Flat Design: How To Create A Barbell Flat Icon in Illustrator | Dawid Tuminski | Skillshare

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Flat Design: How To Create A Barbell Flat Icon in Illustrator

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2 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Flat Design Dumbbell Promo Video

    • 2. Flat Design in Illustrator :Dumbbell icon

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Great instruction and great class. Very concise!

Aren’t you tired of spending days watching courses and tutorials on Illustrator, that get you nowhere?

Are you tired of being left with a question: Ok, so what do I do now?

That’s because most tutorials out there mainly talk about the tools, not showing practical examples and how to get things done.

And I am like you: I like to learn only the important skills.

So if you want to:

  • learn practical Illustrator techniques
  • create flat design icons immediately
  • and use Illustrator independently

…then you are in for a treat.

Because this course will easily build your confidence in Illustrator and flat design.

It's a less than-15-minute gem of practical Illustrator and flat design, that will make you a flat design superhero.

Create a barbell icon and learn Adobe Illustrator and feel like an Illustrator superstar!


PS If you like the class, please submit your review and class project.  It will help other students, just like you interested in topic I teach, in finding my classes. Thanks!

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Adobe Certified Expert in Illustrator whose courses were listed in the Udemy's TOP 10 best reviewed courses.

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1. Flat Design Dumbbell Promo Video: Aren't you tired of spending days, which in courses and tutorials on illustrator that gets you nowhere? Well, that's because they merely talk about the tools and not showing practical examples on and how to get things done. And I am like you. I like only the important skills. So if you want to learn practical illustrator techniques, if you want to design a flat artwork immediately and use illustrator independently than you are in for a real treat, because this class will easily build your confidence in illustrator and flat design in less than 15 minutes, you against kills who will allow you to use illustrator independently and create beautiful flat design artwork so enrolled in the class and become an illustrator and flat design superhero? See you inside. 2. Flat Design in Illustrator :Dumbbell icon: in this video will create this flat looking long shadow Dumb bell. I come as always. Let me break it down for you real quick. Well, first of all, since it is a flat design, the whole concept isn't so complicated. We got the dumb Bell comprising of five rounded rectangles in total and they were all divided. We got the yellow circle that works as a background for I come and we got the ubiquitous long shadow of fact with different opacity values also color wise. The whole design is limited to $5 in total. Okay, so let's start. And I was stunned by cloning the on board. So I will grab my art import tool. I could always use the shift. Oh, shortcut. But before I start cloning the art board, I will make sure that move copy artwork with our board is not selected. We only want to copy the our board itself. So now we can clone on our board and clothing. It is just like clothing. Anne shaping illustrator. I mean, we can simply as selected with the art aboard Tool I hold down the shift key and the old key together to clone into the right. How to get out off the are poor tool. I will hit the escape key and there we go. We've duplicated our art board in a matter of just a few clicks. If you want, you can rename the newly created art board by double clicking the our boats name and entering a new name in line. But it's totally up to you at what I will do, however, is creating new layer for the newly created art board. So I will go to the layers panel and all to click the new layer. I come down here so I can get in a layer Options dialog books where I will name my layer us as Dumb Bell, for instance. I will also lock the original layer just so I don't mess it up accidentally, and I am ready to create my icon. I will start with the rounded rectangles, so I will go to the rounded rectangle tool that sits right here in the tools panel, and I will click on the Art of War Teoh, enter specific values for my shape, like 700 pixels for with and 75 pixels for height and 36 pixels, 4/4 radios value. And I put this kind of rounded rectangle that will be our main bar. How to create the weights. I will again use the rounded rectangle. But this time I will click and drag on the art board. And I can, of course, hold down the up or down arrow keys to control the radius off the corners. Uh, I'm gonna do it till I get this kind off rounded rectangle. So these are two ways of creating rounded rectangles and which one you will go for is totally up to you. I just wanted to show with you these two techniques so you can decide which one works better for you. No, I want to divine this bigger horizontal rectangle. And the best way to do that is by using the Pathfinder tool with a little bit of help from the line segment. Eso I will first select the line segment till from the tools panel. Or I could always use the backslash key to activate it and holding down the shift key. I'll draw line that is parallel to the rounded rectangle and go straight through Teoh just like so now for all this to work hassle free. It's very important to have smart guides on, And if you don't have them on, go to the View menu and choose smart guides. Or you could always use the control you shortcut. This way. You won't have to keep a line in the shapes to make sure they are in the right place. Okay, now I can go to the Pathfinder tool, which you can access from the window menu. Pathfinder work by pressing the controller Shift F nine shortcut on the keyboard. But since Beth finery such a hand, it'll it's really a good idea to talk it in the right panel just to keep it handy. Okay, so I'm in the Pathfinder tool and in here I want to choose this option in the bottom left corner that says Divide. Of course, I need to make sure that my objects are selected, and now I can click to get the two halfs off the rounded rectangle by default. This U shape remains as a group, and we will keep it that way. Now I will redo the whole process for the smaller rectangle so we'll draw vertical line in the middle of the smaller rectangle go to the pathfinder, making sure both shapes are selected and choose divide. What I want to do now is to have a smaller copy of this rounded rectangle. But, um, redoing the whole process would be such a waste of time. So instead of creating a new about smaller, divided, rounded rectangle, I will simply transform it. So, first of all, I will select this Romney rectangle and involved the scale tool by pressing the asking and enter on the keyboard on a scale it uniformly to around 17 80 75%. And I don't want to click. OK, but instead I wanna click copy. So I end up with a duplicate of the round rectangle, just smaller. Now all I need to do is to simply move the smaller rectangle, and I will put it behind the bigger rectangle by using the control plus left bracket shortcut. Just like so Now our shapes start to resemble the dumb bell right to complete the shape. What's left to do is to reflect the two rounded rectangles, and I will do that by selecting