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Graphic Design: Create a Location Themed Icon Pack

Beginner level Adobe Illustrator Adobe Illustrator

How to 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: 16
  • Spacing: 32 px
  • Columns: 4
  • Width: 64 px
  • Height: 64 px
  • Units: Pixels

And from the Advanced tab:

  • Color Mode: RGB
  • Raster Effects: Screen (72 ppi)
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Before we start working on the actual icons, I wanted to point out that each and every one of them was created using a Pixel-Perfect Workflow, so I recommend that you take a couple of moments and read this in depth tutorial which will get you up to speed in no time.

How to 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, so that we can separate our icons from the actual reference grids and streamline our workflow. To do this, simply open up the Layers panel, and then create a total of two layers which we will rename as follows:

  • layer 1 → reference grids
  • layer 2 → icons
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How to Create the Reference Grids

Once we’re done layering our document, we can add the little reference grids which will give our icons a small protective padding surface, while helping us maintain consistency.

Step 1

Grab the Rectangle Tool (M) and use it to create a 64x64 px square which we will color using #F15A24, and then position to the center of the first Artboard using the Align panel’s Horizontal and Vertical Align Center options.

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Step 2

Create another smaller 56x56 px square (#FFFFFF), which will act as the active drawing area, that will give our icon an all-around 4 px protective padding. Once you’re done, select and group the two shapes together using the Control-G keyboard shortcut.

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Step 3

Add the remaining reference grids using a copy (Control + C) of the one that we’ve just finished working on, which we will paste (Control + F) onto the empty neighbouring Artboards. Take your time and once you’re done, make sure you lock the current layer before moving on to the next step.

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How to Create the Location Pin Icons

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 onto the first Artboard so that we can have a better view of our icon’s shapes.

Step 1

Start by creating the background using a 56x56 px circle, which we will color using #FF9B50 and then center align to the larger underlying Artboard.

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Step 2

Add the pin’s main body using a 20x20 px circle, which we will color using white (#FFFFFF) and then center align to the larger background, positioning it at distance of 14 px from its top edge.

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Step 3

Adjust the shape that we’ve just created by pinching its bottom anchor point using the Anchor Point Tool (Shift + C) in order to make it pointy.

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Step 4

Select the resulting anchor using the Direct Selection Tool (A), and then push it to the bottom by a distance of 8 px using either the directional arrow keys or the Move tool (right click → Transform → Move → Vertical → 8 px). Once you’re done, adjust the curvature from the shape’s tip to its side anchors, by simply selecting their handlesend points and then dragging them down.

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Step 5

Give the resulting 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 first changing its color to #155B6B, making sure to set its Width to 4 px and its Corner to Round Join afterwards.

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Step 6

Finish off the icon, by adding the inner detail using an 8x8 px circle (#155B6B), which we will position as seen in the reference image. Once you’re done, make sure you select and group all of the pin’s composing shapes using the Control + G keyboard shortcut, doing the same for the entire icon afterwards.

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Step 7

Create the disabled state variation using a copy (Control + C) of the icon that we’ve just finished working on, which we will paste (Control + F) onto the neighbouring Artboard, making sure to ungroup it afterwards using the Shift + Control + G keyboard shortcut or by right clicking → Ungroup.

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Step 8

Finish off the current icon by selecting the Pen Tool (P), and then using it to draw the diagonal line using a 34 px tall 4 px thick Stroke with a Round Cap, which we will rotate using a 45° angle (right click → Transform → Rotate → -45°). Take your time and once you’re done, make sure you select and group (Control + G) them together before moving on to the next one.

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How to Create the Target Icons

Position yourself onto the third Artboard, and let’s start working on our next icons, which are the target ones.

Step 1

As we did with the previous ones, start by creating the background using a 56x56 px circle, which we will color using #FF9B50 and then center align to the underlying Artboard.

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Step 2

Create the target symbol’s inner section using an 8x8 px circle (#FFFFFF) with a 4 px thick outline (#155B6B), which we will group (Control + G) and then center align to the larger background.

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Step 3

Add the outer section using a slightly larger 20x20 px circle with a 4 px thick Stroke (#155B6B), which we will center align to the shapes that we’ve just grouped.

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Step 4

Finish off the icon by adding the little detail lines using four 4 px long 4 px thick Stroke lines (#155B6B), which we will position onto the outer circle’s anchor points as seen in the reference image. Once you’re done, make sure you select and group (Control + G) the symbol’s composing shapes, doing the same for the entire icon afterwards.

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Step 5

Create the disabled state using a copy (Control + C) of the icon that we’ve just finished working on, which we will paste (Control + F) onto the neighbouring Artboard, making sure to add the diagonal line as we did with the location pin.

