20 Icon Design Tutorials Using Adobe Illustrator

To get an icon for your design work is pretty easy now, because there are so many icons out there that are ready to use whether they are free or not. But if you want something different with your icons, you should learn how to make them. Below are awesome icon design tutorial lists for you that will teach how to make your own icon using illustrator.

Create a Vector Floppy Disk Icon

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a floppy disk icon. We’ll use basic shape building methods, and numerous Adobe Illustrator effects, which will combine to create the final illustration.


How to Create a Nice Emoticons Icon Set

In the following tutorial you will learn to create an attractive emoticons icon set. Learn an easy to follow workflow for creating each of these little emotional character faces in Adobe Illustrator.


Create A 3D Vector Book Icon

We use icons every day, but usually they are made by others. So when we know exactly what we need, it is better if we make our very own icon. Here is how to make a 3D book icon, that we can use more times, with some modifications.


How to Create an Analog Clock Icon in Illustrator

Learn how to create a Vector Analog Clock Icon from scratch in Illustrator!


Create a Google Buzz Icon

In the following tutorial I will show you how to create a Google Buzz icon in twelve simple steps. It’s a pretty short tutorial and if you are a regular Illustrator user it shouldn’t take you more that 30 minutes to follow it.


Make a Mailbox Icon Using Adobe Illustrator

Attention! This icon was not created solely for educational purposes. You can see the working process of real designing! We are going to use various professional techniques to create this icon, and I will give you many useful tips along the way. So, let’s get down to work, experts!


Create a 3D Shipping Package Box Icon in Illustrator

This icon design tutorial will discuss how to create a shipping box/parcel box icon from scratch using Adobe Illustrator. We will use the 3D Extrude & Bevel effect, the Pen Tool for drawing simple shapes, several panels like the Transparency Panel and the Gradient Panel, and other fundamental Illustrator features. We’ll detail our icon with a red shipping stamp (that we will draw ourselves), packing tape, and shadows/highlights.


Create a Simple Trunk Icon

In the following tutorial created by Andrei Marius, you can learn to create a simple trunk icon. This detailed Illustrator tutorial uses some Extrude & Bevel 3d effects, gradients, offsets, and other techniques that can be easily applied to other icons ans illustrations.


Design a 3D Digital Clock Icon with Illustrator

This tutorial will explain how to create a glossy and stylized digital clock from scratch in Adobe Illustrator composed of basic shapes and nifty gradients. We will make a vector icon that will be scalable to any size by taking advantage of designing icons and graphics using a vector-based application like Illustrator.


Create a Safe Icon in Adobe Illustrator

In the following tutorial you will learn to create a safe icon. We’ll use a variety of Adobe Illustrator tools and techniques to create this icon. Learn how to make a place to stash your vector gold. It’s all about the details you put into this design to give it a bit of shine.


How to Draw a Glossy Yo-Yo Icon using Adobe Illustrator

Entertain yourself with this tutorial on creating a glossy yo-yo icon. You will learn how to combine different gradient and object effects to make a hyper realistic and shiny plastic surface. The result is a perfectly rendered and appealing icon that can be made in just one hour!


Create a Neat Price Tag

In the following tutorial I will show you how to create a neat price tag. First, for the basic shape, the grid and the Snap to Grid will significantly ease your work. Then, for the rest of the illustration you’ll use the Pathfinder options, multiple gradients and strokes plus some basic effects and brushes.


How to make a realistic vintage typewriter in Illustrator

In this tutorial you will learn to craft your very own vintage typewriter with a realistic finish in Illustrator.

Create a Super Glue and a Paint Tube Icon

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a super glue and a paint tube icon. These shiny icons are simple to create, we’ll cover a complete workflow, and show you techniques that will speed up your work process.

How to Create a Suitcase Icon in Adobe Illustrator

In the following tutorial you will learn to create a suitcase icon, suitable for a travel oriented site, or vacation brochure. Grab hold of your vector tools and let’s get to building.

suitcase icon

Create simple but effective Weather Icons in adobe illustrator

In this tutorial you will learn how to create some attractive little weather icons in Adobe Illustrator.

Weather Icons in adobe illustrator

How to Make a Detailed Printer Icon Using Illustrator

In this icon design tutorial, we will construct a desktop printer icon that is rich in detail. Ready? Perhaps you should serve yourself a cup of coffee and grab a bag of chips to pass the hunger while we draw our icon (it could take a while to finish)!

Printer Icon

Create a Jeans Pocket Icon Using Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial you will learn many useful and necessary techniques, such as the creation of vector texture, working with the Scatter Brush, using the Graphic Style palette, creating scuffs and creases on the fabric, using the Gradient Mesh, and more. Believe me, it’s worth your attention.

Create a Jeans Pocket Icon Using Adobe Illustrator

Create a Nice Award Medal Icon

In the following tutorial you will learn to create an icon of an award medal. You will use various shapes and pathfinder techniques to make this great looking icon. This illustration can be made without the use of the Pen Tool, so it’s a great tutorial for beginners. You will be proud of the results!

Create a Nice Award Medal Icon

Syringe Icon Tutorial

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a medical syringe icon with illustrator CS5.

Syringe Icon Tutorial