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Hello folks! Today in our new article series ‘Icon Design Tutorial’, we are designing Santa Claus Hat 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. Santa Claus Hat Phase 1

Step 1:

Grab Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 25 x 25 px Square at the center of Artboard.

  • Width: 25px
  • Height: 25px
  • Stroke: 0px
  • Fill: Color: Red (#ef4a4c)
Create Square

Create Square

Step 2: 

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

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

Corner Radius of Square

Step 3:

Make a copy of Square with Alt + -> (Right Arrow Key) and shift copied Square to 2px Right side and give shadow effect with the fill color.

  • Fill: Color: Red (#e0313f)
Make a copy of Square

Make a copy of Square

Step 4:

Grab Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 3 x 13 px Rectangle.

  • Width: 3px
  • Height: 13px
  • Position: X: 24px; Y: 22px
  • Stroke: 0px
  • Fill: Color: Any color
Create Rectangle

Create Rectangle

Select Left upper Anchor point and give corner radius to it.

Corner radius to Rectangle

Corner radius to Rectangle

Step 5:

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

Select all both objects and perform Minus Front (Second option in Shape Modes) from Shape Modes.

Perform Minus Front operation

Perform Minus Front operation

4. Santa Claus Hat Phase 2

Step 1:

Grab Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 21 x 7 px Rectangle.

  • Width: 21px
  • Height: 7px
  • Position: X: 13px; Y: 26px
  • Stroke: 0px
  • Fill: Color: White (#eef2fa)

Select all Rectange points and make round corner to 2px.

Create Rectangle

Create Rectangle

Step 2:

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

  • Width: 5px
  • Height: 5px
  • Stroke: 0px
  • Position: X: 27px; Y: 20px
  • Fill: Color: White (#eef2fa)
Create Circle

Create Circle

Select Red object, select tailing rectangle points and shift it upwards behind circle like shown in below image.

Shift tail upwards

Shift tail upwards

Step 3:

Grab Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 4 x 10 px Rectangle.

  • Width: 4px
  • Height: 10px
  • Position: X: 22.5px; Y: 20.5px
  • Stroke: 0px
  • Fill: Color: Red (#e0313f)

Select uper left point and make corner radius to 2px.

Create Rectangle

Create Rectangle

Step 5:

Duplicate Red Hat object and perform Intersect operation with Rectangle.

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

Select both objects and perform Intersect (Third option in Shape Modes) from Shape Modes.

Intersect Operation

Intersect Operation

Step 6:

Make a copy of Circle with Alt + -> (Right Arrow Key) and shift copied Circle to 2px Right side and give shadow effect with the fill color.

  • Fill: Color: White (#d5e5f2)

Make a copy of Rectangle with Alt + -> (Right Arrow Key) and shift copied Rectangle to 2px Right side and give shadow effect with the fill color.

  • Fill: Color: White (#d5e5f2)
Shadow effect of Rectangle and Circle

Shadow effect of Rectangle and Circle

5. Santa Claus Hat Phase 3

Step 1:

Grab Ellipse tool (L) and create 21 x 21 px Circle.

  • Width: 21px
  • Height: 21px
  • Stroke: 1px
  • Position: X: 16px; Y: 15px
  • Color: White (#e85d64)
Create Circle

Create Circle

Select Circle and put Start angle at 90 degree and End angle at 180 degree. Select corner anhor point and delete it.

Create half circle

Create half circle

Step 2:

Make a line of 1px with the following position.

  • Position: X: 5.5px; Y: 17.5px

Make 3 circle of 1px and put it for decoration as shown in below image.

Decorating Hat

Decorating Hat

Final Output:

Santa Claus Hat

Santa Claus Hat

Over to you

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