How to Design an Alphabet Logo in Gravit

Any letter is just combination of space and form. In today tutorial I will show how to design a letter with the simplest shapes possible and bring it to life using gradients.

All you need for this tutorial is your own copy of the free editor, called Gravit Designer and a little bit of patience. I highly encourage you to create your own version and share it through your social media account. Let everybody see your progress and how you can solve the problems straight after acquiring new knowledge and learning new techniques. So if you are ready to design something awesome, let’s get started.

Step 01. Set up a New Document and a Grid

Lunch the Gravit Designer application and start a New Document. Let’s size the canvas with a 1440x900px, that you can find under Gravit’s default dropdown for web projects (see the picture below).

New Document Gravit

Head over to Document Panel and turn the Grid Option On.

Turn the Grid on Gravit

Do not forget to select the Snap To Grid option into the Snapping drop-down menu, located near the magnet icon on the Tools Panel (see the picture).

Snap To Grid

Step 02. Create a Circle

Create a 200px circle with an Ellipse Tool.

Circle with ellipse tool Gravit

Make a duplicate using the shortcut Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+D.

Duplicate

Select both circles with Ctrl/Cmd+A and duplicate them repeating the same clone command again (Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+D). Now you have four circles in total, so we need to hide two of them by clicking Eyeball icon on the Layers Panel.

4 duplicates

Step 03. Create a Lunar Shape

There are at least three methods how we can create the lunar shape, that you see in the picture below. I am working with the Boolean Shapes operators.

Lunar Shape

Set a Small Circle as a Guide

But before creating the shape, let’s create one more additional circle that is 80px smaller, that the previous four. Place it in the middle. This circle would be our guide for all of the transformations, we about to proceed right now. We can lock it on our Layers Panel to prevent further interactions with this circle. By the way, you can use an actual guide (Ctr/Cmd+Alt/Opt+R), I just thought, that a circle is much easier to create.

Create small circle

Get the Most From Subtract Boolean Shape Operator

Let’s work with the pair of circles. Select the first one on top and reduce its height on 40px. In order to do that, just drag the bounding box down to connect with the small circle.

Resize the duplicate

Next step is to select the pair and head over the Boolean Shape Operator Dropdown menu on the Tools Panel. In the opened drop-down select the Subtract command to subtract the front from the backward shape.

Subtract in Gravit

That gives us the final result, that we should duplicate and reflect horizontally.

Position it at the bottom of the original object, so they made a full circle together.

 

Rotated Duplicate

Duplicate these two lunar shapes and rotate them on 90 degrees around the middle (the middle is indicated by our small circle).

Select and rotate

Select everything with Ctrl/Cmd+A and convert to the path using the Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+P.Last step is arbitrary, nonetheless, it helps us to reduce the size of the Compound Shape. By default, the result of Boolean Shape operators is a Compound Shape, that tends to fill the space of its components.

Step 04. Create an Ascender

An ascender is a portion of a minuscule letter that extends the mean line of the alphabet. Usually, letters d, b, and l have the ascenders. We can create our own in three easy steps:

Firstly, rotate all of our lunar shapes by the angle of 75 degrees to the left (counterclockwise). Use the small circle to find the middle.

 

Secondly, create a rectangle with the width of 40px and height of 150px

Thirdly, combine the rectangle with the bottom-left lunar shape

 

Fourthly, get rid of the tail that extends the rectangle on the top right by creating and subtracting a new rectangle from the lunar shape.

Fifthly, select both the rectangle ad the rest of the lunar shape and combine them into the single Compound Shape with a Unite Boolean Shape Operator.

Convert them to the whole shape

Finally, convert them to the path with Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+P

Step 05. Recolor your Artwork

Let’s apply simple yet effective linear gradients, that are in our artwork have very basic attributes – three of the four gradients have only to gradient stops. I am going to start with our ascender and move clockwise toward the least visible shape:

There is a list of all the gradient colors:

  1. #9939E3 and #FB2F97
  2. #FAB568 and #451D86
  3. #3367E1 and #43565C
  4. #16214D, #8E56CA and #862A83

Step 06. Create a Highlight

Unlock the two circles. Resize the forward one on 20px using the Selection Tool. Reapeat the steps to achieve the lunar shape. Duplicate and rotate to make four pieces.

Second lunar shape

Set a gradient to the fill, arrange it along the shape. Set a blending mode to Screen to render black color to transparent and decrease the opacity to 30%.

Gradient

That’s all here, thanks for reaching that far. Do not forget to share your artworks on Twitter and Instagram and visit vitorials.net for more.

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