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Icon Tutorial: Hot Chocolate

Posted by in Design, Tutorials on December 22, 2011

Today we’ll be creating a wonderful warming hot chocolate icon. This tutorial is for intermediate users of Illustrator and Photoshop Let’s get started:

STEP 1.

Open Illustrator and create the following shape with the colour shown.

STEP 2.

Go to Effect -> 3D -> Revolve and apply the following settings:

STEP 3.

Create another shape like this.

STEP 4.

Go to Effect -> 3D -> Extrude & Bevel and apply the following settings:

STEP 5.

Arrange the layers so the handle is beneath the cup in the layer order and move it towards the cup like the image below:

STEP 6.

Copy the cup and handle. Open Photoshop and create a new document at 700×700 pixels.
Paste the cup as a smart object and scale it to 155%

STEP 7.

Create a new layer behind the cup, fill it black. Open up the layer style options and choose gradient overlay. Apply the following options with the following colours – #9b8472 #97624b #170501

STEP 8.

Select the rectangle tool to create a flat surface for the cup to rest on. Make the colour of the shape #000000, choose multiply as the layer blend mode and change the transparency to 33%. You should now have the following:

STEP 9.

Select the cup and apply the following layer style.

STEP 10.

Create a new layer behind the cup but in front of the background select the brush tool and colour of #39200f. Begin to create a shadow behind the cup until you have something like this:

STEP 11.

Add some subtle shading.

STEP 12.

Add a wooden texture for the table, use the perspective transform if need be. Im using wood floor found here:

http://gnrbishop.deviantart.com/art/Wood-floor-86913934

I have also added a gradient overlay to change the colour.

STEP 13.

Next download the following shot for free here: http://www.sxc.hu/browse.phtml?f=download&id=507780

Copy part of the chocolate froth from the top and start to selectively erase it till you get the following:

STEP 14.

Finally add some steam using the brush tool and erase tool and we’re done.

You can also download the file here. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!