Create a Fantastic Fruits Card With Freepik Academy
Enjoying fresh fruits is one of the main reasons to love the summer season! Let’s follow this fun tutorial and learn to create a circle card with fruits in a trendy flat style, using basic geometric shapes and various useful functions of Adobe Illustrator to make the elements.
Make a Sunny Orange
Let’s make a slice of fresh orange from a set of circles. Take the Ellipse Tool (L), hold Shift and make a 70×70 px orange circle.
Copy the circle and Paste in Front (Control + C > Control + F). Shrink the copy down to 65×65 px, changing its size in the Transform panel (Window > Transform) or in the control panel on top.
Add one more copy on top and apply a different shade of orange, as shown in the screenshot below.
Let’s divide our orange into segments. Use the Line Segment Tool (\) and hold Shift to make a vertical line the same light-orange color as the middle circle. Set the Stroke Weight to 2 pt and leave all other options as default in the Stroke panel.
Duplicate (Control + C > Control + F) the line and rotate it 90 degrees, placing it horizontally across the first line.
Add two more copies, rotating them 45 degrees in different directions.
Now we can copy our orange slice, change its size and recolor, turning it into a fresh green lime!
Make a Sunny Banana
Let’s start shaping our banana from a bright yellow ellipse of 100×20 px size. Go to Effect > Warp > Arc and set the Bend value to -50%.
Go to Object > Expand Appearance, applying the effect. Now let’s Copy our banana and Paste in Front twice (Control + C > Control + F > Control + F). Move the upper copy up a bit and make it slightly wider. Select the two copies and apply Intersect from the Pathfinder panel, cutting off the unneeded pieces.
Now we can make the lower half of the banana a bit darker, forming a gentle flat shadow.
Let’s finish with the banana by adding a simple stem to it. Use the Rectangle Tool (M) to make a 6×12 px shape. Take the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the bottom left anchor point and press the right arrow key a few times, moving the point closer to the center. Move the opposite point as well, making the bottom of the shape narrower.
Attach the stem to the banana.
Shape a Ripe Red Apple
We’ll be using the Ellipse Tool (L) to make our apple with a 75×75 px red circle.
Take the Anchor Point Tool (Shift + C), drag the anchor handle while holding Shift and place it at 45 degrees, as shown in the screenshot below. Position the second anchor handle as well, forming the bottom of our apple.
Select the side anchor points of the apple with the Direct Selection Tool (A) and drag them up, making the top of the apple flat. We can also make the bottom of the apple smooth, using the Live Corners feature by pulling the circle marker down.
Let’s add minor details to our apple. Make a 20×35 px green ellipse for the leaf. Select its top and bottom anchor points with the Direct Selection Tool (A) and use the Convert function on top to Convert points to corner.
Now that we’ve made our leaf pointed, duplicate (Control + C > Control + F) it and make the top copy a bit darker. Delete the left anchor point, this way cutting our shape in half and making a shadow.
Attach the leaf to our apple and add a few other details, such as the circle highlights and a small brown stem.
Shape a Sliced Kiwi
Let’s use the circle base of our orange and change the colors to brown and green, making it look like a sliced kiwi.
Use the Line Segment Tool (\) to form a set of crisscrossing strokes of light-green color. Head to the Strokepanel and set the Stroke Weight to 2 pt and change the Profile to Width Profile 1, making the tips of the lines thin and pointed.
Add a light-green ellipse of 25×30 px on top of the kiwi, forming the center of our fruit.
Let’s shape a seed of the kiwi from a tiny 4×4 px circle of dark-grey color. Convert the top anchor point to corner and drag it up, making the seed taller.
Now we can copy the seed multiple times by holding Alt + Shift and dragging. Speckle the seeds around the center of the fruit, rotating them and changing the size, if needed.
Create a Yummy Watermelon and Cute Berries
This is the simplest element of our fruit collection! Make a 65×65 px green circle and create two copies on top, making each next copy smaller. Fill the inner copies with yellow and pink colors.
Select all three shapes, take the Eraser Tool (Shift + E), hold Alt and delete the top half of the shape.
Take the seed from our kiwi and place it in the top left corner of the watermelon. Hold Alt + Shift and drag to the right, making a copy. Hold Control + D multiple times, making more copies.
Finish up by adding two more rows of seeds. And that’s it! Our watermelon is ready.
Let’s create small generic elements that will help us to fill the blank spaces of our card.
Make two 30×30 px red circles for the cherries and add two tiny highlights on top of each one.
Connect the cherries with a thin brown stem, using the Pen Tool (P). Place the leaf on top, duplicating the one that we made for the apple.
Let’s also copy a leaf, and a couple of berries (varying the color) and keep them aside as separate elements for our card.
Make a Circle Fruit Card
Now that we have all the fruits ready, we can make a nice circle composition!
I’m making a large circle to use it as a guideline and spreading all the fruits, berries and leaves along this path. Rotate the elements, make copies, change the position and size of the objects, adding certain variety to our card.
As soon as you’re happy with the position of the fruits, delete the guiding circle.
Finish up with the card, making it look balanced and completed by adding some text in the middle of the circle. I’m using the playful-looking Mightype Script to add a hand-lettering style text.
Congratulations! Our Summer Fruits Card is Finished!
Great job! I hope you’ve enjoyed following this tutorial and discovered some useful tips and tricks that will be helpful for your bright summer illustrations.