How to Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Doing anything in Adobe Illustrator really does take two times longer as it can be a little tricky to get your hands around. Because of more steps, hidden features, and a long list of tools it is really strange at first hand.

How to Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a very cool Skate illustration in Adobe Illustrator. First, you’ll learn how to create pixel perfect shapes using the Pen or the Ellipse Tools. Next, you’ll see how you can add depth and shading for your shapes using complex gradients, the Pathfinder options and some basic blending techniques… Let’s start!

Final Result

Let’s see what you will be creating in this tutorial.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Step 01: Create the Body of the Boot

1. Pick the Pen tool (P). Use this tool to create an object as shown in the image.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

2. Pick the Add Anchor Point tool (+). Use this tool to add three anchor points highlighted with red and then move them as shown below.

 

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

3. Now use the Convert Anchor Point tool (Shift +C) to adjust anchor points as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

4. Fill the result with R=35, G=31, B=32.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

5. Create two curves and then set the data as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

6. Reselect two newly created curves and go to the Object/ Blend/ Blend Options. Enter the data as shown below and then click OK. Next go to the Object/ Blend/ Make (Ctrl +Alt +B). Next open the Transparency palette (Window/ Transparency), select the Overlay in the Blending Mode and lowered the Opacity to 50%.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

7. Create two curves and then set the data as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

8. Reselect two newly created curves and go to the Object/ Blend/ Blend Options. Enter the data as shown below and then click OK. Next go to the Object/ Blend/ Make (Ctrl +Alt +B). Next open the Transparency palette (Window/ Transparency), select the Overlay in the Blending Mode and lowered the Opacity to 20%.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

9. Now we’ll hide two unwanted parts highlighted with arrows.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

10. Select the object created in the step 4 and then duplicate (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) it once time. Next bring the copy to front (Ctrl +Shift +Right Square Bracket).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

11. While the result selected, hold down the Shift and select two newly created blended objects and then go to the Object/ Clipping Mask/ Make (Ctrl +7).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

12. Reselect the object created in the step 4 and then go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a 3px Offset and then click OK. Next fill the result with none and then add a 1px Stroke (Blue color).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

13. Adjust the newly created object to get the result as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

14. Pick the Pen tool (P) and then use it to create two objects as shown below. Next reselect and duplicate (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) the smaller blue object once time and then hide the copy (Ctrl +3).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

15. Now select two blue objects, open the Pathfinder palette (Window/ Pathfinder) and then click on the Minus Front button. Next fill the result with the radial gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

16. Press (Ctrl +Alt +3) to show the object hidden in the previous step. Next select the yellow object and duplicate (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) it once time and then hide the copy (Ctrl +3). Reselect the blue object and the yellow object and then click on the Minus Back button from the Pathfinder palette.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

17. Show the object hidden in the previous step and then set the data as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

18. Pick the Pen tool (P). Use this tool to create a curve and then set the data as shown in the image.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

19. Keep working with the Pen tool (P) and then set the data as shown in the images below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

20. Use the Pen tool (P) to create a curve as shown below. Next add a 4px Stroke (apply gradient within stroke) for the curve.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

21. Duplicate (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) the newly created curve. Next add a new stroke for the copy, make it 2px wide, and replace the existing color with the new linear gradient (apply gradient within stroke).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

22. Create an object and then fill it with the radial gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

23. Reselect the newly created object and then duplicate it once time. Next fill the copy with R=35, G=31, B=32.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

24, Reselect the newly created object and then go to the Effect/ Stylize/ Drop Shadow. Enter the data as shown in the below and then click OK. Finally send the result backward (press Ctrl +Left Square Bracket).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Step 02: Create the Cuff

25. Pick the Pen tool (P) and use this tool to create an object as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

26. Fill the object with the linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

27. Reselect the newly created object and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a 2px Offset and then click OK. Next change the existing color of the result with the new linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

28. Reselect the newly created object and go to the Effect/ Stylize/ Drop Shadow…Enter the data as shown below and then click OK. Finally send the result backward (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket) and then move it 2px to the right.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

29. Pick the Pen tool (P) and then use this tool to create an object as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

30. Reselect the newly created object and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a 2px Offset and then click OK. Move the newly created object 4px to the right and then adjust it a bit to get the result as shown below. Next send the result backward (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

31. Fill two newly created objects with the linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

32. Reselect the newly created object and go to the Effect/ Stylize/ Drop Shadow…Enter the data as shown below and then click OK.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Step 03: Create the Cuff Screw

