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Graphic Design: Create a School Themed Pack

Beginner level Adobe Illustrator Adobe Illustrator

How to Set Up a New Document

As we do with all our projects, 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: 8
  • 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)

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.

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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 neighboring 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 Backpack Icon

As soon as you’ve finished setting up the reference grids, we can move on to the next layer (that would be the top one) where we will focus on creating our first icon.

Step 1

Start by positioning yourself onto the first Artboard, and then create the backpack’s straps using two 4x8 px rectangles, which we will color using #967065 and then horizontally stack at 8 px from one another. Select and group two together using the Control + G keyboard shortcut, making sure to position them to the center of the active drawing area’s bottom edge.

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Step 2

Create the main shape for the lower body using a 32x8 px rectangle, which we will color using #967065 and then position on top of the shapes that we’ve just grouped.

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Step 3

Add the backpack’s middle section using a 32x16 px rectangle, which we will color using #EFAC4B and then position on top of the previous one.

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Step 4

Add the horizontal detail lines using two 32x1 px rectangles (#967065), vertically stacked at a distance of 1 px from one another, which we will group (Control + G) and then position as seen in the reference image.

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Step 5

Create the side pockets using two 4x12 px rectangles (#967065), on top of which we’ll add a zipper using a smaller 1x4 px one (#FFF4D7), individually grouping (Control + G) and then positioning them above the backpack’s lower body.

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Step 6

Create the top flap using a 36x20 px rectangle (#FFCB64), which we will adjust by setting the Radius of its bottom corners to 2 px from within the Transform panel’s Rectangle Properties. Once you’re done, position the resulting shape on top of the backpack’s middle section.

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Step 7

Add the hard shadow using a 32x2 px rectangle which we’ll color using #967065, and then position it below the larger flap that we’ve just created.

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Step 8

Create the front straps using two groups (Control + G) composed out of a 6x2 px rectangle (#FFF4D7) stacked on top of another bigger 4x12 px one (#967065), which we will horizontally distance at 8 px from one another. Group (Control + G) them and then position them both on top of the flap as seen in the reference image.

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Step 9

Add the little label using an 8x6 px rectangle (#967065) on top of which we’ll add a smaller 4x2 px one (#FFF4D7). Then, group (Control + G) and center them aligning the two to the larger underlying flap, positioning them at a distance of 4 px from its top edge.

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Step 10

Finish off the icon by adding the top handle, using an 8x4 px rectangle (#967065), from the bottom of which we will cut out a smaller 4x2 px one using Pathfinder’s Minus Front Shape Mode. Center align the resulting shape to the larger flap, making sure to select and group all of the backpack’s composing sections together afterwards, using the Control + G keyboard shortcut.

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How to Create the Notebook Icon

As soon as you’ve finished working on the first icon, position yourself onto the neighbouring Artboard where we will create our little notebook.

Step 1

Start by creating the narrower side section (the spine) using a 4x48 px rectangle, which we will color using #967065 and then position as seen in the reference image.

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Step 2

Add the main body using a wider 28x48 px rectangle (#FF9255), which we will adjust by setting the Radius of its right corners to 2 px from within the Transform panel’s Rectangle Properties. Position the resulting shape onto the right side of the spine.

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Step 3

Create the front label using a 16x8 px rectangle, which we will color using #FFF4D7 and then center align to the notebook’s main body, positioning it at a distance of 12 px from its top edge.

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Step 4

Using the Pen Tool (P), draw the diagonal strap (#967065) following the reference image as your main guide. Take your time, and once you’re done, select and group (Control + G) all of the notebook’s composing shapes before moving on to the next step.

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Step 5

Create the main shape for the bookmark sign using an 8x8 px square (#FFCB64), which we will align to the active drawing area’s bottom edge, positioning it at a distance of just 2 px from the main body’s left edge.

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Step 6

Adjust the square that we’ve just created by adding a new anchor point to the center of its bottom edge using the Add Anchor Point Tool (+). Then select it using the Direct Selection Tool (A) and push to the inside by a distance of 2 px using the directional arrow keys.

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Step 7

Finish off the current icon by adding the hard shadow to the bookmark sign using an 8x2 px rectangle (#967065), which we will center align to its top edge, making sure to select and group the two together using the Control + G keyboard shortcut. We will do the same for the entire notebook afterwards.

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How to Create the School Locker Icon

Position yourself onto the third Artboard, and zoom in on it so that we can start working on our next icon.

Step 1

Create the main shape for the left locker using a 14x56 px rectangle, which we will color using #FFCB64 and then position at a distance of 13 px from the active drawing area’s left edge.

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Step 2

Add the upper grill insertion lines using four 6x1 px rectangles (#967065) vertically stacked at 1 px from one another, which we will group (Control + G) and then center align to the larger body, positioning them at a distance of 8 px from its top edge.

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Step 3

Create the bottom lines using two 6x1 px rectangles (#967065) vertically stacked at a 1 px from one another, which we will group (Control + G) and then position at a distance of 4 px from the larger body’s bottom edge.

