Make Minimalist Avatars with Illustrator

Join us as we explore some of the basics of creating minimalist avatars with Illustrator.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a minimalist icon based on a portrait image by altering and combining different sets of tools.

Key Takeaways:


  •  Use the pencil to create free-hand drawn shapes<

  • The shape builder tool (Shift + M) can combine selected shapes which overlap and to remove shapes/overlapping areas of multiple shapes by holding the option key and clicking

  • To add color -> Select the shape that you want to fill in -> select the Eyedropper tool (i) and click in the area that is selected

  • To upload an image to fit within the boundaries of the artboard you can go to file and select New -> add parameters -> go to file once again and select Place... -> click and drag the image


Keyboard Shortcuts:

Eyedropper tool (i)

Selection tool (V)

Ellipse tool (L)

Rectangle tool (M)

Shape Builder tool (SHIFT + M)

Pencil tool (N)


Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Guest Author:
Elsa Sanchez
Former Adobe Student Consultant