How to create Christmas Tree icon in Adobe Illustrator

Hello folks! Today in our new article series ‘Icon Design Tutorial’, we are designing Christmas Tree icon in Flat Style in few simple steps. We are using Adobe Illustrator 2017.

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1. Setup New Document

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

  • Width: 32px
  • Height: 32px
  • 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 Christmas Tree

Step 1:

Grab Polygon Tool and choose 3 Sides and create 3 Triangle with following dimensions.

Triangle 1:

  • Dimension: W: 10px; H: 8px
  • Position: X: 16px; Y: 8px
  • Stroke: 0px
  • Fill: Color: Green (#91ca60)
Create Triangle 1
Create Triangle 1

Triangle 2:

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

  • Dimension: W: 15px; H: 12px
  • Position: X: 16px; Y: 13px

Triangle 3:

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

  • Dimension: W: 18.75px; H: 15px
  • Position: X: 16px; Y: 18.5px

Select all three triangles and make Corner Radius to 1px.

Create 3 Triangles
Create 3 Triangles

Step 2:

Select Triangle 1 and Triangle 2 and make a copy of it. Shift down duplicated Triangle 1 by 1px. Select both duplicated Triangles and perform “Intersect” operation.

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

Select both duplicated Triangles and perform Intersect Operation (Third option in Shape Modes) from Shape Modes.

Change the color of selected object to #70bb57

Select Triangle 2 and Triangle 3 and perform same operations.

Triangles with Shadow
Triangles with Shadow

Step 2:

Grab Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 3 x 4px Rectangle. 

  • Dimension: W: 3px; H: 4px
  • Position: X: 16px; Y: 28px
  • Fill Color: #8a684s

Create another Rectangle for shadow effect.

  • Dimension: W: 3px; H: 1px
  • Position: X: 16px; Y: 26.5px
  • Fill Color: #745539
Create Rectangle
Create Rectangle

3. Decorate

Step 1:

Select a Star tool and create star with following dimensions and place it on top of the tree.

Star Dimension
Star Dimension
  • Dimension: Radius 1: 12px; Radius 2: 20px
  • Points: 5
  • Fill Color: #Fecb5b
Tree with Star
Tree with Star

Step 2: 

Circle 1:

Grab Ellipse tool (L) and create 9 x 9 px Circle 1 to create Read string or Red curve lines.

  • Dimension: W: 9px; H: 9px
  • Position: X: 13px; Y: 6px
  • Stroke: 1px
  • Fill: Remove

Select Circle. Open Object -> Expand -> Stroke and perform Expand Operation.

Duplicate Triangle 1. Select Duplicated Triangle and Circle and perform Intersection Operation (Third option in Shape Modes) from Shape Modes.

Read string
Read string

Circle 2:

Grab Ellipse tool (L) and create 19 x 19px Circle 2.

  • Dimension: W: 19px; H: 19px
  • Position: X: 11px; Y: 8px

Perform same operation as above with Triangle 2 and Circle 2.

Circle 3:

Grab Ellipse tool (L) and create 29 x 29px Circle 3.

  • Dimension: W: 29px; H: 29px
  • Position: X: 10px; Y: 10px

Perform same operation as above with Triangle 3 and Circle 3.

Read String on all Triangles
Read String on all Triangles

Grab Ellipse tool (L) and create 1 x 1px Circles and arrange them randomly to decorate.

Tree Decoration
Tree Decoration

Final Output:

Final Tree
Christmas Tree icon

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