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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 iminds.be -- I think you should google: Pentool tutorials and Pathfinder tutorials for illustrator.
    – Joonas
    Apr 26, 2013 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, 2013 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, 2013 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, 2013 at 13:06
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    I guess I don't understand, then.
    – Joonas
    Apr 26, 2013 at 13:57

2 Answers 2


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'.

  • somewhat i am understanding u .It i will help me when u show me in image form .
    – Sumann
    Apr 26, 2013 at 17:25
  • I added images, let me know if you need any more information.
    – Hanna
    Apr 26, 2013 at 18:40

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.

  • It's actually just as easy with masks in Illustrator as it is with Photoshop. (in this particular case)
    – Hanna
    Apr 26, 2013 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, 2013 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, 2013 at 6:23

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