How to make emoticons with emotions with Adobe Illustrator

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In this video tutorial you will learn how to create your own emoticon set in adobe illustrator. You will also learn how to use simple tools and shapes to represent each emotion properly. Get ready to learn all the secrets to create emoticons in minutes!

Hello my name is Maria Keller and I'm a digital artist from Mexico. On this tutorial I'll teach you how to create your own basic emoticon set in a Adobe Illustrator. All the keys and shortcuts I use will be displayed on the screen so you can follow along. Let's begin. The first we're gonna do to create our own emoticon set is going to be to open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document. And I have already created mine, as you can see here. But if you don't know how to create a new document, I'm going to teach you very quickly how. You're gonna go here to File > New or press Ctrl + N on your keyboard. And once you do that, a window like this is going to appear. For this project I went here to Web and as you can see here, I'm using the latest version of illustrator CC. So if you're using a previous one, while in a different layout, this information should actually be the same. So for this one I went to the Web Presets and selected the most common one which is 1366 x 76. And I'll make sure that I selected as my Color Mode RGB, because I'm not going to be printing these projects. So I'm going to click it closed because I had already created mine, as you can see here. So for this project, we're going to create five emotions and we're going to do it using only basic shapes and really, really simple tools like the Pen tool. And we're going to be doing minimal or the most economical tools for this project, because we want to make this simple. And that's why also, I'm going to be using only three colors, because having less is more. So I'm going to go here to my tools panel and probably by default you're going to see this Rectangle tool, but if you click and hold that click you're going to see the rest of the shape tools. Now one thing that I personally like to do a lot, is go here to this little triangle on the right and click on it. That way I can de-attach the window and place it near my canvas. And the reason why I like to do this is because this way I can click on the different tools in a very fast way. And also the ones that don't have a shortcut are very easy to access like this. So we're going to be creating a circle first, so I'm going to press L on my keyboard to access the Ellipse tool and click. And then you're going to make an Ellipse, in this case it's going to be a circle that is 150 pixels width by 150 pixels height, and I'm gonna hit OK. Now that I have done this, I have my circle. I'm going to remove the fill because I don't need it and change the stroke color to this purple one that I had already selected before. You can feel free to select the colors as you like, but try to use less colors because, as I said in the beginning, using less colors could be a very nice challenge that can boost your creativity. So you're going to go to to the Stroke window. And if you don't see the Stroke window for whatever reason, you can go here to Window > Stroke, or press Ctrl + F10 on your keyboard. And once you do that this window is going to appear. And here I'm going to change the stroke weight to 10. It's going to actually be very thick. And now one thing that I am seeing here is that it is creating it inside my circle, that is not something I want. So to change that you can go to Align Stroke and you can see here that mine is on the middle, so it's aligning a stroke to the inside and I don't want that. So I'm going to align stroke to the center. So I'm going to click on that first one and you can see how half of the stroke is outside and a half of the stroke is inside. So now that we have our circle, we're going to begin working on our first emotion. So I'm gonna press Ctrl + to zoom in and you can also press Ctrl - if you want to zoom out. And then I'm going to press my Spacebar to change my cursor into a hand and pan around by using the Hand tool. Now I want to create two ellipses for the eyes. So I'm going to create here one by clicking here. And I want to make this one 18 x 21. I'm gonna hit OK. Now this one, I don't want the stroke, I want the fill. So I'm just going to click here on these arrows to swap it. Now that I have that, I'm gonna place it... I think right there is OK. So I'm going to select this one to create the other eye. And while I drag it I'm going to press Alt to make a copy and Shift to make that copy on that same axis. And move it around there. I'm going to group these two by selecting them all... sorry selecting these two. And pressing Ctrl + G on my keyboard. Or you could also select both of them and go here to Object > Group. Now that I have done this, I'm going to align these eyes to the center. So I'm going to select everything, click on this circle to make it the key object. And you can see how the outline has changed to something a little bit... with a little bit more weight. And the reason of that is because now this is indicating that this is the key object. Now I'm gonna go here on the top. You can see the align tools or you can go here, Window > Align. And now I have all my my Align tools here. And I'm going to click here with Horizontal Align Center and have them right there on the center. Now this one is going to be the happy one so to do that, i'm gonna go to my Pen tool or press P on my keyboard. And then I'm going to zoom in a little bit to see it better. Make a point here clicking here, make another one here. And you can see it's a straight line, but now when I click I'm going to drag a little bit to make a little curve. And that's going to be that. Now I don't want this to have a fill, I want to have a