How to Make a Report Icon in Adobe Illustrator

Love

icon design? If so, then this is the project for you. Follow this

tutorial and learn the process of creating a report icon in a minimal

style and in three different versions.

Love

icon design? If so, then this is the project for you. Follow this

tutorial and learn the process of creating a report icon in a minimal

style and in three different versions.

Love

icon design? If so, then this is the project for you. Follow this

tutorial and learn the process of creating a report icon in a minimal

style and in three different versions.

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.

This

tutorial is beginner friendly because we will use only basic shapes

and with the help of the Align options, the Pathfinder options and

the Transform options we will build these icons step by step. By the

end of this tutorial, you will have the knowledge to make icons in different styles in future projects.

This

tutorial is beginner friendly because we will use only basic shapes

and with the help of the Align options, the Pathfinder options and

the Transform options we will build these icons step by step. By the

end of this tutorial, you will have the knowledge to make icons in different styles in future projects.

This

tutorial is beginner friendly because we will use only basic shapes

and with the help of the Align options, the Pathfinder options and

the Transform options we will build these icons step by step. By the

end of this tutorial, you will have the knowledge to make icons in different styles in future projects.

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:


Round

Any Corner Script I 20

Free and Useful Adobe Illustrator Scripts

Round

Any Corner Script I 

Round

Any Corner Script I 


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,

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

,

set the

,

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 Create the “Clipboard” Report Icon

2.

The first icon is inspired by a simple clipboard icon with a clean design, and we will start to build it shape by shape.

Step

1

Step

1

Grab

the Rectangle Tool (M) and draw the first shape, which is a 160 x 178

px rectangle. While this shape stays selected, go to the Align panel

and make sure to check the Align to Artboard option in the bottom

right corner. Now, press Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align

Bottom to align it perfectly inside your 200 x 200 px artboard.

Grab

the Rectangle Tool (M) and draw the first shape, which is a 160 x 178

px rectangle. While this shape stays selected, go to the Align panel

and make sure to check the Align to Artboard option in the bottom

right corner. Now, press Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align

Bottom to align it perfectly inside your 200 x 200 px artboard.

Grab

the Rectangle Tool (M) and draw the first shape, which is a 160 x 178

px rectangle. While this shape stays selected, go to the Align panel

and make sure to check the Align to Artboard option in the bottom

right corner. Now, press Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align

Bottom to align it perfectly inside your 200 x 200 px artboard.

Step

2

Step

2

Give

it a 12 pt Stroke and press the Align Stroke to Inside option (1).

The color is not important at this point.

Give

it a 12 pt Stroke and press the Align Stroke to Inside option (1).

The color is not important at this point.

Give

it a 12 pt Stroke and press the Align Stroke to Inside option (1).

The color is not important at this point.

With

the shape still selected, go to the Transform panel and apply a

Radius of 30 px for all four corners to round them (2).

With

the shape still selected, go to the Transform panel and apply a

Radius of 30 px for all four corners to round them (2).

With

the shape still selected, go to the Transform panel and apply a

Radius of 30 px for all four corners to round them (2).

Step

3

Step

3

Next,

use the Rectangle Tool (M) to draw a 90 x 17 px rectangle and then

press the Horizontal Align Center followed by Vertical Align Top to

align it with your artboard (1).

Next,

use the Rectangle Tool (M) to draw a 90 x 17 px rectangle and then

press the Horizontal Align Center followed by Vertical Align Top to

align it with your artboard (1).

Next,

use the Rectangle Tool (M) to draw a 90 x 17 px rectangle and then

press the Horizontal Align Center followed by Vertical Align Top to

align it with your artboard (1).

Draw

another rectangle of 90 x 20 px and arrange it right under the first

one (2).

Draw

another rectangle of 90 x 20 px and arrange it right under the first

one (2).

Draw

another rectangle of 90 x 20 px and arrange it right under the first

one (2).

Step

4

Step

4

At

this point, you can delete the blue rectangle at the top because it was just a reference element.

At

this point, you can delete the blue rectangle at the top because it was just a reference element.

At

this point, you can delete the blue rectangle at the top because it was just a reference element.

