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How to Create a Medical Banner With Icons in Adobe Illustrator

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What You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to create a set of medical icons and make them into three banners.

If you want to skip the tutorial and just use this vector in your work, purchase Three Medical Banners With Icons from GraphicRiver!

Three Medical Banners with Icons
Three Medical Banners with Icons

1. How to Create the First Banner

Step 1

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 #F1B14F.

vector pill

Step 2

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, #F1B14F.

vector pill

Step 3

Using the Polygon Tool, draw a hexagon and fill it with a Linear Gradient from #E2E3E4 to #FFFFFF at an angle of -36.3°.

Place the pills inside the polygon as pictured below.

medical icon

Step 4

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.

blend shadow

Step 5

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.

blend shadow

Step 6

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.

medical icon

Step 7

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.

vector tooth

Step 8

Fill the result with a Linear Gradient from #E2E3E4 to #FFFFFF.

vector tooth

Step 9

Create another hexagon, the same size as the first one, and apply a Linear Gradient from #1E9CA8 to #60C2D6 at an angle of -54°.

Place the tooth inside, and then add the shadow we made earlier.

medical icon

Step 10

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.

vector star

Step 11

Place the icon on top of a copy of the hexagon made in Step 3.

medical icon

Step 12

Begin drawing the briefcase using rounded rectangles.

For the handle, first use a Stroke, and then Expand it. Unite both objects.

vector briefcase

Step 13

Draw a cross with two rectangles and the Unite function.

vector cross

Step 14

"Cut out" the cross in the briefcase using the Exclude function in the Pathfinder panel.

Fill the resulting object with a Linear Gradient from #E2E3E4 to #FFFFFF.

vector doctors briefcase

Step 15

Draw another hexagon, filling it with a Linear Gradient from #236185 to #6B9ABF at an angle of -60.5°.

Place the briefcase inside and add a shadow.

medical icon

Step 16

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.

vector heart

Step 17

Create a copy of the object with Reflect, and then Unite both halves.

pathfinder panel

Step 18

Color the heart with a Linear Gradient from #E2E3E4 to #FFFFFF, and then place it inside a cyan hexagon (see Step 9).

medical icon

Step 19

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.

vector vial

Step 20

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.

vector vial content

Step 21

Unite the vial outline and contents, and then apply a Linear Gradient from #E2E3E4 to #FFFFFF.

vector vial

Step 22

For the vial's background, use a hexagon filled with a Linear Gradient from #A92D1D to #D7775F, using an angle of -60.5°.

medical icon

Step 23

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.

vector drop

Step 24

Fill the drop with a Linear Gradient from #E2E3E4 to #FFFFFF. Place it on a cyan hexagon.

medical icon

Step 25

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).

vector clipboard icon

Step 26

Color the clipboard with #EDB264 and place it inside a gray hexagon.

medical icon

Step 27

Draw a cross (like in Step 13) and apply a Linear Gradient from #E2E3E4 to #FFFFFF.

vector cross

Step 28

Color a new hexagon with a Linear Gradient from #BB7110 to #E4B14B. Use a -60.5° angle and place the cross inside.

medical icon

Step 29

Use the icons we made to assemble the first part of a banner!

medical banner vector

Step 30

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 #1E5451.

Set both to Screen in the Transparency panel.

vector waveform heartbeart

Step 31

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.

vector grid

Step 32

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.

vector grid

Step 33

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 #839395.

Follow the screenshot to see which nodes to color.

mesh banner

Step 34

Draw a new mesh shape using these colors:

  1. #000000
  2. #FDFDFD
  3. #8E8E8E

Set the result to Screen.

mesh shape

Step 35

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.

vector medical banner mesh

Step 36

Place the grid, the waveforms and the curves onto the mesh rectangle, and then add the icons on top.

medical banner

Step 37

Create another blend shadow out of #333333 and #F9F9F9 rounded rectangles.

Make the white shape transparent, and then go to Object > Blend > Make (using Specified Steps, 30).

Set the shadow to Multiply.

blend shadow

Step 38

Place the shadow under the medical banner.

medical banner

2. How to Create Two More Banners

Step 1

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.

doctor hat vector

Step 2

Create the doctor's body with Crop and Minus Back.

doctor icon vector

Step 3

Select all the pieces and create a Compound Path out of them. Apply a Linear Gradient from #E2E3E4 to #FFFFFF.

doctor icon vector

Step 4

Add a Blend shadow out of #352F2A and #FFFFFF objects.

blend shadow

Step 5

Fill a circle with a Linear Gradient from #A92D1D to #D7775F, and then add the doctor icon inside and add a shadow.

medical icon

Step 6

Draw a #B2CECD heart and place it inside a circle filled with a Linear Gradient from #E2E3E4 to #FFFFFF.

heart vector icon

Step 7

Add a cyan, #1E9CA8 to #60C2D6 gradient to a circle, and then place the heart icon we made earlier inside.

medical icon

Step 8

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).

medical icons group

Step 9

Draw another mesh banner. You will need these colors:

  1. #EEF1F3
  2. #7E8C8F
  3. #D8DEDF
mesh vector

Step 10

Add the grid from the first section, then the icons.

medical banner vector

Step 11

For the third and final banner, take a copy of the vial from earlier and change its Gradient to #A92D1D - #D7775F. Place it inside a grey hexagon.

medical icon

Step 12

Similarly recolor the clipboard with a Linear Gradient from #E2E3E4 to #FFFFFF.

Use an orange hexagon.

medical icon

Step 13

Assemble a group of icons.

set of icons medical vector

Step 14

Draw a new banner with mesh.

  1. #DDE1E2
  2. #849295
  3. #FCFCFC
vector mesh

Step 15

Place the icons onto the banner, and then add a few transparent polygons to the background (30% Opacity).

medical banner vector

Step 16

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.

medical banner vector waveform heartbeat

Step 17

Great job! The only thing that's left is to put all the banners together.

set of three medical banners vector

Awesome Work, You're Now Done!

What now? You can try any of my other tutorials from my profile or check out my portfolio on GraphicRiver, as well as the original vector we recreated in this tutorial.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and I would be super happy to see any results in the comments below.

Three Medical Banners with Icons
Three Medical Banners with Icons
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