Design a Stylish Wallet Icon in Illustrator
In this simple tutorial I’ll show you how to create the wallet icon from my Women’s Icons using Adobe Illustrator CS4.
Here’s the finished wallet icon blown up and at its native size of 128×128 pixels.
Soundtrack: “Money” by Pink Floyd
There was no other choice! Enjoy this 7/4 gem from “Dark Side Of The Moon”.
For once I want to make an easy tutorial for beginners so let’s create the icon at the intermediate size of 128×128 pixels: the icon is bigger than normal yet we won’t need to be extremely detailed.
Create a 120×64 px rectangle and add the Rounded Corners effect choosing 4 px for the radius. Fill the rectangle with a vertical yellow gradient. Remember to give all your shapes whole-number dimensions, no commas allowed. The same goes for their coordinates: make sure each object lies on the pixels, not across them. Doing so will avoid antialiased (blurred) edges and the icon will look crisp.
Copy and paste in front the rectangle (Command+C, Command+F). Load an animal skin pattern from the Patterns palette and apply it to the rectangle. In the Transparency palette set the mode to Overlay and the Opacity to 25%. Now our wallet is made from (fake, of course) yellow crocodile skin. It doesn’t get more stylish than this.
Draw stitches on the wallet with a simple light brown path. Make the stroke dashed and adjust the dash length and spacing to get a satisfying result.
Draw the top metal edge (a simple rectangle) and fill it with a black and white gradient to simulate reflections on chrome. Also add a drop shadow to the edge with the eponymous effect. Use 0 px for the X offset so the shadow is cast downward.
Don’t forget to place a fake Italian designer’s logo on the wallet!
Draw the closing latch with an angled stroked path and expand it. Fill it with the usual chrome gradient (adjusted for this particular shape). Mirror the second latch and make it slightly taller. Add the two little beads that snap together and shut the wallet. They’re made with three concentric circles.
Finished! That was easy, wasn’t it? Behold the beautiful icon. See how crisp it is at its target size? That’s because we kept all lines exactly on the pixels and not across them.
Think about how many other realistic objects can be drawn with just a few clever steps!
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