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Andrei Marius On April - 21 - 2011

Hi there. In this week’s tutorial I will show you how to create a nice wallet icon. Give it and you will learn how to use built in patterns to create a nice textile texture or how to create a sewed effect using dashed stroke along with some basic Illustrator tools and techniques.

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 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 210 by 155px shape. For the moment fill it with any color. Next, you will need the Round Any Corner Script. Save it to your hard drive then pick the Direct Selection Tool(A). Select the top anchor points (highlighted in the first image) and go to File > Scripts > Other Script. Open the Round Any Corner Script, enter a 20px Radius and click OK. Continue with the Direct Selection Tool(A). This time select the bottom anchor points. Again, go to File > Scripts > Other Script. Open the Round Any Corner Script, enter a 5px Radius and click OK.

Step 03

Let’s add some color for the shape made in the previous step. First, fill it with the linear gradient shown in the following image. Don’t forget to select the little diamond icon placed on the gradient slider and set it’s location at 15%. Select the fill from the Appearance panel and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the data shown below, click OK then reselect the entire path. This time go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown in the following image then click OK. Now, your shape should look like in the image below.

Step 04

For the following step you will need a grid every 1px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides&Grids and enter 1 in the Gridline Every box. Reselect the Rectangle Tool(M), create a 198 by 149px shape and fill it with any color. Pick the Direct Selection Tool(A) and focus on this new shape. Select the top anchor points and go to File > Scripts > Other Script. Open the Round Any Corner Script, enter a 14px Radius and click OK. Select the resulting shape along with the one made in the previous step then open the Align panel (Window > Align) and pick the Selection Tool(V). Click on the border of the larger shape (it should get emphasized) then click on the Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align Bottom buttons. Now, your shape should be placed as shown in the third image. Fill it with the linear gradient shown below.

Step 05

Keep focusing on the shape made in the previous step. Select it, open the fly-out menu of the Appearance panel and click on Add New Fill. This will add a second fill for your shape. Now, you need a nice pattern for this new fill. Open the fly-out menu of the Swatches panel and go to Open Swatch Library > Pattern > Decorative > Decorative_Classic. Select the second fill from the Appearance panel. Lower its opacity to 10%, change the blending mode to Multiply then click on the Plaid 2 pattern. Continue by adding a third fill. Make it black, lower its opacity to 3%, change the blending mode to Multiply then go to Effect > Artistic > Film Grain. Enter the data shown below then click OK. In the end your shape should look like in the image below.

Step 06

Grab the Rectangle Tool(M), create a 192 by 160px shape and fill it with any color. Select it along with the shape made in the previous step then pick the Selection Tool(V). Click on the border of the second shape (it should get emphasized) then click on the Horizontal Align Center button from the Appearance panel. Now, focus on the top area. Select the fresh shape and move it down as shown in the third image. Don’t worry, the Snap to Grid will ease your work.

Step 07

Reselect the shape made in the previous step and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter an 11px radius, click OK then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Fill the resulting shape with none and add a 0.25pt stroke. Set the stroke color at R=60 G=36 B=21 then open the Stroke panel (Window > Stroke). Click on the Round Cap button then check the Dashed Line box. Enter 1 in the dash box and 2 in the gap box. Now that you got your dashed effect go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown in the following image, click OK and you have a stitching effect.

Step 08

Selct the shape made in the previous step and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -3px Offset, click OK then select both dashed paths and group them (Control + G).

Step 09

Make a copy of the shape made in the fifth step (Control + C > Control + F) and Bring it in Front (Shift + Control + ]). Fill it with white then open the Transparency panel. Select it along with the group made in the previous step then open the fly-out menu of the Transparency panel and click on Make Opacity Mask.

Step 10

Using the Pen Tool(P) draw a 186px, horizontal path and place it as shown in the first image. Fill it with none and add the same stitching effect used a few steps ago. With this path selected go to Effect > Distort&Transform > Transform. Enter 1 in the copies box, drag the Move-Vertical slider at -3px then click OK.

Step 11

For this step you will need a grid every 5px. Go to Edit > Preference > Guide&Grids and enter 5 in the Gridline Every box. Now, pick the Rectangle Tool(M), create a 40 by 70px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Next, grad the Direct Selection Tool(A), select the top anchor points and go to File > Scripts > Other Script. Open the Round Any Corner Script, enter a 3px Radius and click OK. Continue with the bottom anchor points. Select then and go again to File > Scripts > Other Script. Open the Round Any Corner Script, enter a 15px Radius and click OK. In the end your shape should look like in the third image.

Step 12

Select the shape made in the previous step and fill it with the linear gradient shown in the first image then add the Drop Shadow effect shown in the second image. Pay attention at the Location percentages when you’re adding the gradient.

Step 13

From now on you will need a grid every 1px. Go to Edit > Preference > Guides&Grids and enter 1 in the Gridline Evey box. Grab the Rectangle Tool(M), create a 28 by 64px shape and fill it any color. Using the Direct Selection Tool(A) select the bottom anchor points and go to File > Scripts > Other Script. Open the Round Any Corner Script, enter a 9px Radius and click OK. Select the resulting shape along with the shape made in the previous step and grab the Selection Tool(V). Click on the border of the larger shape then go to the Align panel and click on the Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align Top buttons. Now, your shape should be placed as shown in the third image. Fill it with the linear gradient then add a second fill. Select it from the Appearance panel. Lower its opacity to 10%, change the blending mode to Multiply then use again the Plaid 2 pattern.

Step 14

Grab the Rectangle Tool(M), create a 36 by 73px and place it as shown in the first image. Pick the Direct Selection Tool(A), select the bottom anchor points and go to File > Scripts > Other Script. Open the Round Any Corner Script, enter a 13px Radius and click OK. Fill the resulting shape with none then add the stitching effect used in the previous steps.

Step 15

Select the path made in the previous step and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -2px Offset and click OK. Select these two, dashed paths and group them (Control + G). Duplicate the shape made in the eleventh step (Control + C > Control + F) and Bring it in Front (Shift + Control + ]). Select it along with the fresh group and go to the Transparency panel. Open the fly-out menu and click on Make Opacity Mask. In the end your group should look like in the fourth image.

Step 16

Pick the Ellipse Tool(L). Holding Shift create a 10 by 10px shape and place it as shown in the following image. Fill it with the radial gradient and add a 0.25pt, aligned to outside stroke (R=117 G=76 B=41). Reselect the entire path and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown bellow and click OK.

Step 17

Duplicate the two large components of the wallet (made in step #1 and #11). Select these copies and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with white and add a 0.5pt, aligned to outside stroke (R=96 G=57 B=19) then Send it to Back (Shift + Control + [). With this shape still selected go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown in the third image and click OK.

Step 18

Finally, let’s add some thin strokes for two of the existing shapes. Select the shape made in the fourth step and add a 0.3, aligned to outside stroke (R=96 G=57 B=19) then select the shape made in the eleventh step and add a 0.25, aligned to outside stroke (R=96 G=57 B=19) and you’re done.

Final

Now your work is done. Here is how it should look like. You can add nice stack of coins like I did in the second image. Here is how you can do it in eight simple steps.

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Categories: Icons

2 Responses

  1. Nana yaw says:

    Can you show some basics ie. How to use Pen tool , mesh tool,(i know you will refer people to well known sites out there,but something tells me you do it better than most out there). nope not for me but the 10,million using Ai around the world some beginners like myself and others.
    Any way nice tutorial and an eye opener as well.Am very grateful for this opportunity.

  2. you do a great job Andrei Marius,
    i really want you to keep up the good work..
    cheers
    :)

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