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A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating Cute, Minimalist Animal Icons On Illustrator
By Aqila Xiao Qi, 22 Sep 2015
With icons fast becoming the visual symbols of our future, designers have begun filling the corners of the internet with a colorful variety of mini artworks ranging in theme, style and function.
To help new artists get started, the team at Designmodo have crafted a step-by-step guide to creating adorable, flat-design animal icons on Illustrator, accompanied by detailed descriptions that will give beginners a clear understanding of the creative process.
Check out some excerpts from the tutorial below and find the full article here.
“Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create 135 x 135 pixel circle (click with ellipse tool on artboard and fill in the numbers). Stroke size 2px and color #e5d0ae.”
“The process of making these kind of icons is easy, but as you all probably know the hardest part is creating an IDEA. For me, it’s all about minimalism. So if you want to make a good icon, illustration or whatever, first you need to have idea and a quick sketch.”
“Select the rounded line and hold Shift while you move the mouse down until line is 45°. Use Ctrl+C and Ctrl+B to duplicate the line and again hold Shift key and move mouse to the left side to make a cross. Use Ctrl + G to group both lines.”
“Select the cross and circle together and click on circle second time to make it active. The line will be thicker than the crosses.”
“With both selected, use the Align Panel to select 6 px and click on Vertical Distribute Space – this will put our cross exactly 6 px from circle.”
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