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Create a Vector Ticket Icon in Illustrator

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In this tutorial you will learn how to use Illustrator to create a clean, vector ticket icon. Begin by creating the basic vector shapes, then add pixel perfect highlights, all the necessary text, warping, and grunge effects to give the final result interest. Get started on designing this vector ticket icon at the jump.


Step 1

Hit Command + N to create a new document. Enter 600 in the width and height boxes, then click on the Advanced button. Select RGB, Screen (72ppi) and make sure that the "Align New Objects to Pixel Grid" box is unchecked before your click OK. Now, turn on the Grid (View > Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid).

Next, you'll need a grid every 5px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides > Grid, enter 5 in the Gridline every box and 1 in the Subdivisions box. You can also open the Info panel (Window > Info) for a live preview with the size and position of your shapes.

Do not forget to replace the unit of measurement to pixels from Edit > Preferences > Unit > General. All these options will significantly increase your work speed.


Step 2

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 490 by 330px shape. The Snap to Grid will ease your work. Remember to look into your Info panel for the live preview with the size and location of your shape. Once created, fill your shape with R=247, G=240, B=224. Now remove the color from the stroke.


Step 3

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a four perfect circles (45 by 45px) and place them as shown in the following image. Again, the Snap to Grid will ease your work.


Step 4

Continue with the Ellipse Tool (L), create two new circles (10 by 10px) and place them as shown in the first image. Select both shapes and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the data shown in the second image, click OK, then apply Object > Expand Appearance.


Step 5

Select all the shapes created so far, open the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder), and click on the Minus Front button. The resulting shape should look like the second image shown. Move to the Layers panel, Double-click on this shape and name it "Ticket". It will be easier for you to find it later when you will need to edit it.


Step 6

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 260 by 110px shape, and place it as shown in the following image. Fill it with none but add a 3pt stroke. Select it from the Appearance panel and set its color at R=35, G=103, B=164.

Now open the Stroke panel (Window > Stroke). Click on the "Align Stroke to Inside" button, then apply Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 5px radius, click OK, and apply Object > Expand Appearance.


Step 7

Pick the Pen Tool (P) and draw two vertical paths (110px tall). Place them as shown in the first image. Add a 3pt stroke for these paths and set its color at R=35, G=103, B=164. Continue with the Pen Tool (P), create two horizontal paths (65px long), and place them as shown in the second image. Again, add a 3pt stroke for these paths and set its color at R=35, G=103, B=164.


Step 8

Select the paths created in the last two steps. First, got to Object > Expand Appearance, then go to Object > Expand (or Object > Path > Outline Stroke). Select the resulting group of shapes, click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel, then apply Object > Compound Path > Make. In the end you should have only one blue compound path. Move to the Layers panel, Double-click on this new path, and name it "Frame".


Step 9

Disable the Grid (View > Show Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Reselect the "Ticket" shape and move to the Appearance panel. Select the existing fill and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the data shown below and click OK.


Step 10

Make sure that the "Ticket" shape is still selected, focus on the Appearance panel, and click on the Add New Fill button. It's the little white square pointed by the arrow. Obviously, this will add a new fill for your shape. Select it from the Appearance panel and use the linear gradient shown below. The yellow zero from the gradient image stands for Opacity percentage.


Step 11

Reselect "Ticket", add a new fill, and select it from the Appearance panel. Make it black, lower its Opacity to 3%, change the blending mode to Multiply, and go to Effect > Artistic > Film Grain. Enter the data shown below and click OK.


Step 12

Reselect "Ticket", focus on the Appearance panel, and select the stroke. Set its color at R=212, G=209, B=179. Now make it 2pt wide and align it to outside.


Step 13

Make sure that "Ticket" is still selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the stroke and click on the Duplicate Selected Item. It's the little file icon pointed by the arrow. Obviously, this will add a copy of the selected stroke. Select this new stroke, make it 1pt wide, and replace the existing color with white.


Step 14

Reselect "Ticket" and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the stroke added in the previous step and click on the Duplicate Selected Item. Select the newly added stroke, make it 3pt wide, and lower its Opacity to 15%.


Step 15

Reselect "Ticket" and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the stroke added in the previous step and click on the Duplicate Selected Item. Select this new stroke and decrease the size to 1.5pt wide.


