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Hello folks! Today in our new article series ‘Icon Design Tutorial’, we are designing Cloud icon in few simple steps. We are using Adobe Illustrator 2017. We’ll publish two tutorials per week.

After the success of LogoDrop, Iconscout is bringing plugin — Icondrop for Sketch, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

You can download it from here: https://iconscout.com/icondrop

Happy Designing!

1. Setup New Document

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

Step 1:

Grab Ellipse tool (L) and create 6 x 6 px first Circle.

  • Width: 6px
  • Height: 6px
  • Stroke: 1px
  • Position: X: 3.5px; Y: 5.5px
Create first Circle

Create first Circle

Step 2:

Grab Ellipse tool (L) again and create 9 x 9 px second Circle.

  • Width: 9px
  • Height: 9px
  • Stroke: 1px
  • Position: X: 8px; Y: 2.5px
Create second Circle

Create second Circle

Step 3:

Grab Ellipse tool (L) again and create 5 x 5 px third Circle.

  • Width: 5px
  • Height: 5px
  • Stroke: 1px
  • Position: X: 12px; Y: 6.5px
Create third Circle

Create third Circle

Step 4:

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

Select all three circle and perform Unite Operation (First option in Shape Modes) from Shape Modes.

Perform Unite operation on all three circle

Perform Unite operation on all three circle

Step 5:

Select Anchor point of shape as shown in the image and then delete those point using Delete Anchor Point Tool (-).

Delete Anchor Point

Delete Anchor Point

Final Output:

Cloud icon

Cloud icon

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