How to Make a Purchase Icon in Adobe Illustrator

Love

icon design? If so, follow this tutorial and learn how to make a

minimal purchase icon in three different versions. We will use only

basic shapes, and with the help of the Align options and the

Pathfinder options, we will build these icons step by step. By the

end of this tutorial, you will be able to apply these techniques to

create other types of icons.

A

minimal icon is characterized by:

A

minimal icon is characterized by:

A

minimal icon is characterized by:

Simplicity: minimum of shapes and elements

Simplicity: minimum of shapes and elements

Simplicity: minimum of shapes and elements

Clarity: icons should be understandable in a single glance

Clarity: icons should be understandable in a single glance

Clarity: icons should be understandable in a single glance

Scaling: icons should maintain sharpness and clarity at any size,

especially when scaled very small

Scaling: icons should maintain sharpness and clarity at any size,

especially when scaled very small

Scaling: icons should maintain sharpness and clarity at any size,

especially when scaled very small

Excludes: complex colors, gradients, textures, and shadows

Excludes: complex colors, gradients, textures, and shadows

Excludes: complex colors, gradients, textures, and shadows

If

you are hungry for more icon design, head over to GraphicRiver and

you will be able to find a multitude of vector icons in different

styles, shapes, and categories.

If

you are hungry for more icon design, head over to GraphicRiver and

you will be able to find a multitude of vector icons in different

styles, shapes, and categories.

If

you are hungry for more icon design, head over to GraphicRiver and

you will be able to find a multitude of vector icons in different

styles, shapes, and categories.

Tutorial

Assets

To

complete the tutorial, you will need the following assets:

To

complete the tutorial, you will need the following assets:

To

complete the tutorial, you will need the following assets:

Poppins

Font

Poppins

Font

Poppins

Font

Poppins

Font


1. How

to Open a New Document 

1.

Launch

Illustrator

and

go to File

> New to

open a blank document. Type a name for your file, set up the

dimensions, and then select Pixels

as

Units

and

RGB

as

Color

Mode.



Launch

Launch

Illustrator

and

go to

and

go to

File

> New

to

open a blank document. Type a name for your file, set up the

dimensions, and then select

to

open a blank document. Type a name for your file, set up the

dimensions, and then select

Pixels

as

as

Units

and

and

RGB

as

as

Color

Mode

.

.

Next,

go to Edit

> Preferences > General and

set the Keyboard

Increment to

1

px and

while there, go to Units

to

make sure they are set as in the following image. I usually work with

these settings, and they will help you throughout the drawing process. 

Next,

go to

Next,

go to

Edit

> Preferences > General

and

set the

and

set the

Keyboard

Increment

to

to

1

px

and

while there, go to

and

while there, go to

Units

to

make sure they are set as in the following image. I usually work with

these settings, and they will help you throughout the drawing process. 

to

make sure they are set as in the following image. I usually work with

these settings, and they will help you throughout the drawing process. 


2. How

to Set Up the Reference Grid

2.

Step

1

Step

1

Go

to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and type 10 px in the

Gridline every field and 10 in the Subdivisions field. This will

create a grid line every pixel in your document.

Go

to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and type 10 px in the

Gridline every field and 10 in the Subdivisions field. This will

create a grid line every pixel in your document.

Go

to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and type 10 px in the

Gridline every field and 10 in the Subdivisions field. This will

create a grid line every pixel in your document.

Step

2

Step

2

Under

the View menu, make sure to check Show Grid to make it visible, and

also keep Snap to Grid and Snap to Point checked.

Under

the View menu, make sure to check Show Grid to make it visible, and

also keep Snap to Grid and Snap to Point checked.

Under

the View menu, make sure to check Show Grid to make it visible, and

also keep Snap to Grid and Snap to Point checked.

Step

3

Step

3

Grab

the Rectangle Tool (M) and draw a 200 x 182 px rectangle. Align its

corner with the grid; then go to Object > Artboards > Convert

to Artboards. This will define a new small artboard inside your

document which is the size of our icon.

Grab

the Rectangle Tool (M) and draw a 200 x 182 px rectangle. Align its

corner with the grid; then go to Object > Artboards > Convert

to Artboards. This will define a new small artboard inside your

document which is the size of our icon.

Grab

the Rectangle Tool (M) and draw a 200 x 182 px rectangle. Align its

corner with the grid; then go to Object > Artboards > Convert

to Artboards. This will define a new small artboard inside your

document which is the size of our icon.


