How to Create a Summer Themed Icon Pack

Welcome back to another Illustrator based tutorial, in which we’re going to take an in depth look at the process of creating a summer themed icon pack, using nothing more than a couple of basic shapes and tools that you probably already work with on a daily basis.

So, assuming you already have the software running in the background, bring it up and let’s get started!

Tutorial Details: Summer Themed Icon Pack

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6 – CC 2019
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Topics Covered: Compositional Construction, Shape Alignment, Grid Positioning
  • Estimated Completion Time: 60 Minutes

Final Image: Summer Themed Icon Pack

1.Set Up a New Document

As with any new project, we’re going to kick things off by creating a New Document by heading over to File > New (or by using the Control-N keyboard shortcut) which we will adjust as follows:

  • Number of Artboards: 6
  • Spacing: 32 px
  • Columns: 3
  • Width: 64 px
  • Height: 64 px
  • Units: Pixels

And from the Advanced tab:

  • Color Mode: RGB
  • Raster Effects: Screen (72 ppi)

2. Set Up the Layers

As soon as we’ve finished setting up our project file, we need to take a couple of moments and structure it by opening up the Layers panel and then creating a total of two layers, which we will rename as follows:

  • layer 1 > reference grids
  • layer 2 > icons

By doing so, we will separate our icons from the reference grids, which will allow us to streamline our workflow.

3. Create the Reference Grids

Once we’ve finished layering our document, we can move on to adding the basic reference grids, which will help protect our icons from being clipped by integrating a small protective padding.

Step 1

Grab the Rectangle Tool (M) and use it to create a 64 x 64 px square, which we will color using #F15A24 and then position to the center of the first Artboard using the Align pane’s Horizontal and Vertical Align Center options.

Step 2

Add the active drawing area using a smaller 56 x 56 px square (#FFFFFF), which will give our icons an all-around 4 px protective padding. Once you’re done, make sure you select and group the two shapes together using the Control-G keyboard shortcut.

Step 3

Fill in the remaining Artboards using five copies (Control-C) of the one reference grid that we’ve just finished working on, which we will paste in place using the Control-F keyboard shortcut. Take your time and once you’re done, make sure you lock the current layer before moving on to the next step.

4. Create the E-bike Icon

As soon as we’ve finished setting up our project file, we can position ourselves onto the second layer (that would be the top one), and then zoom in on the first Artboard, so that we can start working on the e-bike icon.

Step 1

Start by creating the main shape for the rear wheel using a 16 x 16 px circle, which we will color using #ffffff, and then position at a distance of 5 px from the active drawing area’s left edge, and 13 px from its bottom one.

Step 2

Give the shape an outline using the Stroke method, by creating a copy of it (Control-C), which we will paste in front (Control-F) and then adjust by flipping its Fill with its Stroke (Shift-X) making sure to change its color to #20204c, and its Weight to 2 px.

Step 3

Add the inner detail using an 8 x 8 px circle, which we will color using #ffd215 and then center align to the previously created shapes, making sure to select and group all three of them together afterwards using the Control-G keyboard shortcut.

Step 4

Create the front wheel using a copy (Control-C > Control-F) of the one that we’ve just finished working on, which we will position onto the opposite side of the active drawing area, making sure to maintain the same 4 px gap.

Step 5

Add the main shape for the frame using a 22 x 12 px rectangle with a 2 px thick Stroke, which we will color using #20204c and then align to the rear wheel’s center.

Step 6

Adjust the shape that we’ve just created by individually selecting and adjusting the position of the top-left and bottom-right anchor points using the Direct Selection Tool (A), following the reference image as your main guide. Take your time, and once you’re done, move on to the next step.

Step 7

Grab the Pen Tool (P) and quickly draw the bike’s fork and handlebar ensemble using a 2 px thick Stroke (#20204c) with a Round Cap and Join, following the reference image as your main guide.

Step 8

Add the section connecting the fork to the frame using a 2 x 4 px rectangle, which we will color using #20204c and then adjust by selecting its top anchor points using the Direct Selection Tool (A) and then pushing them to the left side by a distance of 2 px using the directional arrow keys. Once you’re done, position the resulting shape onto the left side of the fork so that their paths overlap.

Step 9

Give the shape that we’ve just created an outline using the Stroke method, by creating a copy of it (Control-C), which we will paste in front (Control-F) and then adjust by flipping its Fill with its Stroke (Shift-X) making sure to set its Weight to 2 px, and its Corner to Round Join from within the Stroke panel.

