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25 Awesome Icons Tutorials Using Adobe Illustrator

1. Create a Vector Pirate Cartoon Character from a Hand Drawn Sketch by Chris Spooner

By firstly using the power of pen and paper a character design is created, which is then scanned into the computer to use as a base for tracing with Adobe Illustrator. The final outcome is a colourful cartoon character in vector format!

2. Create a spiral ornament Symbol in Illustrator by Veerle Pieters

By explaining every little detail of each step, this tutorial should be a good exercise for the beginners among you. You’ll learn to use a lot of several tools along the way and you only use the Pen Tool a tiny little bit. Hope you enjoy and learn 🙂

3. How to Create a Vector Safari Compass in Illustrator by  Chris Spooner

The Safari browser from Apple has a great little icon that works well in small formats while also displaying quite a lot of intricate details when viewed in large format. Navigate through this Adobe Illustrator tutorial to draw up your own vector Safari inspired compass in Adobe Illustrator.

4. Create an envelpe icon with a satin feel

In this tutorial i will show you how using the basic tools of illustrator , ie gradient , rectangle , pathfinder and line we can create a simple looking envelope. With changing the arrow icon you will have multiple defined icons .

5. How to Turn Glasses into a Great Geek Icon

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to make a cool, or should we say geeky, glasses icon. You should be versed in Adobe Illustrator’s tools to complete this tutorial. You’ll learn how to take creative license and create an illustration that uses a photo reference, but differs a bit in the final design.

6. Create a Shiny Piggy Bank Icon Using Adobe Illustrator – Vector Premium Tutorial by Iaroslav Lazunov

Today, we have another Vector Premium tutorial, which is available exclusively for Premium members. If you want to learn how to create a shiny modeled vector icon, then we have an awesome tutorial for you. Learn professional 3D vector icon creation technics using opacity masks, gradient meshes, blends and 3D modeling in Adobe Illustrator.

This Premium Tutorial is Filled with Professional Creative Instructions

This work is a common project created together with Iaroslav Lazunov and Oleksandr Iegupov. In this tutorial you will learn how to create smooth transitions between the intersecting surfaces, and find the lines of their intersections. We will use opacity masks, gradient meshes, blends and 3D modeling. This tutorial contains a lot of useful tips and interesting solutions.

7. Create a Simple Storefront Icon

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a simple storefront icon using some rectangles, Illustrator Effects, and gradients. This icon is great for use in e-commerce sites and the techniques in this tutorial can easily be applied to other icons, illustrations, and logos.

8. Complicate Orb Icon

This tutorial will teach you doing more complicate button icon or Orb effect Icon using Illustrator. This is quite a long tutorial. So, let’s start!

9. Obama Logo Tutorial

No matter what you think of his politics, U.S. presidential cantidate Barack Obama has a pretty incredible marketing and design machine behind him. One strong example of this is his “O” logo. Simple, attractive, symbolic, it’s undeniably an effective logo.

Another aspect of the Obama campaign that is attractive to a lot of American’s is the grass-roots, everybody can be involved attitude that they’ve been trying quite successfully to convey. In honor of that attitude, and just in time for the Democratic Convention, I thought I would show some really helpful Illustrator techniques by making the Obama logo. In this tutorial, we’ll be going over the Pathfinder, Envelope Warps, Opacity Masks, and Gradient Meshes. And we’ll use a drop shadow!

10. Create a Vector RSS Icon with Illustrator by Chris Spooner

Probably one of the most popular and recognisable icons in the web universe; the RSS icon is displayed on many website to indicate the availability of a subscription feed. There are pre-made icons you can download and place on your website, however this tutorial cover the process of creating your own custom vector RSS icon in Illustrator.
Since the icon is to be created in vector format, it can be scaled up or down in size for implementation on future websites you may work on, unlike a raster version which would have to be remade in larger dimensions to prevent pixelation.

11. How to Design a Classic Heraldic Figure

Ever since I was about ten years old I was fascinated by heraldic figures. This tutorial is all about creating heraldic figures. It’s not about ‘tricks,’ but more about ‘creative inspiration,’ and how to achieve good results relatively ‘quickly.’ Let’s look at making shields, heraldic design elements, and simple text effects to create a classic branded design. Have fun!

