How to create diagram icon

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Tutorial Details

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS3
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Estimated Completion Time: 20 minutes

Diagram icon tutorial

Step 1

Create a new document with 370 pixels by 370 pixels.  Select a Pie Graph Tool from Tools Panel.

Diagram icon tutorial

Step 2

Draw a Graph 350 pixels width and 350 pixels height. Enter the information from left to right. I entered 70, 15, 7 and 8, but you may choose any amount you want. Press the check box button in the upper right corner when you finished.

Diagram icon tutorial

Step 3

Now delete the stroke and go to Menu > Object > Ungroup (Shift+Ctrl_G) to open the Ungroup dialog. There will be a warning message, Press Yes.

Diagram icon tutorial

Step 4

Transform the main graph shape vertical and Rotate it 60 degree. Then select the graph and go to Effect > 3D > Extrude & Bevel. Enter the values shown below to achieve the look I’ve taken. Don’t forget to change Surface to No Shading option.

Diagram icon tutorial

Step 5

Go to Object > Expand Appearance and Ungroup two times. Now it’s time to give colors. I use Gradient to colorize all the parts of the Graph. To the biggest part of the graph I gave these colors: R-110, G-17, B-4; R-117, G-9, B-9; R-110, G-17, B-4.

Diagram icon tutorial

Step 6

Select each part of the graph and give it a gradient fill with colors you want. Here is mine.

Diagram icon tutorial

Step 7

Select all parts of the graph and group them. Copy and Paste in Front. With arrow buttons move it to the bottom 11 times then Send it to Back. Make Transparency Opacity 40%. You should get this result.

Diagram icon tutorial

You can download .ai and .eps formats below. If you like my tutorial please don’t forget to share it with your friends and give your comments.

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