Hi and welcome back to another icon tutorial, in which we’re going to follow a step by step approach in order to create a nice looking studio monitor. As usual, we’re going to heavily rely on Illustrator’s basic geometric shapes and tools, which I’m more than sure that you already use on a regular basis.
That being said, bring up Illustrator and let’s get started!
Tutorial Details: Studio Monitor Icon
- Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6 – CC 2016
- Difficulty: Beginner
- Topics Covered: Design Theory, Compositional Construction, Shape Alignment, Grid Positioning
- Estimated Completion Time: 30 Minutes
Final Image: Studio Monitor Icon
As with every new project, start by first setting up a New Document by going over to File > New (or using the Control-N keyboard shortcut), which we will adjust as follows:
- Number of Artboards: 1
- Width: 128 px
- Height: 128 px
- Units: Pixels
And from the Advanced tab:
- Color Mode: RGB
- Raster Effects: Screen (72ppi)
- Preview Mode: Default
Quick tip: most of the indicated settings can be automatically triggered if you set the document’s Profile to Web, the only one that you’ll have to manually adjust being the Artboard’s Size (Width x Height).
Once we’ve set up our project file, we can start working on the actual icon, and we will do so by creating its background using a 120 x 120 px circle, which we will color using #FF8D4D, and then center align to the underlying Artboard using the Align panel’s Horizontal and Vertical Align Center options.
Create the studio monitor’s side section using a 40 x 64 px rounded rectangle with an 8 px Corner Radius, which we will color using #776663, and then center align to the underlying circle, positioning it at a distance of 34 px from its left edge.
Give the shape that we’ve just created an outline using the Stroke method, by creating a copy of it (Control-C) which we will paste in front (Control-F) and then adjust by first changing its color to #422C21, and then flipping its Fill with its Stroke (Shift-X) making sure to set its Weight to 4 px and its Corner to Round Join. Then, before moving on, select both shapes and group them together using the Control-G keyboard shortcut.
Add the monitor’s front section using a copy (Control-C) of the two shapes that we’ve just grouped, which we will paste in front (Control-F) and then move a few pixels to the left using the Move tool (right click > Transform > Move > Horizontal > -12 px).
Create the speaker cone using a 24 x 24 px circle (#FFC550) with a 4 px thick outline (#422C21), which we will group (Control-G) and then center align to the monitor’s front section, positioning it at a distance of 12 px from its bottom edge.
Add the cone’s center section using an 8 x 8 px circle (#422C21) which we will center align to the larger shapes.
Create the circular ring using a 14 x 14 px circle with a 2 px thick Stroke (#422C21), which we will center align to the previously created shape.
Adjust the ring, by selecting its bottom and right Anchor Points using the Direct Selection Tool (A), and then removing them by pressing Delete, setting the resulting Stroke’s Cap to Round.
Repeat the exact same process only this time remove the circle’s top and left Anchor Points, selecting and grouping (Control-G) all of the cone’s composing shapes together once you’re done.
Create the tweeter cone, using an 8 x 8 px circle (#FFC550) with a 4 px thick outline (#422C21), which we will group (Control-G) and then position above the larger cone, at a distance of just 8 px.
Add the monitor’s front bass port using a 20 x 4 px rounded rectangle (#FFC550) with a 2 px Corner Radius, which we will position below the larger speaker cone, at a distance of 6 px from its bottom edge. Once you’re done, select and group all of the monitor’s composing sections together using the Control-G keyboard shortcut.
Finish off the icon, by creating and positioning a 68 px wide 4 px thick Stroke line (#FFC550) with a Round Cap to the bottom of the studio monitor, selecting and grouping (Control-G) all its composing sections together afterwards.
It’s a Wrap!
Great job guys! As always, I hope you’ve managed to follow each and every step and most importantly learned something new and useful along the way.
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