How to

Create a 3D Coffee Cup with Illustrator and Photoshop

Tutorial Resources

  • Font: Ultra by Astigmatic
  • Font: Museo Slab by Jos Buivenga
  • Stock Photo: Coffee Beans by Zsuzsanna Kilian
  • Texture: Watercolor Texture by Lost and Taken


Step 1: Create Half of the Cup Shape

To start, open Adobe Illustrator and create a new 1200x1200px document. Then, follow these steps:

  1. Choose the Rectangle Tool (M) and click anywhere on the artboard.
  2. In the dialog window, enter the width and height of the rectangle (220x695px) you want to create.
  3. Change the fill color of the rectangle to light gray (#F2F2E3).
  4. Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to select the bottom-left corner of the rectangle and angle it inward using the Right Arrow key.

Step 2: Create the Lid Shape

Now, let’s make the lid of the cup:

  1. Switch back to the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 260x30px black rectangle.
  2. Align the left edge of the black rectangle with the cup shape.
  3. Move the box to the left slightly using the Left Arrow key.
  4. With the black rectangle selected, go to Effect > Stylize > Round Corners, and set the radius option to 10px.
  5. Create a 220x40px black rectangle just above the first black rectangle, aligned with the cup shape.
  6. Adjust the position of the top-left corner anchor point using the Direct Selection Tool (A) and the Right Arrow key.
  7. Make a black 190x55px rectangle for the top section of the lid, aligning it with the middle black rectangle.
  8. Adjust the position of the top-left corner anchor point using the Direct Selection Tool (A) and the Right Arrow key.
  9. Use the Rectangle Tool (M) to make a rectangle that covers the extra part of the bottom black rectangle on the right.
  10. Select both the black rectangle and the new rectangle, and in the Pathfinder panel, click on the Minus Front button to clip the right side of the black rectangle.

Step 3: Create the Coffee Cup Label

Next, let’s create the coffee cup’s label:

  1. Use the Rectangle Tool (M) to create a 660x695px rectangle.
  2. Create 3 green 660x75px rectangles and position them as shown in the image.
  3. Add dotted lines to the green rectangles:
    • For the top rectangle, use the Line Segment Tool to create a white 6pt line at the bottom edge. Apply a dashed line effect with a 0pt dash and a 15pt gap.
    • Repeat the process for the two middle rectangles.
    • For the bottom rectangle, create a dotted line as well.

Step 4: Create the Coffee Cup Logo

Now, let’s create the coffee cup logo:

  1. Drag a vertical ruler to the middle of the label.
  2. Use the Rectangle Tool (M) to create a 330x140px dark gray rectangle.
  3. Adjust the left-middle and right-middle anchor points to create the coffee cup logo’s background.
  4. Create an offset path with a 10px offset and a 3pt white stroke color.
  5. Type in the desired text using the Ultra and Museo Slab fonts.

Step 5: Label Finishing Touches

Add the text “12oz” below the logo and “CAUTION CONTENTS MAY BE HOT” at the bottom.

Step 6: Preparing to Create the 3D Coffee Cup

To prepare for creating the 3D coffee cup:

  1. Duplicate the label and place it at the right side of the original label.
  2. Create a symbol for the duplicated label by dragging it into the Symbols panel.

Step 7: Create the 3D Coffee Cup

To create the 3D coffee cup:

  1. Group the cup cover and lid elements.
  2. Go to Object > Group to group these two elements together.
  3. With the group selected, go to Effect > 3D > Revolve and apply the desired settings.
  4. In the Map Art dialog window, select the coffee label symbol and click the Scale to Fit button.

Step 8: Bring the Coffee Cup into Photoshop

Now, let’s bring the coffee cup into Photoshop:

  1. Open Photoshop and create a new 1200x1200px document.
  2. Copy the coffee cup in Illustrator and paste it in Photoshop as a Smart Object.

Step 9: Create the Base Layout of the Coffee Poster

Before adding finishing touches, let’s create the base layout of the coffee poster:

  1. Design the poster layout using the same fonts and colors from the coffee cup.
  2. Duplicate the coffee cup logo and place it at the bottom-right corner of the layout.
  3. Add a tagline and dummy text using the Horizontal Type Tool (T).

Step 10: Adding Coffee Beans to the Coffee Poster

To add coffee beans to the coffee cup:

  1. Use a coffee beans stock photo.
  2. Use the Pen Tool (P) to draw around the top coffee bean.
  3. Convert the path into a selection and apply a layer mask.
  4. Repeat the process for each coffee bean using the Load Selection option.

Step 11: Adding Texture to the Background

To add texture to the background:

  1. Use a watercolor texture.
  2. Select a solid watercolor section from the texture and paste it into the main Photoshop document.
  3. Apply a layer mask to reveal the texture within the selected areas.

Step 12: Creating Shadows on the Coffee Bean

To create shadows on the coffee bean:

  1. Use the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) to make a circle similar in shape to the bottom of the cup.
  2. Fill the circle with a dark brown color (#7C5F48).
  3. Apply a Gaussian Blur filter with a radius of 1px.
  4. Create lighter shadows by making additional ellipses and applying the Gaussian Blur filter with different settings.

Step 13: Give the Cup a Light Reflection

To give the coffee cup a light reflection:

  1. Load a selection around the cup.
  2. Use the Gradient Tool (G) to create a gradient on a new layer.
  3. Change the layer’s blend mode to Soft Light.
  4. Erase the gradient on the lid using the Eraser Tool (E).

Step 14: Creating the Coffee Cup Lid’s Shadow

To create the coffee cup lid’s shadow:

  1. Use the Pen Tool (P) to create a line along the rim of the lid.
  2. Use the Brush Tool (B) to stroke the path on a new layer.
  3. Change the layer’s blend mode to Multiply and adjust the opacity.
  4. Erase parts of the lid’s shadow that are outside the cup.

Tutorial Summary

In this tutorial, we learned how to create a 3D coffee cup using Illustrator and Photoshop. We used various tools and effects to shape the cup, create the lid and label, and add details like coffee beans and shadows. By following these steps, you can create your own customized coffee cup design.

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Alexia Young

Hello and welcome to the world of Alexia. I am a passionate and dedicated artist who loves to create beautiful, mesmerizing art for everyone's walls. I believe in the importance of encouraging people to express their creativity and be happy.

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