04/08 Lantern Icon — Graphic Design: Create a Camping Icon Set_ENG
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04/08 Lantern Icon — Graphic Design: Create a Camping Icon Set_ENG


And now, we’re going to start building some other items. So we’re going to start with the lantern. And always go back to the references if you’re, you know, stuck or you don’t know what to do or how are the shapes, and that will always help you. I’m just using the Rectangle tool here. You can see if you’re not if you’re in the center, it will tell you the center, it will tell you there. So that’s why Smart Guides are awesome to use. This is too thick. You’re going to make sure all the stroke is the same size. So sometimes when you’re using the shapes, you can see how it’s different. Or when you scale it, it will change it. This is because when you go to Transform, you can see it scales strokes and effects, so this is a cool tip. When you have your Transform panel, you want to… When you select an object or a path, you’re going to takek this off if you want. And what it’s going to do, it’s going to keep the point width the same. So you can see if I keep it on 2 points and I scale it, it’s not going to up the stroke width, it’s going to keep that same stroke width. So if I go really small, it’s going to keep the same stroke width. So just keep that in mind when you’re working with this. You can also just turn it off, turn it on sorry, and actually just you know, scale it up now. And you can see how it busted up. That’s what scaling strokes does. But you can always go back and just bump it down to the one you want. Which is… I’m looking with 4 points at the moment. So we’ve got that. Then you can always just fix it up, which is pretty sweet. The cool thing about icons is that you can play around with so many different colors and effects. You can use the simple shapes, and it doesn’t take too long. I’m just rounding this corner off. You can see that if you’re in CC, you’ll get these little points. And if you just press the Direct Selection tool, and then if you click and drag the little button there, the white dot, you can actually round it off like that, which is pretty cool. So I’m going to round it off because the lens has like a glass bit. So that’s pretty sweet. I’m just holding Alt when you see I’m dragging these boxes out. So when you hold Alt, it actually keeps the proportion. And if you hold Alt and Shift, it keeps the proportion even stick that, so like it keeps to a 90 degree angle or 40 degree angle. Also, when you rotate you can hold Shift, and it’s going to rotate it like that. It will be nice, so always keep that in mind when you’re doing the shapes and make it just easier, and just dragging out and trying to get it, you know, perfect because I want it being perfect. So you can just select it all and then keep the stroke to 1 width, so it starts to look normal. And I’m going to use that. And then you can just select… press A for the Direct Selection tool or it’s up at the top left corner. It’s the white one, this for the just normal Selection tool. So I’m going to press A again, select the two anchor points at the top here. And then just drag these in and then boom! You’ve got like this half a ellipse, which is pretty sweet. And then I’m going to make the point there, just like that. So you’ve got this weird-lookin lanter. I might actually get rid of this, actually I will make it… Pump it down, make it smaller. And then you can see, if we don’t want this lines in the background, you can just select these shapes. You can always go back and edit it later, but you just going to fill it with a white. And then bring it to the front, so press Ctrl + Shift + ]. And that’s going to bring it to the front. And if you do the opposite, [ is going to bring it to the back. So that’s a good thing, you can just add a fill and I’ll play around with this later. So you know, you’ve got your cool little lantern, I guess it sort of looks like a lantern. You can also use the Eyedropper tool as well, I’m just going to edit this and you can select the stroke, and what it does it copies it. So even if you have a stroke with a different color, or whatever, you can actually select press I for the eyedropper tool and select that and it’s going to copy that color and that’s stroke width, which is an awesome tool as well. I love doing that. I just copy this one up and just make it a bit… Actually, that looks pretty cool. So you can see, I’m just copying shapes over and over again, and then lining it up. Another cool thing is if you press Ctrl + Y, or Command + Y, you can go into outline mode. You can also go to View and then Outline Mode as well. Where is it? So this is the Outline Mode, which means… So you can also go to View and Outline Mode, and what it does is, allows you to see all the strokes, which is pretty sweet. So you can see a bear’s eyes view of where all the paths are, so you can always line it up. You can see how I’ve lined this up, so I know it’s perfect on that stroke. And that’s why guides are important. So you can see, you can drag that back out. If you sekect the two points again and drag the circle, you can see it’s rounded corners. So I can make it sure again. I’m not liking this, it’s looking funny. You can also use the Pathfinder tool, you can see how I did that. I’ve got a shortcut on F2, but you can also go to Pathfinder, and you can select this one that says Unite. This first is going to be united, so there’s other shape building tools here as well, which is pretty sweet. So I can unite that and maybe I’m going to round this off. I like that. Which might be handy, but kind of not liking that. So I guess I’m just going to leave that for now. I just make this a bit thicker. And just leave that. Yeah, that looks fine. We’ve got our lantern there. Actually, I’m not going to add a flame. We’re using the center point as a reference. I’m just using the Pen tool now. Selecting it, I’m going to press 0 for the Reflect tool. Find my mouse on that anchor point, and then hold Option or Alt, and then you get the Reflect tool up, just like this press Preview. And I’m going to do vertical, you can see you can select horizontal by going vertical it’s fine and I’m just going to press copy. So now I made a copy, select them both and go to the Pathfinder tool again, on the right and select that. So now we have a flame here. I’m just going to bump that up. So we’re just going to make sure all these are the same weight. Just select that. Yes, wait… So we’ve got that and yeah, so we’re going to move on, we’ll do the sleeping bag now.

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