By Yulia Sokolova

Final product image

What You’ll Be Creating

Easter is a lovely spring holiday, which is
well known for its tradition of painting eggs. It’s usually associated with
gentle, vivid colors and a spring mood. In this tutorial, we’ll go through a
descriptive process of creating of flat Easter icons, using basic shapes, the
Pathfinder panel and some of the new Adobe Illustrator tools.

Apart from making Easter icons, these techniques
can be used to create any type of flat icons or flat banners as well. You can
find a lot of examples of similar flat graphics throughout Envato Market for
more inspiration.

1. Make Festive Easter Egg Icons

Step 1

Let’s start by making the base of the egg.
Take the Ellipse Tool (L) and make a
70 x 70 px circle. Select its side anchor points with the Direct Selection Tool (A) and drag them down a bit, making the
bottom of the shape bulged. Then select the upper anchor point and drag it up,
making the top of the egg pointed.

make the base of the egg

Step 2

We’ll be using a bright spring palette with
gentle colors that you can pick up directly from the screenshot below with the Eyedropper Tool (I) while holding the Shift key.

Fill the base of the egg with yellow and
keep a copy in back (Control-C > Control-B), as we may
need it later.

Now let’s depict the decorative ornament above the egg. Take the Rectangle Tool
and make a 70 x 15 px blue shape.

form a palette and start making ornaments

Step 3

Take the Line Segment Tool (), hold Shift
and make a horizontal shape with pink Stroke
of 3 pt Stroke Weight.

Let’s align all the shapes to the egg. Select everything (Control-A) and click
the egg while holding Alt in order
to make it a Key Object (you
will see a thick selection around it). Head to the Align panel and click Horizontal
Align Center.

align the objects

Step 4

Now let’s modify the pink line. Select it
and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Zig Zag. Set the Size to 5 px, Ridges per segment to 7
and Points to Smooth.

> Expand
the shape to apply the effect.

make a zig zag line

Step 5

Add another rectangle to the bottom of the
egg and fill it with green color. Now let’s delete those parts of the
rectangles outside the egg. We’ll be using one of the new Adobe Illustrator
tools: the Shaper Tool (Shift-N). Take
the Shaper Tool (Shift-N) and just
scribble above the piece that you want to delete. Repeat the same with other unwanted parts.

If you’re working with earlier versions of
Adobe Illustrator, try using the Shape
Builder Tool (Shift-M)
instead. It works almost the same—just select
everything and click the unwanted pieces while holding Alt.

We will also try another way of hiding the
unneeded parts a few steps later, when we’ll be making another egg.

use the shaper tool do delete the parts

Step 6

Select the modified egg and Object > Expand it. Then select the
yellow middle of the egg together with the pink zigzagged line and Divide them in the Pathfinder panel, breaking the shape into two equal

divide the shapes in pathfinder

Step 7

Fill the upper piece of the divided shape
in a nice pink color. Take the Ellipse
Tool (L)
and make a 5 x 5 px
circle. Hold Alt-Shift and drag the
circle to the right, creating a couple of copies.

add circles to the egg

Step 8

Now that the basic view of the egg is ready,
let’s add a flat-style shadow, covering one half of the egg. Group (Control-G) all parts of the egg,
Copy and Paste in Front (Control-C > Control-F). Keeping the copy
selected, Unite it in the Pathfinder, merging it into one

Draw a vertical line across the egg, using
the Line Segment Tool (). Align the
line to the egg silhouette, making the egg a Key Object.

Keeping the line and the egg silhouette
selected, Divide them in the Pathfinder.

Delete one of the pieces and switch the
remaining half to Multiply mode,
making it semi-transparent.

add a flat shadow to the egg

Step 9

Now let’s make another egg!

We already have a base, as we’ve made a
copy of it in the very first step. Move it aside and fill with orange color. Add
decorative elements on top and let’s see another way in which we can hide the
unneeded pieces. Duplicate the basic
shape once again (Control-C >
and Bring it to Front (Shift-Control-]).

