With Adobe Illustrator, you can whip up a simple graphic to use as an icon in app designs, web pages, printed pieces, and more.
icons in mobile apps

Draw a circle. Look for magenta crosshairs while dragging out the shape to make it perfectly round.

Ellipse tool Illustrator

Double-click the Scale tool. We made a smaller copy of the original circle to create a donut shape.

Scale tool Illustrator

Select each circle and apply a different fill color.

Fill color Illustrator

Select both circles and from the Effects menu, experiment with Pucker & Bloat. You’ll find you can make diverse icons based on your setting.

Pucker and Bloat Illustrator

Choose an effect you like; we’re making a clover.

Clover effect Illustrator

We added a stem with the Arc tool and adjusted the color and stroke. (Click Stroke in the Properties panel to access more options.)

Arc tool Illustrator

Icons are everywhere these days. Now you’re ready to create an entire set — for holidays, a business, or any other theme.

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