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illustrator tutorial : Create simple but effective Weather Icons in adobe illustrator - Art Inspire by Asmaa - Graphics, illustration & free vector resources for Creators

[private]Here is the preview of one of my flash animations which is well received through ActiveDen click the image below to see it in action

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And since this was created such long ago i no longer have the source file of this in my system , the vector version 🙁 . Anyway i just wrote down this tutorial while i redrew it for another project that came across.

At the end of the tutorial you can download the source file as well .
lets move to some simple steps using pathfinder and offset path to create the weather icon of clouds pouring big drops of rain.

Step 1-

Draw a bunch of circles

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Step 2-

Use pathfinder to unite all the shapes in one , and if you miss some place in the middle which didnt add up to the final shape just use direct selection tool (A) to select and delete them.

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Step 3-

Give it a nice blue stroke with rounded Cap.

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Step 4-

Next Expand the stroke
Object > Expand

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Step 5-

Right click the shape and ungroup the whole thing

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Step 6-

Now i will use offset path to create a similar smaller shape in the middle.
Object>Path>Offset Path keep the offset in negative to give you an inner shape.

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Step 7-

Select the inner shape that you just created and give it a gradient fill.

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Step 8-

Now we have another filled area which HAD a stroke of blue behind it (as expanded in step 4) , select that and ungroup

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Step 9-

Select the white fill and using eye dropper tool give it a gradient as well.

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Step 10-

Select the two gradient filled cloud shape bring them forward
Right click > arrange > bring to front
Move the two shapes towards left a bit , just to give the blue outline some character and life. you will also noticed that i i changed the blue stroke tone here a bit.

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Step 11-

Just to add a little bit of interest in the cloud shape i created an eclipse shape using two circle and then again pathfinder to minus the front.

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Step 12-

Arrange this shape on the cloud somewhere anywhere you like to achieve something like this…

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Step 13-

Notice here i started to build up the final look , so i added a blue background to the cloud shape just to see things clearly on how they will look on my final project . Give the shape a bit of drop shadow.
Effects>stylize>Drop Shadow

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Step 14-

Create a copy Scale and arrange .

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Step 15-

I drew a small circle and selected the top node with direct selection tool (A) and just pulled it upward a bit and then adjusted its handles to create a drop of water . This drop has the same gradient fill and same shadow effect.

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Step 16-

We are done!
Here is what i came up with

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Click on the link below to download the source CS file.

[download id=”88″ format=”3″]

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