Label Tutorial: How to Create the "Health Tea" Label



In this step-by-step tutorial, we'll show you how we created one of our Nutritional Supplement industry index label designs. Try using some of these helpful techniques when designing your own product labels!

Remember to follow steps 1 - 3 on the main tutorial page to initially set up your label document. Then, go through the steps below to create the "detox tea" label!

Step 1: Create the Background

A. Change the background color. Select the rectangle you drew in the previous step using the Selection or Direct Selection tools, or click on the circle next to the path in the Layers palette. Enter the following values in the Color palette to change the color to a pale pink: C=0, M=8, Y=1, K=0.


B. Create a gradient.

1. First, create a second rectangle on top of the original one, which will become the gradient layer. Using the Rectangle tool, click and hold on the bottom left corner of the first rectangle, drag over to the right edge and upwards about halfway, then release the mouse.

2. In the Gradient palette, hover the cursor just under the gradient slider until the cursor changes to a white arrow with a "plus" sign next to it. Click to add another color stop so there are three in total. Double click each color stops to change each of the colors as shown. Make sure the gradient Type is set to Liner and the angle is -90 ° . Click on the darkest pink color stop, set the Location to 0%. Set the Location for the medium pink color stop to 15% and the lightest to 30%. Select the smaller top rectangle and click anywhere inside the Gradient palette to apply the gradient to the rectangle's fill.

Step 2: Draw the tea cup image

1. Draw the black tea cup outline. Using the Pen , Arc , Spiral and Ellipse tools, draw paths to create the tea cup design. Fill these shapes with black and remove the stroke.

2. Select only the two paths that make the tea cup shape. In the main menu at the top of the Illustrator window, choose Object > Path > Offset Path . Make the offset large enough so the two paths intersect. Click OK in the dialogue box. With these two paths still selected, click on the Unite icon in the Pathfinder palette (under Shape Modes) to join into a single path.

3. Using the Direct Selection tool, hold down the Alt key so the white arrow cursor has a "plus" sign next to it. Click on the outline of the innermost shape so only that path is selected. This will be the tea liquid shape. Copy the path by hitting Ctrl + C. In the Layers palette, find the path(s) that make up the offset path created in the previous step. Select and delete it by hitting the Delete key or clicking the Trash icon at the bottom of the palette. Select the tea cup path and Ctrl + F to paste the liquid layer in front.

4. In the Gradient palette, change the right color stop to a light brown (C=30, M=62, Y=100, K=19) and the left stop to a medium orange (C=7, M=45, Y=100, K=0). Set the Location of the orange stop to 50% and the angle to 90 ° . Apply the gradient to the tea shape by selecting the path and clicking inside the Gradient palette.

5. Draw an ellipse inside of the round top of the tea cup. Move the path underneath the tea cup outline in the Layers palette. Change the color of the ellipse to a the medium orange used in the step above (C=7, M=45, Y=100, K=0).

In the Appearance palette, highlight the Fill line and replicate it by clicking the Duplicate Selected Item icon . With the top fill highlighted, make a new gradient in the Gradient palette. Change both stops to white. Give the left stop an opacity value of 0% and a location of 60%; the right stop has 100% opacity and a location of 100%. Change the angle to 90 ° .

In the Appearance palette, highlight the Fill line and replicate it by clicking the Duplicate Selected Item icon . With the top fill highlighted, make a new gradient in the Gradient palette. Change both stops to white. Give the left stop an opacity value of 0% and a location of 60%; the right stop has 100% opacity and a location of 100%. Change the angle to 90 ° .


6. Draw three leaves using the Pen tool and fill them with green (C=42, M=5, Y=100, K=0). Change the color of one of the "steam" paths to dark green (C=64, M=35, Y=100, K=18).

7. Use the Pen and Ellipse tools to draw a shape within the borders of the tea cup outline. Change the fill color to white and move the shape below all the other paths. This will outline the tea in white so it stands out from the pink label background.

Step 3: Create the Tea Cup Reflection

1. Select the bottom "tea" shape and the cup handle path. Copy these two paths by hitting Ctrl + C and then Ctrl + B to paste them below the originals. Press Ctrl + G to group the two paths together.

