# How to Make a Delicious Vector Orange in 9 Decisive Steps

##### Tutorial Details
• Program: Illustrator
• Difficulty: Beginner
• Completion Time: 30 minutes

### Final Product What You'll Be Creating

Learn how to create a semi-realistic vector orange with simple shapes, tools, and multiple effects. This tutorial is possible for a beginner to complete, though is aimed at an intermediate Illustrator user. Let’s get started.

## Step 1

The first thing that we have to do is to create a triangle that is 2 inches wide by 3 inches high, then fill it with an orange color (R=252, G=175, B=23). Next, we apply an effect to make the corners round. To do this go to Effect > Stylize > Round Corners, and set the value to 0.5 in. Now go to menu Object > Expand Appearance and then Ungroup (Command + Shift + G) the result.

## Step 2

In this step we create the texture of the orange. Copy (Command + C) the object already created and paste it to the front (Command + F). Change the color of the fill to white. With this last object selected, go to Effect > Texture > Stained Glass, and set values to: Cell Size of 45, Border Thickness of 10, and Light Intensity of 0.

Expand the same object (Object > Expand Appearance). Next, go to Object > Live Trace > Tracing Options, set the values that are shown below, and Expand it (Object > Expand). Also, be sure to check Object and check Fill.

To this last object with the Stained Glass effect, fill it with a white color, then Ungroup (Command + Shift + G) it three times. With this last object selected, go to Object > Path > Simplify, and set the Opacity to 60%. Apply a Gaussian Blur (Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur) with a Blur Radius set to 6.0 pixels. Finally, group these two objects.

## Step 3

Now create the other pieces of the orange. Rotate the object by Alt-clicking to the position that we want to be the center of the orange, then in the window that appears set the Angle to 40º, and click in Copy. To create the other pieces we just repeat tha last action (Command + D) seven times

## Step 4

Let’s make the orange look not so straight and give it a more natural look. Select the Pucker tool, then use the values shown below to retouch the whole object and to give the natural aspect that we desire. Next, select everything (Command + A) and Ungroup (Command + Shift + G).

Select one of the orange colored objects, then go to Select > Same > Fill Color. Copy (Command +C) the recent selection, paste it in back (Command + B), and group (Command + G) it. Next, we rotate a little so that it looks like the image below. Lastly set the Opacity to 40%. Then Select All (Command +A) and Group (Command + G) it.

## Step 5

In this step we’ll form the edge of the orange. Create an ellipse (L) with a width and a height of 6.5 inches (the color of the line is not important). Next, create a group of ellipses as shown below, the size we’ll be proportional to the orange. Group (Command + G) these ellipses, move them to the Brushes Panel, and check New Pattern Brush. In the Pattern Brush options leave it as is.

If you want to give a name to our Pattern Brush that’s great, I named it "ORANGE." After creating the pattern brush, erase the group of ellipses, then apply this pattern brush to the 6.5 inches ellipse that we created some moments ago. Lastly, set tha Opacity to 15%.

## Step 6

Continuing with the edge of the orange, create another ellipse (L) with a width and a height of 7 inches, then Send it to the back (Object > Arrange > Send to Back). With the object selected, go to the Gradient Panel and set the values as shown in the image below.

## Step 7

Now let’s create the exterior of the orange. First, select everything (Command + A) and Group (Command + G) it. Change only the width of our orange to 5.5 inches. After that we create an ellipse (L) with a width of 5.5 inches and a height of 7 inches, then fill it with a orange color (R= 245, G=130, B=32).

Draw a vertical line that intersects in the middle of the ellipse that we just created, then go to the Pathfinder Panel, click Divide, and then Ungroup (Command + Shift + G) the result. Erase one of the halves of the ellipse and to the other half change the width to 3.5 inches.

## Step 8

Next we proceed to create the texture for the exterior of our orange. Create a rectangle with a width and a height of 1 inch, no Fill, and no Stroke. Copy (Command + C) this rectangle and we paste it all to the front (Command + F). Then Fill this rectangle with an orange color (R=245, G=130, B=32).

Create various ellipses inside the rectangle with the colors that are shown below. Select all the ellipses inside the rectangle and apply a Gaussian Blur (Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur) with a Radius of 7.0 pixels.

Ungroup the two rectangles, the ellipses, and move the object to the panel of swatches. Apply the swatch that we just created to the half ellipse. The rectangle that has no fill and no stroke serves to limit the area of the swatch.

With the texture of the exterior of the orange ready, align tha half-ellipse in the middle of the orange so that it looks natural. Send tha half-ellipse to the back (Object > Arrange > Send to Back). Finally, select everything (Command + A) and rotate it a little.

## Step 9

At the very end, we create an ellipse with a width and height of 5.5 inches, then fill it with a gradient (center, R=100, G=100, B=100; edge R=255, G=255, B=255). Change the height to 1.2 inches and send it to the back of the orange. It’s done! The final image is shown at the end of the series of images below.

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• Roy

Beautiful

• Jessica

Wonderful tutorial, well written and easy to follow. Perfect results. Thanks!

• http://zavrab.ru/ SEO Rab

yes, very good tutorial for me novice

• Aliona

I can’t do the swatch for exterior texture of the orange after I ungroup the ellipses and the rectangle

• http://fodoreanlavinia.blogspot.com/ Aliona

I can’t do the swatch for exterior texture of the orange after I ungroup the ellipses and the rectangle

• http://djamm.ru/ Dima

nice stuff, thanks

• http://www.logodesigngear.com Logo Design Gear

Nice tutorial. The orange looks very tasty ;) lol

• http://blog.shaihalov.ru/ Maksim Shaihalov

Cool orange!

• http://hairlike.ru marisha058

Appetizing orange! I like it and try to do it myself.

• http://www.thedukebag.com dukebag

Hey, great tutorial… some of the things you did seemed obscure and/or unnecessary, but I followed it every step of the way and felt I learned a thing or two about Illustrator I didn’t know before. Oh, and I also made a pretty orange too :)

Thanks!

• ashley

how do you pucker?

• Joao

Hi!
It’s wonderful!
But i couldn’t do the last step. A message poped-up saying my computer doesn’t have enough memory to complete the task. Anyone can help me on this?
1 GB
Pentium III
CS5 Illustrator

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

You can go to Edit > Prefrences > Plugins & Scratch Discs – and then assign the drives you want to use to power Illustrator.

• http://www.herbalifeopportunity.com/ Herbalife

this is a pretty cool vector image thanks for the guide

How do you create an isosceles triangle with specific dimensions. I tried using the polygon tool but it always results in an equilateral triangle.

• Peter

Hey, I got stuck on the 8th step – when I create swatch out of that it has white outline. I worked out that it is becouse the anchors of ellipses actually reach beyond the orange border. Is there any way to trim this?

• Paul

how do you change the center of the object (Step 3) I got a Mac the Alt thing is not working for me

• kiruthika

its really easy.. thank you

• Johnson

I have completed all the 9 step. Really it’s look wonderful. thank you :)

• crystaluv

thanks for sharing.

• cassie

Fantastic tutorial, thanks! I’m using CS3 and had to adjust a few settings differently (Gaussian blur, etc) but I think that is just a version issue. You made it seem so easy.

• Melody Hill

There is no live trace that I can see on this current version. I love the tut but I’m still stuggling with it :(

• Small_leaf

such amazing!!!!, tks guy muchhhhhhhh

• Tauseef Abbasi

very goood one :)

• hippycomeflores

Hi, Alejandro. grat and easy tutorial, Thanks!!! I want to share my work: