How to Draw a Taco in Adobe Illustrator

How to Draw a Taco in Adobe Illustrator

In this Illustrator tutorial, you will learn how to draw a taco using very simple techniques.


We will use the effects along with some basic vector shapes to achieve the final outcome in a short time. Hopefully, you will learn some useful work tips.


Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

Tutorial Details

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6
  • Estimated Completion Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate

Step 1

Let’s create a new document first. Make sure to set the dimensions to 600 x 600 pixels and the Color Mode to CMYK.

Starting with the Pen Tool (P), I’ve drawn the base taco shell shape like in the image below.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

Appy the gradient below for the taco shell shape.Then duplicate it and place 2 copies of the shape off to the side of the artboard, which we’ll use later.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

It’s time to add highlights. Make sure that your shape is selected, then go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click the OK button.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

Back in the previous step, I mentioned placing copies of taco shell shape outside the Artboard. Go ahead and grab a copy to work with.

Now I’m going to use this shape copy to make a texture for our taco. With the shape still selected, go to Effect > Artistic > Sponge and change the settings as shown below.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

Now change the Blending Mode to Multiply. Here is my result.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

Go ahead and grab another copy to work with. With the shape still selected, go to Effect > Distort > Diffuse Glow and change the settings as shown below.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

Now change the Blending Mode to Multiply. Here is my result.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

I want to add more highlights to the top. We use the Pen tool (P) to draw a shape as in the image below and fill it with white #ffffff.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

With the shape still selected, go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur and change the settings as shown below. And we’re done with the taco shell shape.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

Step 2

In this step, we’ll create some shredded lettuce for the taco.

Pick the Pen tool (P) to draw a shape as in the image below, or you can draw in the way you like.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

Appy the gradient below to the shredded lettuce shape.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

It’s time to add highlights. Make sure that your shape is selected, then go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click the OK button.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

Duplicate the shredded lettuce shape (Ctrl / Cmd + C, Ctrl / Cmd + V) and place them randomly behind the taco shell, here is my result.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

Step 3

In this step, we’ll add some tomato slices for the taco.

Pick the Elipse Tool (L) to create a circle, then apply the gradient below.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

Duplicate (Ctrl / Cmd + C, Ctrl / Cmd + V), resize it to smaller than the first circle we created. Then we modify the gradient a little bit.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

Now we place the small circle in front of the big one, then Group (Ctrl / Cmd + G) them together.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

Duplicate the tomato slices (Ctrl / Cmd + C, Ctrl / Cmd + V) and place them randomly behind the taco shell and shredded lettuce, here is my result.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

Step 4

In this step, we’ll add some meat for the taco.

Pick the Pen Tool (P) to draw meat shape like in the image below, or you can draw in the way you like. Apply the gradient to our meat shape.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

Make sure that your shape is selected, then go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click the OK button.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

Duplicate the meat shape (Ctrl / Cmd + C, Ctrl / Cmd + V) and place them randomly, here is my result.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

Step 5

We need to add some shadow below the taco base shape.

Use the Pen tool (P) to draw a shape as in the image below and fill it with the gradient shown below.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

With the shape still selected, go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur and change the settings as shown below. Then change the Blending mode to Multiply at Opacity=80%

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

You should end up with a result like this.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

Step 6

Let’s add a simple gradient background.

Grab the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 600 x 600px background and fill it with this gradient.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator

And We’re Done!

Here is how it should look. I hope you’ve enjoyed this taco drawing tutorial and hope you can apply these techniques in your future projects.

How to draw a Taco in Illustrator