both these guys pressing the old key to make the reflect all active and pressing. Enter two will enter the reflect till dialog box and in here I want to make the reflection of vertical. And again, I don't want to hit. Okay, but I want to hit copy and just like so we got a new set of weights that now we can move to the right quick note. Here, guys, you've probably noticed that I am not going to win this election or the direct selection tool a lot. Well, that's because whenever I want to select something to move it or prickly rotated, I'm simply pressing the control or command key. If you're on a Mac to temporarily switch to the last two used selection toe eso. If you see me instantly, switch into the selection or the direct selection tool without clicking on it in the tools panel. Well, that's cause I'm holding down the control key. Okay, before we move onto added collars to our shape, it's good to make sure that our shapes aligned properly in relation to each other, so I will create a group off the weight shapes so I will select all of them and hit control G to group them at night in select whole artwork. Go to the control panel or you could always go to the align panel if you prefer. Make sure that align to selection is checked and simply hit horizontal aligned to center and then vertical aligned to center as well just to make sure everything is alarming properly. And there we go. Week of the base shape created. Okay. The last thing to do is to create a circle that will act as a background. So the quickest way to create a circle is to make the ellipse still active by pressing the Al key on the keyboard. And I will start drawing on the lips while holding down the shift and old case to constrain the proportions and start drawing from the center point. Like so. Okay, we are done with the basic shape, and we can really move onto adding colors and creating the long shadow effect. Okay, so first the collars Sure, we could go for the color picker and sample all the collars, but I always want oh, want my videos to be something more. Something better s. So I will show you another way of retrieving colors from an artwork Okay, so let me grab the original artwork. Of course. I need to make sure that it is unlocked. And I will move on to the swatches panel and from the panel, Manu, I will choose and selected colors. And just like that, I've added all the colors from the original artwork on it to my swatches panel. So they're now ready to use. Okay. Remember when I told you that by default, the shapes we created using the divide function in the Pathfinder tool are groups? Well, we need to keep that in mind now that we want to retreat the colors. I mean, if I select, say, this bar with selection toe, I am selecting the whole group and I will apply the color Teoh to the group. Well, which is not what I want. It all eso There are basically two ways of tackling this issue. We could on group a with the shapes or which is what I'm gonna do. We could directly select each part of the group. So I will hit the a key to make that direct selection still active. Select this top part of the bar and give it the green eyes red color for Phil. Um, I will select the bottom part and to make its feel darker red and I will No, I will call her the weights. I will shift. Click the parts that are supposed to be darker and make them this dark blue. Now I will shift. Click the process. There are supposed to be lighter and make them lighter blue. And of course, the circle background must be yellow and I don't want any stroke, so I will select all the shapes, make sure the stroke is active and simply hit this slash key to get rid of it. And there we go. We got the icon created, and already it's a complete shape. So if you want, you can stop right here. But we will take it to the next level with a long shadow effect. And for this effect, I will use Blanding blending. Simply put, means sort of merge objects in either a seamless, smooth color transition or in steps. Let me show you what it's all about. First, let's copy are dumbbell and that let's lock it. No, I will paste it in front, using the control of command and go to the Pathfinder to and in here I will. Just this option right here, which says unite. What we get is one dumb build shape which will now clone outside our bedroom circle. And I will do it by holding down the bulky and simply dragon it, uh, to somewhere here. Look it now. Why did we Why did we do all that? Uh, what? We want to blend these two shapes together cause it will be our long shadow, but in order to make it all nice and shiny and I will lower the opacity off this shape all the way down to zero, and we could do it from the transparency panel. Oh, are here in the control panel, which everywhere you choose, just make the opacity zero. Now, I will select both the long, transparent shape and transparent one. And now I can finally start blending. Wow, that was a quite long road, wasn't it? Uh, but you know what they say? Nothing valuable comes easy. And this effect is, well, pretty special. Okay, so let's go to the object menu, go to bland and choose blend options in here. We could choose move collar, specified steps or specified distance. We don't want to go for a smooth color, which appears to be an obvious choice. Uh, because if I actually choose smooth collar and make the blend by either choosing object blend and then make or by very handy short cut off old control be well, illustrator is not smoking anything. It's just given us one step between our shapes, and that's not what we want. Well, that's cause we're blending essentially between two exact colors, although what different? Transparency. So instead of smooth color, lance choose specified steps and let's see what happens when we just the number of steps. Well, the blend starts to look as we intended. Okay, I can see that are bland. Looks smooth, enough s so I can just accept the changes by hitting. Okay. And then we go. Our long shadow finally looks well, like a long shadow, not a step shot or something like that. Okay, if you want, you can leave it as is. But I will change the planets of blending mode too soft light. I wanna make it kind of additionally transparent, but at the same time it in a way strengthening the backgrounds color as well off course. We don't want a long shadow to go out of out of our background eso. We need to do something about it. Well, in fact, we need to clip it and I think, the easiest way to handle the processes. But using the layers panel that that's just my method, at least, and this is where creating a separate layer for artwork really pays off eso I will turn to my layers panel and I can see that I got my bag drunk. My group's on groups of shapes and my bland. What I want to do right now is to clip the blend, and I will do it with the circle background. So I was simply duplicated by Dragon onto the new layer. I come and I will drag it over the blend and select by holding down the shift key both the bland and the circle. Now we can clip the bland by either going to the object menu, choosing clipping mask and then make or by using a very, very useful shortcut of control. Seven. And just like that, we clip the shadow, so it's not falling out of our background and virtually the last thing to do is to simply move the clip group just over the background and under our dumbbells. And there we go easy. Well, it's because I am. Make it easy and you will see some more simple and spectacular facts in other videos. So more flat icons are still to come, so stay tuned.