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
1. Make Festive Easter Egg Icons
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.
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
(M) and make a 70 x 15 px blue shape.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 >
Control-F) and Bring it to Front (Shift-Control-]).
Select all the elements, right click and Make Clipping Mask. Here you have it!
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
Options 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.
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.
Duplicate the light-green background and
place the shadow between the copies. Use a Clipping
Mask to hide the unwanted piece of the long shadow.
Great! Our first icon is ready! Let’s move
on to the next one.
2. Make a Cute Bunny Icon
Make a 70 x 70
px 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.
Fill the inner part of the year with pink
color, group both parts of the ear and Send
to Back (Shift-Control-