In this tutorial, you will learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to create a set of medical icons and make them into three banners.
1. How to Create the First Banner
Using the Rounded Rectangle Tool, create a pill-shaped object by adjusting the settings.
Draw a second object in the shape of half a pill. Place it on top of the first one as shown below, and then, in the Pathfinder panel, choose the Exclude function to complete the icon.
Change the pill's color to
Next, you'll need a circle and a narrow rectangle. Place the rectangle behind the circle as pictured below and choose Minus Back in the Pathfinder panel.
Color the resulting object with the same color,
Using the Polygon Tool, draw a hexagon and fill it with a Linear Gradient from
#FFFFFF at an angle of -36.3°.
Place the pills inside the polygon as pictured below.
Begin creating a shadow for the icon with Blend.
You will need two hexagons, the smaller one colored with
#2B2B2B and the bigger one with
#D7D7D7. Arrange them as shown.
In the Transparency panel, set the bigger hexagon's Opacity to 0%.
Proceed to Object > Blend > Blend Options, choosing Specified Steps, 30.
Then apply the function to both objects with Object > Blend > Make.
Place the shadow under our first icon. Make sure to create a bunch of copies of it or just keep one aside to copy later—we will be using this shadow with each of the polygonal icons.
Draw the icon of a tooth by beginning with an outline of the left half. With Object > Transform > Reflect, create a reflected copy of it and attach it perfectly to the other one.
Merge both outlines by using Unite in the Pathfinder panel.
Fill the result with a Linear Gradient from
Create another hexagon, the same size as the first one, and apply a Linear Gradient from
#60C2D6 at an angle of -54°.
Place the tooth inside, and then add the shadow we made earlier.
Take a rectangle, colored with
#E59489, and create a few copies of it with the Object > Transform > Rotate function, using angles of 60° and 120°.
Unite the shapes.
Place the icon on top of a copy of the hexagon made in Step 3.
Begin drawing the briefcase using rounded rectangles.
For the handle, first use a Stroke, and then Expand it. Unite both objects.
Draw a cross with two rectangles and the Unite function.
"Cut out" the cross in the briefcase using the Exclude function in the Pathfinder panel.
Fill the resulting object with a Linear Gradient from
Draw another hexagon, filling it with a Linear Gradient from
#6B9ABF at an angle of -60.5°.
Place the briefcase inside and add a shadow.
Begin drawing the icon of a "beating heart" by drawing half of it and adding a line, as shown in the screenshot below.
Expand the Stroke of the line, and then place it behind the heart and apply Minus Back.
Create a copy of the object with Reflect, and then Unite both halves.
Color the heart with a Linear Gradient from
#FFFFFF, and then place it inside a cyan hexagon (see Step 9).
Begin drawing the vial by first Uniting a rectangle and circle to create the outline, and then Cropping another circle as pictured below.
Use the Pathfinder panel for the mentioned functions.
Create a highlight by applying a specific Stroke Profile to a curve, then Expanding the Stroke.
Place the shape on the right side of the object we just made and cut it out with Exclude.
Unite the vial outline and contents, and then apply a Linear Gradient from
For the vial's background, use a hexagon filled with a Linear Gradient from
#D7775F, using an angle of -60.5°.
Draw a drop by Reflecting half of the shape, Uniting both, and finally Excluding a highlight in the object.
Look for the functions in the Pathfinder panel or consult earlier parts of the tutorial if you are confused.
Fill the drop with a Linear Gradient from
#FFFFFF. Place it on a cyan hexagon.
Begin drawing a clipboard using a rounded rectangle (apply a stroke, then expand). Then add a shape made out of a rounded and regular rectangle, combined in the Pathfinder panel, as well as some rectangles.
Unite the outline of the object, and then use Object > Compound Path > Make (Control-8).
Color the clipboard with
#EDB264 and place it inside a gray hexagon.
Draw a cross (like in Step 13) and apply a Linear Gradient from
Color a new hexagon with a Linear Gradient from
#E4B14B. Use a -60.5° angle and place the cross inside.
Use the icons we made to assemble the first part of a banner!
Draw a waveform. Apply a Stroke to it, and then Expand it and create two copies: one bigger and wider, one smaller.
Color the wider version with
#992617 and the narrower one with
Set both to Screen in the Transparency panel.
Create a grid using the Rectangular Grid Tool with a Width of 640 px, Height of 200 px, and with 9 Horizontal and 31 Vertical Dividers.
Expand the grid, and then make it into a Compound Path with Object > Compound Path > Make (Control-8).
Use a Linear Gradient from white to
#414128. Set it to Screen with 40% Opacity.
Begin drawing a simple mesh background for the banner.
Take a 640 x 200 px rectangle, filled with
#B4BEC0, and with the Mesh Tool (U) position a few mesh nodes as pictured below.
Select a few center nodes, coloring them with
#F8F9F9, and then continue by coloring the upper right nodes with
#F1F3F4. Finish by adding a few dark edges with
Follow the screenshot to see which nodes to color.
Draw a new mesh shape using these colors:
Set the result to Screen.
Add a copy of the Mesh curve and reduce its Opacity to 60%. The Blending Mode should be left at Screen.
Arrange the shapes inside a 640 x 200 px outline, and then select everything and use Make Clipping Mask after right-clicking.
Place the grid, the waveforms and the curves onto the mesh rectangle, and then add the icons on top.
Create another blend shadow out of
#F9F9F9 rounded rectangles.
Make the white shape transparent, and then go to Object > Blend > Make (using Specified Steps, 30).
Set the shadow to Multiply.
Place the shadow under the medical banner.
2. How to Create Two More Banners
Begin drawing an icon of a doctor.
Crop out a part of an ellipse, and then cut out a cross in a trapezoid with Minus Front.
Create the doctor's body with Crop and Minus Back.
Select all the pieces and create a Compound Path out of them. Apply a Linear Gradient from
Add a Blend shadow out of
Fill a circle with a Linear Gradient from
#D7775F, and then add the doctor icon inside and add a shadow.
#B2CECD heart and place it inside a circle filled with a Linear Gradient from
Add a cyan,
#60C2D6 gradient to a circle, and then place the heart icon we made earlier inside.
Assemble the icons into a group.
Any icons that you may be missing can be simply assembled out of elements you've already made (maybe recoloring them into other solid colors).
Draw another mesh banner. You will need these colors:
Add the grid from the first section, then the icons.
For the third and final banner, take a copy of the vial from earlier and change its Gradient to
#D7775F. Place it inside a grey hexagon.
Similarly recolor the clipboard with a Linear Gradient from
Use an orange hexagon.
Assemble a group of icons.
Draw a new banner with mesh.
Place the icons onto the banner, and then add a few transparent polygons to the background (30% Opacity).
Add some waveforms.
The top one should be filled with a Linear Gradient from white to
#414128 and set to Color Dodge with 60% Opacity.
The waveform on the bottom of the banner should be filled with
#2B474C and set to Overlay.
Great job! The only thing that's left is to put all the banners together.
Awesome Work, You're Now Done!
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and I would be super happy to see any results in the comments below.