Illustrator Tutorial: How to Create a Cute Coffee Maker

Doing anything in Adobe Illustrator really does take two times longer as it can be a little tricky to get your hands around. In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a very cute Coffee Maker in Adobe Illustrator.

Illustrator Tutorial: How to Create a Cute Coffee Maker

First, you’ll learn how to create base shapes of the coffee maker using the Pen and the Ellipse Tools. Next, you’ll see how you can add depth and shading for your shapes using complex gradients, basic blending, masking and vector shape building techniques along with some effects. Finally you will learn how to add some extra highlights and shadows for your coffee maker. Now let’s begin!

Final Result

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

Create a Coffee Maker in Illustrator

Create a Coffee Maker in Illustrator

Create a New Document

1. Launch Illustrator and then press (Ctrl + N) to create a New document. Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu, enter 835 in the width box and 735 in the height box then click on the Advanced button. Select RGBScreen (72ppi) and make sure that the Align New Objects to Pixel Grid box is unchecked before you click OK.

Create a New Document

Create the Body of the Coffee Maker

2. Start with drawing two ellipses (400 by 730px and 400 by 180px) using the Ellipse Tool (L). Once your ellipses are drawn, reselect them and open the Align palette (Window/ Align). In the Align palette, click on the "Horizontal Align Center" button and then click on the "Vertical Align Center" button.

Create the Body of the Coffee Maker

Create the Body of the Coffee Maker

3. Select and remove the top anchor point of the black ellipse. Next use the Convert Achor Point Tool (Shift +C) to remove two upper handles (make them length zero) of the right and the left anchor points of the black object. Select and duplicate (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) the red ellipse. While the copy selected, hold down the Shift and click on the black shape. Next open the Pathfinder palette and click on the Minus Front button. Continue use the Convert Achor Point Tool (Shift +C) to extend the handles of the newly created shape like you see in the final image.

Create the Body of the Coffee Maker

Create the Body of the Coffee Maker

Create the Body of the Coffee Maker

4. Fill the red ellipse with the linear gradient. Next duplicate this ellipse once, then move the copy 20px up and replace the existing color of it with new linear gradient. Select the result, duplicate it once and then hide the copy (Ctrl +3). Next select the original ellipse and send it backward (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket). Now select two both ellipses and go to the Object/ Blend/ Blend Options…Follow the data as shown below and then click OK. Next go to the Object/ Blend/ Make (Ctrl +Alt +B).

Create the Body of the Coffee Maker

Create the Body of the Coffee Maker

5. Press (Ctrl +Alt +3) to show the ellipse hidden in the previous step. Next replace the existing color of this ellipse with R=35, G=31, B=32. Keep the result selected, go to the Object/ Transform/ Scale…Check the Non-Uniform, enter a 70 in the Horizontal box and enter a 45 in the Vertical box, then click Copy. Move the copy down to the position as shown below.

Create the Body of the Coffee Maker

6. Select the shape created in the step 3 and duplicate (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) it once. While the copy selected, use the Add Anchor Point Tool (+) to add an anchor point highlighted with yellow. Next select the anchor point highlighted with red and remove it.

Create the Body of the Coffee Maker

7. Select the anchor point highlighted with red and move it to the point highlighted with green. Next adjust the handles of this anchor point to get the result as shown in the final image.

Create the Body of the Coffee Maker

8. Fill the shape created in the step 3 with the radial gradient and then send it to back (Ctrl +Shift +Left Square Bracket). Next fill the shape created in the step 7 with the radial gradient. Now duplicate the result once and then replace the existing color of the copy with new radial gradient. Finally press (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket) to send the result backward and then move it 3px to the right.

Create the Body of the Coffee Maker

Create the Body of the Coffee Maker

Create the Body of the Coffee Maker

9. Using the Pen Tool (P) create objects as shown below. Once your objects are drawn, select three red curves, fill them with none and add a 2px stroke (R=205, G=172, B=133). Next fill five yellow objects with the radial gradient.

