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Andrei Marius On February - 3 - 2011

Hi there. In the following tutorial I will show you how to create a Google Buzz icon in twelve simple steps. It’s a pretty short tutorial and if you are a regular Illustrator user it shouldn’t take you more that 30 minutes to follow it. Give it a try then let me know what you think.

Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate
Estimated Completion Time: 30 minutes
Number of Steps: 12


This is what you’ll be creating:

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Step 01

Create a 256px by 256px 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

Now, let’s create the first shape. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a 230px by 190px shape. For now, fill it with red and lower its opacity so that I can distinguish the grid easier.

Step 03

Pick the Pen Tool(P) and draw a 220px, vertical path. Continue with the same tool, create two horizontal paths and place them as shown in the following image. The left one should be 105px long while the right one should be 115 long. Add the same black stroke for these two paths. Now, select all three paths and hit Ctrl+G to group them. Take a closer look at the grid to understand the exact position for each of these paths.

Step 04

Open the Align panel (Window > Align). Select the group and the shape made in the previous steps and pick the Selection Tool(V). Click on the border of the circle (it should get emphasized) then click on the Horizontal Align Center and the Vertical Align Center buttons from the Align panel. Now, your shapes should be place as shown in the second image. Select only the group and go to Effect > Distort&Transform > Rotate. Enter a -45 degrees angle and click OK. Disable the Snap to Grid then go to Edit > Preferences > General and enter 9 in the Keyboard Increment box. Reselect the group, hit the up arrow once (to move it 9px up) then make it invisible (for the moment).

Step 05

Turn on the Snap to Grid. Reselect the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a new shape. Make it 140px wide and 110 tall. Next, pick the Rectangle Tool(M) and draw a shape like the grey one shown in the second image. It should cover the top, left quarter of the fresh circle. Now, select both shapes and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel.

Step 06

Let’s focus on the shape made in the previous step. Pick the Direct Selection Tool(A). First, select the top anchor point and move it 5px down then select the bottom, right anchor point and move it 20px to the left. Now, your shape should look as shown in the second image. Select it and go to Effect > Warp > Arc Lower. Enter the data shown below, click OK then go to Effect > Warp > Arch. Again, enter the data shown below, click OK then go to Object > Expand Appearance.

Step 07

Select the shape, made in the previous step and place it as shown in the following image. Now, you’ll need the Round Any Corner script to add a discrete roundness effect for some of these anchor points. Save it to your hard drive then pick the Direct Selection Tool(A). Select the anchor point highlighted in the first image and go to File > Scripts > Other Script. Open the Round Any Corner Script, enter a 5px Radius and click OK. Select the resulting shape along with the large circle and click on the Untie button from the Pathfinder panel. Reselect the Direct Selection Tool(A), select the anchor point highlighted in the third image (while holding Shift) then go to File > Scripts > Other Script. Again, open the Round Any Corner Script, enter a 2px Radius and click OK. The resulting shape should look like in image #4.

Step 08

Turn the group of paths back to visible. Select it along with the shape made in the previous step and click on the Divide button from the Pathfinder panel. You should get as group of four new shapes. Fill them with the colors shown below the second image.

Step 09

Select the green shape, open the fly-out menu of the Appearance panel and click on Add New Fill. This should add a second fill for the green shape. Select it and use the linear gradient shown below image #1. Take a closer look at the gradient, the yellow text stands for Opacity. Select the yellow shape, add a new fill and use the gradient shown below the second image. Select the blue shape, add two new fills and use the linear gradients shown below images #3 and #4. Finally, select the red shape, add a second fill and use the linear gradient shown below the last image.

Step 10

Go to Edit > Preference > General and enter 1 in the Keyboard Increment box. Select the red shape. First, hit Ctrl+C then hit Ctrl+F twice. This will create two copies of the selected shape. Select the top copy and hit the down arrow and the left arrow (to move it 1px down and to the left). Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, remove the second fill (from the Appearance panel) then fill it with the linear gradient shown in the second image. Select the blue shape and make two copies. Again, select the top copy and move it 1px up and to the left. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, remove the two extra fills then fill it with the linear gradient shown in the third image. Select the green shape and make two copies. Select the top copy and move it 1px down and to the left. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder. Once again, select the resulting shape, remove the second fill then fill it with the linear gradient shown in the sixth image.

Step 11

Select the three shapes made in the previous step and group them (Ctr+G). Select the group, move it in the top of the Layers panel then lower its opacity to 80%.

Step 12

Duplicate the the large shapes then select the copies and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Move the resulting shape in the top of the Layers panel. Fill it with none and add a 5px, black, aligned to inside stroke. Select it from the Appearance panel, lower its opacity to 3%, change its blending mode to Multiply and you’re done.

Final

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

Categories: Icons

4 Responses

  1. Nice little tutorial, thank you.

  2. drawtilldie says:

    Love this! Thanks for sharing!

  3. ana troncoso says:

    thanks!! my first illustrator tutorial, i am so happy XD

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