Vector Table Set in Illustrator P3 (Cutlery)

This is “Part 3” of a series of tutorials. “Part 1. Tablecloth” can be located here (Vector Table Set in Illustrator P1 (Tablecloth)) and . “Part 2. Plate” can be located here (Vector Table Set in Illustrator P2 (Plate)).

1 - In Illustrator open the file used in the other tutorials or, create a “New Document”. Lock the bottom layers by clicking on the left side of their Thumbnail and bring out the small padlock. Create a “New Layer” by clicking on the small icon at the bottom of the “Layers Panel”. Name it “Cutlery”.

2 - Select the “Rectangle Tool” (M), then click inside the canvas and create a 30 mm by 130 mm rectangle (it should be about the height of the dish, slightly smaller).

3 - Use the “Add Anchor Point Tool” (+) to add a couple of extra points to each side of the rectangle. Place them at about one third from the top of the rectangle and leave a 1 cm gap between them.

4 - Use the “Direct Selection Tool” (A) to select the two bottom Anchor-Points in each side and use the “Arrow” keys to move them left or right towards the center. The idea is to give it the shape of a fork.

5 - Use the “Add Anchor Point Tool” (+) to add another point to the bottom-center, then use the “Direct Selection Tool” (A) to select it and drag it down a bit (or use the “Arrow” keys). Move the two top points towards the center a few clicks and do the same for the ones in the narrow part of the fork to create a more realistic shape.

6 - Select the second set of points starting from the top (on each side) and click on “Convert selected anchor points to smooth” from the Top Menu to round them down. Use the “Direct Selection Tool” (A) to select the handles and tweak them to get a more oval shape on the top of the fork.

7 - Do the same with the anchor point placed at the bottom of the fork and pull a handle to the side to create a semi-circle. Don’t worry if both sides don’t match exactly since we’ll just need one of them to have the right shape.

8 - With the “Scissors Tool” © click on the top and bottom center of the shape to cut it in half. Delete the side that doesn’t have the proper shape.

9 - Make a note of the “Width” of the remaining half and with it still selected head to the “Appearance Panel”, click on the “Effects” button at the bottom and navigate to Distort & Transform > Transform. Use a 3 pixels “Radius”. Use the “Width” value you noted before for the “Horizontal Move”, check the “Reflect X” box and make 1 “Copy”. Go to Object > Expand Appearance” and then, use the “Direct Selection Tool” (A) while holding the “Shift” key to select both points on the top center. Join them together using “Command/Control + J). Repeat at the bottom.

10 - Select the “Rectangle Tool” (M), then click close to the fork top and create a 3 mm by 35 mm rectangle. Place it close to one side and place the top a couple of millimeters outside from the fork body. Give it a 1 mm “Corner Radius” in the Top Menu, then select the top points and move then a couple of clicks to each side to make the top a bit wider. In the “Appearance Panel”, apply a “Transform Effect” using a 7 mm “Horizontal Move” value and make 2 “Copies”. Go to Object > Expand Appearance”.

11 - Fix the placement of the rectangles and then, select everything (Including the fork body). Head to the “Pathfinder Panel” and choose “Minus Front”.

12 - Select the fork and drag it to a side while holding the “Shift” + “Option/Alt” keys to create a duplicate. Use the “Delete Anchor Point Tool” (-) to get rid of the wedges, add an anchor point to the top-center and click on “Convert selected anchor points to smooth” on the Top Menu. Get rid of the points in the top corners using the “Delete Anchor Point Tool” (-), then drag the top point handles to each side to create the shape of the spoon.

13 - Use the “Direct Selection Tool” (A) to select the bottom Anchor-Points of one of the shapes, “Copy” It (Command/Control + C) and “Paste in Front” (Command/Control + F). Then, use the “Sift” key while dragging the duplicate to the side to move it. Select the top anchor points and push them down a bit using the “Arrow” keys (about 1.5 cm).

14 - Select the “Rectangle Tool” (M), then create a rectangle starting from the points you just pushed down to the top of the other shapes. Select the top-left anchor point, click on “Convert selected anchor points to smooth” from the Top Menu to round it and move it down a few clicks. Repeat with the bottom of the rectangle, then pull and/or turn the handles up and down to smooth out the curvature of the knife. Select the top-right anchor point and click on “Convert selected anchor points to smooth” too.

15 - Fix the points where both parts of the knife so they touch each other. Then, select them both, head to the Pathfinder Panel” and choose “Unite”.

16 - Select the fork and set the “Fill” to a Linear Gradient with the following values: K=80% @ 0% “Location”, to K=50% @ 4.4% “Location”, K=25% @ 13% “Location, K=30% @ 35% “Location, K=65% @ 55% “Location, K=75% @ 62.5% “Location, K=25% @ 70% “Location, K=65% @ 90% “Location and K=10% @ 100% “Location. Use a 90° Angle. Use the same gradient for the “Stroke” (1 pt Weight).

17 - Head to the “Appearance Panel”, click on the “Effects” button at the bottom and navigate to Stylize > Drop Shadow and use the following values: Mode: Multiply, Opacity: 60%, X Offset: 0mm, Y Offset: 2.5 mm, Blur: 1mm, Color: #000000.

18 - Apply the same gradient to the remaining shapes. You will need to move some of the gradient positions to adjust the shadows and/or highlights to them if needed. Add the “Drop Shadow” effect to them too.

19 - Now, use the Pen Tool” § to create a shape on the left side of the fork handle to mimic a shadow. Fill it with Black. Head to the “Transparency Panel” and change the “Blending Mode” to “Soft Light” and lower the “Opacity” to 75%. Head to the “Appearance Panel”, click on the “Effects” button at the bottom and navigate to Stylize > Feather and use 0.8 mm “Radius”.

20 - Select the shape and drag it to a side while holding the “Shift” + “Option/Alt” keys to create a duplicate. Place it in top of the spoon, then do the same for the knife. Create another wedge-like shadow on the top of the spoon and apply the same effects to it.

21 - Select the two top layers (Unlock the one with the “Plate” if needed) and center the items.

22 - Check it out!

by @lornacane

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