We all love icons, especially when they are so simple to make! Find out how to make this icon using Artboard’s powerful stacked styles and two simple shapes.
Program : Artboard 1.x+ for Mac OS X
Topics Covered: Style Inspector
Estimated Completion Time: ~15 minutes
Open a new drawing. With the Round Rectangle tool, hold the SHIFT-ket and draw a rectangle about 5-cm x 5-cm square (it will be different if you are using a different drawing units). Holding the SHIFT-ket constrains the aspect ratio to make a perfect square. As needed, you can adjust the size in the Geometry pane.
Use the Select[s] tool to select the square and open the Style Inspector
– Expert pane. (EDIT: As of Artboard 1.3 the “Simple” and “Expert” buttons have been removed from the Style Inspector (it edits all expert styles by default).) With the shape shape still selected, click “New” to create a new style from scratch. Click onto “Fill” in the components list then click the “-” button to remove the component. Click onto the remaining “Stroke” in the style components list. Click the color-well to change it to a light grey color (we’ve used RGB 206,206,206). Adjust the line width to about .6-cm and check to add a shadow. Adjust the shadow as desired.
With the shape still selected, click the “+” in the Style Inspector and add a “Gradient Fill” style component. Click onto the gradient slider color-wells to change the colors to a red and dark red color (we’ve used RGB 218,36,24 and 130,22,15 respectively). In the gradient-well, hold the SHIFT-key and move the rotation handle so the gradient angle is 90-degrees (holding the SHIFT-key constrains the angle to 15-degree increments).
Next, we’ll add some stitching. Click the “+” in the Style Inspector and add a “Stroke” style component. Click onto the color-well to change the color to a light brown color (we’ve used RGB 127,124,88). Adjust the line width as needed to about .035-cm. To make the line dashed, choose the long-dash from the dash drop-down list. Adjust the offset slider to about -.2cm (you may need to make this a positive number depending on the direction you drew the square). Click the “Transform” button and set the “Y Offset” to .02-cm.
Add a second lighter dashed line to give the stitching some depth. Click the “+” in the Style Inspector and add a “Stroke” style component. Click onto the color-well to change the color to a light yellow color (we’ve used RGB 255,247,176). Adjust the line width as needed to about .035-cm. To make the line dashed, choose the long-dash from the dash drop-down list. Adjust the offset to about -.2-cm.
Nice job. We’re nearly finished already!
Next we’ll add a nice shape to sit on top of our square background. From the Styles & Clip Art palette, drag a shape onto your drawing canvas. We’ve used a heart from the “Shapes” category. Adjust the size by holding the SHIFT-key and dragging the object handles. Drag to position over your square. As needed, use Graphic > Align >… in the main menu to precisely align the shapes.
With the top object selected, click “New” in the Style Inspector
– Expert pane. Click onto “Stroke” in the style components list and click “-” to remove it. Click onto “Fill” in the style component list and change the color to a dark gray (we’ve used RGB 74,74,74). Click onto the “Transform” button and set the “Y Offset” to .05-cm. The offset will give this top shape just a subtle bit of depth.
Click the “+” button and add a Gradient fill. Make the first color stop white and the second one a light grey (we’ve used RGB 255,255,255 and 204,204,204 respectively. Rotate the knob in the gradient-well to 90-degrees.
Finally, we’ll add some light stitching to this shape. Click the “+” and add a stroke style component. Change the color to a medium grey (we’ve used RGB 128,128,128). Set the line width to about .03-cm and choose a long dash from the dash drop-down list. Adjust the line offset to about .117cm (note, depending on the shape you are using, you may need to make the offset a negative number).
Congratulations! With only two shapes and the use of Artboard’s powerful stacked styles, you’ve created a handsome stitched style icon. As desired, you can save the styles to My Collection in the Library Manager for later re-use. Use the Style Dropper to quickly apply the styles to a wide variety of shapes and create an array of unique icons. You can also group the shapes then choose Edit > Add Clip Art To Library to save as clip art for later re-use.
Here we’ve applied our style to text that was converted to shape, and to a few other shapes in the built-in clip art Library. Have fun exploring with your own colors and shapes. We’d love to see what you come up with!