How to Create Delicious Toast Icons in Adobe Illustrator
February 25, 2016 - Uncategorized
toast? Then why not create it in vector form? Here you have three
delicious options: butter on toast, egg on toast and chocolate, and banana on toast.
First, you will learn how to draw a simple slice of
toast followed by the vector bread texture and the toasted look. You
will continue with the toppings: the melted butter, the fried egg,
the chocolate spread and banana slices. Sounds great? Let’s begin!
a New Project
go to File
> New to
open a blank document. Type a name for your file, set up the
dimensions and then select Pixels
Make sure that Align
New Objects to Pixel Grid is
go to Edit
> Preferences > General and
set the Keyboard
while there, go to Units
make sure they are set as in the following image. I usually work with
these settings and they will help you throughout the drawing process.
a Slice of Toast
by drawing a rounded rectangle and an ellipse with the dimensions
shown, and then arrange them as in the image.
With the two shapes selected, press Unite in the Pathfinder panel in order
to create the toast shape. Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to
select only the two points indicated on each side and move them
outwards a little to make the slice wider at the top.
the toast shape with the radial gradient shown but use the Gradient
Tool (G) to adjust the angle.
Copy and Paste in Back (Control-B) the toast shape in order to create
a copy. Select this copy and with the help of the Direct Selection
Tool (A) move the points indicated in the direction of the arrows to
make the shape slightly bigger than the original. Fill the copy with
a warm brown.
the Add Anchor Point Tool (+) to add an extra point at the bottom of
the toast shape and move it upwards a little by pressing the Up Arrow
key on your keyboard.
draw a half-ellipse with the Pen Tool (P), fill it with brown and
send it in back. Group
(Control-G) all the shapes and name the group “basic toast”.
the Vector Bread Texture
the Pencil Tool (N) and draw a random path over the toast in a
up-and-down motion. Stroke this path with a Scatter Brush called Ink
Spatter 1 that you can find in the Brush Libraries Menu > Artistic
> Artistic_Ink. Set the Stroke Weight at 0.25 pt to make the
the path still selected, go to the Object menu and choose Expand
Appearance. Fill the resulting group of shapes with a linear gradient
from white to black, and then set to Blending Mode Color Burn and 60%
a new path over the toast with the Pencil Tool (N) in a circular
motion this time. Select a 0.25 pt white Stroke and the Ink Spatter 1
Scatter Brush, and then set the Blending Mode to Soft Light.
time to clean up the edges. First, select the toast shape, Copy and
Paste in Place (Shift-Control-V) and remove the existing gradient
fill. Now, select the two textures along with the copy of the toast
and go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make (Control-7).
the Toasted Look
the Pen Tool (P) and draw three shapes like in the next image. Fill
them with the colors indicated next to each one, then go to Effect >
Stylize > Feather and apply a Radius of 15 px, 25 px and 15 px
again. Set the Blending Mode to Color Burn for all of them.
you apply the specified settings, your toast should look like in the
image below. Select everything on your artboard and Group (Control-G)
them; then name the group “toast”.
the ‘Butter on Toast’ Icon
that the toast is ready, you can create the first icon which is
butter on toast. Draw a shape like in the next image and fill it with
the linear gradient shown. Go to Effect > Stylize > Feather and
apply a Radius of 8 px and then reduce the Opacity to 75%.
a small wavy shape on the right side of the previous shape, give it a
white fill and reduce the Opacity to 70%. This will create a glossy
(Control-G) these two shapes and then set the group to Blending Mode
Screen. You can name it “melted butter”.
draw a rounded square and select light yellow as the fill color. Go
to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow and apply the settings shown
another rounded square that is slightly bigger at the top and send it behind. Select yellow as the fill color.
with a shape similar to the one below and fill it with the linear
gradient shown. Set it to Blending Mode Screen and 60% Opacity, and then
send this shape behind the two rounded squares.
the Pen Tool (P) and draw a path following the top left edge of the
first rounded square. Select a 2 pt white Stroke and the Width
Profile 3 in the Stroke panel. To add more glossiness, draw a small
moon-like shape on the melted butter with a white fill.
this point, you can Group (Control-G) the last five paths/shapes and
name the group “butter cube”.
butter on toast icon is ready now.
the ‘Egg on Toast’ Icon
to the butter on toast icon, select the “toast” group and make a
copy on your artboard. Now, draw the shape of the egg and fill it
with the radial gradient shown. Go to Effect > Stylize > Drop
Shadow and apply the settings from below.
the yolk shape and fill it with orange. Continue with the second
shape shown below, which is behind the yolk and has a white fill.
the next shape with a linear gradient from white to black and then
set the Blending Mode to Screen.
a thin moon-like shape in the lower right side of the yolk and fill
it with the radial gradient shown.
an ellipse on the yolk and fill it with the radial gradient shown,
then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur and apply a Radius of
draw three small shapes on the left side of the yolk. Having them
selected, go to Object > Compound Path > Make (Control-8) and
after that, fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown.
create the appearance of fried edges, draw a few paths following the
edge of the egg with the Pen Tool (P) or the Pencil
Tool (N). Use an Art Brush called Chalk-Scribble to stroke these
paths, that you can find in the Brush Libraries Menu > Artistic >
Artistic_ChalkCharcoalPencil. Set the Stroke Weight and the colors
accordingly. For a more intense fried look, you can draw many more
paths like these.
draw some very small ellipses next to the edge of the egg and fill
them with light shades of brown.
for decoration purposes, let’s add some ground pepper. Draw some tiny
circles on the egg, as many as you want and after that, create a
compound path or Group (Control-G) them. Select dark brown as the
egg on toast icon is ready at this point.
the ‘Chocolate Spread and Banana on Toast’ Icon
go to the previous icon and make another copy of the “toast”
group. Grab the Pen Tool (P) and draw a random shape over the toast.
Select brown as the fill color and then apply the Drop Shadow effect.
create the banana slice, start with a round shape and then draw a
slightly bigger shape behind it. Draw another round shape in the
center and fill it with the radial gradient shown.
a shape similar to the one below in the center of the slice, use the
color indicated and then set it to Blending Mode Multiply and 50%
a smaller shape in the center, select orange as the fill color and
then set it to Blending Mode Multiply and 50% Opacity.
the Pen Tool (P) to draw two paths on the sides. Select a 1.5 pt
white Stroke and the Width Profile 1 from the Stroke panel.
(Control-G) all the shapes that compose the banana slice. Make more
copies, slightly rotate them, and arrange them over the chocolate spread.
the Pencil Tool (N) to draw a few paths between the slices of banana, like in the next image. Select a 2 pt Stroke and the Width Profile 3, and after that, apply a 2 px Gaussian Blur. Reduce the Opacity to
more paths between the slices of banana and between the shading paths
from the previous step. Select a 2 pt Stroke and the Width Profile 3, and after that, apply a 2 px Gaussian Blur for all of them. For the
two red paths in the middle, increase the Gaussian Blur Radius to 3
px and also reduce the Opacity to 80%.
this point the chocolate spread and banana icon is ready.
8. Add Shadow to the Icons
only the “basic toast” group from each icon and go to Effect >
Blur > Gaussian Blur. Apply the settings shown and hit OK.
is the final image. I hope this tutorial was fun and delicious at the
same time. Feel free to experiment with different toppings and try to
create your favorite toast. Don’t forget to show me your re-creations
so I can enjoy them.
Now tell me, which one
would you eat right now?
Source: Design – Tuts