33. Pick the Ellipse tool (L) and create a 38px by 48px object. Next rotate this object an angle of about 20 degrees. Place the result to the correct position as shown in the first image and then fill it with R=0, G=0, B=0.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

34. Reselect the ellipse object and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -2px Offset and then click OK. Replace the existing color with the linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

35. Reselect the newly created object and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -2px Offset and then click OK. Replace the existing color with new linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

36. Reselect the black ellipse and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a 2px Offset and then click OK. Replace the existing color with R=209, G=211, B=212. Next go to the Effect/ Blur/ Gaussian Blur…Enter a 6 pixel Radius and then click OK. Finally send the result backward (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

37. Pick the Pen tool (P) and use this tool to create an object as shown in the first image. Next fill the object with the linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

38. Continue working with the Pen tool (P). Use this tool to create objects as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

39. Fill the green object with the linear gradient. Next add the Drop Shadow effect for this object (Effect/ Stylize/ Drop Shadow).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

40. Fill the pink object with the linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

41. Reselect two newly created objects and then press (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket) many times to get the result as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

42. Pick the Pen tool (P) and then use this tool to create three objects as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

43. Fill the green object with the linear gradient. Next add the Drop Shadow effect for this object (Effect/ Stylize/ Drop Shadow).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

44. Fill two red objects as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

45. Continue working with the Pen tool (P). Use this tool to create a curve and then set the data as shown in the second image.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

46. Reselect three newly created objects and then press (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket) many times to get the result as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

47. Pick the Pen tool (P). Use this tool to create an object as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

48. Fill the object with the linear gradient and add a 3px stroke (R=109, G=110, B=113).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

49. Reselect the newly created object and duplicate (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) it once time. While the result selected, go to the Effect/ Texture/ Patchwork…Enter the data as shown below and then click OK. Next open the Transparency palette (Window/ Transparency), select the Lighten in the Blending Mode and lowered the Opacity to 50%.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

50. Use the Pen tool (P) to create a curve and then set the data as shown in the images below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

51. Now select three newly created objects and then press (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket) many times to get the result as shown in the second image below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

52. Use the Pen tool (P) to create an object and then fill it with R=35, G=31, B=32. Next send the result to back (Ctrl +Shift +Left Square Bracket).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

53. Continue working with the Pen tool (P). Use this tool to create an object as shown in the first image. Next reselect the newly created object and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path. Enter a -4px Offset and then click OK.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

54. Fill the smaller object with R=65, G=64, B=66 and then fill the remaining object with R=35, G=31, B=32.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

55. Reselect two newly created objects and go to the Object/ Blend/ Blend Options. Enter the data as shown below and then click OK. Next go to the Object/ Blend/ Make (Ctrl +Alt +B).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

56. While the result selected, go to the Effect/ Stylize/ Drop Shadow. Enter the data as shown below and then click OK.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

57. Use the Pen tool (P) to create a curve as shown in the first image. Next reselect the curve, duplicate (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) it once time and then hide the copy (Ctrl +3). Reselect the remaining curve and go to the Object/ Transform/ Move. Enter a -24px in the Horizontal box and a 4px in the Vertical box and then click Copy.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

58. Select two anchor points highlighted with green and then click on the “Cut path at selected anchor points” button from the Properties bar.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

59. Now we have four curves. Select two start anchor points of two longer curves and then click on the “Connect selected end points” button from the Properties bar. Next select two end anchor points and then click on the “Connect selected end points” button.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

60. Fill the bigger object with the linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

61. Press (Ctrl +Alt +3) to show the curve hidden in the previous step. Next add a 2px Stroke (R=51, G=165, B=177) for the curve.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

62. Now select the bigger object and the curve and then press (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket) many times to get the result as shown in the first image. Next select the small object and then fill it with R=4, G=46, B=53.  Finally send this object to back (Ctrl +Shift +Left Square Bracket).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

63. Reselect the bigger object and add the Drop Shadow effect (Effect/ Stylize/ Drop Shadow) for it.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Step 04: Create the Buckle

64. Use the Ellipse tool (L) to create a 126px by 56px object and then use the Rectangle tool (M) to create a 28px by 56px object. Next place two objects as shown in the first image. Switch to the Ellipse tool (L), use it to create a 90px by 40px object. Next place the newly created object to the correct position as shown in the second image.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

