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How to create your own flat styled target icon in Illustrator

Follow this short step-by-step tutorial and learn to use the basic tools of Adobe Illustrator to create a great flat style Target with Arrow Icon.

This is the first guest post by designer and Iconfinder contributor Zoltan Ordog. Before you start this tutorial you should have Adobe Illustrator installed. This tutorial is based on Illustrator CS6, but most of the steps are similar for older versions.

Creating the target

1. Create a circle with the Ellipse Tool (L). Set its size to 220 px (width & height). Duplicate the circle (Ctrl + C, Ctrl + F). Modify the new circle’s size to 124 px. Repeat the previous step and resize the new circle to 26 px.

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2. You have to increase the width of the lines. Select all three circles and set the stroke to 22 pt.

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3. While all three circles are selected go to Object -> Expand, check the Fill and Stroke options on the Dialog box, then press OK. You can’t see any difference, but now you have shapes instead of strokes and you can resize anytime the object and maintain the scales. On the image below you can see the difference after you shrink the objects (Strokes on the left and expanded strokes on the right).


4. Create a new circle and fill it with a color (R=235, G=95, B=75). Place it below the other circles (Ctrl + Shift + [ ) and Align them horizontally and vertically. To do this select the new circle and one of the old circles then click again on the old circle. This second click makes the old circle stay on its place and the other one will be aligned to it.


5. You should see something similar like on the image below.

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Creating the arrow

6. Create a rectangle with the Rectangle Tool (M). Set its width to 30 px and height to 45px. Go to Object -> Transform -> Shear. Set the Shear Angle to 35°, the Axis to Vertical and press OK. Now go to Object -> transform -> Reflect, set the Axis to Vertical and press Copy. Select both shapes then go to Effect -> Stylize -> Round Corners and set the Radius to 5 px.

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7. Next you have to create a line with the Line Segment Tool (\).Set its height to 135 px and stroke to 10 pt and rounded cap. Expand this line as you did with the circles at step 3.

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8. Fill the two wings and place them behind the line. Select all three objects and group them (Ctrl + G). Now you can move or edit all three objects as one. Go to Object -> Transform -> Rotate and set the rotation Angle to -45° on the Dialog Box.

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Adding shadow

9. Place the arrow over the target area’s center. You only need a shadow for the arrow. Double click on the arrow to isolate the group. Select the body of the arrow and place a copy to the Clipboard (Ctrl + C). To exit from the group double click on an empty space on your work area. Paste the shape from the Clipboard (Ctrl + F) and rotate it to 90°.

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10. Create a circle (242 px) and place it over the target, align them. Select the shadow (copied body of the arrow) and the new circle and select Intersect from the Window -> Patfinder Panel.

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11. Fill the resulted object with gray and set the Opacity to Multiply on the Window -> Transparency Panel. That’s it.

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I hope that you enjoyed following this tutorial and learned some new things about the Adobe Illustrator.

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