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How to Create the Compass Icon

Assuming you’ve already moved on down to the second row of Artboards, position yourself onto the first one, and then zoom in on its reference grid so that you’ll have a better view of the shapes.

Step 1

Start by creating the background using a 56x56 px circle, which we will color using #FF9B50 and then position to the center of the underlying Artboard.

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Step 2

Create the main shape for the needle using a 16x40 px rectangle, which we will color using white (#FFFFFF) and then position to the center of the larger background.

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Step 3

Adjust the shape that we’ve just created by selecting the Add Anchor Point Tool (+) and then adding a new anchor point to the center of each of its four edges by simply clicking on them.

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Step 4

Continue adjusting the shape, by removing all of its corner anchor points by simply clicking on them using the Delete Anchor Point Tool (-).

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Step 5

Rotate the resulting shape clockwise using a 45° angle, by either pressing the R key and then clicking and dragging the shape, or by right clicking → Transform → Rotate → -45°. Once you’ve rotated the shape, make sure you take a couple of moments and individually select each of its anchor points and snap them back to the Pixel Grid.

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Step 6

Finish off the icon, by adding the 4 px thick outline (#155B6B) with a Round Join, followed by the inner bolt using a 6x6 px circle which we will position as seen in the reference image. Once you’re done, make sure you select and group (Control + G) all of the compass’s composing shapes, doing the same for the entire icon afterwards.

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How to Create the Map Icon

Position yourself onto the next Artboard, and then quickly zoom in on its reference grid so that we can start working on our little map icon.

Step 1

As we did with all the other icons, we’re going to begin by creating the background using a 56x56 px circle, which we will color using #FF9B50 and then position to the center of the underlying Artboard.

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Step 2

Add the main shape for the map’s center section using a 12x24 px rectangle, which we will center align to the larger circle, positioning it at a distance of 14 px from its top edge.

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Step 3

Adjust the shape that we’ve just created, by selecting its right-sided anchor points using the Direct Selection Tool (A), and then pushing them to the bottom by a distance of 4 px using either the directional arrow keys or the Move tool (right click → Transform → Move → Vertical → 4 px). Once you’re done, give the resulting shape a 4 px thick outline (#155B6B) with a Round Join, making sure to select and group the two together afterwards using the Control + G keyboard shortcut.

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Step 4

Add the map’s side sections using two copies (Control + C → Control + F twice) of the one that we’ve just finished working on, which we will vertically reflect (right click → Transform → Reflect → Vertical) and then position so that they’re outlines overlap as seen in the reference image.

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Step 5

Finish off the icon by grabbing the Pen Tool (P) and then using it to draw the detail line, following the reference image as your main guide. Once you’re done, make sure you select and group (Control + G) all of the map’s composing shapes, doing the same for the entire icon afterwards.

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How to Create the Zoom Icons

Next off our list are the two zoom icons, so make sure you move on to the next Artboard and let’s get started!

Step 1

Create the background for the zoom-in icon, using a 56x56 px circle, which we will color using #FF9B50 and then center align to the underlying Artboard.

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Step 2

Add the lens using a 24x24 px circle (#FFFFFF) with a 4 px thick outline (#155B6B), which we will group (Control + G) and then position as seen in the reference image.

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Step 3

Add the handle using a 4 px thick diagonal Stroke line (#155B6B) with a Round Cap starting from the center of the lens, making sure to maintain the same 12 px gap between its lower end and the active drawing area’s bottom edge. Once you’re done drawing the shape, make sure you position it underneath the larger lens by right clicking → Arrange → Send Backward.

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Step 4

Finish off the icon by creating the plus sign using an 8 px wide 4 px thick Stroke (#155B6B) for the horizontal section, followed by another 8 px tall 4 px thick line (#155B6B) for the vertical one. Group (Control + G) and then position the two to the center of the larger lens. Once you’re done, make sure you select and group (Control + G) all of the lens’s composing shapes, doing the same for the entire icon afterwards.

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Step 5

Create the zoom-out icon variation, using a copy (Control + C) of the one that we’ve just finished working on, which we will paste onto the neighbouring Artboard, making sure to adjust it by isolating the plus sign by double clicking on the shapes, and then removing its vertical section. Once you’re done, simple press the Escape key in order to exit Isolation Mode.

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How to Create the Navigation Arrow Icon

Assuming you’ve already move on down to the third row of Artboards, zoom in on the first reference grid where we will quickly create the navigation arrow.

Step 1

Start by creating the background using a 56x56 px circle, which we will color using #FF9B50 and then position to the center of the underlying Artboard.

