Gingerbread Cookie in Illustrator - The Icing

Gingerbread Cookie in Illustrator - The Icing
In this tutorial, we will decorate our gingerbread cookie and learn a little about the Roughen Effect in IllustratorR.

In the previous tutorial, we drew a star shaped gingerbread cookie in Illustrator. Now, we can decorate the cookie with digital icing. Let's add a line of piping around the edge of the cookie.

We will start by making a copy of the cookie shape and using the path as our line of piping. If not open, open the cookie .ai file in to Illustrator.

  1. Select and make a copy of the medium brown cookie shape.

  2. Click Edit - Paste in Place to place the copy over the original cookie shape.

    Now let's turn this shape in to a line of piping.

  3. With the new shape still selected, set the Fill to a light gray color (#e8e4e1). This will become the shadow part of the piping.

  4. Use the Free Transform tool to reduce the shape just a little.

  5. Swap the Fill to a Stroke and set the Stroke width to 12 pts.

    The piping looks a little too perfect. Let's roughen it up a little.

  6. With the piping still selected, click Effect - Distort & Transform - Roughen. In the Roughen window, turn on the Preview. Set the Size to 1% and Relative, the Detail to 2/in and the Points to Smooth.

  7. Click Object - Expand Appearance to set the Roughen effect.

    Now let's make the piping on top of the shadow layer.

  8. With the piping shadow still selected, make a copy and paste it in place over the shadow.

  9. Set the Stroke color to white (#ffffff) and the width to 5 pts.

  10. Nudge the path upwards a little to make the gray path appear as the shadow of the piping.

To add more randomness, apply the Roughen effect again to the white piping.

Variation: A second method of decorating the cookie would be to coat the cookie with an icing glaze. To do this, repeat the steps above but do not swap the Fill to a Stroke.

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