Select

the shape of the icon and go to Object > Expand Appearance in

order to turn the stroke into a filled shape (1). Now, select this

shape along with the pink rectangle and press Minus Front in the

Pathfinder panel (2). You will obtain the basic shape of the clipboard without the clip. 

Select

the shape of the icon and go to Object > Expand Appearance in

order to turn the stroke into a filled shape (1). Now, select this

shape along with the pink rectangle and press Minus Front in the

Pathfinder panel (2). You will obtain the basic shape of the clipboard without the clip. 

Select

the shape of the icon and go to Object > Expand Appearance in

order to turn the stroke into a filled shape (1). Now, select this

shape along with the pink rectangle and press Minus Front in the

Pathfinder panel (2). You will obtain the basic shape of the clipboard without the clip. 

Step

5

Step

5

Let's continue with the clip element. Draw

a new rectangle of 76 x 20 px and then press Horizontal Align Center

and Vertical Align Top to align it with your artboard (1).

Let's continue with the clip element. Draw

a new rectangle of 76 x 20 px and then press Horizontal Align Center

and Vertical Align Top to align it with your artboard (1).

Let's continue with the clip element. Draw

a new rectangle of 76 x 20 px and then press Horizontal Align Center

and Vertical Align Top to align it with your artboard (1).

Draw

another rectangle of 88 x 20 px and align it in the top left corner

of your artboard by pressing the Horizontal Align Left and Vertical

Align Top. Keep this rectangle selected and apply a Radius of 17 px

in the Transform panel in order to round the bottom right corner (2).



Draw

another rectangle of 88 x 20 px and align it in the top left corner

of your artboard by pressing the Horizontal Align Left and Vertical

Align Top. Keep this rectangle selected and apply a Radius of 17 px

in the Transform panel in order to round the bottom right corner (2).

Draw

another rectangle of 88 x 20 px and align it in the top left corner

of your artboard by pressing the Horizontal Align Left and Vertical

Align Top. Keep this rectangle selected and apply a Radius of 17 px

in the Transform panel in order to round the bottom right corner (2).

Create

the same shape in the top right corner of your artboard, and this

time, apply a Radius of 17 px to the bottom left corner of the

rectangle (3).

Create

the same shape in the top right corner of your artboard, and this

time, apply a Radius of 17 px to the bottom left corner of the

rectangle (3).

Create

the same shape in the top right corner of your artboard, and this

time, apply a Radius of 17 px to the bottom left corner of the

rectangle (3).

Now,

select the two beige rectangles and go to Object > Compound Path >

Make (Control-8). Keep the resulting compound path selected, and also

select the purple rectangle and press Minus Front in the Pathfinder

panel (4).

Now,

select the two beige rectangles and go to Object > Compound Path >

Make (Control-8). Keep the resulting compound path selected, and also

select the purple rectangle and press Minus Front in the Pathfinder

panel (4).

Now,

select the two beige rectangles and go to Object > Compound Path >

Make (Control-8). Keep the resulting compound path selected, and also

select the purple rectangle and press Minus Front in the Pathfinder

panel (4).

Step

6

Step

6

Zoom in on the purple shape that you have obtained in the previous step and use

the Delete Anchor Point Tool (-) to delete the two indicated points

(1). Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A) and use it to select

only the two top points (2); then go to File > Scripts > Round

Any Corner and apply a Radius of 10. You will obtain a shape rounded

at the top (3).

Zoom in on the purple shape that you have obtained in the previous step and use

the Delete Anchor Point Tool (-) to delete the two indicated points

(1). Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A) and use it to select

only the two top points (2); then go to File > Scripts > Round

Any Corner and apply a Radius of 10. You will obtain a shape rounded

at the top (3).

Zoom in on the purple shape that you have obtained in the previous step and use

the Delete Anchor Point Tool (-) to delete the two indicated points

(1). Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A) and use it to select

only the two top points (2); then go to File > Scripts > Round

Any Corner and apply a Radius of 10. You will obtain a shape rounded

at the top (3).

The

Round Any Corner Script is a very useful script that allows you to

round only the anchor point(s) that you want and you can download it

from this tutorial 20

Free and Useful Adobe Illustrator Scripts.