Select all the elements, right click and Make Clipping Mask. Here you have it!

use the Clipping Mask

Step 10

Let’s add a few more decorative elements to
the egg. Make two 5 x 5 px circles
above the yellow stripe of the egg, placing them closer to the edges. Select
both circles and either use the Blend
Tool (W)
or go to Object > Blend
> Make.
Then open the Blend
window (Object > Blend
> Blend Options)
and set the Spacing
to Specified Steps with a value of 3.

> Expand
the Blend group and add more circles in
the upper part of the egg, filling them with yellow color.

use the Blend Tool to add spots

Step 11

When you’re satisfied with the result, add a
semi-transparent flat shadow to one half of the egg.

Combine the eggs. Use the Rounded Rectangle Tool to make a
light-green background for our icon.

Make a square with the Rectangle Tool (M) and rotate it by 45 degrees with the Selection
Tool (V)
while holding Shift.

Fill the rectangle with linear gradient
from light-green to white and switch it to Multiply
Blending Mode,
making a semi-transparent long shadow.

add a background and a long shadow in Multiply blending mode

Step 12

Duplicate the light-green background and
place the shadow between the copies. Use a Clipping
to hide the unwanted piece of the long shadow.

Great! Our first icon is ready! Let’s move
on to the next one.

the eggs icon is finished

2. Make a Cute Bunny Icon

Step 1

Make a 70 x 70
 grey circle for the bunny’s head. Move the side anchor points
down a bit with the Direct Selection
Tool (A)
to make the head slightly squashed.

Now let’s form the ears. Take the Ellipse Tool (L) and make a 15 x 50 px oval. Move its side anchor
points up a bit, making the top of the ear wider. Keeping the shape selected,
go to Object > Path > Offset Path
and set the Offset value to -5 px, leaving all other options as
default. This way we create a smaller shape for the inner part of the ear.

make a bunny head from ellipses

Step 2

Fill the inner part of the year with pink
color, group both parts of the ear and Send
to Back (Shift-Control-

[). Double-click the Rotate Tool (R) to open the options window and set the Rotate Angle value to -20 degrees.

rotate the ear

Step 3

Use the Reflect Tool (O) to flip the ear over the Vertical Axis and click Copy
to form the second ear on the opposite side of the head. You can group both
ears and Align them to the head,
making the whole set perfectly centered.

Squash the head base a bit more.

add a second ear

Step 4

Use the Ellipse Tool (L) to form a pair of dark glossy eyes with white
highlights and a circle for the nose. Take the Scissors Tool (C) and click both side anchor points of the nose in
order to split the shape into two halves.

add the eyes and nose

Step 5

Delete the upper half and turn the
remaining part into a cute bunny nose. Press X to swap Fill and Stroke colors. Set the Stroke Weight to 2 px
and change the Variable Width Profile
in the control panel on top. Create two copies of the nose and make them
somewhat thinner and lighter, forming a mouth as shown in the screenshot below.

form a nose with stroke

Step 6

Let’s finish up with our bunny by adding
tiny whiskers to his head. Make a 9 px
horizontal stroke of 1 pt, using the
Line Segment Tool (). Rotate the
whiskers a bit and add them to both sides of the face.

add whiskers with strokes

Step 7

Add a flat shadow to one half of the
bunny’s head, as we did previously. Form a rounded rectangle for the background
and create a semi-transparent long shadow to finish up with the icon. 

If you feel any difficulty in adding a long shadow to a complex object, check out the following tutorial from Part 7, Step 1 and onwards in order to find out how to give our long shadow the desired shape.

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There you
have it! Let’s move to the next icon!

finish up the bunny icon

3. Make a Cute Chicken Icon

Step 1

This time we’ll depict a funny little
chicken popping out of the egg. First of all, make a striped egg with a few stripes
or other decorative elements to your liking, using the techniques that we’ve
learned in previous steps.