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Step 4

Add the handle using a 2x8 px rectangle (#967065), which we will position as seen in the reference image. Once you’re done, select and group (Control + G) all of the current locker’s composing shapes before moving on to the next step.

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Step 5

Create the hard shadow using a 2x56 px rectangle which we will color using #967065, and then position onto the right side of the locker that we’ve just finished working on.

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Step 6

Finish off the icon by adding the second locker using a copy (Control + C > Control + F) of the left one, which we will position onto the opposite side of the shadow, making sure to change the color of its larger body to #EFAC4B. Once you’re done, don’t forget to select and group all of the icon’s composing shapes together using the Control + G keyboard shortcut.

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How to Create the Calculator Icon

We are now down to the last icon of our first row, so assuming you’ve already positioned yourself onto the empty Artboard, let’s jump straight into it!

Step 1

Create the main shape for the calculator’s upper body using a 36x16 px rectangle, which we will color using #FF9255 and then center align to the active drawing area’s top edge.

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Step 2

Add the little screen using a 28x8 px rectangle, which we will color using #967065 and then position to the center of the previous shape, making sure to select and group the two together using the Control + G keyboard shortcut.

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Step 3

Create the main shape for the lower body using a 36x40 px rectangle, which we will color using #967065 and then center align to the active drawing area’s bottom edge.

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Step 4

Start adding the buttons by creating the thinner ones using two rows of four 4x2 px rectangles (#FF9255) horizontally distanced at 4 px from one another, which we will individually group (Control + G). Then position as seen in the reference image.

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Step 5

Add the bigger buttons using three rows of four 4x4 px squares (#FFF4D7) horizontally distanced at 4 px from one another, which we will individually group (Control + G) and then vertically stack at a distance of 4 px from each row.

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Step 6

Finish off the current icon by removing the bottom row’s last button, and then adjusting the height of the one from above so that it ends up covering two buttons. Set the resulting shape’s color to #FF9255, and then select and group (Control + G) all of the current section’s composing shapes together, doing the same for the entire calculator afterwards.

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How to Create the Pen and Ruler Icon

As soon as you’ve finished working on the first row of icons, position yourself onto the bottom one, and let’s start working on the next one.

Step 1

Create the main shape for the pen’s lower body using a 4x4 px square, which we will color using #967065 and then position onto the active drawing area’s bottom edge, at a distance of 20 px from its left one.

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Step 2

Add the main body using a 4x36 px rectangle, which we will color using #FF9255 and then position on top of the previous shape.

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Step 3

Create the little label using a 2x16 px rectangle, which we will color using #FFF4D7 and then position at a distance of 8 px from the current section’s top edge, making sure to select and group the two together using the Control + G keyboard shortcut.

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Step 4

Add the main shape for the cap using a 6x16 px rectangle (#FF9255), which we will position on top of the larger body’s upper edge.

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Step 5

Create the hard shadow using a 4x2 px rectangle, which we will color using #967065 and then position right below the cap’s bottom edge as seen in the reference image.

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Step 6

Add the cap’s horizontal detail lines using four 6x1 px rectangles (#967065) vertically stacked at 1 px from one another, which we will group (Control + G) and then position at a distance of 4 px from its top edge.

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Step 7

Create the cap’s clip using a 2x16 px rectangle (#967065), which we will position onto its left side. Once you’re done, select and group (Control + G) all of the current section’s composing shapes doing the same for the entire pen afterwards.

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Step 8

Start working on the ruler by creating its main body using a 10x56 px rectangle (#FF9255), which we will position onto the right side of the Artboard, at a distance of 4 px from the pen’s cap.

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Step 9

Add the lighter section using a 6x44 px rectangle (#FFF4D7), which we will adjust by setting the Radius of its right corners to 2 px from within the Transform panel’s Rectangle Properties, positioning the resulting shape as seen in the reference image.

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Step 10

Add the little measurement indicator lines using fourteen 4x1 px rectangles (#967065) vertically stacked at 2 px from one another, which we will group (Control + G) and then position onto the left edge of the shape that we’ve just adjusted.

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Step 11

Isolate the shapes that we’ve just grouped by double clicking on them, and then adjust the width of every other second line from 4 px to just 2 px. Take your time and once you’re done exit Isolation Mode by pressing the Escape key.

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Step 12

Finish off the icon by adding the top and bottom insertion points using two 2x2 px circles (#967065), 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 ruler’s composing shapes, doing the same for the entire icon afterwards.

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How to Create the School Bus Icon

Assuming you’ve already positioned yourself onto the sixth Artboard, and then zoom in so that we can have a better view of our shapes.

Step 1

Start by creating the upper section of the bus using a 40x8 px rectangle, which we will color using #EFAC4B and then center align to the active drawing area’s top edge.

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Step 2

Add the front card using a smaller 24x4 px rectangle, which we will color using #967065 and then center align to the previous shape.

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Step 3

Create the circular lights using two 4x4 px circles, which we will position onto the sides of the larger body as seen in the reference image. Once you have them in place, make sure you select and group all of the current section’s composing shapes using the Control + G keyboard shortcut.