12. New iTunes Icon

The challenge of this tutorial is to use various Blending modes and blending techniques to replicate the iTune icon. This tutorial is a good exercise to master your Blend techniques.

13. Quick Tip: How to Create a Clean Style Folder Icon by Andrei Marius

In the following tutorial you will learn to create a clean folder icon. By using some simple shapes and the Appearance Panel, you will see just how easy it is to make a great looking icon.

14. How to Make a Vector Military Cap Icon

This tutorial will show the intermediate-to-advanced Adobe Illustrator artist how to make a realistic military style cap icon using predominately gradients, blends, and the Gradient Mesh Tool. We’ll be using a photo reference to base this illustration on, though utilizing creative judgement throughout the process.

15. Create an Anti-War Icon Using Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a hand grenade with the help of 3D modeling. This tutorial contains plenty of useful tips and description of manual techniques. Let’s get started!

16. Reflections Done Right – Creating a Money Roll Icon

Cash-in when you follow this tutorial for creating accurate and logical reflections. I’ll cover how to use shading and masking to create an illustration that’s worth the look.

17. Cool 3D Logo Tutorial

This tutorial will show you how to make a 3D gradient logo in minutes by using the Warp and 3D effects. It is great for making 3D graphics and icons.

18. Creating Reflecting Web Icons in Illustrator by chad neuman

One of the looks of “Web 2.0″ is the aqua icons that Matt Kloskowski shows us how to make in the first issue of Adobe Illustrator Techniques print issue. Another look is the reflecting icon. The clean, crisp look of these attractive images makes clicking through a website’s navigation fun. Here’s how to make one of those neat icons.

19. How to Create a Recycling, Paper Bag Icon by Simona Pfreundner

In this tutorial, we’ll explain how to create an eco-friendly paper icon with simple shapes and gradients. This tutorial is great for beginners to get started with icon design, as this is a fairly simple icon to create. Let’s dive in!

20. Vector coffee cup tutorial Illustrator

In this tutorial I`ll show you how to make a realistic / vector coffee cup in Adobe Illustrator.

What new you will learn (for the ones that didn`t know before):

  • -How to add realistic shadows;
  • -How to make the 3D feeling of objects (in this case cup);
  • -How to make coffee cream
  • -How to draw easy a cup

21. How to Create a Golden, Vector Compass in Illustrator

In this tutorial I will take you through the steps and techniques of creating a golden compass. For this tutorial I’ve used just Adobe Illustrator and a heavy dose of ingenuity. Let’s get stared!

22. Create a Yummy Ice Cream Icon with Mesh Objects and Blends by Simona Pfreundner

In this tutorial, we’ll explain how to create a fun icon made up of mesh object and blends. This is a fairly easy tutorial, although you should be familiar with the mesh tool. Let’s get started!

23. StumbleUpon in Box Icon Design Tutorial – Designing a New Icon In Illustrator

here is a tutorial explaining how they were made in Adobe Illustrator. We’ll try to cover the basics and give you an idea how things are rendered, how they appear in smaller sizes and the constraints we can find when using Vector (Illustrator) instead of Pixel (Photoshop) based image software.

24. Create An Aperture Style Camera Lens Icon by Bill Labus

Previously I showed you how to illustrate a construction helmet icon. Today we’ll be drawing a traffic cone, another handy icon for “under construction” elements. Our cone icon is inspired by one I saw on the VLC Player site recently.

In this tutorial, we’ll create a detailed camera lens similar to the one used as the logo for Apple’s Aperture photo-editing software. A camera lens is good for a software icon, logo, or just as a graphic for use in any design. Although, the image appears detailed, the process of creating it involves little more than simply layering objects with different fills and gradients to give a three-dimensional illusion.

25. How to Create a Magic Wand Icon

In this Illustrator tutorial, I will show you how to create a magic wand icon. This tutorial will utilize gradient feathering and some simple shapes. These techniques are easily translated to other icons, illustrations, and logos.


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