20+ Tutorials for Creating Icons in Adobe Illustrator

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Custom icons are a great asset to have in your design library. While you can find tons of great-looking icons all over the Internet, nothing beats custom icon design.

If you’ve never designed an icon before, the free Adobe Illustrator tutorials in this roundup will help you dip your toes in icon creation. And if you need to brush up on your icon design knowledge, they will help you learn some new tricks and techniques.

If you would rather create your icons in Photoshop, this collection of tutorials is for you.

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How to Create a Mobile App Icon

If you’ve been tasked with the creation of a mobile app icon, this tutorial will come in handy. It’s a video tutorial full of practical tips on using shapes, gradients, and clipping masks to produce an attractive icon for your mobile app.

How to Create a Mobile App Icon adobe illustrator tutorial

How to Create a Social Media Icon Set

If you’ve been thinking how you can make your own social media icon, this tutorial will be helpful. It’s a step by step guide that will show you how to use simple shapes like the ellipse and rounded rectangle tool in conjunction with the align and stroke panels.

How to Create a Social Media Icon Set adobe illustrator tutorial

20 Smart Home Icons (Envato Elements Template)

Speed up your design project with these smart home icon templates. Included are various vector formats and a PNG file for each icon. PNG sizes start at 48×48 and go all the way up to 240×240.

20 Smart Home Icons adobe illustrator tutorial

How to Create a Space Icon Set

Want to now how to make space related icons? In this tutorial, you are given a step by step guide to creating a shuttle, lander, satellite, and a moon. Get ready to engineer yourself an out of this world set of icons.

How to Create a Space Icon Set adobe illustrator tutorial

How to Create a Football/Soccer Icon Set

If you need to know how to make a soccer related series of icons, we have just the tutorial for you. This tutorial is a step by step guide on how to make shoes, the playing field, a whistle, and a megaphone.

How to Create a Football Soccer Icon Set adobe illustrator tutorial

How to Create a Battery Icon

In this battery icon tutorial, you will learn compositional construction, shape alignment, and grid positioning for Adobe Illustrator; all while creating your first battery icon to power all your future design projects.

How to Create a Battery Icon adobe illustrator tutorial

80 Map & Navigation Icons (Envato Elements Template)

Make your next map project a breeze with this map and navigation template. You will get 80 icons in various vector formats and a PNG file for each icon. PNG files are sized at either 256×256 or 512×512.

80 Map Navigation Icons

How to create a Revolver Icon

Ready to try your aim at making a vector revolver? Well this tutorial has you covered! This step by step tutorial will take you through the process of making a cute revolver pistol.

How to create a Revolver Icon adobe illustrator tutorial

How To Draw a Rocket Icon

Want to take your graphic skills to the stratosphere? This video tutorial will take you through the process of manipulating various shapes into a rocket spaceship. Are you ready for lift off?

How To Draw a Rocket Icon adobe illustrator tutorial

How to Create a Simple Drum Icon

It’s time to get rocking to the beat of our own drum! This step by step tutorial will have you creating a simple vector drum icon complete with sticks. It’s time to rock it out!

How to Create a Simple Drum Icon adobe illustrator tutorial

School & Education Line Icon Set (Envato Elements Template)

Save time on your next vector design project with these thin line flat icons and pictograms. You will get a zipped file that has an editable vector file format and high quality JPG files for the enclosed icons.

School Education Line Icon Set adobe illustrator

How to Create a House Mockup Icon

Want to show people the floor plan to your dream house? This step by step vector design tutorial will have you opening doors and windows to the house of your dreams. Don’t forget the additional floors!

How to Create a House Mockup Icon adobe illustrator tutorial

How to Create a Cast Icon

When you just have to have your very own branded cast icon; you have to make it yourself! In this step by step tutorial you will learn compositional construction, shape alignment, and grid positioning; as well as how to make your vector cast icon.

How to Create a Cast Icon adobe illustrator tutorial

How to Create a Notebook Icon

Make your own spiral bound vector notebook with Teela’s tutorial. She takes you step by step through the process of making a spiral bound notebook that you can use in your next design project.