Follow the instructions to install it in Illustrator, and then you

will be able to find it under File > Scripts.

The

Round Any Corner Script is a very useful script that allows you to

round only the anchor point(s) that you want and you can download it

from this tutorial 

The

Round Any Corner Script is a very useful script that allows you to

round only the anchor point(s) that you want and you can download it

from this tutorial 

Step

7

Step

7

Draw

a 76 x 18 px rectangle and arrange it right under the purple shape

that you have obtained in the previous step (1). Round all four

corners by 2 px using the Transform panel, and then move it 1 px

upwards by pressing the Up Arrow key on your keyboard once in order

to make them overlap a little (2).

Draw

a 76 x 18 px rectangle and arrange it right under the purple shape

that you have obtained in the previous step (1). Round all four

corners by 2 px using the Transform panel, and then move it 1 px

upwards by pressing the Up Arrow key on your keyboard once in order

to make them overlap a little (2).

Draw

a 76 x 18 px rectangle and arrange it right under the purple shape

that you have obtained in the previous step (1). Round all four

corners by 2 px using the Transform panel, and then move it 1 px

upwards by pressing the Up Arrow key on your keyboard once in order

to make them overlap a little (2).

While

the purple and the pink shapes stay selected, press Unite in the

Pathfinder panel to merge them into a single shape (3).

While

the purple and the pink shapes stay selected, press Unite in the

Pathfinder panel to merge them into a single shape (3).

While

the purple and the pink shapes stay selected, press Unite in the

Pathfinder panel to merge them into a single shape (3).

Step

8

Step

8

To keep this a minimal icon, we will add only a few writing elements on it. Use

the Pen Tool (P) to draw a V-like shape as the checked symbol. Give

it an 8 pt Stroke, and also select the Round Cap and Round Join

options in the Stroke panel (1).

To keep this a minimal icon, we will add only a few writing elements on it. Use

the Pen Tool (P) to draw a V-like shape as the checked symbol. Give

it an 8 pt Stroke, and also select the Round Cap and Round Join

options in the Stroke panel (1).

To keep this a minimal icon, we will add only a few writing elements on it. Use

the Pen Tool (P) to draw a V-like shape as the checked symbol. Give

it an 8 pt Stroke, and also select the Round Cap and Round Join

options in the Stroke panel (1).

Next, draw a straight path 52 px in length. Give it an 8 pt Stroke

and select the Round Cap option in the Stroke panel to obtain the

rounded ends. Align this path with the checked symbol on your

clipboard (2). Duplicate these two shapes to add another row on the report icon (3).

Next, draw a straight path 52 px in length. Give it an 8 pt Stroke

and select the Round Cap option in the Stroke panel to obtain the

rounded ends. Align this path with the checked symbol on your

clipboard (2). Duplicate these two shapes to add another row on the report icon (3).

Next, draw a straight path 52 px in length. Give it an 8 pt Stroke

and select the Round Cap option in the Stroke panel to obtain the

rounded ends. Align this path with the checked symbol on your

clipboard (2). Duplicate these two shapes to add another row on the report icon (3).

Next,

draw an 18 x 18 px circle using the Ellipse Tool (L). Give it a 7 px

Stroke and press the Align Stroke to Outside option in the Stroke

panel. Arrange another copy of the straight path next to the circle, and this will be the third row

at the bottom of the report icon (4).

Next,

draw an 18 x 18 px circle using the Ellipse Tool (L). Give it a 7 px

Stroke and press the Align Stroke to Outside option in the Stroke

panel. Arrange another copy of the straight path next to the circle, and this will be the third row

at the bottom of the report icon (4).

Next,

draw an 18 x 18 px circle using the Ellipse Tool (L). Give it a 7 px

Stroke and press the Align Stroke to Outside option in the Stroke

panel. Arrange another copy of the straight path next to the circle, and this will be the third row

at the bottom of the report icon (4).

Step

9

Step

9

At

this point, the first icon is ready. Select all the writing

elements created earlier and go to Object > Expand Appearance

followed by Object > Expand in order to turn the strokes into

filled shapes.