2. With the two paths still selected, go to Object > Transform > Reflect from the top main menu. Flip the image along the Horizontal axis and click OK. Click on the Selection tool and use the down arrow on the keyboard to move the paths until the top lines up with the bottom edge of the original design.

3. Select the Rectangle tool and draw a path around the upside down tea cup. Fill the rectangle with a black-to-black gradient at a 90 ° angle. The example below uses the following settings: the left color stop is set at a 70% location and 100% opacity; the right stop is at a 100% location and 50% opacity. The top gradient slider is at about 70% to extend the darker part of the gradient. You may need to alter these settings in order to get the right effect for your design.

Move this path in the Layers palette so it's just above the grouped paths of the upside down tea cup. Then, select the group and the black gradient path.


4. Create an opacity mask by clicking on the menu options in the Transparency palette and selecting "Make Opacity Mask." Now you have a glass-like reflection of the tea cup.

If you need to make changes to the gradient, select the group (it will be underlined in the layers palette), click the menu options in the Transparency palette, and select "Release Opacity Mask." Select the rectangle and alter its gradient, then follow the steps above to reapply the opacity mask.

Step 4: Style the Text

A. Write your text and select a font.

Select the Text Tool , click inside your document and begin typing. If different parts of the text will have separate styling, it is best to keep them in separate text layers. This label example uses two fonts, Stern and Nueva, but feel free to choose another style if these fonts are unavailable to you.

B. Style the heading.

1. From the Appearance palette, remove any fills and strokes from the type layer. Select Add New Fill from the dropdown menu and make it black.

2. Replicate the fill by clicking the Duplicate Selected Item icon . Move it below the original fill and change it to white. Click the Effects icon and choose Distort & Transform > Transform . Under the Move section of the dialogue box, offset the fill slightly to the bottom right by increasing the Horizontal value and decreasing the Vertical value.

3. For this example, we used a font called "Stern." The "Health Tea" text is right justified with a font size of 37 pt. The "Detox Tea" text uses the same fill effects but is center-aligned at 26 pt. Making changes to text in the Character and Paragraph palettes is discussed in more detail below.


C. Style the description text.

The Character and Paragraph palette options allow you to give text a variety of styling effects without having to use more than one font. The rest of the label text uses the font style "Nueva" and has the same fill effects as the heading text above.

In the Character palette , use the following fields to…

Set the font size

Set the leading (spacing between lines of text)

Set the tracking (spacing between characters)

In the Paragraph palette , use the following fields to…

Set the text alignment

Set the text indent and spacing before & after paragraphs.

1. "to cleanse and rejuvenate..."

Change the font size to 12 pt and the style to Condensed. Highlight the word "cleanse" with your mouse and change its font style to Bold Condensed. Apply the same style to the word "rejuvenate." Select all of the text and change the tracking to 10 to slightly increase the space between characters. The text is aligned center .


2. "milk thistle & red clover..."

Change the font size to 15 pt and the font style to Condensed with a left alignment . Increase the tracking to 200 to expand the space between characters.

3. "loose tea blend..."

Change the font size to 10 pt and the font style to Condensed. Increase the tracking to 100. Decrease the vertical scale to 75%. The text is aligned center .


Step 5: Finishing Touches

A. Arrange text layers. Make sure each text layer is above the label design paths in the Layers palette. Use the Selection tool to move the text around the artboard as needed.

B. Draw the green accent shapes.

1. Use the Rectangle tool to draw a shape around the "milk thistle..." text extending to the edge of the label. Remove the stroke and change the fill color to a light green (C=9, M=1, Y=20, K=0).

2. Duplicate the fill layer and move it below the first one in the Appearance palette. Change the color to a darker green (C=36, M=0, Y=58, K=0).

3. With the dark green fill still selected, click on the Effects icon and choose Distort & Transform > Transform . Increase the Vertical Scale value to about 110% to give the light green rectangle an outline at the top and bottom.

4. In the Layers palette, move the green rectangle just below the text.

Make sure all of the components are arranged how you like them and your label is done! Print it out on adhesive label paper, cut it out and apply to your container. Voila!

For a shortcut, click on the finished label image to view and

To see how this label looks on a filled container, click on the image in the box to the right. Be sure to browse through our
Nutritional Supplements Index for other great label ideas!




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