Create the Body of the Coffee Maker

Create the Body of the Coffee Maker

Create the Body of the Coffee Maker

10. Select all shapes like you see in the first image. Next go to the Object/ Transform/ Reflect… Check the Vertical and click Copy. Keep the copies selected and move them to the correct position as shown in the second image.

Create the Body of the Coffee Maker

11. Select the black ellipse and duplicate it once. Remove the fill color of the copy and add a 1px stroke (yellow color). Next add two anchor points highlighted with blue and then move the anchor point highlighted with red 80px up. Fill the newly created shape with the linear gradient.

Create the Body of the Coffee Maker

Create the Body of the Coffee Maker

Create the Body of the Coffee Maker

12. Using the Pen Tool (P) create an object and then fill it with the radial gradient as shown in the images below.

Create the Body of the Coffee Maker

Create two Switches

13. Using the Pen Tool (P) and the Ellipse Tool (L) create two objects as shown below. Once your objects are drawn, fill the red object with R=149, G=108, B=59 and then fill the yellow ellipse with R=230, G=231, B=232. Duplicate the ellipse once and then hide the copy (Ctrl +3). Now select two newly created shapes and go to the Object/ Blend/ Blend Options…In the Blend Options box, follow the data as shown below and then click OK. Next go to the Object/ Blend/ Make (Ctrl +Alt +B).

Create two Switches of the Coffee Maker

Create two Switches of the Coffee Maker

Create two Switches of the Coffee Maker

14. Press (Ctrl +Alt +3) to show the ellipse hidden in the previous step. Replace the existing color of this ellipse with the radial gradient. Next duplicate the resulting ellipse once, reduce the size of the copy and then replace the existing color of it with new radial gradient.

Create two Switches of the Coffee Maker

15. Select the newly created ellipse and duplicate it once. Next reduce the size of the copy, replace the existing fill color of it with new radial gradient and then add a 1px stroke (R=35, G=31, B=32). Duplicate the resulting ellipse once, reduce the size of the copy and replace the existing color with R=0, G=0, B=0 (stroke = none). Continue duplicate the newly created ellipse once, increase the size of the copy and then replace the existing color with the linear gradient. Keep the resulting ellipse selected, open the Transparency palette (Window/ Transparency) and set the Blending Mode to Overlay. Next move the result up to the position like you see in the final image below.

Create two Switches of the Coffee Maker

Create two Switches of the Coffee Maker

16. Using the Ellipse Tool (L) create a yellow ellipse and then fill it with the radial gradient as shown below. Next pick the Pen Tool (P) and use it to create a red curve. This will be with Width Profile 1 brush, at 1px stroke weight, with a linear gradient within stroke color. Keep the resulting object and go to the Effect/ Blur/ Gaussian Blur…Enter a 0.5px Radius and then click OK.

Create two Switches of the Coffee Maker

Create two Switches of the Coffee Maker

17. Using the Ellipse Tool (L) create a yellow ellipse and then fill it with the linear gradient as shown below. Duplicate the newly created ellipse once, increase the size of the copy, replace the existing color with new linear gradient and then move it up to the position as shown below. Next make a copy of this ellipse (Ctrl + C, Ctrl + F) and make it invisible. Now select two newly created ellipses and create a blend between them. Next press (Ctrl +Alt +3) to show the ellipse hidden in this step. Finally replace the existing color of it with new linear gradient.

Create two Switches of the Coffee Maker

Create two Switches of the Coffee Maker

Create two Switches of the Coffee Maker

Create two Switches of the Coffee Maker

18. Select and group (Ctrl + G) all shapes created from beginning step 13 to this time. Keep the newly created group selected, go to the Object/ Transform/ Reflect…Check the Vertical and then click Copy. Next move the copy to the right to get the resutl as shown below.