We need to remove the top part of the egg,
creating a cracked edge. Keep a copy of the egg’s base somewhere in the bottom, because we will need it later to form our chicken.

Make a horizontal line across the egg and
apply Effect > Distort &
Transform > Zig Zag.
Set the Size
to 4 px, Ridges per segment to 7
and Points to Corner in order to
make the cracked edges sharp.

make a striped egg and add a zigzagged line

Step 2

> Expand
the zigzagged line and position it
across the egg, in the center of it. Copy the blue base of the egg, Paste
in Front (Control-C > Control-F)
and Bring it all the way to
Front (Shift-Control-]),
placing it on top of all the elements.

Select the zigzag and the egg base and Divide them in Pathfinder. Delete the upper part of the divided shape.

Finally, select everything, right click and Make Clipping Mask. Great! The cracked
piece of the egg is ready. Let’s put a chicken into it.

remove the top of the egg

Step 3

Reveal the copy of the egg base that we’ve
created previously and fill it with gentle yellow color for the chicken’s body.
Shrink the shape to 60 x 75 px, making
it smaller. Select the side anchor points with the Direct Selection Tool (A) and drag them up a bit, making the
chicken rounder.

make the chicken body

Step 4

Take the Polygon Tool and single-click
anywhere on the Artboard to open the pop-up options window. Make a 15 x 10 px triangle for the beak and fill
it with orange color.

Combine two triangles to form a beak and
squash them to form the proper shape. Don’t forget to add a pair of shiny eyes.
We can copy them from our bunny icon.

add the eyes and beak

Step 5

Add a couple of oval wings, using the Ellipse Tool (L). Place the copy of the
chicken’s body above the wings and Make
Clipping Mask
to hide the unneeded elements inside the mask.

add wings to the chicken

Step 6

Finish up with the icon by adding all the
necessary elements like shadows and background. Awesome!

Let’s move on to our last icon and finish
our Easter set!

Finish up with the chicken icon

4. Make a Gift Box Icon

Step 1

Let’s start shaping our box from a 60 x 40 px green rectangle. Form a top of the box from a 65 x 15 px orange rectangle.

shape the box from rectangles

Step 2

Now let’s create a ribbon across the box.
Select both parts of the box and remember the mutual height of the shapes. You can find it in the Transform
panel. In our case, it is 55 px.
Make a blue ribbon of 5 x 55 px size,
placing it right in the center of the box. Add a smaller 5 x 15 px piece of ribbon at the top of the box, filling it with
darker blue color.

make a ribbon from the rectangle

Step 3

Use the Pencil Tool (N) to make a bow with blue Stroke of 2 pt Weight.

use the pencil tool to make a bow

Step 4

Let’s decorate our box with some ornament
or pattern. Copy the base of the box
and Paste it in Front (Control-C > Control-F). 

Head to the Swatches panel, open the Swatch Libraries menu > Patterns > Basic
Graphics > Basic Graphics_Lines.
Find the 10 lpi 30% swatch and click to apply a pattern with horizontal lines.

add pattern to the box

Step 5

Keeping the textured shape selected, double-click the Rotate Tool (R) and set the Angle
to 45 degrees. Deselect the Transform Objects checkbox and click OK, changing the direction of
the stripes.

rotate the pattern stripes

Step 6

Let’s change the color of the stripes to
make them match our overall palette. Double-click
the applied pattern in the Swatches
panel to isolate it in the Pattern Mode.
Apply a light-green color to the Strokes
in the Color panel and click Done in the upper part of the working

 change the color of the stripes

Step 7

Finish up with the icon by adding depth
with the help of the shadows and simple background.

finish the box icon

Our Set of Icons Is Finished! Happy Easter!

Congratulations! We’ve done a great job, learning how to use the Shaper Tool and how to use work with basic shapes and the Pathfinder
panel. We can use these simple techniques to expand our set and create
more festive flat Easter icons!

Easter icons set is finished

Read more here:: How to Create Flat Design Easter Icons in Adobe Illustrator