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Grapefruit Elderflower Gin & Tonic

I had a lot of fun with this project!  I have never used Adobe Illustrator, but I was able to download a free trial to attempt this project.  Since I had not prior exposure to Illustrator, every step took me a long time to figure out, but I'm pretty excited about the finished product!

The right hand side displays more of the vibe I was going for.  I was thinking "sophisticated farmhouse" - neutral chevron wood design with some muted pinks.  But when I worked on the left hand side, I got a little carried away with all of the fun colors!  I tried to reign it back in by making some of the filled in parts more translucent.  

This cocktail is really amazing.  I tinkered around with the recipe for several days before writing it out for this project.  My husband says it's the best drink he's ever had and I - who was not previously a gin drinker - think it's awesome, too!  

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Take 2:  I made the suggested changes, and I think that the lettering is easier to read with the lighter background grapefruit slices, and the thinner lines around the glasses look better, too.  I had initially done the background grapefruit slices in this exact shade, but I changed it to the darker colors because I thought they didn't "tie in" enough to the left page grapefruits, but I didn't realize how much the readability was impacted! 

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Take 3: After looking at this layout for a few days, I decided I needed to change it up.  This is what I came up with.  I'm pretty sure that I would keep "fixing" this layout forever if given the chance (even as I look at it now, I see several things I would like to change) so it is probably a blessing that my trial of Illustrator runs out today!

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They Draw and Cook: http://www.theydrawandcook.com/illustrations/8792-grapefruit-elderflower-gin-and-tonic

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