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How to Create a Wallet Icon Using Adobe Illustrator and Phantasm CS

Important product change information

Since this article was originally published, Phantasm CS, Phantasm CS Studio and Phantasm CS Publisher have been separated into three individual plug-ins:

Phantasm: color control and vector halftones
Rasterino: the ultimate embedded image solution for Illustrator
InkQuest: control of common pre-press tasks

Existing customers of Phantasm CS / Studio / Publisher can find full details of how this affects their licenses by reading this article.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

In this tutorial we will learn how to create wallet icon using simple techniques and objects. To round the corners of multiple rectangles, we will be using the Dynamic Corners Tool, part of the (VectorScribe plugin), which is much easier to use and accelerates our work.

It is also very convenient to use Phantasm CS for processing of raster textures and creating of vector textures. This technique will be discussed in this tutorial. Besides creation of a purse, we will also draw the credit cards and the technique used to recolor these with the help of Phantasm CS.

For this tutorial, it is suggested you use Illustrator CS4 or CS5 with both Phantasm CS and VectorScribe installed (each available as a full 7 day trial).

Step 1

Take the Rectangle Tool (M) and draw a rectangle.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

When creating shapes, the colors of the objects are not important. I usually fill them with different random colors in order to see their correct position in the Layers panel. To round the corners, will be using a very handy tool, the Dynamic Corners Tool, which is one of the tools of the VectorScribe plugin. Open the Dynamic Corners panel (Window > VectorScribe > Dynamic Corners), take the Dynamic Corners Tool, and by clicking on the corners, round them.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Note: the above step can also be achieved using the Dynamic Shapes Tool, also part of VectorScribe. When drawing out a rectangle using the Dynamic Shapes tool, it is possible to adjust the corner roundness directly in the same tool.

Step 2

You can always change the radius of the corners keying in the new parameter in the Dynamic Corners panel or by moving the corner points.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

You can change the radius of rounding of a few corners, to do this, select a few corner points holding down Shift, and key in a new radius in the Dynamic Corners panel, or move them.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Step 3

With the help of the Rectangle Tool (M) create a new rectangle. The height and width of this rectangle is a little bit smaller than of the first one. Both rectangles are aligned along the right edge, the Align panel will make it easy for you (Window > Align).

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Now, with the help of the Dynamic Corners Tool, round the corners of the upper rectangle adjusting the radius of rounding of the corners by eye.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Step 4

Using the described technique, create two new rectangles, and round only their upper corners.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

The latter has only a stroke. With the help of the Scissors Tool (C), cut it at the points A and B and delete the lower part.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Step 5

Now create a clasp of the wallet. Take the Rectangle Tool (M) and draw a rectangle as shown below.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

With the help of the Dynamic Corners Tool, round the bottom corners of the rectangle.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Rounding radius can be random, but less than half of the width of the rectangle. While holding Shift, select corner points of the lower corners. Now, moving both of the corner points, converge them in a single point.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Step 6

Select the clasp, and go to Object > Path > Offset Path… and set the offset value.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

With the help of the Direct Selection Tool (A) select points A and B of the new object and move them up to match the upper side of the clasp. With the help of the Scissors Tool (C) cut the path at the points A and B and delete the segment A-B.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

With the help of the Ellipse Tool (L), create the shape of the button on the clasp.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

The basic shapes of the wallet are ready, so it’s time to proceed to coloring.

Step 7

Fill the bottom rectangle with vertical linear gradient from brown to dark brown color.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Fill the next one with linear gradient from brown to light brown color.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Fill the upper rectangle with more complicated gradient which contains various shades of brown. Try to reproduce the volume of the wallet using this gradient.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Fill the buckle of the wallet with a linear gradient.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

For this purpose, you can use the same gradient as for the upper rectangle. But, of course, you will need to adjust it by deleting unnecessary sliders and dragging the others. This technique allows you to save time on selecting the colors.

Step 8

With the help of the Ellipse Tool (L), create another circle with a smaller diameter than the button on the buckle and fill it with linear gradient which consists of different shades of gray.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

With the help of the Pen Tool (P) create a shape shown in the picture below.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Copy the shape of the button and paste it in front (Cmd / Ctrl + C, Cmd / Ctrl + F). Now select the shape of the button and gray shape, then click on the Intersect button in the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder).

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Fill the resulting button with linear gradient which consists of light and dark shades of gray. Thus, we have created glare on the button.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Using the described technique, create glare on the buckle of the wallet.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Step 9

For leather texture I use Seamless Leather Texture by Manoluv. Many thanks to Manoluv for making this available!

Paste the appropriate texture into the current document (File > Place…) and place on the upper rectangle of the wallet, but below the buckle. All the procedures to create the correct sequence of objects is carried in the Layers panel (Window > Layers). Select the texture and click on the Embed button in the upper panel.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Set the Multiply Blending Mode in the Transparency panel for raster texture of the leather.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Step 10

With the help of the Phantasm CS, you can process raster images directly in Adobe Illustrator. For example, you can adjust its levels, achieving the desired effect. Keep the texture selected, go to Effect > Phantasm CS > Levels…

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Phantasm CS‘ ability to work with raster objects will be helpful in the creation of vector textures. Vector textures are created with the tracing of the raster images. Before tracing, apply the effects of Phantasm CS to the raster images, such effects as Brightness / Contrast (Effect > Phantasm CS > Brightness / Contrast …) and Levels. At the same time you can always adjust the settings of these effects, getting access to them from the Appearance panel.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

While tracing (Object > Live Trace > Trace Options…) you have an opportunity to view the result.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

If you are not satisfied with it even when playing with the tracing parameters, click on Cancel in the Trace Options dialog window and reconfigure the applied effects of Phantasm CS.

