Create a Set of Flat Weather Icons

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a set of flat weather icons in Graphic for iPad.

For starters you will learn how to setup a simple grid and how to create a cloud shape using basic tools and vector shapes building techniques.Taking full advantage of the Snap to Grid feature and using some simple stroke techniques, you will learn to create most of the icons.

Finally, you will learn how to create a flat background, how to center it and how to add a subtle shadow to your icons.

Step 1

From the Documents Browser, tap the plus button at the top-left corner of the Titlebar and choose the Grid document style.

Focus on the right side of the Titlebar and tap the Settings icon. Go to the Canvas pane, set the Width and Height to 600 px, select Pixels for the base unit, and make sure that the Pixel-Align Strokes feature is disabled. When this setting is enabled, stroked objects are offset slightly to ensure that the stroke is drawn aligned to the pixel grid which guarantees a crisp look.

Next, you need to setup the document grid. Tap again that Settings icon and switch to the Grid & Rulers pane. Make sure that the Snap to Grid feature is enabled and keep in mind that this is where you should come whenever you wish to enable or disable the grid or the Snap to Grid. Finally, open that Grid Settings pane, enter 5 px in both Spacing boxes and 0 lines in the Subdivisions box.

Step 2

Focus on the Toolbar and notice that by default the Fill color is set to white while the Line color is set to black. Tap the Fill color well and set its color to R=74 G=196 B=237 and then tap the Line color well. Drag the Alpha slider to 0% and this will simply make your Line invisible.

Pick the Ellipse Tool, move to your canvas and create a 40 px circle - the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work.

Step 3

Replace the existing Fill color with R=225 G=200 B=0, make sure that the Ellipse Tool is still active, create a 60 px circle and place it as shown in the first image.

Replace that yellow from the Fill color with R=44 G=164 B=15, create a 30 px circle and place it as shown in the second image.

Switch to the Rectangle Tool and set the Fill color to black (R=0 G=0 B=0). Create a 60 x 20 px rectangle and place it as shown in the third image.

Step 4

Using the Move Tool, select all the shapes made so far, focus on the right side of your Titlebar and tap that middle icon. Move to the Combine pane and simply tap that Union button. You will end up with a blue, cloud shape like the one shown in the second image.

Make sure that this shape is selected, focus on the left side of your Titlebar and tap that paperclip icon to open the Edit pane. Simply tap the Copy and the Paste buttons to duplicate your blue icon. Select the copy, drag it down and place it roughly as shown in the second image.

Step 5

Return to your Toolbar, this time make sure that the Fill is invisible and then set the Line color to black (R=0 G=0 B=0).

Focus on your bottom cloud shape and pick the Ellipse Tool. Create a 40 px circle and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new shape stays selected, focus on the right side of your Titlebar and tap the leftmost icon. Move to the Effects pane and tap the existing Stroke. Drag that Width slider to 6 pt and check the Inside Alignment button.

Step 6

Pick the Pen Tool or the Line Tool, create a 10 px, vertical path and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new path stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. Select the Stroke, drag the Width slider to 6 pt and don't forget to check that Round Cap button.

Step 7

Make sure that your vertical path is still selected, pick the Rotate Tool and you will notice a little cross icon in the center of your selection, that's the reference point. Simply drag it in the center of that circle and then focus on that tool pane. Set the Angle to 45 degrees and then hit that Copy button seven times. In the end things should look like in the second image.

Step 8

Pick the Path Selection Tool, focus on the tool pane and activate the Add to Selection mode. Select the black shapes that make up your sun and duplicate them using the same Copy and Paste commands from that Edit pane. Make sure that only the copies are selected, drag them to the right as shown in the first image and then go to the Path pane. Tap the Outline Stroke button and then move to the Combine pane and tap the Make Compound Path button. The resulting compound path will be your first icon.

Step 9

Pick the Path Selection Tool and be sure that the Add to Selection mode is still active. Reselect the black shapes that make up your sun and go to the Path pane. Tap the Outline Stroke button and then move to the Combine pane and tap the Make Compound Path button.

Step 10

Select the blue, cloud shape that lies behind that sun shape and add a copy in the same place using the Copy and the Paste in Place commands from that Edit pane.

