Logos - Stacked Rectangles
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English [Auto] It with everybody and welcome to our first logo section. The one I have for you is available in the resources section. Go ahead and download that and follow along and sketch. So the first one I chose is relatively easy relatively simple but I think that's what I like about it most. It's got just enough complexity to make it really visually appealing to me and that is the draw. It's things like this that you should look for when you're just starting up to try to recreate. See if you can do it easy enough to to kind of challenge you. You think I could do that for sure. No problem. But once you start digging in you learn a little bit more on what's underneath. So let's follow along and sketch and see how to recreate this. All right so I've got my original here and it's actually renamed this one. Call it original and look over here and the inspector you'll see it's got a width of 380. What I'm going to do is I mean here are a rectangle. The rectangle shortcut to get my little grid line here so I know I'm aligned with the top draw one out till I hit the bottom. Come on back here to the inspector. Change the width 380 and hit enter. That'll change it. Now my background is the same as this going to change the fill. It's a black and it's got that black background because I took this screenshot from my smartphone and then dragged it over here so the actual logo is the piece in the middle. All right so let's zoom in just a little bit reposition and what I'm going to do is draw an oval What's it over on our keyboard. Fine our center point you move your mouse around and so you see these grid lines you'll know you're in the center hold down shift that's going to keep a circle proportional and draw from that point in the middle it's kind of getting it as close as possible. All right so now let's analyze our shape here a little bit. So it's split into two sections. You got kind of a darker blue on top a lighter blue here on the bottom. And you've got this line in the middle here that separates the two. So we're going to need two pieces of command Z and it took away my circles to go out and get that back over oval shift. Your all that out. That's another way we're going to accomplish this. Let's first change the color of our circle to match this darker blue. I'll click on the fill get the eyedropper of that blue. One thing I like to do sometimes also is try to see if I can get that color manually just by picking it. So I use my slider here and then kind of dark in every light and then I'll do that with some parts in here. I don't want it to take too long. So for for ease of use and speed we'll use the color picker quite a bit in here. OK so now that we have that let's rename this inner our layers panel let's call this overall top and hit command D with that selected to duplicate it. And I'm going to name this one oval bottom. There we go. Now we're going to do is hit R-VA rectangle. We're going to draw a rectangle so that we can create the shape that we need using a Boolean operation. Drag this up and find the center point of my circle. Make sure I'm outside of it and that grid line tells me I'm there. I'll drop it down. Now it's below the shape that I want someone to come over here to the layers panel drag this rectangle above my oval bottom over a hole down shift and select both shapes. Come over here to the tool bar and select intersect. That will give me the the portion of the shapes that are touching. So now I have this bottom shape selected and that's renamed this again oval bottom. Now we're going to do is just lighting this blew up a little bit. So the colors already selected I'm going to click and drag and just go up a little bit. And if you want to check yourself get that color picker more where you are to the picture click on it and you'll see this jump to the left or right and this slider might jump as well. You see we weren't too far off. All right so now we need that little separator between the two. So if you look got kind of this one pixel line separating the two. We want to go ahead and recreate that. And the way that I'm going to do that is I'm going to create a shadow and you could go into a shadow that's going to probably do it on the bottom side. And I want to kind of learn on the top side. So I'm going to do a regular Shatto see if that works out. We'll select this lighter blue color to start with. And I want my X to be 0. Let's kick off our full color here. I want my why I believe I want it to be a minus value. So let's start with a minus one. Drop the blurb down. 2 1 and just so we can see this better. It's changed to like a red. So we know where this has been in place right now it's too subtle to kind of see. Now we can see it perfectly so with a value of minus one it's pushing from the bottom and going upwards. So if I click over here let's try to click out of that so I can use the arrows here. So now if I increase that value or decrease it the minus guy is going to start growing upwards because it's pushing from the y axis up and I want that to be minus one blur or we can actually set to 0 to start. Let's see if that works out. Let's change this color to the lighter blue. And now let's go something a little bit lighter than that. So now we're starting to see that line up here. And I think right about there is good color wise the hex value is 2 6 5 3 8 2. So if you want to plug that in directly Alpha is set to 100 percent. I'll