Create two Switches of the Coffee Maker

Create the Start Button

19. Using the Pen Tool (P) create an object and then fill it with the radial gradient as shown below. Keep the resulting shape selected, go to the Object/ Transform/ Scale…Check the Uniform, enter a 75 in the Scale box and then click Copy. Move the copy 6px down and then replace the existing color of it with the linear gradient. Next make a copy of the newly created shape and then hide it. Now reselect the newly created shape, remove the fill color of it and add 2px stroke (R=35, G=31, B=32). Continue create a yellow ellipse and then place it to the position like you see in the sixth image. Fill this ellipse with the linear gradient. Now press (Ctrl + Alt +3) to show the shape hidden in this step. Keep this shape selected, hold down the Shift, click on the newly created ellipse and go to the Object/ Blend/ Blend Options…Follow the data as shown in the final image and then click OK. Next go to the Object/ Blend/ Make (Ctrl +Alt +B).

Create the Start Button of the Coffee Maker

Create the Start Button of the Coffee Maker

Create the Start Button of the Coffee Maker

Create the Start Button of the Coffee Maker

Create the Start Button of the Coffee Maker

20. With the Ellipse Tool (L) create a 18 by 18px object. Fill this object with none and add a 2px stroke (R=35, G=31, B=32). Next select two anchor points highlighted with red and click on the "Cut path at selected anchor points" button from the Properties bar, then remove the smaller object. Reselect the remaining object and go to the Object/ Transform/ Rotate…Enter a -45 degrees Angle and then click OK.

Create the Start Button of the Coffee Maker

Create the Start Button of the Coffee Maker

Create the Start Button of the Coffee Maker

21. Continue create an object and then place it to the correct position as shown in the first image below. Now select two newly created objects, open the Stroke palette (Window/ Stroke) and then set the data as shown in the second image below. Keep the results selected, duplicate them once and then replace the existing stroke properties with the properties shown in the third image below.

Create the Start Button of the Coffee Maker

22. Select and group (Ctrl + G) all shapes created from beginning step 20 to this time. Next place this group to the position as shown below.

Create the Start Button of the Coffee Maker

23. Select the shape created in the step 11, duplicate it once and then bring the copy to front (Ctrl +Shift +Right Square Bracket). Keep the newly created shape selected, remove the fill color and add a 8px stroke (apply the linear gradient across stroke). Reselect the newly created object and duplicate it once. Next remove the stroke of the copy and then fill it with the radial gradient.

Create the Start Button of the Coffee Maker

Create the Start Button of the Coffee Maker

24. To add the shadow for the newly created shapes, first create an object as shown below. Once your object is drawn, fill it with R=35, G=31, B=32. Next apply a 15px Gaussian Blur for this shape. Finally reselect the newly created shape and press (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket) many times to get the result as shown in the final image.

Create the Start Button of the Coffee Maker

Create the Drip Tray

25. Select the small ellipse created in the step 5 and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -2px Offset and then click OK. Next replace the existing color of the copy with the linear gradient. Keep the resulting shape selected, duplicate it once and then replace the existing color of the copy with the radial gradient. Now use the Pen Tool (P) to create a curve like you see in the third image below. Next fill this object with none and add a 1px stroke (apply the radial gradient within stroke).

Create the Drip Tray

Create the Drip Tray

Create the Drip Tray

26. Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and use it to create a 8 by 23px object. Next make many copies of the newly created object and then place them to the positions like you see in the image below. Now select the newly created objects and then set the values for them as shown in the images below.

Create the Drip Tray

Create the Drip Tray

Create the Drip Tray

27. Select and group (Ctrl + G) all shapes created from beginning step 26 to this time. Next go to the Effect/ Stylize/ Round Corners…Enter a 3px Radius and then click OK. Keep the result selected, go to the Effect/ Warp/ Inflate…In the Warp Options box, follow the data as shown below and then click OK. Finally place the result to the position as shown in the final image below.

Create the Drip Tray

Create the Drip Tray

Create the Drip Tray

Create the Filter Basket

28. Next come the filter basket. First draw three objects as shown below. Once your objects are drawn, fill them with the linear gradient. With the help of the Pen Tool (P), create a curve and then set the values for it like you see in the final images below.

