the anchors of the mesh by clicking with the Mesh Tool at the bottom edges to get vertical divisions. Also add another two diagonal divisions in the curve as you can see below. This helps to give a more detailed look to the mesh gradient.

### Step 10

Now let’s build one of the side rods, which we can later just copy for the other side. Place a rectangle and divide it into three parts like in the picture below. Notice that the main rod in the center is located a bit in the front, so you have to scale this rod a bit up (big red marker).

### Step 11

Form the shape to conform your rectangle to the shape of your bulb and divide it again with the Mesh Tool.

### Step 12

Now you’re good to go for colorizing your rods to have a smooth light effect. Select an anchor and then you just pick the color in your color palette.

### Step 13

This image below shows you how the the final effect should look.

### Step 14

Copy your side rod to the other side now.

### Step 15

The upper part is done. For the lower body you basically have to do the same thing as you did with the rods, just in another shape, which means forming and dividing the mesh shape. So first you place a rectangle to start with.

### Step 16

Now you divide the rectangle with the Mesh Tool. Make sure that you divide the rectangle by looking at the corners of the main shape.

### Step 17

Justify the rectangle by using the Direct Select Tool (A) on the main shape, as shown below.

### Step 18

Once you’re satisfied with the result of your horizontal divisions, add two vertical mesh lines.

### Step 19

Now start adding color to your mesh grid just like in Step 12.

### Step 20

Finally it should look like the image below.

### Step 21

Like the last two parts you’ll have to do the same procedure. First draw a rectangle, divide it with the Mesh Tool by observing the main shape. This time, add an additional mesh line over the first division where the thread starts (arrow).

### Step 22

Select every second anchor on both sides as shown in the screenshot and scale them down to build the thread.

### Step 23

Now move the left side down to fit the main shape.

### Step 24

Justify the lower left corner to the main shape, add further mesh lines in the thread and divide the shape vertically with seven mesh lines to create a nice metallic effect.

### Step 25

When all lines are set, you can start adding color on the vertical divisions. Important: Don’t start coloring horizontally or else you’ll just make it harder for yourself. It should look like the image below after coloring.

### Step 27

Finally it’s supposed to look like the image below.

### Step 28

Here you just create a simple rectangle, divided it vertically with the Mesh Tool. Afterwards, you scaled the lower part down and formed the curve points into a trapezium.

### Step 29

For the last step, this is an easy one. Make a circle, cut it in a half, scale it flat and add a linear gradient on it.

### Conclusion

This is the final energy saving bulb. Enjoy!

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• Leonardo Teixeira

Great tuts using mesh tool!
When I saw the result for the first time, I believe it was a simple gradient. But is something more! Awesome!!! I think to start to use more this tool.

• Joey Hiemstra

The end result looks great.
I’m sure gonna try this

• massafakka

nice one i love it… thx v much… definateley try this one out.. ;)

• Kike

:O Amazing!

• http://pixalia.de Aliasart

this is really awesome. I think I’ll try it some time :) THANKS!

• HBSteve

Really good… great work with gradient mesh. So many people just think its not possible to get photo realistic stuff using illustrator.. keep proving them wrong :)

• maa

i can’t understand how you do from 8th step to 9th !

is there something i missed?

• http://www.magzn.de Christian

you have to adjust the curves with the direct select tool (A) by dragging the curve controllers while observing the original shape. if this is done, select the mesh tool and click on the edges of the center rod (red markers) to place the mesh lines.

• Luke

Very nice details! This was very helpful!

Beautiful ! Congratulations

• http://www.awalkinmyshoes.com Melody

I like the way you did the bottom spiral thingies..haha

• http://www.cutelittlefactory.com Andrea Austoni

Very very good and ingenious use of gradient mesh.

• http://www.sosfactory.com/blog Sergio Ordonez

Nice to see tutorials so simple about the mesh tool, I never got it but now its a bit clearer.

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Great tutorial. I really like the way that worked out. You have a good final product there.

• http://www.vano.vn VANO Logo

Hixx! very Nice!

• http://monstermang.wordpress.com mang

this tutorial was quite helpful, but the estimated time to completion was wayy off hah.
thanks so much for the tute!

• http://www.behance.net/Modisana Modisana

brilliant demo on how to use the mesh tool.. will definitely give it a try

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

Another great tutorial and I can definitely learn some new things from this. The end result looks really good. Going to bookmark this tutorial and give it a go later. Thanks for sharing this.

• http://www.3pasos.es Pepitoto

Great tut. I’m quite a nooby with Illustrator and I’m sure I will earn a lot of time thanks to the mesh tool.

• Holypopeye

Nice! Reminds me about energy saving! Not just drawing bulbs we should do our part to save, no matter how small!

• http://www.gtpdesigns.com/blog/ GTP Designs

Excellent gradient mesh tut. Nicely done.

• http://webitect.net Kayla

Awesome tutorial, excellent detail. I like the effects on the metal portion too, very realistic!

• http://www.w2point.com Web 2.0

A very detailed tutorial, thanks :)

• http://splaszfx.pl Splasz

Great one. thanx

• http://dremi.info dr.emi

hehehehe, so nice vector. you are crazy Christian Rollo and Roman Flat!

• prathiba

It’s wonderful

• http://forum.tjribi.com/ تجريبي كوم

thank u this is Nice
thanks

• http://stefano.melis.it Stefano

Very well explained mesh tut. Simple but effective, thanks!

• ملهار Malhar

Good Sir g….

• http://www.motionlounge.co.uk rene

WoW really well explained, I need to improve my AI skills :)

• Viresh

Superb, its Perfect i learnt something

• http://www.pixazy.com Cornel

Very easy to follow the tutorial and great results! Thanks.

• Danish Khan

really superrrrrr…