leave that as is right now and next up let's go for this yellow square this rectangle here. Zoom in first and kind of take stock of what I have going here. So it looks like we've got some rounded corners. I've got a shadow on the right side shadow on the left or bottom I should say and shallow bottom here and a little bit of a shadow on the left as well. And if you look closely you'll see there's a little bit of inner shadow here so it's this bright yellow here. But then it's a lighter yellow right on the top maybe even on the sides just a little bit. So we'll recreate that as well. All right come back over here. I mean here are a rectangle that's drawing out if you want to be precise. Go ahead and drops and grid lines in here that'll help out. Let's drop something and try to get it at the same size. You'll notice it's below our shapes. So if that happens to you. Grab your rectangle over here in the layers panel drag it up above the rest. Then you can see it right now to get the center. I'm going to hold down Shift. I'm going to select my my large circle here come up here to the alignment tools and align horizontally. See a jump if yours is in center right click off that's going to click my shape. And now I'm gonna apply a radius to the corners. Let's go ahead and start with a radius of five and see how that plays out. You can click on that and see. I think that might be a little bit too much. This one's a little more subtle. So let's back it off just a little bit. I'll drop it down at three and that looks good. All right click. Get rid of these grid lines you don't need that. Let's set our full color. So choose your shape. Click the fill in your eyedropper over here and get that nice yellow. All right let's start off with regular shadows. We're going to need multiple. So the first one I'm going to apply is an X and Y. So the x will be down here at the bottom or the why I should say it's going to be applied down here to the bottom of the X is going to be applied to the right side when it's a positive value. And I'll show you that at the left side as well. So what the bottom portion I'm going to set this to about a one minute back off the blurry to about two that's make the X the same a 1. And we want it to be somewhat subtle. So what you can do click on your color you grab the Alpha and drag it down just kind of eyeball it as you're sliding this and change it to about 43. That works for me. All right now let's apply our shadow on the left side over here. It's when it comes to shadows and the inspector click the plus sign it's going to drop it right on top here. And for the X we're going to want a minus one that's going to apply it to the left side. I'll take away my y value proposition there and for the blurb will do the same thing all use to and let's change our alpha to match the rest 43 inner and then we're going to go. OK so now we want the inertia to go ahead and click on enter shadows. And we're going to start with the top portion here. So you'll see now as I increase this y value that's going to start coming down from the top down. What we want is something really subtle maybe a one and we can start by choosing kind of a reddish value. Just so we can see what we're doing. I'm going to drop down the blur so I can see it a little bit more because it's kind of pronounced. It's not very blurry on the original zoom in here a little bit that looks pretty good. And I'm going to change the color. Let's go ahead and get our eyedropper. She is that yellow. And from here I'm going to grab this little circle and just drag it over to the left until I start to see it light up in my original you'll see that it is. And that's what I want. So now I'm also going to do the same thing for this x values and my plug in one here I'm going to add one more. So you'll see that x value added it over here. Now we're going to add one more in shadow. We'll add a minus one here. And I make this as 0 and the Bilour one to match up. And we want this color to match so let's click on our original line and copy this hex value that's for the dog 7:8 see come appear to your color base that in hit enter and you get to go so a simple shape but a little more complexity to it. And if you if you really zoom in there and check out the details and I really get a little bit more complex with the blue shape here. This one's got a split down the middle. Very similar to the circle we dealt with. It's got that inner shadow here. It's got the rounded corners. It's got a separator line in the middle. So we'll be doing some of the same stuff we already did. Let's drop in some grid lines here. Top and bottom so that we can get the size to match up and hit our rectangle and we'll draw one out just kind of eyeball it. Now looks pretty good. Let's click and drag this up to the top that's looking good and let's get it centered I'm going to hold down shift. So like my circle again a line horizontally and you can align vertically as well shouldn't change. That's good. And click off select my shape I'm going apply the same radius and give it a three and let's start by choosing a color red and choose this top color the kind of darker aqua blue so I click my fill color get my eyedropper come over here and get that blue. All right now I'm going to let's go ahead and get organized a little bit. So we don't forget what's what. I'm going to start by selecting my yellow rectangle here going to here in the layers panel and it's renamed this let's call this yellow rec to rename this