How To Create A Realistic Pendrive in Adobe Illustrator.

Posted on 08. Aug, 2009 by in Ai-4Babys, ILLUSTRATOR

Realistic Pendrive Tutorial

OMThis is a guest post by Ubiratan Cunha in this Adobe Illustrator tutorial he will show us how to create a realistic pendrive only using shapes and gradients. Observation to details like lights and shades can make all the difference. Hope you enjoy it!
photoMy name is Ubiratan and I´m a freelancer graphic designer from Brazil. Illustration and web design is my passion. I´m graduated in Panamericana School of Art and Design, one of the best schools in my country. I also build websites using the Joomla CMS.

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Create a new document the size you want (I set my document to 550 x 550 px).

Pick up the Rectangle Tool (M) and click anywhere on the page. In the dialog box input the values 175 px for width and 300 px for height.



Let´s align our rectangle to the center of the page. Select the rectangle we just created and click on the button beside the align controls, on the top of the page. Select the “Align to Artboard” option. Now clik the buttons “Horizontal Align Center” and “Vertical Align Center”.



Now that our rectangle is centered, let´s create the bottom part of our image. To do this, select the Ellipse Tool (L) and click anywhere on the screen. A dialog box will appear. Set width to 175 px and height to 50 px.



Let´s align the ellipse to the rectangle. To help us do this, go to View and select the option Smart Guides to enable them.

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Now, using the Selection Tool (V), drag the ellipse to the bottom of the rectangle until you see 2 green smart guides indicating the ellipse is alligned in the bottom center. See the image bellow.



OK, now select both shapes and using “Pathfinder”, unite them.



Now let´s use some gradient to fill our shape. Select our shape, open the gradient window and apply the gradient to the shape. Now follow this steps to setup the gradient correctly:

Fisrt of all, add 6 stops to the gradient, and setup one by one following these instructions:

Set the first stop to 82% black and location 30%, like the image below:

The same way, set the other stops using this values:
2º Stop: 2% black, location 6%
3º Stop: 40% black, location 22%
4º Stop: 45% black, location 75%
5º Stop: 10% black, location 93%
6º Stop: 100% black, location 100%

Finally, set this two sliders this way:

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Now set the stroke to none and using the Rectangle Tool, draw two more rectangles. The first should be 158 x 12 px and the second 118 x 8 px.

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Now, let´s apply some effect. Select the first rectangle, go to Effects > Warp > Arc…. Set the vertical distorsion to 10%. Do the same with the other rectangle.



Now apply a gradient with 95% to 80% black with 90º to both shapes. After that, align them to the center of the page and behinde the pendrive body as shown bellow.



Alright, now using the Rectangle Tool, make 3 squares:

  1. 100 x 100 px. Fill it using a gradient following the parameters described in the “First gradient” image
  2. 97 x 97 px. Fill it using a gradient like described in the “Second gradient” image
  3. 94 x 94 px. Fill it using a gradient like described in the “First gradient” image


illustrator gradient


Select the 3 squares and click Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align Center. After that, send them behind the other elements on screen and in the position presented below.



Let’s add some details to our pendrive. Draw 2 little rectanles about 25 x 14 px and fill them with a gradient (see the image below).

Set the position of the rectangles following the image. Now, using the Pen Tool draw a line between the two rectangles the same way you see in the image. Set the stroke to 0,25. Finally, create a ellipse with 135 x 35 px, with 70% black for fill and set it behind the object body.



Now, using the Rounded Rectangle Tool create a shape with 80 px for width, 165 px for height and Corner Radius of 20 px. Set the fill color to white and center it on the screen.



With the Selection Tool, select the Rounded Rectangle and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. When the dialog box open input -3 px in the Offset field.




Select the smaller rectangle that we just created and apply to it a gradient following the instructions in the image bellow.



To finish our work, add a stroke of 2px 80% black to the smaller rectangle and add some text on top of it like the image bellow. Now our pendrive is finished!!!!


Here it is!!! Hope you enjoy!

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46 Responses to “How To Create A Realistic Pendrive in Adobe Illustrator.”

  1. Dave

    08. Aug, 2009

    very, very good. i’ll try to do this later! thx!!

  2. undercat

    08. Aug, 2009

    I love this! Thanks Man!

  3. leo

    08. Aug, 2009

    this is an awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing…

  4. lawrence

    08. Aug, 2009

    I have been looking for a good tutorial like this lately! Thanks and i hope to see more of your work published on TB..