Step 10

Create the seat using a 12 x 4 px rectangle (#20204c), which we will adjust by selecting its top-right anchor point using the Direct Selection Tool (A) and then pushing it down by a distance of 2 px. Give the resulting shape a 2 px thick outline (#20204c) with a Round Join, making sure to group (Control-G) and then position them onto the frame’s upper edge.

Step 11

Add the battery using an 8 x 2 px rectangle (#20204c) with a 2 px thick outline (#20204c) with a Round Join, to the bottom edge of which we will add the straps using two 2 x 2 px circles (#20204c) positioning them as seen in the reference image. Once you’re done, make sure you select and group (Control-G) all of the current section’s composing shapes before moving on to the next step.

Step 12

Create the crank disk using a 6 x 6 px circle, which we will color using #20204c and then position to the center of the frame’s bottom-right anchor point. Once you’re done, select and group all of the bike’s composing shapes together using the Control-G keyboard shortcut.

Step 13

Finish off the icon by adding the foreground lines using two 2 px thick Strokes (#20204c) with a Round Cap, which we will position so that they overlap the wheels’ paths as seen in the reference image. Take your time, and once you’re done, make sure you select and group (Control-G) all of the icon’s composing shapes before moving on to the next one.

5. Create the Instant Camera Icon

As soon as we’ve finished working on the first icon, we can position ourselves onto the upcoming Artboard, where we will create the little instant camera.

Step 1

Start by creating the main shape for the device’s lower body using a 36 x 16 px rectangle (#ffffff) with a 2 px thick outline (#20204c) with a Round Join, which we will group (Control-G) and then position at a distance of 4 px from the active drawing area’s left edge and 12 px from its bottom one.

Step 2

Add the upper body using a 36 x 8 px rectangle (#20204c) with a 2 px thick outline (#20204c), which we will position above the previous shape, so that their paths overlap.

Step 3

Add the viewfinder using a 6 x 4 px rounded rectangle with a 1 px Corner Radius, which we will position as seen in the reference image.

Step 4

Create the lens using a 16 x 16 px circle (#ffffff) with a 2 px thick outline (#20204c), to the center of which we will add a smaller 10 x 10 px circle (#20204c), which we will group (Control-G) and then position onto the right side of the camera.

Step 5

Add the grip using six 2 x 2 px circles, which we will color using #20204c and then position onto the camera’s lower-left corner as seen in the reference image. Take your time, and once you’re done, make sure you select and group (Control-G) all of them together before moving on to the next step.

Step 6

Create the little strap hook using a 4 x 4 px square with a 2 px thick Stroke (#20204c), which we will adjust by opening up the Transform panel and then setting the Radius of its left corners to 2 px. Take your time, and once you’re done position the resulting shape onto the camera’s left edge.

Step 7

Add the flash using a 6 x 6 px square with a 2 px thick Stroke (#20204c), to the upper half of which we will add a 6 x 3 px rectangle (#20204c), grouping and then positioning the two as seen in the reference image. Since we’re pretty much done working on the camera itself, we can select and group (Control-G) all of its composing shapes before moving on to the next step.

Step 8

Create the main shape for the instant photo using a 14 x 20 px rectangle (#ffffff) with a 2 px thick outline (#20204c) with a Round Join, which we will group (Control-G) and then position onto the camera’s right edge.

Step 9

Finish off the current icon, by adding the inner detail using a 9 x 14 px rectangle (#ffd215), which we will center align to the larger photo’s left edge, on top of which we will then add the hard shadow using a 3 x 20 px rectangle (#20204c). Take your time, and once you’re done, make sure you select and group (Control-G) all of the photo’s composing shapes, doing the same for the entire icon afterwards.

6. Create the Glasses Icon

Position yourself onto the neighbouring Artboard, and then zoom in on the reference grid so that we can start working on the third icon.

Step 1

Start by creating the main shape for the neck strap using two 4 x 20 px rectangle with a 2 px thick Stroke (#20204c) with a Round Join, which we will adjust by setting the Radius of its bottom corners to 2 px, making sure to position the resulting shape as seen in the reference image.

Step 2

Add the left lens using a 20 x 16 px rectangle (#ffffff) which we will adjust by setting the Radius of its left and bottom-right corners to 8 px, making sure to give the resulting shape a 2 px thick outline (#20204c). Once you’re done, group (Control-G) and then position the two onto the smaller strap segment.