one Reyk top. And we're going to copy it out so Kamandi going to duplicate what we have there. And this time because it's not an awkward shape we can just drag this down right to the middle there. That's light enough that color. So click over here on the fill lighten this up a little bit try to get it to that same blue that they have over there. That looks pretty close. Now you can test yourself. Grab that eyedropper and keep an eye on your circle here see just how much it moves if at all. So a little bit off but not by much. All right this time we're going to ply that line. Let's go ahead and click off our fill Let's apply an inner Shatto this time so we can see how that looks and I'm going to want to apply a one to the Y. I changed my blurb to one as well. And one change I'm going to want to make is this has rounded corners right now and I don't want the rounded corners of let's come up here to add it when I click on this first corner here. It's change that's a straight. That's not what we want to do. Finish editing. Maybe it is what we want to do. She the first corner. Yeah that's right. Let's change this to zero. You're not a hard corner. Click on this edge over here. Change that to 0 as well navigate. Finish editing. OK so we now we've got that dark line let's go ahead and change this. I going to get my eyedropper. Let's lighten up this color so when I click and drag over till it gets to a kind of a lighter blue like I want to see that's looking good. Now you see it's not aligned with our circle here. Let's go ahead and select both shapes. So I held down shift I've got the top got the Bottom selected this down just a little bit. Now that's lined up all right now the finishing touches. I'm going to go ahead and choose this top portion and we're going to apply that inner Shatto inner shadow just like we did before. We'll start with an X of 1 a y 1 a blur of 1. We want to get kind of that same light blue and choose my color here get my color picker choose that light lighter one at the bottom and I'm just going to click and drag over till it lightens up just a little bit. Subtle let's kind of take stock of what we have here dropshot it was well in the bottom. So let's do that. And actually for that let's choose our bottom our bottom square rectangle ish kind of shape say shadows will keep the X set at zero. We want the Y to make about a 1 or 2 about 2. Actually it looks like a little stronger of a shadow maybe not. Let's try a way up to and looks a little better. And I think I'm gonna back it off just a little bit like we did before. Click this alpha and we'll set that to 43 that's going to lighten it up make it a little more get a little more opacity. All right let's zoom out and see we got here. All right. Now last but not least let's drop in this plain rectangle. I feel like changing that rectangle to be a little more colorful something that blends in with those colors or goes well with those colors would elevate it a little bit more than just a plain white rectangle. But there could be some reasoning behind that. I don't remember what the logo was for. I going to go ahead and draw out a rectangle. They are a rectangle on my keyboard. Draw one now and that is underneath. So let's come over here the layers panel drag it up to the top. Let's put some rounded corners on here what that's selected. I come over here and the inspector at a radius of three in it inner change or color to white to match. Get rid of our grid lines because we don't need those. It could be a little bit wider. Go ahead and hold down or grab this corner and stretch it out just a little bit. Not much Kay is looking pretty good. Last but not least we're going to put in her shadow on the top here. If it was me I would probably keep that off and just keep it really simplistic. I don't see that this adds a whole lot of value in terms of what it's adding overall but it's there so let's add it in her shadow. And just so you can see. So it's red. And as you increase this y value it's going to grow from the top and push down. So what we want is something subtle we can start with it too. And I'm thinking that color wise and what kind of a light blue. So let's start with this darker the top rectangle here and then we can back it off a little bit. So I'm gonna do that. I could slide this over get something a little bit darker. I think I'm going to go with the opacity of the Alpha down here a minute click when I see the double arrows and just drag over until it backs off just a little bit. I think 42 looks pretty good. Click on. And there we go. Done deal. Now if you have an eagle eye you'll notice that you zoom in here there's a very subtle shadow here and I'm not going to add that here. I want that as a challenge for you guys. So go ahead and recreate this logo and see if you can figure out how to apply that shadow effect. And I get the same look that's here. Pay attention to kind of the angle that it's going to on both sides and try a different variety of ways maybe you have it in your head on how you would do that. Well I love to hear about it post about it. If you have a picture to share do that as well. I'll post a solution in the next video but really take that as a challenge and see if you can do that. I read like this shadow effect. I think it definitely adds a little bit of complexity to it and gives a little bit elevated just a little bit more and that's kind of the appeal. Go ahead and try give that a shot and we'll check out the solution in the next to you.