Isn’t it much faster than processing the texture in Photoshop, and then trace it in Adobe Illustrator?

Step 11

Hide part of the texture that goes beyond the wallet. Copy and paste in front the rectangle (Cmd / Ctrl + C, Cmd / Ctrl + F) and move the copy in the layers palette so that it is over the raster texture.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Select the upper rectangle and the texture, then click on the shortcuts Cmd / Ctrl + 7, creating a Clipping Mask.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Using the described technique, create the texture on the buckle of the wallet.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Step 12

Now to apply stitching to the wallet. Create a stitch similar to the one shown in the picture below.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

You can read in detail how to create a stitch in my previous tutorial “How to Create Vector Denim Texture Using Adobe Illustrator” (see step 14). Reduce the stitch so that it’s proportional with the wallet.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Drag the stitch to the Brushes panel and save a new brush as a Scatter Brush.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Step 13

Apply the created brush to the path that you have created in step 4. Configure the settings of the brush to get a stitch similar to mine.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Step 14

Create a shadow from a buckle. Copy the shape of the buckle and paste it back (Cmd / Ctrl + C, Cmd / Ctrl + B). Place this shape below all the elements of the buckle, fill it with black color and set 10% opacity in the Transparency panel and move it right and down.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Keeping the shape selected, go to Object > Path > Offset Path… and set the offset value in the dialog box.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

With the help of the Direct Selection Tool (A) select the upper points of this shape and move them vertically, as it is shown in the figure below.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Set 100% opacity for this shape in the Transparency panel. Go to Object > Blend > Blend Options… and set the number of Specified Steps, select both shapes and go to Object > Blend > Make.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Step 15

Group up (Cmd / Ctrl + G) all the elements of the wallet and turn at a certain angle.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Now create a shadow of the wallet. Create two ellipses with the help of the Ellipse Tool (L). The larger ellipse is lower than the smaller one and has a fill of white color with 0% Opacity. The smaller ellipse is filled with a dark brown color.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Go to Object > Blend > Blend Options… and set the number of Specified Steps, select both circles and go to Object > Blend > Make.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Step 16

To embellish the illustration, let’s create a few colorful credit cards that will be sticking out from the wallet. With the help of the Rectangle Tool (M) create a rectangle filled with dark gray color. Round the corners with the help of the Dynamic Corners Tool.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Create a new rectangle with a smaller height than the first one, and a few millimeters thinner too. As in the first case, round its corners with the help of the Dynamic Corners Tool. Fill the rectangle with a sloping linear gradient which consists of rotating shades of light gray color.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Step 17

With the help of the Pen Tool (P) create a curved line with a stroke of a white color and thickness of 1px.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Create the similar line on top of the credit card beyond it.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Go to Object > Blend > Blend Options… and set the number of Specified Steps, select both curves and go to Object > Blend > Make.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Step 18

Copy the rectangle with a gradient fill and paste it in front (Cmd / Ctrl + C, Cmd / Ctrl + F) and move the copy in the layers panel so that it is above the blend object.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Select the blend and the upper rectangle, then click on the shortcuts Cmd / Ctrl +7, creating a Clipping Mask.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Step 19

Create a new rectangle so that it covers the entire credit card.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Keep the rectangle selected, go to Object > Gradient Mesh, and set the number of columns and rows in the dialog window.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

With the help of the Direct Selection Tool (A) select the points shown in the figure below, and fill them with white color.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Step 20

Select the entire gradient mesh and go to Object > Envelope Distort > Make with Warp… and set the parameters indicated in the picture below.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Set the Multiply Blending Mode for the gradient mesh and 65% Opacity in the Transparency panel.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

In order not to create a new Clipping Mask, simply drag the mesh to the group with an existing mask which we created in step 17. This manipulation must be done in the Layers panel.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Step 21

Create a new rectangle with a stroke and no fill. Round the corners with the Dynamic Corners Tool. Keep this rectangle selected, go to Object > Expand. Now fill the resulting shape with white linear gradient, one of its sliders has 70% opacity.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Step 22

With the help of the Pen Tool (P) create a shape shown in the picture below.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Delete a part of this shape, which stands outside the card with the Intersect command from the Pathfinder panel(see step 8).

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Fill the shape with light gray radial gradient, one of its sliders has 0% opacity.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Step 23

Take the Type Tool (T) and create white numbers on the credit card.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Copy numbers and paste them back (Cmd / Ctrl + C, Cmd / Ctrl + B), fill the lower digits with dark gray color and slightly move them down and to the right.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Group up the numbers, copy the group, decrease the copy and place it in the bottom of the credit card.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Step 24

To create color credit cards, we will be using Phantasm CS. Select the entire credit card, group this (Cmd / Ctrl + G), and go to Effect > Phantasm CS > Hue / Saturation…. In the dialog window, tick “Colorize”. Now moving the Hue and Saturation sliders, color the credit card in all the colors of the rainbow.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Now place colorful credit cards between the shapes of the wallet. In the Appearance panel, they should be above the first rectangle and below all others.

Vector Wallet Icon and credit cards

Conclusion

For more information about plugins used in this tutorial follow these links:

Download the wallet icon artwork

Click here for the Illustrator CS4 version…

Click here for the Illustrator CS5 version…

Written by Iaroslav

Iaroslav

Iaroslav Lazunov is a graphic designer from Zhytomyr, Ukraine who has found the job that allows him to share his extensive knowledge and experiments with Adobe Illustrator and plug-ins from Astute Graphics. Iaroslav was also a key author over at Vector Tuts+ as well as his own website Vectorboom

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  1. Laroslav, Great job! Wish everyone would do such good work with the same attention to details that you have.

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