In today’s tutorial, we’re going to learn how to create a Mobile Authentication App Icon, using nothing more than some basic geometric shapes and tools that Illustrator has to offer.
That being said, open up Illustrator and let’s get started!
Tutorial Details: Mobile Authentication App Icon
- Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6 – CC 2016
- Difficulty: Beginner
- Topics Covered: Design Theory, Compositional Construction, Shape Alignment, Grid Positioning
- Estimated Completion Time: 40 Minutes
Final Image: Mobile Authentication App 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 92 x 92 px circle, which we will color using #FFC550, and then center align to the underlying Artboard.
Create the phone’s main body using a 64 x 116 px rounded rectangle with an 8 px Corner Radius and 4 px Stroke (#2C3435), which we will center align to the previously created shape.
Add the screen section using a 52 x 92 px rectangle, which we will color using #71E1FF, and then center align to phone’s outer body.
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 #2C3435. Next, flip its Fill with its Stroke (Shift-X) making sure to set its Weight to 4 px and its Corner to Round Join from within the Stroke panel. Once you’re done, select both shapes and group them together using the Control-G keyboard shortcut.
Add the front speakers using two 16 px wide 4 px thick Stroke lines (#2C3435) with a Round Cap, which we will position in-between the phone’s screen section and its body’s outline, selecting and grouping (Control-G) all its composing sections together afterwards.
Start working on the little interface by creating a 12 x 12 px circle (#2C3435) followed by two 4 px tall rectangles (#2C3435) vertically stacked at 4 px from one another, which we will group (Control-G) and then center align to the phone’s screen, positioning them at a distance of 4 px from its top edge.
Create the remaining UI elements using three copies (Control-C > Control-F three times) of the ones that we’ve just created, which we will position as seen in the reference image. Once you’re done, select and group all of the phone’s composing sections before moving on to the next step.
Start working on the password input field, by creating a 28 x 20 px rectangle (#5AE577) which we will adjust by setting the Radius of its left corners to 4 px from within the Transform panel’s Rectangle Properties. Give the resulting shape a 4 px thick outline (#2C3435), grouping (Control-G) and then positioning the two onto the left side of the phone, at a distance of 16 px from the active drawing area’s left edge.
Add the little key symbol using an 8 x 8 px circle (#2C3435) to the right of which we will add a 4 x 5 px rectangle (#2C3435) positioned at 4 px from it. Connect the two shapes using a 12 px wide 2 px thick Stroke line (#2C3435), grouping (Control-G) and then center aligning the three shapes to the previously created section.
Create the box’s right section using a 64 x 20 px rectangle (#FFFFFF), which we will adjust by setting the Radius of its right corners to 4 px from within the Transform panel’s Rectangle Properties. Give the resulting shape a 4 px thick outline (#2C3435), grouping (Control-G) and then positioning the two onto the right side of the smaller section.
Add the little masked password characters using four 8 x 8 px cricles (#2C3435), horizontally distanced at 4 px from one another, grouping (Control-G) and then center aligning them to the larger underlying shapes. Once you’re done, select and group (Control-G) all of the current section’s shapes together, doing the same for the entire box afterwards.
Create the hard shadow using a 64 x 4 px rectangle, which we will color using #2C3435 and then position right below the larger input box.
Finish off the icon, by opening up some of its composing paths, making sure to set their Stroke’s Cap to Round. Once you’re done, select and group (Control-G) all of the phone’s composing sections together, doing the same for the entire icon afterwards.
It’s a Wrap!
There you have it guys, an easy step-by-step approach on how to create your very own mobile authentication icon using a couple of basic geometric shapes and tools. 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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