3. How

to Create the “Dollar Sign” Purchase Icon

3.

The first icon is composed of a minimal cart icon and a dollar sign symbol, and we will go through the process of creating it path by path.

Step

1

Step

1

Grab

the Line Segment Tool (\), click on your artboard, and draw a 26 px

path at a 0 degree Angle. Give it a 14 pt Stroke and press the Round

Cap option in the Stroke panel to obtain the rounded ends.

Grab

the Line Segment Tool (\), click on your artboard, and draw a 26 px

path at a 0 degree Angle. Give it a 14 pt Stroke and press the Round

Cap option in the Stroke panel to obtain the rounded ends.

Grab

the Line Segment Tool (\), click on your artboard, and draw a 26 px

path at a 0 degree Angle. Give it a 14 pt Stroke and press the Round

Cap option in the Stroke panel to obtain the rounded ends.

While

the path stays selected, go to the Align panel and make sure that

Align to Artboard is selected. Now, press Horizontal Align Left

followed by Vertical Align Top. The path will jump to the top left

corner of your artboard.

While

the path stays selected, go to the Align panel and make sure that

Align to Artboard is selected. Now, press Horizontal Align Left

followed by Vertical Align Top. The path will jump to the top left

corner of your artboard.

While

the path stays selected, go to the Align panel and make sure that

Align to Artboard is selected. Now, press Horizontal Align Left

followed by Vertical Align Top. The path will jump to the top left

corner of your artboard.

Step

2

Step

2

To

position the first path inside the artboard where we need it, go to

Object > Transform > Move and type 7 px in both the Horizontal and

Vertical fields. Hit OK.

To

position the first path inside the artboard where we need it, go to

Object > Transform > Move and type 7 px in both the Horizontal and

Vertical fields. Hit OK.

To

position the first path inside the artboard where we need it, go to

Object > Transform > Move and type 7 px in both the Horizontal and

Vertical fields. Hit OK.

Step

3

Step

3

Grab

the Line Segment Tool (\) again, click on your artboard, and draw a

134 px path at a 108 degree Angle. Give it a 14 pt Stroke and select

the Round Cap option in the Stroke panel. Grab it with the Direct

Selection Tool (A) and align its top point with the end point of the

first path.

Grab

the Line Segment Tool (\) again, click on your artboard, and draw a

134 px path at a 108 degree Angle. Give it a 14 pt Stroke and select

the Round Cap option in the Stroke panel. Grab it with the Direct

Selection Tool (A) and align its top point with the end point of the

first path.

Grab

the Line Segment Tool (\) again, click on your artboard, and draw a

134 px path at a 108 degree Angle. Give it a 14 pt Stroke and select

the Round Cap option in the Stroke panel. Grab it with the Direct

Selection Tool (A) and align its top point with the end point of the

first path.

Step

4

Step

4

Use the Line Segment Tool (\) to draw a new path 35 px in length.

Apply the same appearances as the first two paths. In the

Align panel, press Vertical Align Top followed by Horizontal Align

Right to position it in the top right corner of the artboard.

Use the Line Segment Tool (\) to 

Use the Line Segment Tool (\) to 

While

the path stays selected, go to Object > Transform > Move and

type -7 px in the Horizontal field and 34 px in the Vertical field.

Hit OK.

While

the path stays selected, go to Object > Transform > Move and

type -7 px in the Horizontal field and 34 px in the Vertical field.

Hit OK.

While

the path stays selected, go to Object > Transform > Move and

type -7 px in the Horizontal field and 34 px in the Vertical field.

Hit OK.

Step

5

Step

5

Take

the Line Segment Tool (\) again and draw an 80 px path at a 72

degrees Angle. Apply the same appearances to it; then grab it with

the Direct Selection Tool (A) and align its top point with the end

point of the previous path.

Take

the Line Segment Tool (\) again and draw an 80 px path at a 72

degrees Angle. Apply the same appearances to it; then grab it with

the Direct Selection Tool (A) and align its top point with the end

point of the previous path.

Take

the Line Segment Tool (\) again and draw an 80 px path at a 72

degrees Angle. Apply the same appearances to it; then grab it with

the Direct Selection Tool (A) and align its top point with the end

point of the previous path.

Step

6

Step

6

Draw

the next path with 100 px length and apply the same appearances.

