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How to Draw an Ultra Violet Collection of Presents in Adobe Illustrator

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator to create a vector collection of gifts using the Pantone Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet!

If you want to skip the tutorial and just use some of these
presents along with some other awesome elements in your work, you can
purchase Set of Colorful Gift Boxes with Bows and Ribbons from GraphicRiver!

set of violet gift boxes
Set of Colorful Gift Boxes with Bows and Ribbons

1. How to Draw the First Variant of a Gift Box

Step 1

Let’s begin using the Mesh Tool (U) by drawing this first piece of the bow!

First, using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a rectangle.

Fill it with the #584382 color, and then grab the Mesh Tool and by clicking on the object, place some Mesh Nodes in the middle of it. Drag the edge nodes of the object with the Mesh Tool to shape it as indicated below.

Once the mesh grid looks right, select the nodes shown in the screenshot below and change their color to #3A2250. Similarly, continue with the third and fourth section of this step, using #C0BDE7 and #6F5F91.

use mesh

Step 2

Draw a tiny ellipse, fill it with #3B224F, and attach it to the first part of the bow. After selecting both objects, press Control-G to group them.

first bow piece with mesh

Step 3

Similarly, with the Mesh Tool, color the second part of the bow. Use these colors:

  1. #533F7C
  2. #3C2552
  3. #C0BDE7
  4. #725E9C
mesh

Step 4

Proceed to the third part.

  1. #604C8A
  2. #3A224E
  3. #BFBAE7
third bow piece

Step 5

  1. #533F7C
  2. #3B2351
  3. #BCB8E3
  4. #8D7EB6
ultra violet bow

Step 6

Add a #3A2455 ellipse and group both objects.

add ellipse

Step 7

Draw the final piece of the bow.

  1. #533F7C
  2. #3C2554
  3. #B0AAD8
draw with gradient mesh

Step 8

Construct the bow out of the pieces we made.

construct ultra violet bow

Step 9

Draw a #3A2455 circle to place it behind the bow.

add circle

Step 10

Begin drawing the ribbon! Place two #8F78BD stripes onto a #402556 rectangle.

violet ribbon

Step 11

Cross the ribbon with a copy of itself, and then place the bow at the intersection.

add bow

Step 12

Draw another ribbon, the colors being the same: #402556 and #8F78BD.

new ribbon

Step 13

Place the bow at the intersection of the two copies.

add bow

Step 14

Next, create a copy of the first bow arrangement and select it.

Proceed to Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors, choose Color Mode: Grayscale, and set the value of Black to -25%. Don’t forget to tick Convert!

convert to grayscale

Step 15

Once more, go to the Adjust Colors menu. This time, choose the RGB Color Mode, tick Convert, and set the values to:

  • Red: 0%
  • Green: -2%
  • Blue: -2%
adjust colors

Step 16

Follow the same process with a copy of the second arrangement.

adjust colors

Step 17

Let’s draw the box! Create a #5A4788 rectangle with rounded edges, and then color some nodes with #39245F. Finally, add a #BBADDE highlight.

draw violet mesh box

Step 18

Create a copy of the box and proceed to Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors.

There, select Grayscale and set the value of Black to -65%.

grayscale

Step 19

Color the right and bottom edges of the white box with #979797.

mesh border

Step 20

Create a little group of gift boxes by placing different color variants together. You can add a shadow, using a Radial Gradient from gray to white.

group of presents

2. How to Draw the Second Variant of a Gift Box

Step 1

Proceed by drawing the first piece of the second bow.

  1. #645098
  2. #C8C3E5
  3. #8774B5
  4. #473079
ultra violet mesh bow

Step 2

Draw the second piece.