65. Pick the Rounded Rectangle tool and then click on the anywhere at the document. Enter a 80px in the Width box, a 18px in the Height box and a 12px in the Corner Radius box and then click OK. Next place the result to the correct position as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

66. Now select two ellipses, open the Pathfinder palette (Window/ Pathfinder) and then click on the Unite button.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

67. Reselect the newly created object and then duplicate (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) it once time. While the copy selected, hold down the Shift, click on the rectangle object and then click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder palette.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

68. While the result selected, hold down the Shift, click on the pink object and then click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder palette.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

69. Duplicate the result once time. While the copy selected, hold down the Shift, click on the bigger object and then click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder palette. Next ungroup (Ctrl +Shift +G) and then remove objects as shown in the second image.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

70. Reselect the smaller object and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -1px Offset and then click OK. Next remove the object selected in the beginning of this step.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

71. Reselect the object created in the step 69 and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -2px Offset and then click OK.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

72. Select the anchor point highlighted with red and then move it 10px to the right.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

73. Reselect the object just edited and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -2px Offset and then click OK.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

74. Fill objects as shown in the images below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

75. Reselect the object just filled and then duplicate (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) it once time. Replace the existing color with the new linear gradient. Next lowered the Opacity of this object to 50%.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

76. Fill the remaining object with the linear gradient. Next duplicate it once time, replace the existing color of the copy with R=0, G=0, B=0 and then move it 1px to the left. Finally send it backward (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

77. Pick the Ellipse tool (L). Use this tool to create a 40px by 52px object. Next fill the object with the linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

78. Reselect the result and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -2px Offset and then click OK. Next change the existing color of the result with the new linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

79. Reselect two newly created objects and then send them to back (Ctrl +Shift +Left Square Bracket).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

80. Select and group (Ctrl + G) all objects created from beginning step 64 to this time. Next place the group to the correct position as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

81. Reselect the newly created group and add the Drop Shadow effect (Effect/ Stylize/ Drop Shadow) for it.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

82. Now pick the Pen tool (P). Use this tool to create objects and then set the data as shown in the images below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

83. Keep working with the Pen tool (P). Use this tool to create an object as shown in the first image. Next fill it with the linear gradient and then send the result to back (Ctrl +Shift +Left Square Bracket).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

84. Continue create objects and then fill them as shown in the images below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

85. In the end your shape should look roughly like the image below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

86. Pick the Rectangle tool (M). Use this tool to create a 60px by 190px object.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

87. Pick the Add Anchor Point tool (+) and then use this tool to add three anchor points highlighted in the first image. Next select and move anchor points highlighted in the second image.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

88. Now select five anchor points highlighted with green and then click on the “Convert selected anchor points to smooth” button from the Properties bar.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

89. Fill the result with the linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

90. Reselect and then duplicate (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) the newly created object once time. Fill the copy with none and add a 4px Stroke (apply gradient across stroke).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

91. Reselect the newly created object and then duplicate it once time. Next set the data for the copy as shown in the image below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

92. While the result selected, go to the Effect/ Texture/ Grain…Enter the data as shown below and then click OK. Next open the Transparency palette (Window/ Transparency) and select the Overlay in the Blending Mode.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

93. Reselect the newly created object and then go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -1px Offset and then click OK. Next remove the Grain effect and then replace the existing color with the new linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

94. Now select two bottom anchor points and remove them. Next add an anchor point and then adjust handles of three bottom anchor points to get the result as shown in the second image.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

95. Use the Rectangle (M) to create a 30px by 10px object. Place the object to position as shown below. Next duplicate the object once time and then hide the copy (Ctrl +3).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

96. Reselect two newly created objects, open the Pathfinder palette (Window/ Pathfinder) and then click on the Minus Front button.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

97. While the result selected, go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a 2px Offset and then click OK. Fill the result with R=5, G=1, B=2 and then send it backward (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

98. Press (Ctrl +Alt +3) to show the object hidden in the previous step. Next set the data as shown below for this object.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

99. Select and group (Ctrl + G) all objects created from beginning step 86 to this time. Next rotate the group an angle of about -53 degrees. Place the group to the correct position as shown below. Finally press (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket) many times to get the result as shown in the image below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

100. Now pick the Pen tool (P). Use this tool to create an object as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

101. Fill the object with the linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

102. Continue create an object as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

103. Add a 5px Stroke (R=188, G=190, B=192) for the object.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

104. Reselect the newly created object and then duplicate it once time. Next replace the existing color of the copy to R=65, G=64, B=66. Finally move the copy 1px down and then send it backward (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

