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Illustration: Create a Set of Bathroom icons

Beginner level Adobe Illustrator Adobe Illustrator

How to Set Up a New Document

As we do with all of our projects, we’ll start by setting up a New Document (File → New or Control + N) which we will adjust using the following settings:

  • Number of Artboards: 1
  • Width: 800 px
  • Height: 600 px
  • Units: Pixels

Advanced tab:

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

We’re going to be creating the icons using a Pixel Perfect Workflow, so I highly recommend you take a moment and read this in-depth tutorial, that will get you up to speed in no time.

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How to Set Up the Layers

Once I have my new document, I like to separate my assets using a couple of different layers, since this way I can streamline my workflow by focusing on one item at a time, which allows me to keep track of each and every shape at all time.

So, open up the Layers panel, and let’s create a total of five layers which we will name as follows:

  • Layer 1 → reference grids
  • Layer 2 → perfume
  • Layer 3 → toilet paper
  • Layer 4 → soap
  • Layer 5 → towel

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The way we’re going to be using these layers within our workflow is pretty easy. We’ll want to lock all except the one that we will be working on, so that we won’t move or misplace some of the shapes by accident. Then, once we’re done with the current icon, we can then lock its layer and move on up to the next one.

How to Create the Reference Grids

As soon as we’ve layered our project file, we can start creating the reference grids, which will help us create our icons by focusing on consistency and size.

Step 1

Grab the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 128x128 px square, which we will color using #F15A24, and then position it to the center of the Artboard using the Align panel’s Horizontal and Vertical AlignCenter options.

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Step 2

Create another smaller 120x120 px square, which will act as the active drawing area, thus giving us an all-around 4 px padding. Color the shape using white (#FFFFFF) and then group the squares (Control + G) and create three more side copies (Control + C → Control + F three times), distancing them at 40 px from the original.

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Once you’re done creating and positioning the reference grids, you can lock their layer, and then move on up to the next one, where we’ll start working on our first icon.

How to Create the Perfume Icon

Assuming you’ve positioned yourself onto the next layer (that would be the second one), let’s kick off the project by creating the first icon, which is the little Gucci wannabe perfume bottle.

Step 1

Start by creating the fill shape for the perfume’s spray cap using a 16x16 px square, which we will color using #F2DFCE and then center align to the underlying active drawing area, positioning it at a distance of 4 px from its top edge.

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Step 2

Give the square 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 #2B3249 and then flipping its Fill with its Stroke (Shift + X). Set the resulting shape’s weightto 8 px, making sure to set its Corner to Round Join.

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Step 3

Add the cap’s nozzle using a 6x4 px rounded rectangle (#2B3249) with a 2 px Corner Radius, which we will center align to the square’s right edge. Once you’re done, select and group all three shapes together using the Control + G keyboard shortcut before moving on to the next step.

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Step 4

Start working on the pulverizer’s base by creating its side section using a 12x10 px rectangle (#C6A187) with an 8 px thick outline (#2B3249), which we will group (Control + G) and then position below the cap itself, at a distance of 38 px from the active drawing area’s left edge.

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Step 5

Create the front section using a slightly wider 24x10 px rectangle (#F2DFCE) with an 8 px thick outline (#2B3249), which we will group (Control + G) and then position onto the right side of the previously created shapes so that the outlines end up overlapping each other. Once you’re done, select and group (Control + G) the two sections together before moving on to the next step.

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Step 6

Start working on the stem by creating a 12x6 px rectangle (#2B3249) underneath which we will add another smaller 4x6 px one (#2B3249). Group the two (Control + G) and then position them below the actual pulverizer. Once you’re done, select and group (Control + G) all of the current shapes together before moving on to the next section.

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Step 7

Start working on the bottle’s side section, by creating a 56x42 px rectangle (#DD886B) which we will adjust by setting the Radius of its bottom corners to 8 px from within the Transform panel’s Rectangle Properties. Once you’re done, position the resulting shape right underneath the smaller stem, at a distance of 24 px from the active drawing area’s left edge.

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Step 8

Create the outline using a 56x54 px rounded rectangle with an 8 px Corner Radius and an 8 px thick outline (#2B3249), which we will center align to the fill shape’s bottom edge.

