Create a Set of Flat Weather Icons

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a set of flat weather icons using Autodesk Graphic's tools and effects.

Step 1

For this tutorial we'll create a new 600 x 740 pixel document. Choose File > New (⌘N) to bring up the New Document panel. Select the Grid document style, set the document units to pixels, and set the document dimensions to 600 pixels wide by 740 pixels high.

Next, we'll set up the document grid. Switch to the Grid pane in the Properties panel. If the Properties panel is not currently visible, you can click on the orange ruler icon above the Layers pane to show and hide the panel. Change the grid X Spacing and Y Spacing to 5px, set the Subdivisions to 0px, and enable Snap to Grid (⇧⌘').

Step 2

Focus on the Toolbar and you will notice that by default your fill color is set at white while the stroke color is set at black. Simply click on the fill color and replace the existing color code with R=74 G=196 B=237 then click on the stroke color and drag the Alpha slider at 0% which will simply make your stroke invisible. Pick the Ellipse Tool (O), focus on your canvas and create a 40px circle. Holding the Shift button from your keyboard will make it easier for you to create a perfect circle.

Step 3

Replace the existing fill color with R=225 G=200 B=0, make sure that the Ellipse Tool (O) is still active, create a 60px circle and place it as shown in the first image. Replace that yellow from the fill color with R=44 G=164 B=15, create a 30px circle and place it as shown in the second image. Switch to the Rectangle Tool (M) and set the fill color at black (R=0 G=0 B=0). Create a 60 x 20px rectangle and place it as shown in the third image.

Step 4

Using the Move Tool (V), select all the shapes made so far, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and simply click the Union button. You should end up with a simple, blue icon like the one shown in the second image. Make sure that this new shape is selected and duplicate it (Command + C > Command + V). Select the copy, drag it down and place it roughly as shown in the second image.

Step 5

Using the Ellipse Tool (O), create a 40px circle and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new shape stays selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane (simply click on the blue icon located above the Layers pane if you can't see the Appearance pane). Click the color box that stands for the existing Fill and drag the Alpha slider at 0%. Move to the Stroke, click the color box that stands for it and set the color code at R=0 G=0 B=0. Keep focusing on the Stroke attributes, drag the Width slider at 6pt and select Inside from the Position drop-down menu.

Step 6

Grab the Pen Tool (P), create a 10px, vertical path and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new path stays selected and focus on the Stroke section from the Appearance pane. Set the color at black, drag Line Weight slider at 6pt and check the Round Cap button.

Step 7

Make sure that your vertical path stays selected, grab the Rotate Tool (R) and you will notice a blue cross icon in the center of your path. Simply drag it in the center of your circle then focus on the Titlebar. Set the Angle at 45 degrees then hit the Copy button seven times. In the end things should look like in the second image.

Step 8

Reselect the nine, black shapes made so far and duplicate them (Command + C > Command + V). Select these copies, place them roughly as shown in the first image then focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane. First, click the Outline Stroke button then click the Make Compound Path button. The resulting compound path will be your first icon.

Step 9

Return to the original black shapes, select all of them and focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane. Again, click the Outline Stroke button the click the Make Compound Path button.

Step 10

Reselect the blue cloud that lies behind your black compound path, make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + Shift + V), select it then simply hit Shift + Command + ] to bring it to front. Reselect your copy along with the black compound path that lies behind it, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and click the Subtract button. Select the tiny, black shape highlighted in the third image and simply remove it using the Delete button from your keyboard.

Step 11

Reselect your blue cloud, remove the color from the fill then focus on the Stroke section from the Appearance pane. Set the color at black, drag the Line Weight slider at 6pt, select Inside from the Position drop-down menu and check the Round Join button.

Step 12

Reselect that cloud icon with the black stroke, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and click the Outline Stroke button. Select the resulting path along with the set of shapes that make up that half of a sun and return to the Path Tools section from the Properties pane. Start by clicking the Union button then move to the bottom of the pane and click the Make Compound Path button. The resulting compound path will be your second icon.

Step 13

Select the remaining blue icon, get rid of the existing fill color then focus on the Stroke section from the Appearance pane. Set its color at black, drag the Line Weight slider at 6pt, select Inside from the Position drop-down menu and check the Round Join button. Make sure that this shape stays selected, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and click the Outline Stroke button. The resulting compound path will be your third icon. Duplicate this shape (Command + C > Command + V), select the copy, drag it to the right and place it roughly as shown in the following image.

Step 14

Focus on your right cloud icon and grab the Pen Tool (P). Create a 30px, vertical path and place it as shown in the first image. Make sure that there's no fill color set for this new path then focus on the Stroke section from the Appearance pane. Set the color at R=74 G=195 B=237, drag Line Weight slider at 6pt and check the Round Cap button. Switch to the Rotate Tool (R) and focus on your Titlebar. Set the Angle at -25 degrees then simply click the Rotate button. In the end things should look like in the second image.

Step 15

Reselect the oblique path made in the previous step, right click anywhere on your canvas and go to Copy Style. Grab the Pen Tool (P), create a 20px, vertical path and place it as shown in the first image. Make sure that this new path stays selected, right click anywhere on your canvas and go to Paste Style. This will simply copy the attributes from your first oblique path and paste them unto the path made in this step. Make sure that your vertical path is still selected, pick the Rotate Tool (R) and focus on the Titlebar. Again, set the Angle at -25 degrees then click the Rotate button. Reselect the Pen Tool (P), create a 25px, vertical path and place it as shown in the third image. Make sure that it stays selected, use again the Paste Style option then rotate it -25 degrees using that same Rotate Tool (R).