Pick the Path Selection Tool and make sure that the Add to Selection mode is active. Select the cloud shape copy made a few moments ago along with the sun shape that lies behind it, go to the Combine pane and tap that Subtract button. Select the tiny, black shape highlighted in the third image and simply remove it using the X button located in the left side of your Titlebar.

Step 11

Reselect your blue cloud and focus on the Effects pane. Remove the color from the Fill and then select the Stroke. Drag the Width slider to 6 pt, tap the Inside Alignment and the Round Join buttons and then tap the color well that stands for this Stroke. Make sure that the color is set to black and drag that Alpha slider to 100%.

Step 12

Reselect the cloud shape with the black stroke, go to the Path pane and tap the Outline Stroke button. Select the resulting path along with the set of shapes that make up that half of a sun and go to the Combine pane. Start by tapping the Union button and then move to the bottom of the pane and tap that Make Compound Path button. The resulting compound path will be your second icon.

Step 13

Select the remaining blue shape and focus on the Effects pane. Make the Fill invisible and then select that Stroke. Set its color to black, drag the Width slider to 6 pt and then tap the Inside Alignment and the Round Join buttons. Make sure that this shape stays selected, focus on the Path pane and tap the Outline Stroke button. The resulting compound path will be your third icon.

Duplicate this shape and drag the copy to the right roughly as shown in the following image.

Step 14

Return to your Toolbar, make sure that the Fill is invisible and then set the Line color to R=74 G=195 B=237. Focus on your right cloud shape and pick the Pen Tool or the Line Tool.

Create a 30 px, vertical path and place it as shown in the first image. Select this tiny, new path, focus on the Effects pane and select the Stroke. Drag Width slider to 6 pt and check the Round Cap button. Switch to the Rotate Tool and focus on the newly opened tool pane. Set the Angle to -25 degrees and simply tap that Rotate button. In the end things should look like in the second image.

Step 15

Reselect the oblique path made in the previous step, open the Edit pane and tap that Copy Style command.

Reselect the Pen Tool or the Line Tool, create a 20 px, vertical path and place it as shown in the first image. Make sure that this new path stays selected, open the Edit pane and tap that Paste Style command. This will simply copy the attributes from your first oblique path and paste them unto the path made in this step.

With your vertical path still selected, pick the Rotate Tool and move to the tool pane. Set the Angle to -25 degrees and tap that Rotate button.

Reselect the Pen Tool or the Line Tool, create a 25 px, vertical path and place it as shown in the third image. Make sure that it stays selected, use again the Paste Style command and then rotate it -25 degrees.

Step 16

Reselect the three, oblique paths and focus on the Path pane. Tap the Outline Stroke button and then move to the Combine pane and tap the Make Compound Path button.

Step 17

Make sure that your blue compound path is still selected and add a copy in the same place using the Copy and the Paste in Place commands from that same Edit pane. Select this copy and focus on the Effects pane. Remove the color from the Fill and then select the Stroke. Set its color to R=153 G=0 B=0, drag the Width slider to 4 pt and then tap the Outside Alignment button. Make sure that this red shape stays selected, move to the Path pane and simply tap that Outline Stroke button.

Step 18

Select your red compound path along with the black shape that lies behind it, focus on the Combine pane and tap that Subtract button.

Step 19

Using the Move Tool, select all the shapes highlighted in the first image and focus on the Combine pane. First, tap the Union button and then move to the bottom of the pane and tap that Make Compound Path button. The resulting compound path will be your fourth icon.

Step 20

Duplicate your cloud shape and select the copy. Drag it down and place it roughly as shown in the following image.

Step 21

Return to your Toolbar, make sure that the Stroke is invisible and then set the Fill color to R=74 G=186 B=237.

Focus on the cloud shape copy made in the previous step and pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool. Move to the newly opened tool pane and drag the Radius slider to 3. Create a 5 x 25 px rounded rectangle and place it as shown in the first image. Make sure that this new shape stays selected and switch to the Rotate Tool. Focus on the tool pane, set the Angle to 45 degrees and then tap that Copy button three times.

