How to Create a Vector Baseball Bat and Ball

Tutorial Details
• Estimated Completion Time: 1.5 hours

Final Product What You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create a baseball bat and a baseball using Illustrator’s 3D tool and blends. We’ll utilize 3D art mapping for texture creation and pathfinder tools to create this classic illustration of a bat and ball.

Step 1

Open up a new document and select the Ellipse Tool (L). Create a circle and fill it with gray for now and a 1pt black stroke.

Step 2

Create a sickle like shape with the Pen Tool (P) and fill it with a darker gray.

Step 3

Reselect the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a shape like in the image below. Fill it with white.

Step 4

Select the Pencil Tool (N) and start drawing a stitch like shape (A). Make sure the path is closed. Fill it with red and set the stroke to black. Then create two small black circles (B) and place them on the tips. Last, create two small strokes with the Pencil Tool (C) as well.

Step 5

Group the stick (Command + G) and make a duplicate (Option-drag). Place them apart and select both. Create a blend (Command + Option + B). Then open the Blend Options (Object > Blend Options) and set the Specified Steps to 24, or whatever distance you want to achieve.

Step 6

Then select it with the Selection Tool (V) and rotate it 45 degrees. With the selection still active, go to Object > Envelop Distort > Warp Options and apply the settings below.

Step 7

Rotate it slightly clockwise.

Step 8

Reflect the stitches (Select object then hit O + Option-drag).

Step 9

Make a copy of the original circle for the baseball and place it above the stitches. Set the fill and stroke to none. Then select the stitches and the circle and apply a Clipping Mask (Command + 7).

Step 10

Now we have the stitches clipped.

Step 11

Place the stitches on top of the baseball objects.

Step 12

To make the baseball look a little more ragged, add some strokes with the Pencil Tool (N). You can replace the stroke with a brush of your liking.

Step 13

To make the baseball a little bit more flashy, we will had a few highlights. Create a half circle and fill it with white.

Step 14

Then with the half circle selected, go to Effect > 3D > Extrude & Revolve and apply the settings below.

Step 15

Place the 3D object on top of the baseball and set the Layer Mode to Multiply, 100%. Of course, you could create a circle with a radial gradient fill instead.

Step 16

Create a small gray ellipse and place it under the baseball. Then apply a Feather effect of 30pt (Effect > Stylize > Feather).

Step 18

Let’s move on to the baseball bat. Have a look at some baseball bats and pick a nice one for your reference. Then start creating it with the Pen Tool (P) in outline. You need only create half of it. Make sure the path is closed. Set the Stroke to a beige color.

Step 19

Since we want to add a small detail to the bat, select the Pen Tool (P) again and add two extra points to the outline along the handle. Then with the Scissor Tool (C), cut both points by simple clicking on them. Then select the small path with the Direct Selection Tool (A) and set the stroke to red.

Step 20

Select the outline and apply the 3D Revolve Options below (Effect > 3D > Revolve). Make sure you place the highlight so it shows a nice end of the baseball bat.

Step 21

For the wood texture we need to create a symbol so we can apply it as a texture map. Select the Pencil Tool (N) or the Pen Tool (P) and create a few lines, one thin and one thick in a beige and brown.

Step 22

Then select the Warp Tool (Shift + R) and warp the lines a bit.

Step 23

Then select all the lines and drag them into the Symbols Palette.

Step 24

Reselect the bat and open the 3D Revolve via the Appearance Palette. Click the Map Art button and add the wood symbol.

Step 25

Last but not least, add a shadow just like we did in Step 16. You can make a copy of the bat, expand the appearance and fill it with a gray color. Then apply the Feather effect again. Make sure you scale or rotate the shadow shape.

Conclusion

This is the finished artwork. A baseball bat and a baseball. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

• http://www.nelutu.info nelutu

Very nice :)

• http://iamscotty.com/ scotty

Very nice job:)

• Oscar Rincón

nice, good tutorial!!! thanks!!!

• Marko

Nice end result.

I liked how you made just half of the shape and used the revolve tool. Nice one!

• http://www.gregoryhughdavidson.com Gregory Davidson

Great tutorial… seems relatively simple but highly effective. Great solid tutorial!

• Iaroslav Lazunov

I’m not thrilled.

• John

Of course you are not…

• http://beneriksen.com Ben

Step 7 doesn’t work for me – the stitches get all whacked, when I rotate. I’m using CS3 — can’t imagine that’s the issue — but perhaps.

• jose luis

hi ben glitches happen I encountered the same problem and made a different approach and got it right just work your way around on that part and you’ll make it through, cheers!

• Jay

Step 19 + 20 didn’t work for me I had to split the baseball bat into 3 parts with equal width on each part of the bat to make the revolve work for the red section also. Also step 5 using the blend options didnt work for me either I just hit Ctrl+D after duplicating the first stitch to duplicate more.

• Dwight

I placed the bat in the 3-D Revolve option and I got a funnel for an illustration. It is apparent that you put one over on Vectotuts when they payed you for this chicken scratch of a tutorial, and if you had a decency for yourself you would ask them to take it down while you submit a correction.

• Dwight

This is not the way I wanted to do it, but I found a free baseball bat vector on the web.