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Hello folks! Iconscout is starting a new article series ‘Icon Design Tutorial’ where we’ll demonstrate how you can learn designing icons in few simple steps. We are using Adobe Illustrator 2017. We’ll bring new tutorials every week. Please subscribe to Iconscout newsletter to get notification about our latest launching.

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Happy Designing!

1. Setup New Document

Open Adobe Illustrator. Create a New Document (File -> New or Ctrl+N or Command+N) with following description:

  • Width: 16px
  • Height: 16px
  • Artboards: 1
  • Color Mode: RGB
  • Orientation: Vertical (Checked first icon)
Setup New Document

Setup New Document

2. Setup Grid & Guides

Step 1:

Open Preferences dialog (Edit -> Preferences -> Guides & Grid)

  • Gridline every: 5px
  • Subdivisions: 5
Setup Grid & Guides

Setup Grid & Guides

Step 2:

Please ensure Snap option active.

View -> Snap to Grid & Snap to Point

3. Create Heart Icon

Step 1:

Grab Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 7 x 11 px.

  • Width: 7px
  • Height: 11px
  • Stroke: 4pt
  • Corner: Round (Checked middle option)
Create Rectangle

Create Rectangle

Step 2:

Select upper two points of rectangle and make both Corner Radius to 3.5px.

  • Left Radius: 3.5px
  • Right Radius: 3.5px
Corner Radius of Rectangle

Corner Radius of Rectangle

Step 3:

Make copy of Rectangle with Alt + -> (Right Arrow Key).

Rotate copied Rectangle to 270° and place Horizontally as shown.

Create Duplicate Rectangle

Create Duplicate Rectangle

Step 4:

Open Pathfinder from Window -> Pathfinder or Shift + Ctrl + F9.

Select both Rectangles and perform Unite Operation (First option in Shape Modes) from Shape Modes.

Perform Unite Operation on both Rectangles

Perform Unite Operation on both Rectangles

Step 5:

Select Heart shape object and Rotate it to 45°. Select Align to Artboard and perform Horizontal Align Center (Second option) and Vertical Align Center operation (Fifth option).

Expand path to Shape. Go to Object -> Expand… Checked Fill and Stroke and hit OK.

Expanding objects enables you to divide a single object into multiple objects that make up its appearance. For example, if you expand a simple object, such as a circle with a solid-color fill and a stroke, the fill and the stroke each become a discrete object. If you expand more complex artwork, such as an object with a pattern fill, the pattern is divided into all of the distinct paths that created it.

You typically expand an object when you want to modify the appearance attributes and other properties of specific elements within it. In addition, expanding objects may be helpful when you want to use an object that is native to Illustrator (such as a mesh object) in a different application that doesn’t recognize the object. — Adobe Help (https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/grouping-expanding-objects.html)

Expand Path to Shape

Expand Path to Shape

Final Output:

Heart icon

Heart icon

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