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Andrei Marius On November - 4 - 2010

Hi there. In this week’s tutorial I will walk you through creating your own shield icon. You’ll be using the Rectangle Tool, the Ellipse Tool, the Direct Selection Tool and the Convert Anchor Point Tool along with some Pathfinder, Offset Path and other simple effects. I will also show you how to work with scripts.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Number of Steps: 18


This is what you’ll be creating:

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Step 01

Create a 256 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 > Genereal. Al these options will significantly increase your work speed.

Step 02

Pick the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a 190x355px shape. Switch to the Rectangle Tool(M) and create a shape like the one shown in the second image. Select both shapes and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel.

Step 03

Now, your shape should look like in image #1. Grab the Convert Anchor Point Tool (Shift + C) and click on the bottom anchor point (hightlighted with red). The resulting shape should look like in the second image. Continue with the Add Anchor Point Tool(+) and add a new anchor point as shown in the third image. Use the Direct Selection Tool(A) to select this fresh anchor point and move it 15px up. Reselect the Convert Anchor Point (Shift + C), click on this anchor point and drag to the left. Move the Handles as shown in the final image.

Step 04

For this new step yu’ll need the Round Any Corner Script. Save it to your hard drive then pick the Direct Selection Tool(A). Select the top, left&right anchor points (highlighted) and go to File > Scripts > Other Script. Open the Round Any Corner Script, enter a 5px Radius and click OK. Select the bottom anchor point, open again the Round Any Corner Script and enter a 3px Radius. Now, your shape should look like in image #4.

Step 05

Select your shape and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -15px Offset and click OK. Duplicate the resulting shape (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F). Select this copy along with the original, large shape and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Now, you should have two shapes in the Layers panel. Name them “1″ and “2″. In the final image I resized them a little so that you can distinguish them from each other.

Step 06

Disable the Grid and the Snap to Grid and focus on shape “1″. First, fill it with the linear gradient then add the discrete Inner Glow effect.

Step 07

Go to Edit > Preferences > General and enter 0,85 in the Keyboard Increment box. Make two copies of “1″ then select the top copy and hit the up arrow. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button. You’ll get two thin shapes. Remove the top shape (pointed by the arrow) then select the bottom shape and fill it with the linear gradient shown below.

Step 08

Again, go to Edit > Preferences > General and enter 0,5 in the Keyboard Increment box. Make another two copies of “1″ then select the top copy and hit the down arrow. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button. Once again, you’ll get two thin shapes. Fill them with the linear gradients shown below.

Step 09

Select these three, thin shapes and group them (Ctrl + G). Move this group in the top of the Layers panel and lower its opacity to 60%.

Step 10

Reenable the Grid and the Snap to Grid. For the next step you’ll need a grid every 1px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter “1″ in the “Gridline every :” box. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a 5 by 5px shape then grab the Rectangle Tool(M) and create a shape like the one shown in the first image. Duplicate the circle. Select this copy along with the rectangle and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Duplicate the resulting shape. Select this copy along with the original ellipse and click on the Minus Front button. Now, you should have three shape. Again, in the third image, I moved them a little so that you can distinguish them from each other. Fill these shapes with the linear gradients shown below then disable the Snap to Gird. Reselect the Ellipse Tool(L), create a perfect circle (like the one shown in the final image) and Send it to Back (Shift + Ctrl + [). Fill it with R=29 G=29 B=29, lower its opacity to 50% and add a 3px Gaussian Blur (Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur).

Step 11

Select all the shapes made in the previous step and group them (Ctrl + G). Make five copies of this group and place them as shown in the following image.

Step 12

Make a copy of "1". Pick the Pen Tool(P) and create a shape like the red one shown in the first image. Select it along with the copy of "1" and click on the Intesect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shapes with white and lower their opacity to 10%.

Step 13

Let's move to shape "2". First, make a copy of this shape. Name it "2b", fill it with none and move it in the bottom of the Layers panel. You'll need it later. Now, pick the Pen Tool(P) and create a horizontal and a vertical path as shown in the image below. Select these new paths along with shape "2" and click on the Divide button from the Pathfinder panel. You'll get a group of four shapes. Fill them with the colors shown below.

Step 14

Go to Edit > Preferences > General and enter 1,5 in the Keyboard Increment box. Make two copies of the top, left shape. Select the top copy and hit the left arrow and the up arrow. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button. Fill the resulting shape with white and lower its opacity to 10%. Make two copies of the bottom, right shape. Select the top copy and hit the right arrow and the down arrow. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button. Fill the resulting shape with white and lower its opacity to 10%. Make two copies of the bottom, left shape. Select the top copy and hit the left arrow and the down arrow. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button. Fill the resulting shape with black and lower its opacity to 15%. Make two copies of the top, right shape. Select the top copy and hit the right arrow and the up arrow. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button. Fill the resulting shape with black and lower its opacity to 15%.

Step 15

Make a copy of "2b" and Bring it to Front (Shift + Ctrl + ]). Fill it with black, lower its opacity to 10%, change the blending mode to Multiply then go to Effect > Distort > Diffuse Glow. Enter the data shown below and click OK.

Step 16

Make a second copy of “2b” and Bring it to Front (Shift + Ctrl + ]). Fill it with the radial gradient shown below then change its blending mode to Overlay. Take a closer look at the gradient. The yellow text stands for Opacity and the white text stands for Location.

Step 17

Make another copy of “2b” and Bring it to Front (Shift + Ctrl + ]). Fill it with white, add the Inner Glow effect then go to Object > Expand Appearance. You’ll get a group with tho shapes. Keep only the masked shape and lower its opacity to 15%.

Step 18

Select the original “2b” shape and Bring it to Front (Shift + Ctrl + ]). Fill it with none and add a 0,5px, aligned to inside stroke then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Fill the resulting path with the linear gradient shown below.

Step 19

Duplicate all the shapes created so far. Select these copies and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Send the resulting shape to back (Shift + Ctrl + [) then move it a few pixels down and to the right. Fill it with black, lower its opacity to 20% then add a 17px Gaussian Blur effect and you’re done.

Final

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

Categories: Icons

5 Responses

  1. techwench says:

    great article on creation awesome
    thanks!!!!!!!

  2. welly says:

    Awesome! Thanks!

  3. This is a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

  4. DAVE Norris says:

    Wow thanks for the detailed help

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