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Step 2

Add the main shape for the arrow using a 20x28 px rectangle, which we will color using white (#FFFFFF) and then position to the center of the larger background.

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Step 3

Adjust the shape that we’ve just created by adding a new anchor point to the center of its top and bottom edges by simply clicking on them using the Add Anchor Point Tool (+).

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Step 4

Continue adjusting the shape by removing its top-corner anchors using the Delete Anchor Point Tool (-), and then selecting its center-bottom one using the Direct Selection Tool (A) and pushing it to the inside by a distance of 4 px using either the directional arrow keys or the Move tool (right click → Transform → Move → Vertical → -4 px).

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Step 5

Finish off the current icon, by giving the resulting shape a 4 px thick outline (#155B6B) with a Round Join, making sure to select and group (Control + G) the two together, doing the same for the entire icon afterwards.

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How to Create the Map Pin Icon

Position yourself onto the neighbouring Artboard, and let’s start working on our tenth icon.

Step 1

As we did with the previous icon, we’re going to begin by creating the background using a 56x56 px circle, which we will color using #FF9B50 and then position to the center of the underlying active drawing area.

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Step 2

Add the pin’s head using a 16x16 px circle (#FFFFFF) with a 4 px thick outline (#155B6B), which we will group (Control + G) and then center align to the larger circle, positioning them at a distance of 12 px from its top edge.

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Step 3

Finish off the icon, by adding the vertical line segment using a 12 px tall 4 px thick Stroke (#155B6B), which we will position as seen in the reference image. Once you’re done, don’t forget to select and group (Control + G) all of the pin’s composing shapes, doing the same for the entire icon afterwards.

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How to Create the Visibility Icons

Next up are the visibility icons, so make sure you move on to the following Artboard and zoom in on its reference grid so that you can have a clearer view of your shapes.

Step 1

Create the background using a 56x56 px circle, which we will color using #FF9B50 and then center align to the larger underlying Artboard.

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Step 2

Add the main shape for the eye, using a 36x28 px ellipse, which we will color using white (#FFFFFF) and then center align to the larger background.

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Step 3

Adjust the shape that we’ve just created, by individually pinching its side anchor points using the Anchor Point Tool (Shift + C) in order to make them pointy.

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Step 4

Give the resulting shape a 4 px thick outline (#155B6B) with a Round Join, making sure to select and group the two together afterwards using the Control + G keyboard shortcut.

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Step 5

Create the pupil using a 16x16 px circle, which we will color using #155B6B and then center align to the shapes that we’ve just grouped.

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Step 6

Finish off the icon by adding the little cutout using an 8x8 px circle (#FFFFFF), which we will position onto the pupil’s upper-right corner as seen in the reference image. Once you’re done, make sure you select and group (Control + G) all of the eye’s composing shapes doing the same for the entire icon.

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Step 7

Create the disabled state icon variation using a copy (Control + C) of the one that we’ve just finished working on, which we will paste (Control-F) onto the current row’s remaining Artboard, and then adjust by double clicking on it to enter Isolation Mode and adding the 4 px thick diagonal Stroke line (#155B6B) with a Round Cap. Once you’re done, simply exit Isolation by pressing the Escape key.

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How to Create the Flag Icon

We are now down to our fourth and last row of icons, so position yourself onto its first Artboard and let’s see how we can quickly build the flag icon.

Step 1

By now you already know the drill, grab the Ellipse Tool (L) and create the background using a 56x56 px circle, which we will color using #FF9B50 and then position to the center of the larger underlying Artboard.

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Step 2

Create the main shape for the flag’s fly using a 20x16 px rectangle, which we will color using white (#FFFFFF) and then vertically center align to the larger background, positioning it at a distance of 18 px from its top edge.

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Step 3

Adjust the shape that we’ve just created by adding a new anchor point to the center of its right edge using the Add Anchor Point Tool (+), and then select it using the Direct Selection Tool (A) and push it to the inside by a distance of 4 px using either the directional arrow keys or the Move tool (right click → Transform → Move → Horizontal → -4 px).

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Step 4

Give the resulting shape a 4 px thick outline (#155B6B) with a Round Join, making sure to select and group the two together using the Control + G keyboard shortcut.

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Step 5

Finish off the current icon by adding the pole using a 28 px tall 4 px thick Stroke line (#155B6B) with a Round Cap, which we will position as seen in the reference image. Once you’re done, make sure you select and group (Control + G) all of the flag’s composing shapes, doing the same for the entire icon afterwards.

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How to Create the Taxi Icon

Next off our list is the little car icon, so position yourself onto the next Artboard and let’s get working on it!