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Step 9

Add the outline section to the current section’s fill shape using a 56 px wide 8 px thick stroke line (#2B3249), which we will center align to its top edge. Once you’re done, select and group (Control + G) all three shapes together before moving on to the next step.

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Step 10

Create the front section using a copy (Control + C) of the one that we’ve just finished working on, which we will paste in front (Control + F) and then position towards the right using the Move tool (right click → Transform → Move → Horizontal → 16 px).

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Step 11

Select the resulting section’s fill shape using the Direct Selection Tool (A), and then adjust it by changing its color to #F4AB8C.

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Step 12

Create the little logo using two 20x20 px circles (#2B3249) which you will group (Control + G) and then center align to the front section’s fill shape, making sure to position them at a distance of 6 px from its bottom edge. Once you’re done, select and group (Control + G) all of the main body’s composing shapes together, doing the same for the entire icon afterward.

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Step 13

Since we’re pretty much done working on the actual bottle, grab the Ellipse Tool (L) and create the two rings using a 10x10 px circle (#2B3249) which we will position onto the upper-right half of the active drawing area, followed by another slightly bigger 16x16 px one (#2B3249) onto the opposite side.

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Step 14

Finish off the icon by adding the little circular shadow using an 88x12 px circle (#DCDFE5), which we will center align to the bottom edge of the active drawing area. Once you’re done, select and group (Control + G) all its composing shapes together before moving on to the next one.

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How to Create the Toilet Paper Icon

Assuming you’ve successfully finished working on the first icon, lock its layer and then move on to the next one (that would be the third one), where we will focus on creating the little toilet paper roll.

Step 1

Start working on the roll’s back section using a 52x56 px rectangle (#C6A187) with an 8 px thick outline (#2B3249), which we will group (Control + G) and then position at a distance of 18 px from the active drawing area’s left edge, and 24 px from its top one.

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Step 2

Start working on the roll’s front section by creating a 52x48 px rectangle (#F2DFCE), which we will position at a distance of 4 px from the active drawing area’s top edge, and 34 px from its right one.

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Step 3

Create the curved section using a 24x48 px ellipse (#F2DFCE), which we will position onto the rectangles right side so that it overlaps its left side. Once you have the shape in place select them both and then unite them into a single larger object using Pathfinder’s Unite Shape Mode.

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Step 4

Give the resulting shape an 8 px thick outline (#2B3249) with a Round Join, making sure to select and group the two together afterward using the Control + G keyboard shortcut.

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Step 5

Create the roll’s side section using another 24x48 px ellipse (#DBBCA5) with an 8 px thick outline (#2B3249) to the center of which we will add a smaller 6x12 px one (#2B3249). Select and group (Control + G) all three shapes together, positioning them onto the left side of the back section afterward.

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Step 6

Finish off the roll, by adding the little detail lines to its front section using four 6x4 px rectangles (#2B3249) horizontally stacked at 4 px from one another, which we will group (Control + G) and then center align to the visible section of the underlying fill shape. Once you’re done, select and group (Control + G) all the sections that we have so far, before moving on to the next step.

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Step 7

Next, we’re going to take a couple of moments and create the little star using four 8x8 px circles (#2B3249) horizontally and vertically distanced at 2 px from one another so that they end up forming a square (1). Once you have them in place start adjusting them by selecting their outer facing anchor points using the Direct Selection Tool (A) and then removing them by pressing Delete (2). Select and unite the resulting paths into a single larger shape by right-clicking → Join (3). Give the star its rounded corners using four 2x2 px circles (#2B3249) which we will position onto the larger shape and then unite using Pathfinder’s Unite Shape Mode (4).

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Step 8

Position the star that we’ve just created onto the right side of the toilet roll as seen in the reference image.

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Step 9

Finish off the icon by adding the little shadow using the same 88x12 px ellipse (#DCDFE5), selecting and grouping (Control + G) all its composing sections together afterward.

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How to Create the Soap Icon

Assuming you’ve finished working on the second icon, move on up to the next layer (that would be the fourth one) where we’ll start working on the little soap bar.

Step 1

Start by creating the soap’s side section using a 56x80 px rounded rectangle (#DD886B) with an 8 px Corner Radius and an 8 px thick outline (#2B3249), which we will group (Control + G) and then align to the active drawing area’s top edge, positioning them at a distance of 20 px from its left edge.