At

this point, the first icon is ready. Select all the writing

elements created earlier and go to Object > Expand Appearance

followed by Object > Expand in order to turn the strokes into

filled shapes.

At

this point, the first icon is ready. Select all the writing

elements created earlier and go to Object > Expand Appearance

followed by Object > Expand in order to turn the strokes into

filled shapes.

Select

all the shapes that make up the "Clipboard" report icon and go to Object >

Compound Path > Make (Control-8) to merge them together although this step is optional. Now, you

can color it as you wish.

Select

all the shapes that make up the "Clipboard" report icon and go to Object >

Compound Path > Make (Control-8) to merge them together although this step is optional. Now, you

can color it as you wish.

Select

all the shapes that make up the "Clipboard" report icon and go to Object >

Compound Path > Make (Control-8) to merge them together although this step is optional. Now, you

can color it as you wish.


3. How

to Create the “Chart” Report Icon

3.

The second icon is inspired by a chart, so next you will learn how to make a minimal chart icon to put on the clipboard.

Step

1

Step

1

Draw

a new 200 x 200 px square and define a second artboard inside your

document by going to Object > Artboards > Convert to Artboard.

Make a copy of the report icon and remove the writing from the

inside. Align this compound path with the new artboard by pressing

Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align Center in the Align panel

(1).

Draw

a new 200 x 200 px square and define a second artboard inside your

document by going to Object > Artboards > Convert to Artboard.

Make a copy of the report icon and remove the writing from the

inside. Align this compound path with the new artboard by pressing

Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align Center in the Align panel

(1).

Draw

a new 200 x 200 px square and define a second artboard inside your

document by going to Object > Artboards > Convert to Artboard.

Make a copy of the report icon and remove the writing from the

inside. Align this compound path with the new artboard by pressing

Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align Center in the Align panel

(1).

Use

the Ellipse Tool (L) to draw a small 16 x 16 px circle and arrange it

in the middle of the clip (2). Select only the bottom point of the

circle with the help of the Direct Selection Tool (A) and press

Delete on your keyboard to delete it. Now, select the two end points

of the path with the Direct Selection Tool (A) and press Control-J on

your keyboard to close back the shape. You will obtain a half circle

(3).

Use

the Ellipse Tool (L) to draw a small 16 x 16 px circle and arrange it

in the middle of the clip (2). Select only the bottom point of the

circle with the help of the Direct Selection Tool (A) and press

Delete on your keyboard to delete it. Now, select the two end points

of the path with the Direct Selection Tool (A) and press Control-J on

your keyboard to close back the shape. You will obtain a half circle

(3).

Use

the Ellipse Tool (L) to draw a small 16 x 16 px circle and arrange it

in the middle of the clip (2). Select only the bottom point of the

circle with the help of the Direct Selection Tool (A) and press

Delete on your keyboard to delete it. Now, select the two end points

of the path with the Direct Selection Tool (A) and press Control-J on

your keyboard to close back the shape. You will obtain a half circle

(3).

Select

the shape of the icon along with half circle and press Minus Front in

the Pathfinder panel to create a hole (4).

Select

the shape of the icon along with half circle and press Minus Front in

the Pathfinder panel to create a hole (4).

Select

the shape of the icon along with half circle and press Minus Front in

the Pathfinder panel to create a hole (4).

Step

2

Step

2

Grab

the Rectangle Tool (M) and draw a 13 x 65.5 px rectangle; then apply

a Radius of 4 px to the bottom corners to round them (1). Make three

copies of this shape and arrange them in a row inside the icon (2).

Grab

the Rectangle Tool (M) and draw a 13 x 65.5 px rectangle; then apply

a Radius of 4 px to the bottom corners to round them (1). Make three

copies of this shape and arrange them in a row inside the icon (2).

Grab

the Rectangle Tool (M) and draw a 13 x 65.5 px rectangle; then apply

a Radius of 4 px to the bottom corners to round them (1). Make three

copies of this shape and arrange them in a row inside the icon (2).

Next,

grab the Pen Tool (P) and draw the tail of an arrow as shown in the image

below. Give it an 8 pt Stroke and select the Round Cap and Round Join

options in the Stroke panel (3). Continue with the tip of the arrow

and apply the same settings (4).