Step 1

Start by creating the background using a 56x56 px circle, which we will color using #FF9B50 and then center align to the larger underlying Artboard.

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Step 2

Add the main shape for the wheels using two 8x6 px rectangles (#155B6B), which we will adjust by setting the Radius of their bottom corners to 4 px from within the Transform panel. Once you’re done, group (Control + G) and position the resulting shapes as seen in the reference image.

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Step 3

Create the car’s lower body using a 28x10 px rectangle (#FFFFFF) with a 4 px thick outline (#155B6B) with a Round Join, which we will group (Control + G) and then position so that their paths overlap those of the wheels.

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Step 4

Add the headlights using two 4x4 px squares (#155B6B) with a 2 px bottom-corner Radius, followed by the number plate using an 8x4 px rectangle (#155B6B) with a 2 px top-corner Radius, which we will position as seen in the reference image.

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Step 5

Create the car’s upper section using a 24x12 px rectangle (#FFFFFF), which we will adjust by individually selecting its top anchor points using the Direct Selection Tool (A), and then pushing them to the inside by a distance of 2 px. Give the resulting shape a 4 px thick outline (#155B6B), grouping (Control + G) and then positioning the two on top of the lower section’s top edge.

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Step 6

Finish off the icon by adding the driving wheel using an 8x8 px circle (#155B6B), which we will adjust by removing its bottom half, followed by the taxi plate using an 8x4 px rectangle (#155B6B) with a 2 px top-corner Radius, which we will position both 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 car’s composing shapes, doing the same for the entire icon before moving on to the next one.

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How to Create the Share Icon

Assuming you’ve finished working on the previous icon, move on to the next Artboard and zoom in on its reference grid so that we can get started.

Step 1

Quickly create the background using a 56x56 px circle, which we will color using #FF9B50 and then center align to the larger underlying Artboard.

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Step 2

Create the little round segments using three 8x8 px circles (#FFFFFF) with a 4 px thick outline (#155B6B), which we will individually group (Control + G) and then position as seen in the reference image.

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Step 3

Finish off the icon, by grabbing the Pen Tool (P) and connecting all three heads using a 4 px thick Stroke line (#155B6B), making sure to stack it underneath afterwards by right clicking → Arrange → Send Backward. Once you’re done, don’t forget to select and group (Control + G) all of the symbol’s composing shapes doing the same for the entire icon afterwards.

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How to Create the Filter Icon

We are now down to our last icon, so assuming you’ve already positioned yourself onto the remaining Artboards let’s wrap things up!

Step 1

As we did with all our other icons, start by creating the background using a 56x56 px circle, which we will color using #FF9B50 and then position to the center of the underlying active drawing area.

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Step 2

Add the main shape for the funnel’s upper body using a 28x16 px rectangle, which we will color using white (#FFFFFF) and then vertically center align to the larger background, positioning it at a distance of 14 px from its top edge.

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Step 3

Create the main shape for the lower section using an 8x12 px rectangle (#FFFFFF), which we will position underneath the one from the previous step.

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Step 4

Adjust the upper shape by individually selecting its bottom anchors using the Direct Selection Tool (A) and then pushing them to the inside so that they end up overlapping those of the lower shape. Then, select the lower shape’s bottom-right anchor and push it to the top by a distance of 4 px.

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Step 5

Select the two resulting shapes and unite them into a single larger one using Pathfinder’s Unite Shape Mode.

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Step 6

Finish off the icon and with it the project itself by giving the funnel a 4 px thick outline (#155B6B) with a Round Join, making sure to select and group the two together afterwards using the Control + G keyboard shortcut. Once you’re done, don’t forget to do the same for the entire icon before finally hitting that save button.

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Awesome Work!

As always, I hope you had fun working on this little project and most importantly managed to learn something new and useful along the way.

That being said, 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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Thanks for wonderful tut Andrei!. In creating reference grid section. In step 1 you asked to create 64 x 64px ,then in step 2 you asked to create small square obviously it should be smaller than 64px but you said 88x88 px and padding 4 px also not coming out correctly. Could please clarify step 1 and 2 px sizes. Thanks again.

1 week ago

Thank you very much for your comment! It has been corrected. We work with a lot of data and that number must have been a mistake, but now that it's fixed you can keep enjoying the tutorial. Regards

Welcome back to another Adobe Illustrator tutorial, in which we’re going to learn how to create a Location themed icon pack, using nothing more than a couple of basic geometric shapes that we’re going to adjust here and there. So, assuming you’ve already grabbed a fresh cup of coffee, let’s jump straight into it!

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