Align its right point with the end point of the previous path.

Draw

the next path with 100 px length and apply the same appearances.

Align its right point with the end point of the previous path.

Draw

the next path with 100 px length and apply the same appearances.

Align its right point with the end point of the previous path.

Step

7

Step

7

Now,

select the path shown below and then Copy and Paste

in Front (Control-F)

to make a copy of it. Move it to the left along the grid lines using

the Left Arrow key on your keyboard.

Now,

select the path shown below and then Copy and

Now,

select the path shown below and then Copy and

Paste

in Front (Control-F)

Paste

in Front (Control-F)



to make a copy of it. Move it to the left along the grid lines using

the Left Arrow key on your keyboard.



to make a copy of it. Move it to the left along the grid lines using

the Left Arrow key on your keyboard.

Step

8

Step

8

It's

time to create the wheels of the cart. Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) and

draw a 52 x 52 px circle, and press the Vertical Align Bottom in the

Align panel to make sure it stays at the bottom of the artboard.

Align the center of the circle with the end point of the path above

it (you can use a Guide line to make this job easier).

It's

time to create the wheels of the cart. Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) and

draw a 52 x 52 px circle, and press the Vertical Align Bottom in the

Align panel to make sure it stays at the bottom of the artboard.

Align the center of the circle with the end point of the path above

it (you can use a Guide line to make this job easier).

It's

time to create the wheels of the cart. Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) and

draw a 52 x 52 px circle, and press the Vertical Align Bottom in the

Align panel to make sure it stays at the bottom of the artboard.

Align the center of the circle with the end point of the path above

it (you can use a Guide line to make this job easier).

Copy

and Paste

in Front (Control-F)

this circle and move it to the left to obtain the second wheel.

Copy

and

Copy

and

Paste

in Front (Control-F)

Paste

in Front (Control-F)



this circle and move it to the left to obtain the second wheel.



this circle and move it to the left to obtain the second wheel.

Step

9

Step

9

Keep

the first wheel selected and go to Object > Transform > Scale.

Type 45% in the Uniform Scale field and hit Copy. This will create a

smaller circle inside. Repeat the same thing for the other wheel.

Keep

the first wheel selected and go to Object > Transform > Scale.

Type 45% in the Uniform Scale field and hit Copy. This will create a

smaller circle inside. Repeat the same thing for the other wheel.

Keep

the first wheel selected and go to Object > Transform > Scale.

Type 45% in the Uniform Scale field and hit Copy. This will create a

smaller circle inside. Repeat the same thing for the other wheel.

Now,

select the first wheel again, along with the smaller circle on top of

it, and press Minus Front in the Pathfinder panel. This will create a

hole inside the wheel. Repeat the same thing for the second wheel.

Now,

select the first wheel again, along with the smaller circle on top of

it, and press Minus Front in the Pathfinder panel. This will create a

hole inside the wheel. Repeat the same thing for the second wheel.

Now,

select the first wheel again, along with the smaller circle on top of

it, and press Minus Front in the Pathfinder panel. This will create a

hole inside the wheel. Repeat the same thing for the second wheel.

Step

10

Step

10

Use

the Line Segment Tool (\) to draw a 90 px path and apply the same

appearances. Use the grid to arrange it between the wheels.

Use

the Line Segment Tool (\) to draw a 90 px path and apply the same

appearances. Use the grid to arrange it between the wheels.

Use

the Line Segment Tool (\) to draw a 90 px path and apply the same

appearances. Use the grid to arrange it between the wheels.

Step

11

Step

11

Next,

take the Ellipse Tool (L) and draw an 84 x 84 px circle. Press Horizontal Align Right followed by Vertical Align Top to position

this shape in the top right corner of the artboard. Use the grid to

move it a little to the left by one division (10 subdivisions).

Next,

take the Ellipse Tool (L) and draw an 84 x 84 px circle. Press Horizontal Align Right followed by Vertical Align Top to position

this shape in the top right corner of the artboard. Use the grid to

move it a little to the left by one division (10 subdivisions).

Next,

take the Ellipse Tool (L) and draw an 84 x 84 px circle. Press Horizontal Align Right followed by Vertical Align Top to position

this shape in the top right corner of the artboard. Use the grid to

move it a little to the left by one division (10 subdivisions).

