Create letter logos with Illustrator

Create Simple Letter Logos with Illustrator

In this week’s tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can create these sleek, simple letter logos that appear as if they’re make of connecting parts, using Adobe Illustrator CC. Here’s an example of what can be created using this technique…

ABC letters

This tutorial is very beginner-friendly in that a few simple steps is all it takes to make a really nice looking design. The example I’ll be using is the letter P, but the technique used is simple enough that you should be able to easily implement it with whatever other letters or numbers you’d like to create. Certain letters and numbers may be a little tricky (S, R, 2, etc.), but with a bit of ingenuity and creative thinking, you should be able to make it work.

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Creating Letter Logos

In the first steps, we’ll be creating a series of circles and working with the Shape Builder Tool to eliminate unwanted areas. Then, we’ll be using a rectangle with rounded corners for the tail of the P.

Step 1 diagram

Once that’s completed, the basic structure of the design will be in place and we can color it in using a linear gradient. We’ll also be creating another circle and using it as a reference point for simulating a shadow within the curvature of the letter. This helps in selling the aspect of the letter being made of separate, but connecting/overlapping parts.

Step 2 diagram

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After that, our design will be complete! Here’s how the refined design looks after some finishing touches and once applied to a background with a contrasting color…

Finished letter logo
Note the key line grids indicating the shapes we originally created

Video Tutorial

For complete step-by-step instructions with voice narration, watch the video tutorial below, and don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you have any questions or run into any problems. As always, thanks for watching!

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Nick Saporito

Nick Saporito is a Philadelphia-based graphic designer who specializes in branding-specific design. A full portfolio and information regarding services offered can be found at LogosByNick.com.

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