Step 3

Grab the Pen Tool (P) and quickly draw the reflection detail lines using two diagonal 2 px thick Strokes (#ffd215), which we will group (Control-G) and then position to the center of the larger underlying lens.

Step 4

Create the little anchor strap using a 4 x 2 px rectangle (#20204c) which we will adjust by setting the Radius of its left corners to 1 px from within the Transform panel’s Rectangle Properties. Give the resulting shape a 2 px thick outline (#20204c), grouping (Control-G) and then positioning the two onto the lens’ left side as seen in the reference image.

Step 5

Add the glasses’ right side, by creating a copy (Control-C > Control-F) of the one that we’ve just finished working on, which we will vertically reflect (right click > Transform > Reflect > Vertical), and then position onto the opposite side of the active drawing area. Once you have the shapes in place, make sure you vertically reflect the detail lines one more time in order to get them right.

Step 6

Create the nose bridge using a 6 x 6 px circle with a 2 px thick Stroke (#20204c), which we will adjust by removing its bottom half by first selecting its lower anchor point using the Direct Selection Tool (A), and then immediately removing it by pressing Delete. Take your time and once you’re done, position the resulting path as seen in the reference image.

Step 7

Add the upper bridge using a 6 px wide 2 px thick Stroke line (#20204c), which we will position in between the lenses’ upper edges.

Step 8

Finish off the icon, by adding the third connecting bridge segment using a 20 px wide 2 px thick Stroke line (#20204c) with a Round Cap, which we will position as seen in the reference image. As always, once you have the shape in place, don’t forget to select and group (Control-G) all of the icon’s composing shapes before moving on to the next one.

7. Create the Phone Icon

Since we’ve finished working on the first row of icons, we can move on down to the second one where we will zoom in on the fourth Artboard’s active drawing area in order to create the little phone icon.

Step 1

Start by creating the device’s main body using a 14 x 24 px rounded rectangle (#ffffff) with a 2 px Corner Radius and a 2 px thick outline (#20204c), which we will position onto the active drawing area’s left edge.

Step 2

Add the notch, using an 8 x 3 px rectangle (#20204c), which we will adjust by setting the Radius of its bottom corners to 2 px, aligning the resulting shape to the center of the larger body’s top edge. Take your time, and once you’re done, make sure you select and group all three shapes together using the Control-G keyboard shortcut.

Step 3

Quickly add the little UI using two 4 x 4 px squares (#ffd215), each one stacked on top of an 8 x 1 px rectangle (#ffd215), which we will position as seen in the reference image. Once you’re done, make sure you select and group (Control-G) all of them together, doing the same for the entire device afterwards.

Step 4

Start working on the cable by creating the spiral section using a 12 x 12 px circle with a 2 px thick Stroke (#20204c), which we will position onto the right side of the phone, at a distance of 4 px.

Step 5

Grab the Pen Tool (P), and draw the cable’s left segment using a 2 px thick Stroke (#20204c) following the reference image as your main guide.

Step 6

Adjust the roundness of the created segment, by selecting its bottom anchor points using the Direct Selection Tool (A), and then setting the Radius of their corners to 5 px using the Live Corners input box.

Step 7

Add the right cable segment using the exact same process, making sure to follow the reference image in order to get the length values right. Take your time, and once you’re done, move on to the next step.

Step 8

Quickly draw the right earphone’s cable segment, using a 2 px thick Stroke line (#20204c), following the reference image as your main guide.

Step 9

Adjust the curvature of the resulting path, by setting the Radius of its left corner to 4 px and that of its right one to 2 px.

Step 10

Finish off the current icon, by adding the earpieces using two 4 x 4 px circles (#20204c) with a 2 px thick outline (#20204c), which we will individually group (Control-G), and then position onto the two cable end segments so that their anchors overlap. As always, once you’re done, don’t forget to select and group (Control-G) all of the cable’s composing shapes, doing the same for the entire icon afterwards.

8. Create the Beverages Icon

Assuming you’ve finished working on the previous icon, position yourself onto the neighbouring Artboard, and then zoom in on its reference grid so that we can create the next one.

Step 1

Start by creating the main shape for the tray using a 54 x 4 px rectangle (#ffffff), which we will adjust by individually selecting its bottom anchor points using the Direct Selection Tool (A), and then pushing them to the inside by a distance of 2 px using the directional arrow keys. Give the resulting shape a 2 px thick outline (#20204c) with a Round Join, grouping (Control-G) and then positioning the two as seen in the reference image.