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Step 4

Add the bus’s middle section using a 36x24 px rectangle, which we will color using #FFCB64 and then position right below the one that we’ve just grouped.

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Step 5

Create the hard shadow using a 36x2 px rectangle, which we will color using #967065 and then center align to the current section’s top edge.

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Step 6

Add the windows using two 12x12 px squares (#967065), which we will position as seen in the reference image, making sure to select and group them together afterwards using the Control + G keyboard shortcut. Once you’re done, don’t forget to do the same for the entire section before moving on to the next step.

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Step 7

Create the side mirrors using two 4x8 px rectangles (#967065), which we will connect to the bus using two smaller 2x2 px squares which we will position in line with the windows’ top edge, making sure to select and group (Control + G) each of their composing shapes together afterwards.

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Step 8

Add the main shape for the bus’s front section using a 40x12 px rectangle, which we will color using #EFAC4B and then position right below the previous section.

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Step 9

Create the nose using an 18x4 px rectangle (#EFAC4B), which we will position on top of the larger shape, making sure to select and group the two together afterwards, using the Control + G keyboard shortcut.

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Step 10

Add the grill insertion lines using seven 14x1 px rectangles (#967065) vertically stacked at 1 px from one another, which we will group (Control + G) and then position at a distance of 2 px from the nose’s top edge.

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Step 11

Create the headlights using two 4x8 px rectangles (#967065), on top of which we’ll add a smaller 2x2 px circle (#FFF4D7), individually grouping and then positioning them onto the sides of the front section’s larger body. Once you’re done, make sure you select and group (Control + G) all of the current section’s composing before moving on to the next step.

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Step 12

Add the front bumper using a 44x4 px rectangle, which we will color using #967065 and then position right below the shapes that we’ve just grouped.

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Step 13

Create the tires using two 8x8 px squares (#967065), which we will position below the bumper, as seen in the reference image.

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Step 14

Finish off the current icon, by adding the little number plate using a 12x2 px rectangle, which we will color using #967065 and then center align to the bumper’s bottom edge. Once you have the shape in place, make sure you select and group (Control + G) all of the current section’s composing shapes, doing the same for the entire bus afterwards.

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How to Create the E-book Reader Icon

The next item on our list is the little e-book reader. In this case, we will quickly put together one section at a time, as you will see in the following steps.

Step 1

Start by creating the main shape for the device’s body using a 36x56 px rectangle, which we will color using #FF9255 and then center align to the underlying active drawing area.

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Step 2

Add the screen using a 32x44 px rectangle, which we will color using #967065 and then position at a distance of 4 px from the larger body’s top edge.

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Step 3

Create the dummy text lines using twelve 10x1 px rectangles (#fff2dd), which we will vertically stack at distance of 2 px from one another, grouping (Control + G) and then positioning them at a distance of 4 px from the screen’s bottom edge.

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Step 4

Isolate the shapes that we’ve just grouped by double-clicking on them, and then adjust the length of the first and eighth text line, by shortening their width from 20 px to just 10 px as seen in the reference image. Once you’re done, exit Isolation mode by pressing the Escape key.

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Step 5

Finish off the icon by adding the bottom button using a 4x4 px circle, which we will color using #967065 and then position to the center of the bottom bezel as seen in the reference image. Once you’re done, don’t forget to select and group all of the reader’s composing shapes together using the Control-G keyboard shortcut.

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How to Create the Medal Icon

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

Step 1

Start by creating the main shape for the ribbon using a 28x36 px rectangle, which we will color using #967065 and then center align to the active drawing area’s top edge.

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Step 2

Adjust the shape that we’ve just created by adding a new anchor point to each of its side edges, and then individually selecting and pushing its bottom ones to the inside as seen in the reference image.

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Step 3

Add the horizontal detail lines using four 28x1 px rectangles (#FFF4D7) vertically stacked at 1 px from one another, which we will group (Control + G) and then position at a distance of 4 px from the ribbon’s top edge. Once you’re done, make sure you select and group (Control + G) all of the ribbon’s composing shapes before moving on to the next step.

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Step 4

Create the medal’s main body using a 28x28 px circle, which we will color using #FFCB64 and then center align to the active drawing area’s bottom edge.

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Step 5

Add the inner darker ring using an 18x18 px circle with a 2 px thick Stroke (#967065), which we will center align to the previous shape.

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Step 6

Finish off the icon and with it the project itself, by adding the little star using the Star Tool and then adjusting it by turning on the Pixel Preview mode (Alt + Control + Y) and snapping its composing anchor points back to the underlying Pixel Grid. Take your time and once you’re done, color the resulting shape using #967065 and then select and group (Control + G) all of the current section’s composing shapes together, doing the same for the entire medal afterwards.

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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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Welcome back to another in-depth Illustrator tutorial in which we’re going to learn how to create a school themed icon pack using some basic geometric shapes and tools that you probably already work with on a daily basis. So, assuming you already poured yourself a fresh cup of that magic bean juice, let’s jump straight into it!

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