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Step 2

Create the front section using a copy (Control + C) of the shapes that we’ve just grouped, which we will paste in front (Control + F) and then position towards the right (right click → Transform → Move → Horizontal → 16 px).

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Step 3

Add the rectangular stamp using a 36x60 px rectangle with a 4 px thick Stroke (#2B3249), which we will center align to the section that we’ve just created in the previous step.

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Step 4

Create the little water drop using a 16x16 px circle (#2B3249), which we will center align to the rectangular insertion, positioning it at a distance of 16 px from its bottom edge.

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Step 5

Adjust the circle that we’ve just created, by selecting its top anchor point using the Direct Selection Tool (A) and then pushing it to the outside by a distance of 8 px using the Move tool (right click > Transform > Move > Vertical > - 8 px).

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Step 6

Once you’ve repositioned the anchor, pinch it using the Anchor Point Tool (Shift + C) to make it pointy, and then slightly adjust the position of its side handles. As soon as you’re done, select and group (Control + G) all of the front section’s composing shapes together, doing the same for the entire soap bar afterward.

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Quick tip: for this step I recommend you turn on the Pixel Preview mode using the Alt + Control + Y keyboard shortcut, since it will allow you to make the required adjustments at a pixel level.

Step 7

Since we’re pretty much done working on the actual soap bar, grab the Ellipse Tool (L) and create the two background rings using a 10x10 px circle (#2B3249) followed by a slightly larger 16x16 px one (#2B3249), which we will position as seen in the reference image.

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Step 8

Finish off the icon, by adding the bottom shadow using an 88x12 px ellipse (#DCDFE5), selecting and grouping (Control + G) all its composing sections together before moving on to the fourth and last icon.

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How to Create the Towel Icon

We are now down to our fourth and last icon, so assuming you’ve already moved on to the next layer, zoom in its reference grid and let’s finish this.

Step 1

Start working on the towel’s front section, using a 64x80 px rectangle (#F2DFCE), which we will position at a distance of 4 px from the active drawing area’s top edge, and 22 px from its right one.

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Step 2

Start adjusting the shape that we’ve just created, by setting the Radius of its top-right corner to 12 px from within the Transform panel’s Rectangle Properties.

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Step 3

Continue adjusting the shape by cutting out a 24x92 px rounded rectangle (highlighted with red) with a 12 px Corner Radius from its left side using Pathfinder’s Minus Front Shape Mode.

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Step 4

Give the resulting shape an 8 px thick outline (#2B3249) selecting and grouping both of them together afterward using the Control + G keyboard shortcut.

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Step 5

Start adding details to the towel’s front section, by creating the horizontal detail line using a 52x4 px rectangle (#2B3249) which we will position at a distance of 4 px from its bottom.

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Step 6

Create the vertical detail lines using five 4x8 px rectangles (#2B3249) horizontally stacked at 4 px from one another, which we will group (Control + G) and then center align to the bottom of the larger fill shape. Once you’re done, select and group (Control + G) all the shapes that we have so far before moving on to the next step.

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Step 7

Start working on the towel’s side section using a 24x56 px rectangle (#C6A187) which we will adjust by setting the Radius of its top corners to 12 px from within the Transform panel’s Rectangle Properties. Give the resulting shape an 8 px thick outline (#2B3249), grouping (Control + G) and then positioning the two to the left side of the larger section.

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Step 8

Add the horizontal detail line using a 24x4 px rectangle (#2B3249) which we will position at a distance of 4 px from its bottom edge. Once you’re done, select and group (Control + G) all of the side section’s composing shapes together, doing the same for the entire towel afterward.

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Step 9

Grab a copy (Control + C) of the star that we created a few steps ago, and paste (Control + V) it onto the current layer, making sure to position it as seen in the reference image.

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Step 10

Finish off the icon and with it the project itself by adding the bottom shadow using an 88x12 px ellipse (#DCDFE5), selecting and grouping (Control-G) all its composing sections together afterward.

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It’s a Wrap!

There you have it guys, a quick and pretty easy-to-follow process on how to create your very own little icons. I hope you’ve had fun recreating and, most importantly, learned something new and useful along the way.

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Hi and welcome back to another icon tutorial in which we’re going to explore the process of creating four little icons using nothing more than the basic shapes and tools that you probably already work with on a daily basis. That being said, grab a cup of freshly brewed coffee and let’s jump straight into it!

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