Illustrator: The wizard's hat

by Kahlil Gibran

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Step 06. Add power by drawing some stars of 5 points.

Illustrator can make perfect pentagrams. Select the star tool Illustrator can make perfect pentagrams. Select the star tool. When drawing your star note that if you press up and down arrows changes the number of points. Dragging with Shift pressed will make a perfect 5 points star. Alt and Crtl also provide other functionalities. This ceremonial hat will use 7 stars generated with Shift pressed. Use a yellow gradient with these colors: (190, 114, 2) -- (255, 214, 49). Do not forget to group each set of different components.

Step 07 : Create the Wand

The magic wand symbolizes power and authority.

A) Simply draw a rectangle and use a gradient with (113, 81, 31) -- (244, 211, 131).

B) With the Direct Selection Tool reduce the size of one of the sides.

C) Add one anchor point and move it outwards a bit just to give the impression of roundness.

D) With the pen tool draw a shape which will be the different tone zone of the wand. Set its transparency to Overlay 50%.

E) Now duplicate the main body of the wand. Select the shape and the rectangle and hit Crtl+7 (clipping mask) like in step 03 C. A zone of the magic wand will change its color.

F) Finally duplicate the wand again and set the transparency to Multiply 50%.

Step 08: Finish the wand

Finish the other side with an oval filled with a gradient similar to those dark tones of the wand. (left below)

Step 09 : Add a shadow from the Wand

(right above) For a better effect, put a shadow that the wand projects onto the hat. Make one last copy of the main shape of the wand, fill it with black, apply Gaussian Blur (2.0 pixels), move it a bit downwards and make a clipping mask with a copy of the cone (step 03 - C).

Step 10 : Heavy outer stroke

Make a copy of the whole object and delete the clipping mask in order to keep the exact shape of the hat and the wand. Use the command Unite from the Pathfinder panel (Shift+Ctrl+F9) and give a black 9 point stroke, as shown in the picture.
Note the settings used: align stroke to outside, round cap and round join. Send it to back. (below, left)

outline the whole icon, then make the shadow

Step 11 : complete with shadow

(Above, right) The shadow of the complete object can be done like in the previous step.
Simply do a copy of everything, with no transparency masks, and unite like in step 10. Delete unnecessary parts, Fill it with black, apply Gaussian Blur 5.0 pixels and Normal transparency 40%.

Although this is a very geometric icon, this time our results are more realistic than ever. Very appealing, don't you think? Try varying colors, or add another symbols instead of some of the stars. You could make an even more interesting version of this icon.

Click on image at right for the finished icon.

    The universe is full of magical things,
      patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

            Eden Phillpotts

Special Thanks to the Icon Library for contributing this Adobe Illustrator tutorial. We hope you enjoyed learning how to make a great wizard Icon to use in your applications or in your magic tricks. For icons, free icons, and to use icons, see the ICONSHOCK web site!

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