Create the Filter Basket

Create the Filter Basket

Create the Filter Basket

Create the Filter Basket

29. Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and use it to create a 35 by 35px object. Next fill this ellipse with R=35, G=31, B=32. Keep the result selected, go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -3px Offset and then click OK. Replace the existing color of the newly created ellipse with the linear gradient. While the resulting ellipse selected, duplicate it once. Replace the existing color of the copy with new linear gradient. Then move the result 14px down. Next duplicate the newly created ellipse once and then hide the copy. Now select two newly created ellipses and make a blend between them.

Create the Filter Basket

Create the Filter Basket

Create the Filter Basket

Create the Filter Basket

30. Press (Ctrl +Alt +3) to show the ellipse hidden in the previous step. While the ellipse selected, go to the Object/ Transform/ Scale…Check the Uniform and enter a 115 in the Scale box, then click OK. Fill the result with R=35, G=31, B=32 and add a 1px stroke (R=65, G=64, B=66). Keep the resulting ellipse selected, go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -2px Offset and then click OK. Replace the existing fill color with the radial gradient and then replace the existing stroke color with R=0, G=0, B=0. Now select and group (Ctrl + G) all shapes created from beginning step 28 to this time. Finally press (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket) some times to get the result like you see in the final image below.

Create the Filter Basket

Create the Filter Basket

Create the Filter Basket

Create the Alarm Clock

31. Start with drawing a 118 by 118px ellipse using the Ellipse Tool (L). Once your ellipse is drawn, fill it with R=206, G=200, B=209. Keep the resulting ellipse selected, go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -20px Offset and then click OK. Remove the fill color and add a 1px stroke (R=126, G=76, B=40). Keep the resulting object selected, go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a 2px Offset and then click OK. Replace the existing stroke color with R=135, G=90, B=45 and change the stroke weight to 6px.

Create the Alarm Clock

Create the Alarm Clock

32. Show the Rulers (View/ View Rulers /Show Ruler) or (Ctrl +R). Next drag a horizontal and vertical guide from the Rulers (if the guides locked, go to the View/ Guides/ Lock Guides) or (Ctrl +Alt + ;). Now select an ellipse created in the step 31, hold down the Shift, click on two newly created guides, release the Shift and then click on that ellipse again (to fixed its position). Next open the Align palette (Window/ Align), click on the Horizontal Align Center button and then click on the Vertical Align Center button.

Create the Alarm Clock

33. Create a vertical line and then place it to the correct position as shown below. Keep the line selected, pick the Rotate Tool (R), hold down the Alt key and click on the intersection point of two newly created guides. In the Rotate box, enter a 5 degrees Angle and then click Copy. Next press (Ctrl +D) many times to get the result as shown in the second image below.

Create the Alarm Clock

Create the Alarm Clock

34. Create another vertical line and then place it to the correct position as shown below. Keep the line selected, pick the Rotate Tool (R), hold down the Alt key and click on the intersection point of two newly created guides. In the Rotate box, enter a 60 degrees Angle and then click Copy. Next press (Ctrl +D) four times to get the result as shown in the second image below.

Create the Alarm Clock

Create the Alarm Clock

35. Remove some red lines to get the result as shown in the first image. With the help of the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 8 by 8px object. Next select the bottom line and remove it.

Create the Alarm Clock

Create the Alarm Clock

36. Select the ellipse with the 6px stroke weight, pick the Add Anchor Point Tool (+) and click on two points highlighted with green. Next reselect two newly created anchor points and click on the "Cut path at selected anchor points" button from the Properties bar. At this time, the ellipse is divided into two parts. We’ll select the bigger part and remove it.

Create the Alarm Clock

Create the Alarm Clock

37. Select the ellipse with the 1px stroke weight, pick the Add Anchor Point Tool (+) and click on two points highlighted with green. Next reselect two newly created anchor points and click on the "Cut path at selected anchor points" button from the Properties bar. At this time, the ellipse is divided into two parts. We’ll select the smaller part and remove it.

Create the Alarm Clock

Create the Alarm Clock

38. Select all red and yellow lines and replace the existing stroke color of them with R=73, G=49, B=24. Next select the blue ellipse, fill it with R=126, G=76, B=40 and add a 1px stroke (R=73, G=49, B=24).