105. Select two newly created objects and then press (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket) many times to get the result as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

106. Pick the Rectangle tool (M). Use this tool to create a 21px by 18px object. Next add an anchor point highlighted in the second image, move it 2px down and then click on the “ Convert selected anchor points to smooth” button from the Properties bar.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

107. Fill the newly created object with the linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

108. Create a green object and then set the data as shown in the images below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

109. Select and group (Ctrl + G) two newly created objects. Next rotate the group an angle of about -53 degrees. Finally place the group to the correct position as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

110. Do the same as the previous steps to get the result as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

111. Use the Pen tool (P) to create a curve as shown in the image.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

112. Set the data as shown below for the curve. Next press (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket) many time to get the result as shown in the image below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

113. Do the same as the previous step to get the result as shown in the second image below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

114. Open the Character palette (Window/ Type/ Character) and then set the data as shown below. Next pick the Type tool (T) and use this tool to create texts:  “X”, “-“ and “SKATE”.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

115. Rotate the text “-“ an angle of about -15 degrees and rotate the text “SKATE” an angle of about -40 degrees. Next reselect three texts and go to the Object/ Expand Appearance. Finally place three texts to the correct positions as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

116. Use the Pen tool (P) to create an object as shown below. Next fill this object with R=0, G=0, B=0.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

117. Reselect four newly created objects and add a 2px Stroke (R=128, G=130, B=133) for them.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

118. While results selected, open the Transparency palette (Window/ Transparency) and select the Overlay in the Blending Mode.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

119. In the end your shape should look like the image shown.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Step 05: Create the Frame

120. Create an object and then fill it with the linear gradient as shown in the images below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

121. Continue use the Pen tool (P) to create an object as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

122. Fill the newly created object with the linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

123. Reselect the object created in the step 120 and then duplicate (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) it once time. Next bring the copy forward (Ctrl +Right Square Bracket). Finally add the Drop Shadow effect for the copy.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

124. Select the object created in the step 122 and then duplicate it once time. Next bring the copy to front (Ctrl +Shift +Right Square Bracket).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

125. Select two newly created objects and go to the Object/ Clipping Mask/ Make (Ctrl +7).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

126. Pick the Ellipse tool (L). Use this tool to create a 21px by 21px object. Next fill the object with the radial gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

127. Reselect the ellipse and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -1.5px Offset and then click OK. Next replace the existing color of the result with the linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

128. Reselect the newly created ellipse and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -1px Offset and then click OK. Next replace the existing color of the result with the radial gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

129. Reselect the newly created ellipse and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -4px Offset and then click OK. Next replace the existing color of the result with the linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

130. Reselect the newly created ellipse and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -1px Offset and then click OK. Next replace the existing color of the result with the radial gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

131. Now select and group (Ctrl +G) all objects created from beginning step 126 to this time. Next duplicate this group once time. Finally place two newly created groups to the correct positions as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

132. Pick the Pen tool (P). Use this tool to create an object as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

133. Fill the object with R=35, G=31, B=32 and add a 3px Stroke (R=0, G=0, B=0).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

134. Reselect the newly created object and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -10px Offset and then click OK. Next fill the result with R=35, G=31, B=32 (Stroke =none).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

135. Reselect the newly created object and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -10px Offset and then click OK. Next fill the result with R=0, G=0, B=0. Now select and group (Ctrl +G) all objects created from beginning step 132 to this time.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Step 06: Create the Wheels

136. Pick the Ellipse tool (L). Use this tool to create a 130px by 130px object.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

137. Fill the ellipse with the radial gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

138. Reselect the ellipse and duplicate (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) it once time. Next replace the existing color of the copy with the new radial gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

139. Reselect the newly created ellipse and duplicate (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) it once time. Next replace the existing color of the copy with the new radial gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

140. Reselect the newly created ellipse and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -4px Offset and then click OK.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

141. While the result selected, go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -3px Offset and then click OK. Next duplicate (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) the result once time and then hide (Ctrl +3) the copy.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

142. Now open the Pathfinder palette (Window/ Pathfinder). Next reselect two newly created objects and then click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder palette.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

143. Fill the result with the linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

144. Reselect the newly created object and press (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket) twice times to get the result as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