Step

12

Step

12

Let's continue the icon design with the dollar sign symbol. Grab

the Type Tool (T) and write the letter “S” inside the circle

using the Poppins Thin Font, size of 72 pt. The fill color is not

important. Also, give it a 6 pt Stroke and press the Round Cap and

Round Join in the Stroke panel using the same color. This will make

the letter thicker and rounded at the ends.

Let's continue the icon design with the dollar sign symbol. Grab

the Type Tool (T) and write the letter “S” inside the circle

using the Poppins Thin Font, size of 72 pt. The fill color is not

important. Also, give it a 6 pt Stroke and press the Round Cap and

Round Join in the Stroke panel using the same color. This will make

the letter thicker and rounded at the ends.

Let's continue the icon design with the dollar sign symbol. Grab

the Type Tool (T) and write the letter “S” inside the circle

using the Poppins Thin Font, size of 72 pt. The fill color is not

important. Also, give it a 6 pt Stroke and press the Round Cap and

Round Join in the Stroke panel using the same color. This will make

the letter thicker and rounded at the ends.

Next,

draw a vertical path about 54 px in length and position it

in the center of the letter “S” to obtain the dollar sign.

Give it a 6 pt Stroke and press the Round Cap option in the Stroke

panel.

Next,

draw a vertical path about 54 px in length and position it

in the center of the letter “S” to obtain the dollar sign.

Give it a 6 pt Stroke and press the Round Cap option in the Stroke

panel.

Next,

draw a vertical path about 54 px in length and position it

in the center of the letter “S” to obtain the dollar sign.

Give it a 6 pt Stroke and press the Round Cap option in the Stroke

panel.

Step

13

Step

13

Use

the Line Segment Tool (\) to draw a new path 120 px in length

at a 0 degree Angle. Give it a 12 pt Stroke, move it to the center of

the cart, and send it behind the circle.

Use

the Line Segment Tool (\) to draw a new path 120 px in length

at a 0 degree Angle. Give it a 12 pt Stroke, move it to the center of

the cart, and send it behind the circle.

Use

the Line Segment Tool (\) to draw a new path 120 px in length

at a 0 degree Angle. Give it a 12 pt Stroke, move it to the center of

the cart, and send it behind the circle.

Step

14

Step

14

Select

the dollar sign and go to Object > Expand twice in order to expand

the text and the stroke applied. Press Unite in the Pathfinder panel

to merge them into a single shape (1).

Select

the dollar sign and go to Object > Expand twice in order to expand

the text and the stroke applied. Press Unite in the Pathfinder panel

to merge them into a single shape (1).

Select

the dollar sign and go to Object > Expand twice in order to expand

the text and the stroke applied. Press Unite in the Pathfinder panel

to merge them into a single shape (1).

Now,

select the dollar shape along with the circle and press Minus Front

in the Pathfinder panel to subtract it from the circle (2).

Now,

select the dollar shape along with the circle and press Minus Front

in the Pathfinder panel to subtract it from the circle (2).

Now,

select the dollar shape along with the circle and press Minus Front

in the Pathfinder panel to subtract it from the circle (2).

Before

you continue and before you expand the paths, make two copies of the

entire icon for later use.

Before

you continue and before you expand the paths, make two copies of the

entire icon for later use.

Before

you continue and before you expand the paths, make two copies of the

entire icon for later use.

Step

15

Step

15

Select

all the stroked paths that make up the cart and go to Object >

Expand to turn them into filled shapes. At this point, we need to make

a few small adjustments. Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to select

only the three points indicated (1) and move them to the right by

pressing the Right Arrow key on your keyboard until you can't see the

blue shape inside the dollar sign (2).

Select

all the stroked paths that make up the cart and go to Object >

Expand to turn them into filled shapes. At this point, we need to make

a few small adjustments. Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to select

only the three points indicated (1) and move them to the right by

pressing the Right Arrow key on your keyboard until you can't see the

blue shape inside the dollar sign (2).

Select

all the stroked paths that make up the cart and go to Object >

Expand to turn them into filled shapes. At this point, we need to make

a few small adjustments. Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to select

only the three points indicated (1) and move them to the right by

pressing the Right Arrow key on your keyboard until you can't see the

blue shape inside the dollar sign (2).

Do

the same thing at the bottom of the dollar sign and distort the blue

shape by adding three extra points with the Add Anchor Point Tool

(+). With the help of the Direct Selection Tool (A), move the point in

the middle downwards until you can't see the blue shape inside the

dollar sign (3).