Step 22

Pick the Path Selection Tool and activate the Add to Selection mode. Select the four rounded rectangles made in the previous step, focus on the Combine pane and tap the Union button. Duplicate the resulting shape, select the copy and place it as shown in the second image. Reselect both shapes made in this step, return to the Combine pane and this time tap that Make Compound Path button.

Step 23

Make sure that your blue compound path is still selected and add a copy in the same place. Select this copy and focus on the Effects pane. Remove the color from the Fill and then select the Stroke. Set its color to R=153 G=0 B=0, drag the Width slider to 4 pt and tap that Outside Alignment button. With this red shape still selected, move to the Path pane and simply tap the Outline Stroke button.

Step 24

Reselect your red compound path along with the black shape that lies behind it, focus on the Combine pane and tap the Subtract button.

Step 25

Using the Move Tool, select all the shapes highlighted in the first image and focus on the Combine pane. First, tap the Union button and then move to the bottom of the pane and tap that Make Compound Path button. The resulting compound path will be your fifth icon.

Step 26

Make one final copy of your cloud shape and place it below that sun icon roughly as shown in the following image.

Step 27

Return to your Toolbar, make sure that the Stroke is invisible and then set the Fill color to R=74 G=186 B=237.

Keep your eyes on the cloud shape copy added in the previous step and pick the Rectangle Tool. Create a 15 x 5 px shape, place it as shown in the first image and make sure that it stays selected. Switch to the Pen Tool, focus on the newly opened tool pane and activate the Add Points mode. Keep focusing on your tiny, blue rectangle and add two anchor points simply by tapping in the highlighted spots.

Step 28

Keep focusing on your blue rectangle and switch to the Path Selection Tool. Select the top, left anchor point and drag it 15 px up and 15 px to the right. Move to the bottom, right anchor point and drag it 15 px down and 15 px to the left. In the end your blue shape should look like in the second image.

Make sure that it stays selected, go to the Effects pane and focus on that Stroke. Drag the Width to 6 pt, check the Round Join button and add the same color used for the Fill.

Step 29

Make sure that your blue shape is still selected, focus on the Path pane and tap the Outline Stroke button. Move to the Arrange pane and tap the Ungroup button and then go to the Combine pane and tap that Union button.

Step 30

Make sure that your blue shape is still selected and add a copy in the same place. Select it and focus on the Effects pane. Remove the color from the Fill and then select the Stroke. Set its color to R=153 G=0 B=0, drag the Width slider to 4 pt and then tap that Outside Alignment button. Make sure that this red shape stays selected, move to the Path pane and simply tap the Outline Stroke button.

Step 31

Reselect your red compound path along with the black shape that lies behind it, go to the Combine pane and tap the Subtract button.

Step 32

Using the Move Tool, select all the shapes highlighted in the first image and go to the Combine pane. First, tap the Union button and then move to the bottom of the pane and tap that Make Compound Path button. The resulting compound path will be your final icon.

Step 33

Using the Rectangle Tool, create a 600 x 740 px shape and set its Fill color to R=74 G=196 B=237. Make sure that this rectangle stays selected and go to the Arrange pane. Drag the Order slider to the left to send your shape in the back and then focus on the bottom of the pane. Simply tap the Align Horizontal and the Align Vertical buttons to quickly center your rectangle.

Step 34

Pick the Path Selection Tool and activate the Add to Selection mode. Select all your icons, focus on the Effects pane and simply replace the existing Fill color with white (R=255 G=255 B=255).

Step 35

Make sure that all your icons are still selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and simply check the box that stands for the existing Drop Shadow effect to activate it.

Enter 2 pt in the Y box and 0 in the other two boxes and then tap the color well that stands for your effect. Make sure that the color is set to black (R=0 G=0 B=0) and drag that Alpha slider to 50%. Return to the Effects pane and tap the cogwheel icon that stands for your Drop Shadow effect. Tap Blend Mode, select Soft Light from that list and then tap the Done button.

Finished Design

Congratulations, you've finished the tutorial!

Hope you've enjoyed learning some of the techniques and processes presented in these steps. As always, feel free to adjust the final design and make it your own.

Graphic File: weathericons.idraw