# Quick Tip: How To Create a Cup Of Coffee in Top View

##### Tutorial Details
• Difficulty: Beginner
• Estimated Completion Time: 45 minutes

### Final Product What You'll Be Creating

This entry is part 8 of 12 in the Caffeine Fuelled Vector Session
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In this quick tutorial you will learn how to create a cup of coffee in top view. Using the shape tools, some gradients and your imagination, creating different kinds of coffee is fun and easy.

## Step 1. Creating and Coloring the Saucer

First open a new web document. Take the Ellipse Tool (L) and draw a 220 x 220 px circle. Open the Gradient Panel (Window > Gradient Panel) and set the gradient Type to radial. Give the left slider a fill of 230, 230, 230 ,location 0% ; the second – 255,255,255, location – 90% and finally the fill of the third slider: 204, 204, 204 and location 100%. We get a saucer.

## Step 2. Creating and Coloring the Cup

Take the Ellipse Tool (L) and draw a 140 x 140 px circle. Fill it with the Radial gradient, use the image below as a reference.

Lets start to make a handle for the cup. Draw a 70 x 30 px ellipse using the Ellipse Tool (L). Fill it with the shown gradient.

Put the smaller ellipse in the front of bigger ellipse. Select two ellipses and align it to horizontal center. Than drag the smaller ellipse down on some pixels, use the image below as a reference (a). Select two ellipses and rotate them on -30°.

Select two ellipses and put it as shown in the image. Select a cup (smaller circle) and bring it to the front (Shift + Command + J). You can leave it or you can cut a handle. For cutting, select a cup (smaller circle), copy (Command + C) it and paste it in front (Command + F). Select a copy of cup and the handle (two ellipses) and select in Pathfinder panel Divide. Clear all unnecessary details. Check your gradients on a handle, improve it if you wish.

Select a cup (smaller circle), copy it (Command + C), paste in front (Command + F) fill it with color:245, 245, 245. Drag it down and to the left, use the image below as a reference.

Send the circle to the back of the handle, use a layers panel.

Select the circle, that we just made and copy of (Command + C), paste in front (Command + F) fill it with color:230, 230, 230. Drag it up.

In the same way add a shadow on the handle. Select the bigger ellipse, copy it (Command + C), paste in front (Command + F) fill it with color:230, 230, 230. Drag it down. Play with your shadows, try to change the size, colors, maybe add some circles or ellipse, change a rotation angle, add a shadow to the saucer. No rules, just play with it as you wish. When you’re finish make a copy of final coffee cup.

## Step 4. Would You Like a Cup of Coffee? ;)

Copy (Command + C) a cup (smaller circle) and paste it in front (Command + F). Resize it: 120 px x 120 px. Fill it with the Radial gradient from black (0,0,0) to brown (66,33,11) color.

Copy (Command + C) a coffee circle and paste it in front (Command + F). Select a new circle and the shape, after that, in the Pathfinder panel select Intersect.

Draw a circle 6 px x 6 px, fill it with 242, 201, 160 color. Draw another circle 5 px x 5 px fill it with 201, 151, 157 color. And the last circle – 3 px x 3 px fill it with 117, 76, 36 color. Put them together and group them (Command +G), use the image below as a reference.

Drag the circles to the Brushes palette and save the new brush as a Scatter Brush. Set the brush parameters as shown below.

Now take the Paintbrush Tool (B) and create a brush stroke over the coffee. Here you can change your Scatter Brush parameters as you like. Have a fun :)

## Step 5. Cappuccino Lovers

Take a second coffee cup. Make a copy (Command + C) from cup (smaller circle) and paste it in front (Command + F). Resize it: 125 px x 125 px. Fill it with the Radial gradient, use the image below as a reference.

You can add some cinnamon on your cappuccino top. Draw a circle 3 px x 3 px, fill it with 76, 13, 9 color. Drag the circle to the Brushes palette and save the new brush as a Scatter Brush. Set the brush parameters as shown below.

Copy the cappuccino top, set the fill to none and choose the newly created scatter brush as a stroke. Play with the Scatter brush settings for creating your cappuccino cup. Also you can play with a shapes for getting a better result.

Experiments with different shapes to give you interesting results. Try to create something new!

## Conclusion

We are done! We have different types of coffees. Try to create your own coffee cups! Good luck :)

• steeley

not a good tut, or should i say not a very well written tut? not very good instructions for creating the handle or am i missing something>Does anyone check these before they are put up this is just one of the reasons i am not a premium member anymore.