How to Create a Notebook Icon adobe illustrator tutorial

Graphic Design Line Icons (Envato Elements Template)

Save time the next time you need graphic design icons by downloading this template. It includes 72 different icons in both SVG and PNG formats. The SVG icons are measured at 64x64px and the PNG icons are 512x512px.

Graphic Design Line Icons adobe illustrator

How to Create a Collection of Apple Products

Apple has some of the most recognizable products. In this step by step tutorial you’ll create your very own vector icons of the iPad, iMac, Magic Mouse, and the Wacom Tablet.

How to Create a Collection of Apple Products adobe illustrator tutorial

How to Create a Computer Peripheral Icon Set

If you’ve been tasked with creation of computer peripheral icons, this tutorial is just what you need. This first portion of a series of tutorials teaches you how to make the mouse icon using Adobe Illustrator.

How to Create a Computer Peripheral Icon Set adobe illustrator tutorial

How to Create a Visibility Icon

Need to make a branded visibility icon? You’re in luck! In this step by step tutorial you will learn how to make a visibility icon using basic geometric shapes, tools, and colors.

How to Create a Visibility Icon adobe illustrator tutorial

Clean Filled Color Icon Set (Envato Elements Template)

Save time cleaning up with this template filled with colorful cleaning icons. This pack includes 16 high quality color images in various vector formats and in a PNG file format. SVG size is 128×128 and the PNG is 512×512.

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How to Create a Map Icon

Want to know how to make a detailed vector map icon? You’re in the right place because in this step by step tutorial, you’ll learn how to use basic tools and effects and master the transform and distort effects.

How to Create a Map Icon adobe illustrator tutorial

How to Create a WYSIWYG Text Editor Icon Set

In this tutorial you will learn how to create vector icons of the familiar text editor icons. You will learn how to create everything from the justify icon to the ruler icon.

How to Create a WYSIWYG Text Editor Icon Set adobe illustrator tutorial

How to Create a Santa Claus Icon

Santa has come to town as an eggnog hipster! Learn how to create this vector icon to spice up your holiday season with this step by step tutorial. Make sure you don’t include the beard.

How to Create a Santa Claus Icon adobe illustrator tutorial

How to Create a Camera Icon

Cameras have become an integral part of our lives so much so that we never leave the house without one. In this step by step tutorial you will learn how to make your own vector based camera icon.

How to Create a Camera Icon adobe illustrator tutorial

How to Create a Halloween Icon Pack

Are you ready to create your own spooky Halloween themed icons? Then you’re in for a frightful time making them with this step by step tutorial. You’ll create your own gallows, coffin, a creepy eye, and your own haunted house.

How to Create a Halloween Icon Pack adobe illustrator tutorial

How to Create a Map Icon

Ever wanted to give someone a map? Now you can! In this step by step tutorial you use basic design theory, compositional construction, shape alignment, grid positioning, and basic shapes to create a wonderful map icon.

How to Create a Map Icon adobe illustrator tutorial

How to Create a Collection of Moving Icons

We all know the pain of moving. But with this step by step tutorial you won’t strain a muscle to create a vector tacking, moving cart, packed boxes, and the packed truck icons.

How to Create a Collection of Moving Icons adobe illustrator tutorial

How to Create a Retro Science Icon Set

Science is a detail-oriented field of study. Design your own detailed vector icons of scientific wonders with this step by step tutorial, taking you through the creation of the test tubes, microscope, and lamp checker icons.

How to Create a Retro Science Icon Set adobe illustrator tutorial

How to Create a Set of Cleaning Icons in Adobe Illustrator

Cleaning is such dirty work. But with this tutorial of cleaning themed vector icons, you’ll have nothing to worry about but the sweet smell of roses.

How to Create a Set of Cleaning Icons adobe illustrator tutorial

Creating custom icons from scratch might seem like a tedious process but in reality, it’s a fun way to unleash your creativity and add a personal touch to your design projects. Use these Illustrator tutorials to master your icon design skills.