145. Press (Ctrl +Shift +3) to show the object hidden in the previous step. Next fill the object with none and then add a 1px Stroke (apply gradient within stroke).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

146. Reselect the newly created object and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -6px Offset and then click OK. Next place the existing of the result with the new linear gradient. While the newly created selected, duplicate it once time and then hide the copy.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

147. Reselect two newly created objects and go to the Object/ Blend/ Blend Options. Enter the data as shown below and then click OK. Next go to the Object/ Blend/ Make (Ctrl +Alt +B).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

148. Press (Ctrl +Shift +3) to show the object hidden in the previous step. Next fill the object with R=15, G=11, B=12 and replace the stroke color to R=35, G=31, B=32.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

149. Reselect the newly created object and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -27px Offset and then click OK. Next place the existing of the result with the radial gradient (Stroke =none). Duplicate this object once time and then hide the copy.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

150. Now select and group (Ctrl +G) all objects created from beginning step 136 to this time (except the newly created object).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

151. Reselect the newly created object and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a 2px Offset and then click OK. Next replace the existing color of the result with the linear gradient. Finally send the result backward (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

152. Reselect the newly created object and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a 3px Offset and then click OK. Next replace the existing color of the result with the radial gradient. Finally send the result backward (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

153. Reselect the newly created object and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a 3px Offset and then click OK.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

154. Next select the top anchor point of the result and move it 12px up. Finally replace the existing color of the result with the new radial gradient and then send the result backward (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

155. While the newly created object selected, go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a 3px Offset and then click OK.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

156. Next select the top anchor point of the result and move it 8px up. Finally replace the existing color of the result with the new radial gradient and then send the result backward (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

157. Use the Pen tool (P) to create an object as shown in the first image. Next fill it with R=255, G=255, B=255. Finally add the Gaussian Blur effect for it (Effect/ Blur/ Gaussian Blur).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

158. Press (Ctrl +Shift +3) to show the object hidden in the previous step. While the object selected, go to the Object/ Transform/ Scale…Check the Uniform and enter a 70 in the Scale box and then click OK. Next replace the existing color of the result with the linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

159. Now select and group (Ctrl +G) all objects created from beginning step 149 to this time (except the newly created object).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

160. Reselect the newly created object and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -3px Offset and then click OK. Next replace the existing color of the result with the new linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

161. Reselect the newly created object and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -3px Offset and then click OK. Next replace the existing color of the result with the radial gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

162. Reselect the newly created object and then duplicate it (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) once time. Next replace the existing color of the result with the new radial gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

163. While the result selected, duplicate it once time. Next fill the copy with none and add a 0.5px Stroke (R=0, G=0, B=0).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

164. Reselect the newly created object and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -10px Offset and then click OK. Next replace the existing color of the result with R=0, G=255, B=255.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

165. Reselect two newly created objects and go to the Object/ Blend/ Blend Options. Enter the data as shown below and then click OK. Next go to the Object/ Blend/ Make (Ctrl +Alt +B).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

166. Pick the Ellipse tool (L) and then use this tool to create a 15px by 15px object. Next fill the object with the linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

167. Reselect the newly created object and go to the Object/ Transform/ Transform Each…Enter the data as shown below and then click Copy. Next replace the existing color of the result with the new linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

168. Reselect the newly created object and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -1.5px Offset and then click OK. Next replace the existing color of the result with the radial gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

169. Reselect the newly created object and duplicate (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) it once time. Replace the existing color of the result with the new radial gradient. Next lowered the Opacity of the result to 40%.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

170. Reselect the newly created object and duplicate it once time. Replace the existing color of the result with the new radial gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

171. Reselect the newly created object and duplicate it once time. Replace the existing color of the result with the new radial gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

172. Reselect the newly created object and duplicate it once time. Next fill the copy with none and add a 0.5px Stroke (R=0, G=255, B=255). Finally open the Transparency palette (Window/ Transparency), select the Overlay the Blending Mode and enter a 100% in the Opacity.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

173. While the result selected, go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -2.5px Offset and then click OK.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

174. Continue create an object as shown in the first image. Next fill it with the linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

175. While the result selected, go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -1px Offset and then click OK. Replace the existing color of the result with R=35, G=31, B=32. Next select two newly created objects and send them to back (Ctrl +Shift +Left Square Bracket). Finally select and group (Ctrl +G) all objects created from beginning step 166 to this time.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

176. Place the newly created group to the correct position as shown below. Now show the ruler (Ctrl +R). Next drag the Vertical guide and then drag the Horizontal guide to correct positions as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