Step 2

Add the main shapes for the left glass’s lower body using a 10 x 20 px rectangle (#20204c) with a 2 px thick outline (#20204c) with a Round Join, which we will group (Control-G) and then position onto the tray’s upper path, at a distance of 12 px from the active drawing area’s left edge.

Step 3

Create the glass’s upper body using a 10 x 6 px rectangle (#ffffff) with a 2 px thick outline (#20204c), grouping (Control-G) and then positioning the two on top of the previous shapes so that their paths overlap.

Step 4

Add the little bubbles using three 2 x 2 px circles (#ffffff), which we will position as seen in the reference image. Take your time, and once you’re done, make sure you select and group (Control-G) all of the glass’s composing shapes together before moving on to the next step.

Step 5

Create the main shape for the lower section of the smaller glass using a 16 x 12 px rectangle (#ffffff), which we will adjust by individually selecting and pushing its bottom anchor points to the inside by a distance of 2 px. Give the resulting shape a 2 px thick outline (#20204c) with a Round Join, and then position the two onto the right side of the taller glass.

Step 6

Add the glass’s filled section using a 16 x 9 px rectangle (#20204c), which we will center align to its bottom edge, and then mask using a copy (Control-C) of the underlying fill shape, which we will paste in front (Control-F), and then with both of them selected simply right click > Make Clipping Mask.

Step 7

Create the glass’s upper body using a 16 x 4 px rectangle (#ffffff) with a 2 px thick outline (#20204c) with a Round Join, which we will group (Control-G) and then position on top of the larger body so that their paths fully overlap.

Step 8

Grab the Pen Tool (P) and quickly draw the straw using a 2 px thick Stroke with a Round Cap and Join, following the reference image as your main guide. Take your time, and once you’re done, move on to the next step.

Step 9

Finish off the icon by adding the little lemon slice using a 16 x 16 px circle (#ffd215), which we will adjust by removing its bottom half by first selecting its lower anchor point using the Direct Selection Tool (A), and then immediately removing it by pressing Delete. Position the resulting shape as seen in the reference image, making sure to select and group (Control-G) all of the glass’s composing shapes, doing the same for the entire icon afterwards.

10. Create the Luggage Bag Icon

We are now down to our sixth and last icon, so position yourself onto the remaining Artboard and let’s wrap things up!

Step 1

Start by creating the main shapes for the luggage bag using a 40 x 24 px rectangle (#ffffff) with a 2 px thick outline (#20204c) with a Round Join, which we will center align to the active drawing area, positioning them at a distance of 12 px from its bottom one.

Step 2

Add the rounded corners using four 10 x 10 px circles which we will color using #20204c and then position onto the center of the larger body’s anchor points, making sure to select and group all four of them together afterwards using the Control-G keyboard shortcut.

Step 3

Mask the shapes that we’ve just created using a copy (Control-C) of the larger underlying fill shape, which we will paste in front (Control-F) and then with the copy and circles selected, simply right click > Make Clipping Mask.

Step 4

Add the colored stickers using a 12 x 12 px circle (#ffd215) for the larger one, followed by an 8 x 8 px one (#ffd215) for the smaller one, positioning the two as seen in the reference image.

Step 5

Create the straps using two 4 x 24 px rectangles (#20204c) with a 2 px thick outline (#20204c) with a Round Join, individually grouping (Control-G) and then positioning them onto the sides of the luggage’s main body.

Step 6

Add the bag’s handle using a 12 x 6 px rectangle with a 2 px thick Stroke (#20204c) with a Round Join, which we will position to the center of the larger body’s top edge, so that their paths overlap.

Step 7

Create the clamps using two 4 x 2 px rectangles (#20204c) with a 2 px thick outline (#20204c) with a Round Join, which we will individually group (Control-G) and then position onto the handle’s sides as seen in the reference image. Once you’re done, make sure you select and group all of the bag’s composing shapes using the Control-G keyboard shortcut.

Step 8

Finish off the icon, and with it the project itself by adding the foreground line using a 54 px wide 2 px thick Stroke line with a Round Cap, which we will center align to the bag’s bottom path. As always, once you’re done, don’t forget to select and group (Control-G) all of the icon’s composing shapes, before finally hitting that save button.

Great Job!

As always, I really hope you had fun working on the project, and if you have any questions feel free to post them within the comments section and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

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