stroke. So again, I can just swap them. And I want to have the same width as the other one. So I could input the same values here but I could also go here to my tools panel and find the Eyedropper tool, or press I on my keyboard. And then click here on the other one and as you can see it's applying the same stroke weight that I had selected before. Now one thing that I want to change is that here on the caps, I want the caps to be rounded. So I can change that. Make sure that these two are aligned on the horizontal line. And now I have my happy face. Now the next thing I'm going to do is create the next emotion. So I'm going to select everything and then I'm going to press Alt and Shift to make a copy. And now that I have my copy, I'm going to make the sad face by doing something very, very simple. I'm going to select this line that I created and then if you can see when I go to one of the corners, my cursor changes to these arrows. So I'm going to do that and I'm going to just click there and rotate all the way to the other side by pressing Shift. So if you press Shift, the thing is that it rotates and angles are complete. I'm going to rotate to 180. And now you can see that I have my sad face. Now I'm going to do the same that I did before by pressing Alt and Shift to make a new copy. And.... For this one, I'm going to make... An expression that is a face that is love. So I'm going to delete... this... mouth/ And one thing that I want to do is some hearts. So to do that, I'm going to go to my Rectangle tool or press M on my keyboard and click. And I'm going to create a rectangle that is 70 x 25 and i'm gonna hit OK. Now I'm going to fill this one. So I'm going to swap this and fill it with this red color. Then I'm going to create another rectangle, or actually a copy of this one by pressing Alt, while I drag it. And you can see that I made a new copy. Now I'm going to press Shift and go to one of the corners to rotate it... this to, to be horizontal. In this case it was 270 degrees. And I'm going to select both these red shapes, click on this one to make it a key object. And then I'm going to align to the...sorry to the Horizontal Align Left, so now they are sharing the same left. And here to Horizontal, sorry to Vertical Align Bottom, so they both share the same bottom. Now while selecting this two, I'm gonna go to my Window > Pathfinder, or you can always press Ctrl + Shift + F9. And this window is going to appear. And here you're going to click on the first one that is called Unite. When you do to that, now you can see that my two rectangles are now one. And I'm gonna go to one of the corners while pressing Shift, I'm gonna rotate this 145 degrees. And then I'm going to go to my Direct Selection tool or press A on my keyboard, and select these two anchor points and then these two anchor points while pressing Shift. And I'm going to round them all the way to the center. And now we have a heart. I'm going to place these hearts roughly around here and then I'm going to make a copy by pressing Alt + Shift to around here. Now I'm going to group these two by pressing Ctrl + G. I'm going to actually move them to the bottom to delete these other eyes that I have here, so. Just going to move them right here, right back to where they were. Or around where they were. You can also always make sure that they are sharing the same center with the other eyes by clicking on them, making this one the key object and just align them here to the Vertical Align Center. And then we're going to create a little mouth to this in love face. So we're going to go to our Ellipse tool or press L on our keyboard. Click. Maybe one that is 40 x 50 and hit OK. And now that I have this one, I'm going to change the color to purple. Make sure that I'm aligning this to the Horizontal Align Center. And then we're going to go to our Direct Selection tool or press A on our keyboard. And go click here on the top anchor point. Then while pressing Shift, we're going to just bring it here down to around the center. And now we have a a.... sorry mouth like this. And let's, while pressing Shift, move it a little bit to the top. And now we have our in love face. Now to make an angry one. I'm gonna actually reuse what I did with the sad one. So I'm going to select this one and press Alt + Shift to make a copy. Now for this one, all I want to do is make this mouth a little bit to the top, by pressing Shift and move it to the top. And then I'm going to go to my Pen tool or press P on my keyboard and then make a point... another one while pressing Shift... around here so... it's going to be something like this And you can see here that I made this to have a... a width of 30px. And maybe that's too much so maybe I'm going to make this one by de-selecting here to constrain the weight and height to 22. It's actually not... that...actually I think probably 25 would work better. So it's going to be that. And I'm going to go to my Rotate tool or press R on my keyboard, click here on this anchor point then just move this one around here to probably around there. This is around 30...sorry 30 degrees. I'm going to make sure that I have the same width as before. And as you can remember we assigned here at a value of 10. But when I scaled this one that value got lost, because I had selected that also the strokes are are going to be scaled. So I'm gonna go again to my Eyedropper or press I on the keyboard, and click again on this one, or actually on this one to copy those round corners. And now all I have to do is move it around here. Now you can see how this guy's really angry.And go right click > Transform > Reflect to make another one. And if you click here on this little checkbox you can have a little preview. And then just hit copy. Now you have the other one and while pressing Shift, so I constrain the movement on the same direction, I'm gonna move it around there. Now I'm going to