Gingerbread Cookie in Illustrator - The Icing
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.
- Select and make a copy of the medium brown cookie shape.
- 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.
- With the new shape still selected, set the Fill to a light gray color (#e8e4e1). This will become the shadow part of the piping.
- Use the Free Transform tool to reduce the shape just a little.
- 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.
- 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.
- Click Object - Expand Appearance to set the Roughen effect.
Now let's make the piping on top of the shadow layer.
- With the piping shadow still selected, make a copy and paste it in place over the shadow.
- Set the Stroke color to white (#ffffff) and the width to 5 pts.
- Nudge the path upwards a little to make the gray path appear as the shadow of the 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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