Step 16

Reselect the three, oblique paths and focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane. First, click the Outline Stroke button then move to the bottom of the pane and click the Make Compound Path button.

Step 17

Make sure that your blue compound path is still selected and make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + Shift + V). Select this copy and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Remove the color from the fill then select the stroke. Set its color at R=153 G=0 B=0, drag the Width slider at 4pt then select Outside from the Position drop-down menu. Make sure that your red shape stays selected, move to the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and simply click the Outline Stroke button.

Step 18

Reselect your red compound path along with the black cloud outline that lies behind it, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and click the Subtract button.

Step 19

Using the Move Tool (V), select all the shapes highlighted in the first image and focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane. First, click the Union button then move to the bottom of the pane and click the Make Compound Path button. The resulting compound path will be your fourth icon.

Step 20

Duplicate your cloud icon (Command + C > Command + V), select the copy, drag it down and place it roughly as shown in the following image.

Step 21

Return to your Toolbar, make sure that you don't have a color set for the stroke then select the fill and set the color code at R=74 G=186 B=237. Focus on the cloud copy made in the previous step and grab the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M). Move to your Titlebar and drag the Corner Radius slider at 3pt. Create a 5 x 25px rounded rectangle and place it as shown in the first image. Make sure that this new shape stays selected and switch to the Rotate Tool (R). Return to your Titlebar, set the Angle at 45 degrees then simply click the Copy button three times.

Step 22

Select the four rounded rectangles made in the previous step, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and click the Union button. Duplicate the resulting shape (Command + C > Command + V), select the copy and place it as shown in the second image. Reselect both shapes made in this step, return to the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and click the Make Compound Path button.

Step 23

Make sure that your blue compound path is still selected and make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + Shift + V). Select this copy and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Remove the color from the fill then select the stroke. Set its color at R=153 G=0 B=0, drag the Width slider at 4pt then select Outside from the Position drop-down menu. Make sure that this red shape stays selected, move to the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and simply click the Outline Stroke button.

Step 24

Reselect your red compound path along with the black cloud outline that lies behind it, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and click the Subtract button.

Step 25

Using the Move Tool (V), select all the shapes highlighted in the first image and focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane. First, click the Union button then move to the bottom of the pane and click the Make Compound Path button. The resulting compound path will be your fifth icon.

Step 26

Make a new copy of your cloud icon (Command + C > Command + V) and place it below your sun icon roughly as shown in the following image.

Step 27

Focus on your Toolbar, make sure that you don't have a color set for the stroke then select the fill and set the color code at R=74 G=186 B=237. Keep your eyes on the cloud copy made in the previous step and grab the Rectangle Tool (M). Create a 15 by 5px shape, place it as shown in the first image and make sure that it stays selected. Switch to the Pen Tool (P), focus on your Titlebar and activate the second Tool Mode, the one with the plus sign. Keep focusing on your tiny, blue rectangle and add two new anchor points simply by clicking on the spots highlighted by the green circles in the second image.

Step 28

Keep focusing on your blue rectangle and switch to the Path Selection Tool (A). Select the top, left anchor point and drag it 15px up and to the right. Move to the bottom, right anchor point and drag it 15px down and to the left. In the end your blue shape should look like in the second image. Make sure that it stays selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Select the Stroke, add the same color use for the fill then move to the Stroke section from the Appearance pane. Drag the Line Weight at 6pt and check the Round Join button.

Step 29

Make sure that your blue shape is still selected, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and click the Outline Stroke button. Hit Command + Shift + G to Ungroup the resulting group of shapes then click the Union button from the Path Tools section of the Properties pane.

Step 30

Make sure that your blue shape is still selected and make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + Shift + V). Select this copy and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Remove the color from the fill then select the stroke. Set its color at R=153 G=0 B=0, drag the Width slider at 4pt then select Outside from the Position drop-down menu. Make sure that this red shape stays selected, move to the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and simply click the Outline Stroke button.

Step 31

Reselect your red compound path along with the black cloud outline that lies behind it, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and click the Subtract button.

Step 32

Using the Move Tool (V), select all the shapes highlighted in the first image and focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane. First, click the Union button then move to the bottom of the pane and click the Make Compound Path button. The resulting compound path will be your sixth icon.

Step 33

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 600 by 740px shape (the size of your canvas) and set its fill color at R=74 G=196 B=237. Make sure that your rectangle stays selected, send it to back (Shift + Command + [ ) then focus on the Alignment section from the Properties pane. Simply click the Horizontal Centers and Vertical Centers buttons and your blue rectangle will lie in the center of the canvas.

Step 34

Reselect all your icons, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and simply replace the existing fill color with white (R=255 G=255 B=255).

Step 35

Make sure that all your icons are still selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and simply check the square box that stands for the existing Drop Shadow effect. Enter 2pt in the Y box and 0 in the other two boxes, select Soft Light from the Blend Mode drop-down menu then simply click on the color box that stands for your effect. Set the color code at R=0 G=0 B=0, drag the Alpha slider at 50% and you're done.

Finished Design

Congratulations, you've finished the tutorial!

Graphic File:
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