Create the Alarm Clock

Create the Alarm Clock

39. Open the Character palette (Window/ Type/ Character) and use the settings in image below. Next pick the Type Tool (T), simply click on your artboard and add the "10" piece of text. Place the "10" text to the position as shown below. Now reselect the "10" text, pick the Rotate Tool (R), hold down the Alt key and click on the intersection point of two guides created in the step 32. In the Rotate box, enter a 60 degrees Angle and then click Copy. Next press (Ctrl +D) four times to get the result as shown in the second image below.

Create the Alarm Clock

Create the Alarm Clock

40. Select the "10" text like you see in the image below and go to the Object/ Transform/ Transform Each…Enter a -60 degrees Angle and click OK. Likewise, follow the sequence of the second image and rotate the remaining "10" texts. Next use the Type Tool (T) click on the "10" texts and then replace them like you see in the final image below.

Create the Alarm Clock

Create the Alarm Clock

Create the Alarm Clock

41. Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and use it to create a 21 by 21px object. Fill this ellipse with R=65, G=64, B=66. Keep the resulting ellipse selected, go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -2px Offset and then click OK. Next replace the existing color of the copy with the radial gradient. Finally move the resulting ellipse 1px up.

Create the Alarm Clock

Create the Alarm Clock

42. Using the Pen Tool (P) create an object as shown below. Once your object is drawn, fill it with R=35, G=31, B=32. Keep the resulting shape selected, go to the Effect/ Stylize/ Drop Shadow…Follow the data as shown below and then click OK. Next press (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket) once to hide the newly created shape behind the white ellipse. In the end your artwork should look roughly like the third image.

Create the Alarm Clock

Create the Alarm Clock

Create the Alarm Clock

43. Select the ellipse with the 118 by 118px sizes created in the step 31, duplicate it once and bring the copy to front. Keep the copy selected, remove the fill color and add a 10px stroke (apply the linear gradient across stroke). Next duplicate the result once, replace the existing stroke color of the copy with the linear gradient within stroke and then change the stroke weight to 6px. Make a copy of the newly created object, replace the existing stroke color of the copy with new linear gradient within stroke and then change the stroke weight to 2px. Now duplicate the result once, remove the stroke of the copy and then fill it with the radial gradient. In the end your artwork should look like the final image shown.

Create the Alarm Clock

Create the Alarm Clock

Create the Alarm Clock

Create the Alarm Clock

Create the Alarm Clock

Create the Cup Holder

44. With the help of the Pen Tool (P), create three curves and then set the values for them as shown in the images below. Next select three newly created objects and press (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket) some times to hide them like you see in the third image below. Now select three newly created objects again and go to the Object/ Transform/ Reflect…Check the Vertical and click Copy. Move the copies to the positions as shown in the final image below.

Create the Cup Holder

Create the Cup Holder

Create the Cup Holder

Create the Cup Holder

Create the Steam Spout

45. Using the Pen Tool (P) create a curve as shown below. Next fill this curve with none and add a 8px stroke (apply the linear gradient across stroke). Continue draw another curve with the Pen Tool (P) like in the third image. Once your curve is drawn, fill it with none and add a 14px stroke (apply the linear gradient across stroke).

Create the Steam Spout

Create the Steam Spout

Create the Steam Spout

46. Follow the sequence of images and create other objects. Now select and group (Ctrl +G) all objects created from beginning step 45 to this time. While the newly created group selected, press (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket) many times to get the result like you see in the final image.

Create the Steam Spout

Create the Steam Spout

Create the Steam Spout

Create the Steam Spout

Create the Steam Spout

47. It’s time to create the shadow for the tube. First use the Pen Tool (P) to create a curve as shown in the first image. Next fill this curve with none and add a 6px stroke (apply the linear gradient within stroke). Keep the resulting object selected, go to the Effect/ Blur/ Gaussian Blur…Enter a 3px Radius and then click OK. Keep the result selected and press (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket) many times to hide it behind the tube. Now select the biggest shape created in the step 10, duplicate it once and then place it over the shadow of the tube. Next select the newly created shape and the shadow of the tube and then go to the Object/ Clipping Mask/ Make (Ctrl +7). In the end your artwork should look like the final image shown.