  1. #4E3983
  2. #3E225D
second bow piece

Step 3

Combine the first two pieces.

combine two pieces

Step 4

  1. #523C86
  2. #D1C9EA
  3. #452E78
draw with mesh

Step 5

  1. #452E78
  2. #2E1B4C
use gradient mesh

Step 6

Combine the third and the fourth element.

combine

Step 7

  1. #422971
  2. #C6B9E4
  3. #614D95
5th bow piece

Step 8

Attach a #3B1F56 shape to the fifth element.

add element

Step 9

  1. #422971
  2. #D0C9E9
  3. #7461A6
  4. #341954
gift bow with mesh

Step 10

Add a #41276D shape to the seventh element.

add object

Step 11

  1. #41276C
  2. #C6BBE4
  3. #68549A
  4. #321751
violet mesh bow

Step 12

  1. #8876B7
  2. #D4CCEC
  3. #42296E
  4. #725FA5
part of gift bow

Step 13

  1. #462F7B
  2. #7966AA
  3. #AF9ED4
  4. #8674B4
ultra violet mesh

Step 14

Attach a #5E4891 piece to the ribbon.

add piece

Step 15

Construct the bow.

construct ultra violet bow

Step 16

Draw the first part of the ribbon.

  1. #6B559A
  2. #CCC3DE
  3. #8A74B5
  4. #5B4C82
ribbon

Step 17

  1. #6D589F
  2. #372D53
  3. #8A74B5
mesh ribbon

Step 18

Put the ribbon together.

add together

Step 19

Add a reflected copy of the ribbon and place the bow at the intersection.

place gift bow

Step 20

Recolor a copy of the bow using Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors, converting to Grayscale and setting Black to -35%.

recolor bow

Step 21

Draw the box!

  1. #654F94
  2. #8C79B6
  3. #9482C4
  4. #553F84
draw gift box

Step 22

  1. #654F94
  2. #8774B2
  3. #A399C1
  4. #553F84
draw present

Step 23

  1. #685297
  2. #564085
gift box piece

Step 24

Construct the lid for the box.

holiday present violet lid

Step 25

Draw the base of the box.

  1. #614B90
  2. #7C66AB
  3. #0B092D
  4. #4F397E
base of gift box

Step 26

Place the lid onto the box and add the white bow.

construct ultra violet present

Step 27

Recolor a copy of the violet box using Adjust Colors with -56% Black.

recolor

Step 28

Place the violet bow onto the white box.

add bow

3. How to Recolor the Presents

Step 1

Now that we’ve drawn some new gift box variants, let’s look into recoloring presents we have made in a previous tutorial.

After drawing the cyan gift box in the linked tutorial, go to Edit > Edit Colors > Convert to Grayscale. Select the gray box and go to Edit > Edit Colors once more, now selecting Adjust Colors.

Change the Color Mode to RGB, tick Convert, and input the following percentages:

  • Red: -5%
  • Green: -12%
  • Blue: 13%
recolor christmas gift box

Step 2

Create a copy of the violet bow from the last step and place it on the white box we made in the last section.

add ultra violet bow

Step 3

Recolor one more box from this tutorial. First, convert it to grayscale, and then in Adjust Colors, turn it back into RGB and input these values:

  • Red: -11%
  • Green: -19%
  • Blue: 6%
recolor present

Step 4

To recolor the final box from our Christmas presents tutorial, go to Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors, select Grayscale, and lower the value of Black to -11%.

recolor gift box

Step 5

Return to Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors, convert the object back to RGB, and use the following percentages:

  • Red: -11%
  • Green: -19%
  • Blue: 6%
recolor the gift into violet

Step 6

You’re done! You can create a set out of the boxes like this:

ultra violet gifts collection

Awesome Work, You’re Now Done!

What now? You can try any of my other tutorials from my profile, or check out my portfolio on GraphicRiver, as well as the original vector I was inspired by for this tutorial.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and I would be super happy to see any results in the comments below!

Set of Colorful Gift Boxes
Set of Colorful Gift Boxes with Bows and Ribbons

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Author:

Vladimir Galantsev

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2018-02-01T12:06:45+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: , |