Do

the same thing at the bottom of the dollar sign and distort the blue

shape by adding three extra points with the Add Anchor Point Tool

(+). With the help of the Direct Selection Tool (A), move the point in

the middle downwards until you can't see the blue shape inside the

dollar sign (3).

Do

the same thing at the bottom of the dollar sign and distort the blue

shape by adding three extra points with the Add Anchor Point Tool

(+). With the help of the Direct Selection Tool (A), move the point in

the middle downwards until you can't see the blue shape inside the

dollar sign (3).

Step

16

Step

16

At

this point, the “Dollar Sign” purchase icon is ready. You can

select all the shapes and press Unite in the Pathfinder panel

followed by Object > Compound Path > Make (Control-8) to merge

everything into a single compound path.

At

this point, the “Dollar Sign” purchase icon is ready. You can

select all the shapes and press Unite in the Pathfinder panel

followed by Object > Compound Path > Make (Control-8) to merge

everything into a single compound path.

At

this point, the “Dollar Sign” purchase icon is ready. You can

select all the shapes and press Unite in the Pathfinder panel

followed by Object > Compound Path > Make (Control-8) to merge

everything into a single compound path.

This

step is optional. You can keep the shapes separate and fill them with

different colors that you prefer.

This

step is optional. You can keep the shapes separate and fill them with

different colors that you prefer.

This

step is optional. You can keep the shapes separate and fill them with

different colors that you prefer.


4. How

to Create the “Plus Sign” Purchase Icon

4.

The second icon is composed of a minimal cart icon as well, but we will change the style a little and add a plus sign symbol.

Step

1

Step

1

Draw

a new 200 x 182 px rectangle with the Rectangle Tool (M) and go to

Object > Artboards > Convert to Artboards in order to define a

new artboard inside your document. Now, grab the copy of the “Dollar

Sign” purchase icon made earlier in the tutorial and Group

(Control-G) all the shapes. Press Horizontal Align Center and

Vertical Align Center in the Align panel to make sure the icon stays

inside the new artboard (1).

Draw

a new 200 x 182 px rectangle with the Rectangle Tool (M) and go to

Object > Artboards > Convert to Artboards in order to define a

new artboard inside your document. Now, grab the copy of the “Dollar

Sign” purchase icon made earlier in the tutorial and Group

(Control-G) all the shapes. Press Horizontal Align Center and

Vertical Align Center in the Align panel to make sure the icon stays

inside the new artboard (1).

Draw

a new 200 x 182 px rectangle with the Rectangle Tool (M) and go to

Object > Artboards > Convert to Artboards in order to define a

new artboard inside your document. Now, grab the copy of the “Dollar

Sign” purchase icon made earlier in the tutorial and Group

(Control-G) all the shapes. Press Horizontal Align Center and

Vertical Align Center in the Align panel to make sure the icon stays

inside the new artboard (1).

Use

the Direct Selection Tool (A) to select only the point indicated, and

move it to the right to remove the empty space up to the circle (2).

Next, take the Pen Tool (P) and draw a shape as shown in the image below

to cover the bottom of the cart (3).

Use

the Direct Selection Tool (A) to select only the point indicated, and

move it to the right to remove the empty space up to the circle (2).

Next, take the Pen Tool (P) and draw a shape as shown in the image below

to cover the bottom of the cart (3).

Use

the Direct Selection Tool (A) to select only the point indicated, and

move it to the right to remove the empty space up to the circle (2).

Next, take the Pen Tool (P) and draw a shape as shown in the image below

to cover the bottom of the cart (3).

Step

2

Step

2

Select

all the stroked paths that make up the icon and go to Object

> Expand to turn them into filled shapes (1). Now, select all the

blue shapes that make up the icon (without the circle) and press Unite in

the Pathfinder panel followed by Object > Compound Path > Make

(Control-8) to merge them into a single compound path (2).

Select

all the stroked paths that make up the icon and go to Object

> Expand to turn them into filled shapes (1). Now, select all the

blue shapes that make up the icon (without the circle) and press Unite in

the Pathfinder panel followed by Object > Compound Path > Make

(Control-8) to merge them into a single compound path (2).

Select

all the stroked paths that make up the icon and go to Object

> Expand to turn them into filled shapes (1). Now, select all the

bl

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