7. Create the Seeds

Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) and draw a 16 x 16px circle having a black stroke. Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A) and select only the top point then move it up 8px by pressing the Up Arrow Key on your keyboard eight times. Still having the top point selected, grab the handles with the Direct Selection Tool (A) and make them shorter. Finally, select the left and right anchor points and make their handles a little longer. I will name the shape obtained “seed-shape”.

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Select the “seed-shape” then go to Object > Path > Offset Path and apply a -2.5px Offset. You will get a smaller shape in the middle but move it a little up. I will name the green shape “seed-middle”. Next, select again the “seed-shape” and apply a -5.5px Offset to get the third shape. I will name the red shape “seed-small”.

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To color the seed fill the three shapes with the gradients indicated.

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Copy and Paste in Front (Control-F) the “seed-shape” then grab the Scissors Tool (C) and click on the two points indicated to cut the path. Delete the top segment and select white as the stroke color for the remaining path at the bottom. Stroke this path with a Blend Art Brush called “White Blend Art Brush_thin” from the collection of Blend art brushes that I’ve talk about in this tutorial Create a Set of Multi-Use Blend Brushes. Set the Stroke Weight to 0.25 pt and reduce the Opacity to 80%. When you are done, select this path and choose Expand Appearance from the Object menu in order to expand the brush stroke applied.Group (Control-G) all the shapes that make up the seed and this will be “seed 1”.

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Make a copy of “seed 1” then select “seed-small”, make it a little smaller and move it on the left side. Replace the existing gradient with the one shown below. Next, select the group that resulted after expanding the brush stroke and reduce the Opacity to 50% because we don’t want all the seeds to be so shiny. This will be “seed 2”.

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Select “seed 2” then go to Object > Transform > Scale, enter 22% in the Scale field and hit Copy. You will get the third seed. Select “seed-middle” and replace the gradient then select “seed-small” and give it a white fill. Everything else remains the same. This will be “seed 3”.

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We can’t save shapes that are filled with gradients as brushes unfortunately but we’ll work around this. Make a copy of “seed 1” but keep the original because you will need it later. Replace the gradients for the three shapes with three different colors, like green, purple and yellow. You have expanded the brush stroke so this is not a problem. Now, select the new seed and drag it into the Brushes panel to save it as a New Scatter Brush.

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Focus on the first letter. Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) and draw an ellipse in the middle then stroke this path with the Seed Scatter Brush saved earlier. Double click on the brush stroke applied in the Appearancepanel to open the Stroke Options window and change the settings as shown. You can try different values for Size, Spacing and Scatter but it’s important to set the Rotation relative to Path and also, only if your seeds are pointed outwards (the tip) set the Rotation to 180 degrees.

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On top of the letter “M” draw two paths like in the image using the Pen Tool (P). Stroke them with the Seed Scatter Brush then open the Stroke Options window and change the settings. In the first window are the settings that I’ve used for the bigger path and in the second window are the settings for the smaller path.

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Continue with the letter “P”. Draw with the Ellipse Tool (L) a circle then stroke it with the same brush. You can see below the settings that I’ve used. Don’t worry about the overlapping seeds because you can delete or rearrange them later.

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The same thing goes for the letter “E”.

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At this point your watermelon effect should look like in the next image. If you are happy with how it looks, select all the paths that you have stroked with the Seed Scatter Brush and choose Expand Appearancefrom the Object menu. For the letter “A” I decided to manually arrange just a few seeds later.

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Now you need to recolor the seeds therefore grab the original seed (“seed 1”) and keep it nearby. Zoom on the first letter and using the Direct Selection Tool (A) select one of the green shapes then go to Select > Same > Fill Color. As a result all the green shapes will be selected and you can color them all at once. Do not release them, switch to the Eyedropper Tool (I) and use it to copy the gradient from the original seed.

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Now select one of the purple shapes then go to Select > Same > Fill Color. Once all the purple shapes are selected, use the Eyedropper Tool (I) to copy the brown gradient from the original seed.

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Repeat the same thing for the yellow shapes and replace the fill color with the golden gradient. You are done with the main seeds.

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Remember that you have created “seed 1”, “seed 2” and “seed 3”, right? In between the main seeds (“seed 1”) you can scale and arrange more seeds to create a more natural look. So, multiply “seed 2” and “seed 3” and arrange a few on the first letter. Lower the Opacity for each seed somewhere between 50 and 70%. In the image below there are two examples for you.

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Arrange a few seeds on top of the letter “A” also. Start with “seed 1” which is the main then a few of the other. Reduce the Opacity for some of them to 70%.

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Continue with the letter “M” and basically do the same thing.

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Here is the letter “P”:

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And here is the letter “E”:

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You are done with the seeds and your text effect should look like in the next image:

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Just three short steps for this. First, select the ellipse and fill it with the radial gradient indicated. Next, take the Pen Tool (P) and draw three paths on top as in the image. Stroke these paths with an Art Brush called “Brush 1” that you can find in Brush Libraries Menu > Artistic > Artistic_Paintbrush. Set the Stroke Weightto 0.25 pt.

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Having the three paths selected, choose Expand Appearance from the Object menu in order to turn the strokes into fills. Select the resulting purple shapes then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Roughen and apply the settings shown. Select again Expand Appearance in order to expand the effect applied then replace the purple fill with the radial gradient shown.

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Copy and Paste in Front (Control-F) the ellipse and bring it in front of everything by going to Object > Arrange > Bring to Front (Shift-Control-]). Remove the gradient fill. Now, select the three stripes and also the copy of the ellipse and go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make (Control-7). The letter “L” is ready.

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Grab the Pen Tool (P) and draw a few paths following the peel of the watermelon. I made four but you can draw more or less. Stroke these paths with a Blend Art Brush called “White Blend Art Brush 100 x 3” from the Set of Multi-Use Blend Brushes. Set the Stroke Weight to 0.5 pt then reduce the Opacity to 75% for all of them.

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Use again the Pen Tool (P) to draw a few paths right between the red pulp and the lighter area. Stroke them with the same White Blend Art Brush but this time keep the Stroke Weight at 1pt to get smoother highlights.

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Create a shape similar to the “seed-shape” and fill it with the linear gradient indicated at a 50 degrees Angle. Set to Blending Mode Color Burn (1). Copy and Paste in Front (Control-F) this shape and move it a little up and to the left. Replace the existing gradient with a white to black radial gradient then set toBlending Mode Screen (2).

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Use the Pen Tool (P) to draw a small path in the upper left side of the juice drop. Stroke it with the White Blend Art Brush that you have used earlier then set the Stroke Weight to 0.5 pt. Select Expand Appearancefrom the Object menu in order to expand the brush stroke. Now, Group (Control-G) all the shapes that make up the drop of juice and make another copy. Scale and arrange the two drops of juice like in the next image.

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First, create a new layer behind the layer with the text effect and name it “Background”. Use the Rectangle Tool (M) to draw a shape around the text and fill it with the radial gradient shown.

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Copy and Paste in Front (Control-F) the background-rectangle and keep the same gradient. Now, go toEffect > Distort > Glass and apply the settings shown. Set to Blending Mode Multiply and 40% Opacity.

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At this step you will need a copy of each letter again. Send all of them behind everything by going to Object > Arrange > Send to Back (Shift-Control-[). Remove the existing appearances if any and fill them with green, for example. Still having these six shapes selected, go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow and apply the settings shown. You have just finished!

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I hope you enjoyed to create this watermelon text effect and that you’ve learned a few new things. If you decide to make this please attach an image in the comments section. I would love to see your result.

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