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I found a logo of a company named Ibbt. As you can see, there is a separation between elements (the shapes in the left). Can anybody tell how to create such effect in Illustration?

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Highly irrelevant, but it turns out that ibbt is now called iMinds -- I think you should google: Pentool tutorials and Pathfinder tutorials for illustrator. – Joonas Apr 26 '13 at 7:20
joonas i think u didn't get mu question. I want to learn how can we make fine details like in the logo not outer part – Sumann Apr 26 '13 at 10:47
I guarantee that if you learn to use pen tool and pathfinder, you will be able to do fan of colors just like that. Plus they are super useful tools. – Joonas Apr 26 '13 at 12:36
again u are not getting.i know how to use pentool .what i am saying is there is details in logo that is what i want .The edges between logos . – Sumann Apr 26 '13 at 13:06
I guess I don't understand, then. – Joonas Apr 26 '13 at 13:57
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The actual fanning looks like layered transparency. Meaning, you maybe start with a rectangle, cut it down to size, and make more on top until you are fully opaque.

I'd look into the Draw Inside feature in Illustrator. That way, you create your fanned look and then cut and paste the shape(s) into whatever shape.

I'll try and expand this answer later, but I hope this helps!


Draw your shape and adjust its transparency. enter image description here

Layer additional shapes on top of the transparent shape (I just copied and pasted)

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Once you're done, select the shape you want to paste your fan shape into and select "Draw Inside" enter image description here

Now just copy and paste your fan shape with the "draw inside" shape selected. enter image description here


You should be able to do this with multiple shapes as well by grouping them together before selecting "Draw "Inside'.

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somewhat i am understanding u .It i will help me when u show me in image form . – Sumann Apr 26 '13 at 17:25
I added images, let me know if you need any more information. – Johannes Apr 26 '13 at 18:40
this is what i was looking johannes .thank u – Sumann Apr 26 '13 at 22:27

Could surely be done with the pen tool and pathfinder tool in illustrator.

It would be much easier to use a layer mask in photoshop however.

That said, if you're creating a new, important logo, for anything other than a one off website, you're better off not taking short cuts and refining every detail of the logo in illustrator so you have it as a vector file for future use. Otherwise, assuming the logo doesn't change and the company doesn't fail, you'll eventually have to redraw it in illustrator as a vector anyhow.

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It's actually just as easy with masks in Illustrator as it is with Photoshop. (in this particular case) – Johannes Apr 26 '13 at 14:35
@Johannes That's good to hear. Doing web design I almost never use illustrator unless I'm designing some kind of abstract icon, so I'm pretty rusty with a lot of the features. – Eric Apr 26 '13 at 14:40
I'd always reccommend going the illustrator route when creating logo's, even for web. You never know when you might need a giant blowup for a poster... – Powertieke May 8 '13 at 6:23

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