Next,

grab the Pen Tool (P) and draw the tail of an arrow as shown in the image

below. Give it an 8 pt Stroke and select the Round Cap and Round Join

options in the Stroke panel (3). Continue with the tip of the arrow

and apply the same settings (4).

Next,

grab the Pen Tool (P) and draw the tail of an arrow as shown in the image

below. Give it an 8 pt Stroke and select the Round Cap and Round Join

options in the Stroke panel (3). Continue with the tip of the arrow

and apply the same settings (4).

Step

3

Step

3

Select

only the tail of the arrow and then Copy and Paste in Back

(Control-B) to make a copy of it. Increase the Stroke Weight to 16 pt

and select the Bevel Join option in the Stroke panel (1). Go to

Object > Expand to turn the stroke into a filled shape (2).

Select

only the tail of the arrow and then Copy and Paste in Back

(Control-B) to make a copy of it. Increase the Stroke Weight to 16 pt

and select the Bevel Join option in the Stroke panel (1). Go to

Object > Expand to turn the stroke into a filled shape (2).

Select

only the tail of the arrow and then Copy and Paste in Back

(Control-B) to make a copy of it. Increase the Stroke Weight to 16 pt

and select the Bevel Join option in the Stroke panel (1). Go to

Object > Expand to turn the stroke into a filled shape (2).

Select

the four yellow rectangles and go to Object > Compound Path >

Make (Control-8); then select them along with the expanded orange

tail and press Minus Front in the Pathfinder panel (3). Select and

delete only the top yellow segments, and the chart is ready (4).

Select

the four yellow rectangles and go to Object > Compound Path >

Make (Control-8); then select them along with the expanded orange

tail and press Minus Front in the Pathfinder panel (3). Select and

delete only the top yellow segments, and the chart is ready (4).

Select

the four yellow rectangles and go to Object > Compound Path >

Make (Control-8); then select them along with the expanded orange

tail and press Minus Front in the Pathfinder panel (3). Select and

delete only the top yellow segments, and the chart is ready (4).

Step

4

Step

4

Select

the blue arrow and go to Object > Expand to turn the strokes into fills.

Now, select all the shapes that make up the chart and go to Object >

Compound Path > Make (Control-8). Make sure it is aligned in the

center of the icon by pressing Horizontal Align Center in the

Align panel (1).

Select

the blue arrow and go to Object > Expand to turn the strokes into fills.

Now, select all the shapes that make up the chart and go to Object >

Compound Path > Make (Control-8). Make sure it is aligned in the

center of the icon by pressing Horizontal Align Center in the

Align panel (1).

Select

the blue arrow and go to Object > Expand to turn the strokes into fills.

Now, select all the shapes that make up the chart and go to Object >

Compound Path > Make (Control-8). Make sure it is aligned in the

center of the icon by pressing Horizontal Align Center in the

Align panel (1).

To keep this a minimal icon design, we will draw only two straight paths under the chart having 80 px in length. Give

them an 8 pt Stroke and select the Round Cap option in the Stroke

panel to obtain the rounded ends (2).

To keep this a minimal icon design, we will draw only two straight paths 

To keep this a minimal icon design, we will draw only two straight paths 

Step

5

Step

5

Expand

the two lines at the bottom of the icon; then select all the shapes

that make up the "Chart" report icon and go to Object > Compound Path >

Make (Control-8) although this step is optional. At this point, the icon is ready, and you can color

it as you wish.

Expand

the two lines at the bottom of the icon; then select all the shapes

that make up the "Chart" report icon and go to Object > Compound Path >

Make (Control-8) although this step is optional. At this point, the icon is ready, and you can color

it as you wish.

Expand

the two lines at the bottom of the icon; then select all the shapes

that make up the "Chart" report icon and go to Object > Compound Path >

Make (Control-8) although this step is optional. At this point, the icon is ready, and you can color

it as you wish.


4. How

to Make the “Two Pages” Report Icon

4.

For the third icon, we will create a "two pages" minimal design filled with just a few writing lines to keep things simple.

Step

1

Step

1

Grab

the Rectangle Tool (M) and draw a new 200

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