select both of them and group them by pressing Ctrl + G. And again make sure that you align them to the center. Now you have an angry face. Finally we're gonna make a surprised face, so to do that... I'm going to make a copy of this. t So I'm gonna select it and press Ctrl + Shift. And now, all I have to do, is actually delete this one. I'm gonna actually reuse them, so I'm gonna leave them right there, just delete the mouth. So to do that I'm going to actually ungroup them. So I'm going to go Object > Ungroup, or you can press Ctrl + Shift + G. And what I want to do right now is to go here to my Rotate tool or press R on my keyboard, click on this anchor point that is on the left. Then just rotate this one to... probably around... something like this, like 62px. Now that I have that, I'm going to delete this one, as I actually want to make a copy of this one, so I'm going to click on this one, right-click > Transform > Reflect. And then make a copy. And then I'm going to move it around here, select both of them and group them by pressing Ctrl + G. Make sure that both of them are aligned to the center. Move this one a little bit to the top because the eyebrows when you're surprised are actually... not really close to your eyes. And I'm going to create another Ellipse by pressing L on my keyboard, or clicking here and just click. And I'm going to make one that is 23 x 20. I'm going to hit OK. And again I want to swap this because I don't need a stroke but I need a fill. And I'm going to go to my Direct Selection tool or press A on my keyboard, click here on this bottom anchor point and move it a little bit to the top by pressing Shift. And it's going to be like that. Make sure that this one is aligned...I'm gonna actually move it a little bit to the top. That's going to be it. And now we have our surprises face. So now so we have this, I'm going to... actually...erm... select all these faces...erm... all these circles, the big ones and press Ctrl + C to copy them. Or I can go to object, sorry to Edit > Copy, or as I did before, Ctrl + C. I'm going to create a new layer by going here to my layers window. And if you don't see that window for whatever reason, you can go here to Window > layers or press F7 on your keyboard. And then go here right on the bottom, you're going to see this kind of sheet of paper and Create New Layer. Now I'm going to place these new layers that I just created on the bottom. And I want to paste the ones, the circles that I just copied before. So I'm going to click on this layer 2 and press it...If you press Ctrl + V, you're going to see that they are not being pasted where I want them so I'm gonna actually undo that. So what you want to do is go to Edit > Paste in place. So I'm going to press Ctrl + Shift + V. And if you do that, you can see that now they are exactly where you want them. And to avoid actually clicking on the top ones we're going to actually lock this layer, so later 1 where you created everything. We're going to click right here, next to the eyeball and now it's locked. So now we're only able to select the ellipses that we just pasted. And I'm gonna select all of them except the one that is angry. And change again the *stroke for the fill. And change the color to this yellow one that I had selected before. And for the one that is angry, I'm actually going to select the red I used for the eyes or the hearts. So now that we have this, I'm going to actually unlock this one, then group everything, including the one, the layer that we just had before. So I'm going to go Ctrl + G. And on this one Ctrl + G, Ctrl + G, Ctrl + G and Ctrl + G. And you can see now the the layer 2 is empty now, because everything when you group it, you actually bring it to the layer that we had before. So what I'm going to do is...erm...actually group everything. So select them all and pressing Ctrl + G to group them, now they are all a group. And actually before that... I'm gonna undo that just so...As you can see, the distance between these, they are not even. So I'm going to select everything and then go here and make sure that I'm not aligning to Artboard. Go to selection, so you're going to change this one to Align to selection. And then you're going to go to the Distribute Objects and here you have this one is called Horizontal distribute Center. And if you click that one, now you can see that the distance between these objects is the same. So right now I'm going to group them, just as I did before, or just I was doing before, by pressing Ctrl + G. And now, I have a group. And now I'm going to change this align to... again to Artboard, to Align to Artboard. And then I'm gonna go here to Horizontal Align Center and then Vertical Align center. And with that we have our emotions. And just remember if you, for example, in my personal case, I think it's too much space between them so you could always go select your group, by clicking on group it or Ctrl + Shift + G. And then make probably one of these like closer, by pressing Shift. And then again you can select everything, make sure that you are aligning to selection and click on this little option: Horizontal Distribute center. And now you have a better distribution that I think in my case is working bette. I'm going to select everything again pressing Ctrl G and Align to Artboard. And just as before, you can change to Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align Center. And with this, you can see how with really, really few clicks and only simple shapes, we have created some Emoticons to really show the emotions that you are trying to represent. So I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, thank
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5 months ago

Nice ones, thanks for sharing.

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5 months ago

Thx for sharing ^^ Good

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