Create the Steam Spout

Create the Steam Spout

Create the Steam Spout

Create the Cups

48. Repeat the same process as the steps 2 and 3 to draw two objects as shown below. Once your objects are drawn, fill them with the linear gradient.

Create the Cups

Create the Cups

49. Select the newly created ellipse and go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -2px Offset and then click OK. Next remove the fill color of the result and then add a 2px stroke (R=209, G=211, B=212). Now duplicate the newly created object once, replace the existing stroke color of the copy with R=241, G=242, B=242. Apply a 2px Gaussian Blur for the result and then move it 1px down.

Create the Cups

Create the Cups

50. Create a red object and then fill it with the linear gradient as shown below. Continue create other two objects (yellow and blue) like you see in the second image. Once your objects are drawn, reselect them, open the Pathfinder palette and then click on the Minus Front button. Fill the resulting object with R=230, G=231, B=232. Keep the result selected, go to the Object/ Path/ Offset Path…Enter a -3.5px Offset and then click OK. Next replace the existing color of the newly created shape with R=255, G=255, B=255. Finally apply a 1px Gaussian Blur for the result. Now select and group (Ctrl +G) all objects created from beginning step 48 to this time. Here we have the cup ready.

Create the Cups

Create the Cups

Create the Cups

51. We’ll create another cup. Now make a copy of the "cup" group created in the previous step and then place the copy to another position. Ungroup (Ctrl +Shift +G) the copy and then remove objects like you see in the image below. Pick the Add Anchor Point Tool (+) and use it to add an anchor point highlighted with yellow. Next move this anchor point 3px up. Now select two anchor points highlighted with red and then remove them.

Create the Cups

Create the Cups

52. Likewise, repeat the same process as the previous steps to draw more cups.

Create the Cups

53. Place the "cup" group created in the step 50 to the position as shown below. To add the shadow for the cup, first draw two ellipses like you see in the second image. Once your ellipses are drawn, fill them with R=35, G=31, B=32. Next apply a 2px Gaussian Blur for the results and then hide them behind the "cup" group.

Create the Cups

Create the Cups

Create the Cups

54. Rotate the "cup" groups created in the step 52 and then place them to the positions as shown below. Reselect three "cup" groups and press (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket) many times to get the result as shown in the second image.

Create the Cups

55. To add some shadows for the "cup" groups, first draw three objects as shown below. Once your objects are drawn, follow the sequence of images and set values for these objects. Finally hide three "shadow" shape behind the "cup" groups.

Create the Cups

Create the Cups

Create the Cups

Create the Cups

56. Likewise, repeat the same process as the previous steps to draw more shadows.

Create the Cups

Create the Cups

57. Select and group (Ctrl + G) all shapes created from beginning step 2 to this time. Here we have the coffee maker ready.

Create the Cups

Create the Background

58. Using the Rectangle Tool (M) create a 835 by 735px object and then fill it with the linear gradient. Next place our coffee maker to the position as shown in the second image. Now we’ll create the shadow for the coffee maker. Start with drawing an ellipse using the Ellipse Tool (L) and the place it to the position as shown in the third image. Next fill this ellipse with R=0, G=0, B=0 and apply a 10px Gaussian Blur for the result. Finally hide the newly created shape behind the coffee maker.

Create the Background

Create the Background

Create the Background

Here is what the completed design looks like.

Create the Background

Final Result

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

Congratulations! You have completed the lesson. I hope you’ve discovered some useful things in this tutorial. The final result image is below. Enjoy!

Create a Coffee Maker in Illustrator - Final Result

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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7 Comments

  1. Thank you for your professional design. This creation is wonder. It attract me. I say that Your instruction is nice. I will try to make coffeemaker design. I request you to give same next.

  2. Just Awesome, Can u tell me how can i create those from my imagination?

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