Adobe Illustrator Training Course is the creating variations in product design, like the cosmetic product shown here. First we create a new document, for example A4 in size. We then create a rectangle with the Rectangle tool 70 x 50mm, with a purple fill colour and no stroke. Copy this shape downwards and change the fill colour. Next use the Ellipse tool to create the white dots 10 x 10mm and copy these several times. Then create the larger black ellipses with white strokes, and offset the path by 2mm. Swap the fill and stroke values for this offset.

The arrow shapes may be created either with the Pen tool, or by reflecting a skewed rectangle. To create the snowflake object rotate and copy a skewed rectangle around a central point. We wish to place a photograph inside these objects, so first choose Place from the File menu, and browse to a JPEG image. Scale this down to fit the line-work then click the Mask button on the top Control panel, thus creating a frame-group. Double-click on the group to resize the frame, and right-click to Release. Now we position the line artwork on top of the placed photograph (right-click > Arrange > Bring to Front). And select both to right-click > Clipping Mask > Make. Now you may use the Direct Selection tool (the white arrow) to move the image content around within the line-work frame.

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Lastly we create the text with the Type tool as usual.

To complete the product design mock up we right-click to group all the artwork created so far. Then create a Rounded Rectangle of dimensions 70 x 160mm, for example, with a corner radius of 4mm; this will comprise the body of the canister. Then make a copy of this object with a stroke weight of 2pt, for example, and scale the artwork to fit. Then select all and right-click to Make a Clipping Mask again.

The top rim is a Rounded rectangle of 65 x 4mm, with a corner radius of 4mm. Copy this object to the bottom of the can. The finishing touch is a highlight which consists of a rounded rectangle with a white fill colour positioned vertically down the side of the can. We then go to the Effects drop-down menu and choose a Feather with a value of 2mm. The opacity is then reduced to 75%.

To give a three-dimensional effect to the product design we could ungroup the artwork and drag the label only into the Symbols panel. We then create a cylinder by making a circle as a base and going to Effects > 3D > Extrude and Bevel. We rotate the object in the view cube preview box and adjust the extrusion value to create a thin cylinder. To place the label artwork onto the can we then open the More Options button and click the Map Art button, which then opens the Symbols panel. Choose the correct surface first, then scroll down to the bottom of the symbol list, and choose the label artwork. The artwork can then be scaled and positioned manually.

Finally the lighting can be adjusted, and the dialog box exited. A gradient blend could be added to the image to create a horizon, as well as a fake shadow with the Pen tool.