• http://chewedkandi.net Sharon Milne

Hey Steeley,

This tutorial is a Quick Tip tutorial and is intended to give you some insight in some quick hints and tips that others use in projects, which you can then apply to future projects. If you’re wanting more complex and advanced tutorials, you can find them in the premium section.

• newUser

I have to agree with Steely, this is not clear.

On step 2 it says: “Put the smaller ellipse in the front of bigger ellipse.”
Which ellipses is she referring to? Do I need to make another ellipse, or is it the cup ellipse?

• Olga

Dear Steely,
I’m the author. My apologies for my carelessness. In step 2 does not correct the last picture. I’ve already written in support to fix it. Thank you very much for your comment.

• Alok Ghosh

Excellent…
Please give tutorial for corel X6 also…

• Max

ohhhhhhh very beautifull

• steeley

Hi Sharon i didnt mean to be so harsh but the point is quick tip tutorial or not this is posted as a tut for beginners,and i defy any beginner to illustrator to follow this tut from sect two when the handle is created.
The fact remains that you as staff or somebody must read these tuts before they are posted and if need be to even try to recreate what is intended, and if they dont work dont post or need recating to a another level it should be done before they get this far.This is not the first time i have come across this(and yes these were premium tutorials hence i am no longer a member) and it spoils what was and still is a fantastic site for people like myself.

• http://chewedkandi.net Sharon Milne

No problem Steeley – we’ve now rectified this to show the correct image.

• closeupman

I have to agree with Steely.
Starting with the 3 part of step 2, it’s confusing what ellipses you’re referring to and the pictures don’t correspond with the text. Up until then I was doing fine.

If you could revise it, or maybe add a video tut, that would help.

• doggiepie

im just not understanding why we have a view of the cup from directly above, while the handle is shown at an angle…. it does not read properly

• http://chewedkandi.net Sharon Milne

This has now been rectified :)

• DocPepper

I have to agree also.

I tried to follow along, but as a beginner, i got lost in creating the handle! The rest is easy to follow, but the handle is a struggle. It would be nice, if you explain the handle in more detail!

Great tut though.

• DocPepper

Figured it out… ;) Never mind!

• faceback

You have to click double twice on the Gradient tool on the left box, the you will see the circle and be able to move gradient in different positions.

Hope I helped you :)

• freddy

gracias

• steeley

Hey Olga please understand i was not critisising you,without people like yourself who quite clearly have a really good understanding of these programmes and take the time and effort (unpaid) to write these tuts, sites like this would not work and people like me would not learn to much.
This should have been picked up before it got posted and you could have rectified it,all the moderators have done is made you look a little amateur(which you are quite clearly not) all for them being slightly lazy and just posting without checking.Like i said its not the first time either.
I still like the site and all it does and stands for, just hope they get back on the game and who knows i might renew my subscription.

• BILL

I thought this tutorial was well done. The pictures should be enough to figure out what is needed. If you don’t like it go somewhere else. This exercise is beginner Illustrator. If you’re having trouble here you’re going to need to keep practicing. Some people have such a sense of entitlement. Holycow.

• J.T.

Thanks for the GREAT tutorial!!! As a beginner, I too got a little lost in creating the handle but after taking a little time and looking at the pictures I figured it out. I love this site and the tutorials that are featured on it. I’m just not sure where all the defensiveness has come from in the questions that have been asked about this tutorial. Beginners have to ask questions — that’s how we learn. People who have learned Illustrator and can answer questions, write tutorials and have become Staff members need to remember that they were once beginners also and may have had trouble following tutorials. I particularly found this comment disturbing — “If you are having trouble here you’re going to need to keep practicing. Some people have such a sense of entitlement. Holycow.” I know that I need more practice — that is why I keep coming back to this site to work and rework the tutorials. I truly hope that when I become an “expert” in using Illustrator that I don’t feel like I have “arrived” and can put down or go off on someone for asking a “beginner” question about a tutorial.

Excellent tutorial!!! I put a little cinnamon around the saucer for a more realistic feel.

• Alice

A big thanks for this great tutorial! Please keep going! :)

• newUser

This tutorial is very cleary written, but I think there is some information missing which caused me confusion.

At step 2 after you have to create the handle, I believe it should say you then have to copy that handle, make it smaller and then reflect it vertical.
Then you have the two ellipses she is talking about starting at: Put the smaller ellipse in the front of bigger ellipse…