Beginner Illustrator Tutorial Vintage Logo Design

Beginner Illustrator Tutorial Vintage Logo Design

In Adobe Illustrator, Tutorials by Jason Secrest

Efficiency Workflow using Pen tool

We are going through a little different process using the fill to build using the pen tool. This approach is always sent to me to dissect others speed art which is just the pen tool with the fill turned on instead of the stroke. This strategy we are building, editing and adding variation in the same pass which means you should have your rough draft ready to go. Please review are Getting Started guide under the “Start Here” tab on the menu if you need help setting up your template layers or getting the resources. (I am using the color swatches for the guys vs girls)

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Beginner Adobe Illustrator Vintage Logo Design

Beginner Adobe Illustrator vintage logo design tutorial on how to draw a logo using pent tool, fills, strokes, and vintage distressing effects. We will then add a vintage texture in Adobe Photoshop.

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Pen Tool

We will be using our 2 step approach to the pen tool. The first is using straight lines to just get down our anchor points. We will then be using the convert anchor tool to create curves and handles.

Flat Color

Using live paint is a fast way of getting down flat color in enclosed areas without having to use pathfinder to create shapes.


Adding textures in Photoshop is an easy way of adding textures without having to clean up your layers in Illustrator. It can be done in Illustrator in your Transparency Menu or Layers Mode.

Beginner Adobe Illustrator Vintage Logo Design

Using Resource Folder

1. Place the anchor point guide into NEW illustrator document and scale to fit the 5″x 5″ artboard. In your layers menu select Template Layer. Create a New layer ABOVE IT for inking.

Using the Pen Tool

2. Trace the image using the shape and pen tool. There should be no fill when using the pen tool. Use straight line and the convert anchor point tool to create your curves.

Custom Brushes

3. Add OUR custom brushes library to create variation in your lines. Expand the lines and use the eraser tool to erase overlapping or unwanted lines. Unite brushes in pathfinder panel.

Using Live Paint

4. Select All – Object- Live Paint. Fill in flat colors wIth our color palette or find others on Object – Expand live paint. Ungroup (3X) or until you can select individual shapes.


STEP #1: Follow Along to our Free Beginner Guide + Tutorials. This is a great place to start if you are New to the Website or Adobe Illustrator.
STEP #2:  Our Tutorials use our Brushes quite a bit during the Line Variation and Editing steps. You can Download + Install our Cartoon Brushes to follow along.
STEP #3: We have plenty of step by step content available for you to follow along with your Brushes.