Create a 3D shield with the look of bevels and create a nice highlight arc across the face. This one takes a few extra steps to make it look great, but in the end, it produces a stunning look. Enjoy!
The bevels are just gradients going opposite directions to give the impression of a bevel. Check out how it is done.
Start with a circle, fill it with a color, no stoke
Duplicate the circle to the right, about a 1/4 overlap over the original circle.
Select both circles, then choose the Intersect Mode in the Pathfinder Panel
This will leave the 2 circles with the place where the 2 intersect.
Duplicate the new shape vertically, leaving about 1/4 of the bottom overlapping the top of the original shape.
Select both shapes. Use the Minus Front Mode in the Pathfinder panel.
This will be the shield shape that we will build our stroke and fills on.
Open the Appearance Panel and apply a stroke to the shape. I chose a darker blue with a stroke weight of 12.
With the shield selected, create another stroke using the New Stroke Button at the bottom of the Appearance Panel. This will apply another stroke ON TOP of the existing stroke.
Choose a lighter color for the stroke and set it to 6 pt weight. Also, set the stroke to the INSIDE of the shape by clicking on the word "Stroke" to call up the stroke options.
Apply a third stroke to the shield, on top of he other 2, set the weight to 6 pt and I set it to orange to show contrast, we will change it later.
So far, this is the result of the 3 strokes applied to a single shape.
On the first stroke, apply a gradient from you swatch panel. A black to white gradient is the default.
Do the same with the second stroke, then change the direction of the gradient in the Gradient Panel by clicking on the reverse direction button.
This is the result of the strokes being filled with a gradient. One going one direction, the other, he opposite direction.
Now change the color in the gradient by clicking on the stroke color box in the Appearance Panel. In the gradient panel, double click on the black color stop, and you can choose a replacement color from your swatch panel.
Here is the shield with the first and second gradient, done from blue to white, in the opposite directions.
Now, set the top most stroke, (orange in this example) to be a blue. This will create the face edge of the shape.
Turn off all the strokes by clicking the eye icons in the Appearance Panel.
Select the shield and go to Object>Path>Offset path. Set the offset to -10 pts and this will create a smaller shape inside the shield. Click OK.
Set the inside shape to an orange fill. No stroke.
This is the result.
Create a rectangle and an oval. position the oval over the rectangle at an angle to create a knockout shape using the Minus Front Pathfinder Mode.
This is what will be the highlight for the shield, once it is filled with white instead of orange.
Position the arc of the shield and set the opacity to 30%. Now cut the object (COMMAND + X)
Select the Shield and enter into Draw Inside Mode. This is at the bottom of the Tool Bar.
Once Draw Inside is activated you will see a "clipping" edge around the shape. Draw Inside is creating a Clipping Mask while drawing!
Choose Edit>Paste In Place to paste the copied white overlay INTO the shield. This happens because anything you do with Draw Inside Mode active, everything will be INSIDE the shape. Once you click back to Normal Drawing Mode, you will not be able to enter back into Draw Inside mode.
This is the result of the highlight.
Select the shield behind the orange and turn on all three strokes in the Appearance Panel
Set the fill to orange on the back shape as well.
Duplicate (don't copy) the back shield and turn off the fill and the lower two stroke, laving ONLY the top, 6 pt solid stroke active.
With the stroke active, go to Object>Expand Appearance. The Object>Path>Outline Stroke. You have to Expand the Appearance first or else the resulting outlined stroke will have a "path" in the middle of the outlined stroke. Doesn't make sense but that is what you have to do!
Select the outlined shield, the enter into Draw Inside mode and Paste the same highlight shape (the one used inside the center part of the shield).
Position the highlight "stroke" over the shield.
To get the highlight to line up with the original highlight on the shield, you may need to go into your Layers Panel and select the highlight that is "clipped" inside you clipping mask.
This allows you to select and move the white overlay into the correct position inside the clipping mask without taking everything apart.
And this is the final results. Several steps but sure looks cool when it's all done!