177. Reselect the newly created group, pick the Rotate tool (R), hold down the Alt and then click on the Intersection point of two guides. Enter a 72 degrees Angle and then click Copy. Next press (Ctrl +D) three times to get the result as shown in the second image.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

178. Select and group (Ctrl +G) all objects created from beginning step 158 to this time.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

179. Select three newly created groups and then place it to the correct positions as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

180. Select the group created in the step 159, pick the Rotate tool (R), hold down the Alt and then click on the Intersection point of two guides. Enter a 60 degrees Angle and then click OK.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

181. Reselect three newly created groups, duplicate (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) them once time and then move the results to the correct positions as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

182. Reselect six newly created groups and then double click on the Reflect tool from the Tool palette. Check the Vertical section and then click Copy. Next move the results to the correct positions as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

183. Select four groups as shown in the first image and then send them to back (Ctrl +Shift +Left Square Bracket).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

184. Rotate the group selected as shown below an angle of about -20 degrees.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

185. Do the same as the previous step to rotate three remaining groups (but with different angles). 

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

186. Select the group created in the step 135 and then duplicate (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) it once time. Next move the copy 4px up and then send it to back (Ctrl +Shift +Left Square Bracket).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Step 07: Create the Heel Stop

187. Now pick the Pen tool (P) and then use this tool to create objects as shown in the images below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

188. Select the smaller red object and duplicate it once time and then hide the copy. Next reselect two red objects, open the Pathfinder palette (Window/ Pathfinder) and then click on the Exclude button.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

189. Fill objects as shown in the images below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

190. Continue working with the Pen tool (P). Use this tool to create an object as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

191. Press (Ctrl +Alt +3) to show the red object hidden in the previous step. While the object selected, hold down the Shift and click on the newly created object and then click on the Minus Back button from the Pathfinder palette.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

192. Fill the result with the linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

193. Continue create objects and then fill them as shown in the images below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

194. Use Pen tool (P) to create four objects as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

195. Set the data for newly created objects as shown in the images below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

196. Keep working with the Pen tool (P). Use this tool to create an object as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

197. Reselect the newly created object and go to the Effect/ Stylize/ Round Corners…Enter a 3px Radius and then click OK. While the result selected, go to the Object/ Expand Appearance

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

198. Use the Pen tool (P) to create an object as shown below. Next select two newly created objects, duplicate (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) them once time and then hide the copies (Ctrl +3).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

199. Reselect two newly created objects and then click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder palette.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

200. Press (Ctrl +Alt +3) to show two objects hidden in the previous step. While two objects selected, click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder palette.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

201. Fill objects as shown in the images below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

202. Continue use the Pen tool (P) to create objects and then set the data for them as shown in the images below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

203. Now reselect the object created in the step 187 and then send it to back (Ctrl +Shift +Left Square Bracket).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

204. In the end your shape should look roughly like the image below. Now select and group (Ctrl +G) all objects created from beginning step 1 to this time.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Step 08: Create the Background

205. Use the Rectangle tool (M) to create a 800px by 730px object. Next fill this object with the linear gradient.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

206. Place the newly created group to the correct position as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Step 09: Create the Shadows for the Wheels

207. Use the Ellipse tool (L) to create objects as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

208. Fill the yellow ellipse with the radial gradient. Next add the Gaussian Blur effect (Effect/ Blur/ Gaussian Blur…) for the result.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

209. Fill the red ellipse with R=0, G=0, B=0. Next add the Gaussian Blur effect (Effect/ Blur/ Gaussian Blur…) for the result.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

210. Reselect two newly created objects, group them (Ctrl +G) and then send this group to back (Ctrl +Shift +Left Square Bracket).

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

211. While the newly created group selected, duplicate (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) it three times. Next place the copies to the correct positions as shown below.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

The final image is below.

Final Result

Here’s the final result. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial.

Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator

Conclusion

As difficult as it looks I’m very sure if you follow my tutorial you will find a lot of help using your skills and images to produce your own creation! Ones again Thank you for using our tutorial, we will be very happy to answer any questions that you may have, You can simply leave a feedback and or a comment bellow.

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3 Comments

  1. The results are amazing. Hope to have the time to try this out one day.

  2. I like your post How to Create a Cool Skate in Illustrator I thinks it’s impotent to all Illustrator learner.

  3. what a innovation of Illustrator ! really great………….

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