  5. max

    08. Aug, 2009

    Good method, gonna try it later! :)

  6. Matt

    08. Aug, 2009

    Love this!
    More Adobe Illustrator tuts please!!!

  7. arman

    08. Aug, 2009

    sweet….f**king sweet…

  8. Andre

    08. Aug, 2009

    Simple and beautiful, thanks for sharing.

  9. Xavier

    08. Aug, 2009

    Nice tutorial…what more can i say…

  10. Jon Bergan

    08. Aug, 2009

    Yeah……its a nice tutorial, thanks.

  11. Linda

    08. Aug, 2009

    great piece…congratulations, really very good contribution

  12. rahim

    08. Aug, 2009

    This tutorial looks really cool. I will try it out tomorrow and let you know how it goes….

  13. Daniel

    09. Aug, 2009

    TB rules…awesome tutorial…

  14. ruben67

    09. Aug, 2009

    Very good !!!! I like it so much!!

  15. amber

    09. Aug, 2009

    Waooo, you’re the best…
    Thank you, so much

  16. frank06

    09. Aug, 2009

    Very nice Illustrator tutorial indeed…

    from Berlin

  17. been67

    13. Aug, 2009

    great tutorial….hope to see more….

  18. Shan Ali

    23. Aug, 2009

    thanks for publishing a very cool illustrator tutorial.

  19. Saroj

    23. Aug, 2009

    very helpful posts

  20. tonnet

    30. Aug, 2009

    thanks this adobe illustrator tutorial was a real help for me :)

  21. sam

    30. Aug, 2009

    cool tutorial, it got a little complicated at the end but cool overall

  22. sonnydesign

    15. Sep, 2009

    i will try this also. thank you for sharing this tutorial

  23. Adrian

    28. Sep, 2009

    Hey, Nice tutorial but on step 16 the 2nd stop should also be 45% black not 80.

  24. Olson

    30. Sep, 2009

    @Adrian….thanks for pointing that out .. :)

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  26. Yuda

    05. Oct, 2009

    Nice Idea, I have never thought like that.
    Good work.

  27. suryakant

    05. Feb, 2010

    really it’s really good i like it. work is tremendous

  28. Daniil

    26. Feb, 2010

    Awsome tutorial very specific i had much fun doing it

  29. harjeet

    02. Mar, 2010

    great brother nyone tellme which photoshop version gud for me as m a beginner nd i wanna learn Illustration to whcih version gud for me please help me out luve all god bless u :)

  30. Travis13th

    11. Mar, 2010

    My God! thnx for this

  31. gerben

    12. Mar, 2010

    thank you very much;)
    so simple!

  32. Sonia

    09. Apr, 2010

    Thank you so much! it helps alot!

  33. emerson

    06. Aug, 2010

    In spanish please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Akaltar

    01. Sep, 2010


  35. david1536

    14. Sep, 2010

    Great Job !! now instead of 16gb put in tb that would be wondrous.he he he!

  36. kevin

    07. Jan, 2011

    nice i like its easy…

  37. intermediate user

    13. Feb, 2011

    great! :) one of the best tutorials for an intermediate illustrator user. I learned a lot about illustrator while doing this fun practice and quite frankly I’m impressed by my work!!! :D

  38. nanda

    30. Jun, 2011

    very nice and easy to understand, steps of explanation is very smart and cute, except art workpersons also can do this art work by following this method of tutorial……… simply superb……
    i am amazed at this!

  39. zynm

    14. Jan, 2012

    Yep,It’s really easy to understand and follow step! Finally, I did it!

  40. BonFire

    19. Jan, 2012

    Nice tutorial. Easy and still excellent.


    18. Feb, 2012

    very good toturial very good xplenations very clear
    i hope the you keep giving us a good tuts like this
    thank you

  42. jisan

    22. Apr, 2012

    Thanks for your tutorial.if u give this vector so that we are learning quikly………..


    03. May, 2012

    Waow ! This is so beautiful. It`s very simple, clear and easy to understand and follow the steps. You guys are doing great job, keep it up. Correcto ! perfecto !! Excellento !!!

  44. clipping path zone

    21. Jun, 2012

    Great job on this! You made something that is usually pretty confusing very simple and easy to understand. I LOVE your tutorial.

  45. Aly

    08. Feb, 2013

    woooooooooooow i just did it

  46. muhammad khan

    10. Jul, 2013

    hi thanks so much keep it up i enjoy it so much

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