Step 16

Reselect "Ticket", focus on the Appearance panel, and click on the Add New Fill button. Select this new fill, drag it to the bottom of the Appearance panel, set its color at R=212, G=209, B=179. Now go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 2px Offset, click OK, then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the data shown below and click OK.


Step 17

Reselect "Ticket" and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the fill added in the previous step and click on the Duplicate Selected Item. Select the newly added fill, drag it to the bottom of the Appearance panel, set its color at R=151, G=145, B=70. Now open the existing Transform effect. Simply, drag the Move-Vertical slider to 3px and click OK.


Step 18

Reselect "Ticket" and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the fill added in the previous step and click on the Duplicate Selected Item. Select the newly added fill, drag it to the bottom of the Appearance panel, make it black, and open the existing Transform effect.

Drag the Move-Vertical slider at 5px, click OK, then open the existing Offset Path effect. Replace the 2px Offset with a 3px Offset and click OK. Finally, make sure that this black fill is still selected and lower its Opacity to 5%.


Step 19

Reselect the "Ticket" shape, make sure that no fill or stroke is selected, and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown below and click OK.


Step 20

Select the "Frame" path and add a new fill. Select it from the Appearance panel and set its color at R=79, G=150, B=192. Now go to Effect > Path > Offset Path and enter a -1px Offset and click OK.


Step 21

Reselect the "Frame" path and add a 0.5pt stroke. Align it to inside and set its color at R=16, G=48, B=96.


Step 22

Reselect the "Frame" path, make sure that no fill or stroke is selected, and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown below and click OK.


Step 23

Re-enable the Grid (View > Show Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). For the following step you will need a grid every 2.5px. So, go to Edit > Preferences > Guides > Grid and enter 2.5 in the Gridline every box. Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 5 by 10px shape.

Now fill it with R=16, G=48, B=96. Place it as shown in the first image. The Snap to Grid should ease your work. Make sure that this new shape is still selected and go to Object > Transform > Rotate.

Enter a 90 degrees angle and click on the Copy button. This will add a new shape as shown in the second image. Select both shapes and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel.


Step 24

Let's focus on the shape created in the previous step. Select it and move to the Appearance panel. Add a new fill, select it from the Appearance panel, and set its color at R=247, G=240, B=224. Now go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -1.75px Offset and click OK.


Step 25

Keep focusing on the cross shape. Select it, move to the Appearance panel, and add a third fill. Drag it to the bottom of the Appearance panel, fill it with the linear gradient shown below, and go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 1px Offset and click OK. Remember that the yellow zero from the gradient image stands for Opacity percentage.


Step 26

Pick the Type Tool (T), click on your artboard, and add some simple text as shown below. Set its color at R=16, G=48, B=96, and use the MoolBoran font with a size of 40pt.


Step 27

Select the text added in the previous step, move to the Appearance panel, and click on the Add New Fill button. Select this new fill and set its color at R=247, G=240, B=224.

Now go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -1.25px Offset and click OK. Reselect this text, make sure that the fresh fill is not selected, and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown below and click OK.


Step 28

Pick the Type Tool (T) and add some random number, as shown in the following image. Use the same font and the same color, but lower the size to 40pt.


Step 29

Reselect the numbers added in the previous step, move to the Appearance panel, and click on the Add New Fill button. Select this new fill, make it white, lower its Opacity to 70%, and go to Effect > Path > Offset Path.

Enter a -1px Offset and click OK. Reselect these number paths, make sure that the white fill is not selected, and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown below and click OK.


Step 30

Select the text paths, the cross shape, and the "Frame", then group them (Command + G). Open the Brushes panel (Window > Brushes). Open the fly-out menu of this panel and go to Open Brush Library > Artistic > Artistic_ChalkCharcoalPencil. Select the "Chalk-Scribble" brush, pick the Brush Tool (B), and draw three simple paths (as shown in the second image). Make them black and group them (Command + G).


Step 31

Select the two groups created in the previous step and go to the Transparency panel (Window > Transparency). Open the fly-out menu, click on Make Opacity Mask, then uncheck the Clip box. This will add the discrete grunge effect for your ticket.


Step 32

Select all the shapes created so far and group them (Command + G). Select this new group and go to Effect > Warp > Fisheye. Enter the data shown below and click OK. You can try some other Warp effects. Most of them will work well for this.


Step 33

Reselect the group created in the previous step and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the data shown below and click OK.


Conclusion

Now your work is done. Here is how it should look.

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