How to create Office Icons in Adobe Illustrator


In this lesson we are going to create pretty office icons with a really simple method using shapes and basic tools from Adobe Illustrator, shall we start? Let’s go!

Creating basic shapes

Let’s start by creating a new document in Adobe Illustrator following the next parameters:


The first thing we are going to create is the line art, which we will color later.

Let’s start with the cup by creating two rectangles (with a 4 pt stroke width) with the Rectangle tool (M). The first rectangle will be 48x51px and the other one will be 48x48 px, this will be the body of the cup.

Now for the handle, draw 3 rectangles creating a C shape and unite them with the Shape Builder Tool (Shift+M).

Finally with the Pen Tool (P) create a discontinued stroke to decorate and for the steam that comes out of the cup draw an ellipse from which we will delete one of the anchor points. Using the Pen tool again, add two lines connected to the half ellipse, select everything and round the caps. We duplicate three times and we are done!


Let’s move on to the cup with the pencils.

Create a rectangle 43x60px and another that’s 50x7px for the cup. For the pencil draw a 70x7px rectangle and a smaller one for the eraser (round the upper vertex). We create another pencil with point and the ruler by using a rectangle that’s 100x15px. We add two stripes with the Pen tool (P) and we duplicate until we fill the entire ruler. We rotate all this objects and arrange them behind the cup so it looks like if they were inside.


Let’s draw the folder which has a very simple shape but you have to take care with the fold.

Create a rectangle that’s 14x67px and round the lower vertex with the Direct Selection Tool (A). Copy and paste in front (CTRL+C & CRTL+F). We create another rectangle (83x50px) and align to the left. Select both rectangles and erase the left side with the Shape Builder Tool (Shift+M). We round the lower right anchor point.


Continuing with the folder. Create a new rectangle that will be  the lower face of the folder. Unite it with the folder spine using the Pathfinder and we send it back. Add a little roundness to the upper vertex and with the Pen tool  we add two anchor points to create the cover. To finish, with the Pen Tool we create to strokes, one for the cover and the other for the spine.


Now let’s draw some technology, let’s begin with the computer.

We create  a rectangle that’s 75x50px and round the corners. We trace a line with the Line tool (\) ¼ away from the lower part and add the shape with the Shape Builder Tool (shift+M). Next, create the base with a rectangle that’s 18x20px and reshaped it in to a trapezoid with the Free Transform Tool (E). Finally with a simple stroke we create the base and three stripes on the screen.


For the laptop we will draw a rectangle that’s 80x10px  and round corners. We create another rectangle with a 25 px wide, no matter the length, and we place it centered with the first rectangle. We select both and click on Minus Front in the Pathfinder panel. We round the corners again.

Arrange back a new rectangle (69x51px rounded corners). Create another rectangle (61x51px round corners) for the laptop screen. Finally we draw to straight lines like we did before on the screen.


For the smartphone create a rectangle that’s 37x66px and we slightly round the corners. We draw another rectangle for the screen (23x39px) and we draw a line with the Pen tool with rounded caps. Finally create a little ellipse (L) with a 2px radio and two strokes on the screen.


For the  printer we create a 75x45px with rounded corners for the body of the machine, another rectangle 40x31px for the printed paper and a 25x31px for the upper part of  the paper. "Fold" the corner with the Direct Selection Tool (A) with Alt+Click.

Add a stroke above the printed paper and add some details to the paper and the printer.

To finish draw the fold with the Pent tool and round the corners.


Now to draw a some papers! Create a rectangle 55x70px and duplicate (Ctrl+C> Ctrl+F) and send it back. We make a bevel on the upper left corner of the first rectangle with the Pen Tool. To top the paper draw a couple lines on it.


And the last icon! A book.

Create a rectangle 50x10ps and round the vertex. Duplicate it. Create  another rectangle 50x70px for the book cover and align it with the bottom part of the first rectangle and then select the duplicated rectangle and once again delete the book spine with the Shape Builder Tool (Shift+M). Now round the cover’s upper  left corner.

Select both anchors form the right side of the spine and move them left. Add a  little line underneath. Create another rectangle 10x19px to add the book mark and add an anchor on the lower part an the move it up. Finally create a discontinued line  on the book cover.


And we have our icons done!


Now let’s color them.

It’s time to bring life to our icons. We will fill them in with the next colors and apply them using my model.


And we are done!


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