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Andrei Marius On March - 24 - 2011

Hi there. Here is another simple tutorial on how to create a band-aid icon. You start with a simple rectangle and some warp effects. After you expand this shape you will use a linear gradient, a nice pattern and a strokes. Finally, using basic tools and some simple effects you will create the smaller components.

Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Number of Steps: 14


This is what you’ll be creating:

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Step 01

Create a 250 by 250px, RGB document. First, turn on the Grid (View > Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Next, you’ll need a grid every 5px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid, enter 5 in the Gridline every box and 1 in the Subdivisions box. You can also open the Info panel (Window > Info) for a live preview with the size and position of your shapes. Do not forget to replace the unit of measurement to pixels from Edit > Preferences > Unit > General. Al these options will significantly increase your work speed.

Step 02

Pick the Rectangle Tool(M) and create a 215 by 85px shape. Fill it with any color the go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 3px radius, click OK then go to Effect > Warp > Arc Lower. Enter the data shown below, click OK then go to Effect > Warp > Arc Upper. Enter the data shown below, click OK then go to Object > Expand Appearance.

Step 03

Pick the Rectangle Tool(M), create a 125 by 85px shape and place it as shown in the following image. Fill it with any color and go to Effect > Warp > Bulge. Enter the data shown below, click OK then go to Object > Expand Appearance.

Step 04

Select the two shapes created so far and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown below. Go to Library > Pattern > Basic Graphics > Basic Graphics_Textures. This will open a window with a group of nice patterns. With the shapes still selected open the fly-out menu of the Appearance panel and click on Add New Fill. This will add a second fill for the selected shape. Select it from the Appearance panel, lower its opacity to 10%, change the blending mode to Multiply and use the USGS 19 Land Inundation pattern. Finally, add a thin stroke. Make it 0.25pt wide, set the color at R=96 G=57 B=19 and align it to outside.

Step 05

For the following step you will need a grid every 2px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 2 in the Gridline every box. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L), create a 2 by 2px shape and fill it with R=96 G=57 B=19. Make six copies of this circle and place them as shown in the following image (the Snap to Grid will ease your work). Select all seven circles and go to Effect > Distort&Transform > Transform. Enter 12 in the copies box and drag the Move-Horizontal slider to 16px then click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance.

Step 06

Reselect the Ellipse Tool(L). Create three new circles and place them as shown in the following image then select all circles and go to Object > Compound Path > Make.

Step 07

Select the two shapes created so far. Click on the border of the brown shape (it should get emphasized) then click on the Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align Center buttons from the Align panel.

Step 08

Select only the compound path and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown below then click OK.

Step 09

First, disable the Snap to Grid then reselect the compound path and go to Object > Envelope Distort > Make with Mesh. Enter 4 in the Rows and Columns boxes then click OK. Now your shape should look like in the following image. Pick the Direct Selection Tool(A), select the anchor points highlighted with red and move them a few pixels up then select the anchor points highlighted with green and move them a few pixels down. In the end your shape should look like in the second image.

Step 10

Enable the Snap to Grid. For the following step you will need a grid every 5px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 5 in the Gridline every box. Pick the Rectangle Tool(M), create a 105 by 65px shape and place it as shown in the following image. Fill it with any color then go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 5px radius, click OK then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown in the second image, change its blending mode to Darken and lower the opacity to 70%. The yellow text from the gradient image stands for opacity.

Step 11

Select the shape made in the previous step and make two copies (Control+C > Control+F > Cotnrol+F). Disable the snap to Grid then select the top copy and hit the up arrow three times (to move it 3px up). Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=190 G=126 B=63, raise its opacity to 100%, change the blending mode to Normal then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 3px radius then click OK.

Step 12

Reselect the shape made in the ninth step and make two new copies. Select the top copy and this time hit the down arrow three times. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=243 G=206 B=164, raise its opacity to 100%, change the blending mode to Normal then go to effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 2px radius then click OK.

Step 13

Duplicate the shape made in the previous step (Control+C > Control+F). Fill this copy with linear gradient shown below. Select it along with the original shape and go to the Transparency panel. Open the fly-out menu and click on Make Opacity Mask. Select the resulting, masked shape and lower its opacity to 80%.

Step 14

Select all the shapes created so far and group them (Control + G). Select this group and go to Object > Transform > Rotate. Enter a 45 degrees angle, click OK then go again to Object > Transform > Rotate. This time enter a 90 degrees angle and click on the Copy button. Select both groups then hit Control + G to create a single group. Select it and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown below, click OK and you’re done.

Final

Now your work is done. Here is how it should look like.

Categories: Icons

11 Responses

  1. rajasegar says:

    Great Tutorial and techniques well explained.
    Thanks for sharing…
    Bookmarked!!

  2. Adrian says:

    Veru good tip, i see it si very clear and clear. good

  3. Citylove says:

    WOOW, it’s an awesome tutorial ! I actually think I could do something like that but the best thing, is I understood !

  4. jessica davis says:

    I hate this stuff.

  5. sarah says:

    cool!awesome!nice!

  6. peebon says:

    So I see where you rounded the end; how exactly did you round the sides of the bandaid?

  7. kekchi says:

    What an excellent tutorial!! This is so cool. The best part of it: IT”S A VECTOR artwork. Thank you for sharing. Great work!!

  8. ducsu says:

    Thanks. Image 13 and 14 are reversed btw.

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