How to create Settings icon in Adobe Illustrator

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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: 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 Settings icon

Step 1:

Grab Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 3 x 15 px at the center of Artboard.

  • Width: 3px
  • Height: 15px
  • Stroke: 1px
  • Corner: Round (Checked middle option)
Create Rectangle
Create Rectangle

 Step 2:

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

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

Duplicate Rectangle
Duplicate Rectangle

Step 3:

Select both Rectangles and make a copy of them with Alt + -> (Right Arrow Key).

Rotate copied Rectangles to 315° and place as shown.

Duplicate Rectangles
Duplicate Rectangles

Step 4:

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

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

Perform Unite operation on all Rectangles
Perform Unite operation on all Rectangles

Step 5:

Grab Ellipse tool (L) and create 11 x 11 px Circle and align it to the center of Artboard.

Create Circle and align it to center
Create Circle and align it to center

Step 6:

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

Perform Unite operation on both objects
Perform Unite operation on both objects

Step 7:

Grab Ellipse tool (L) and create 5 x 5 px Circle and align it to the center of Artboard.

Create Circle
Create Circle

Final Output:

Settings icon
Settings icon

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