In this section we will introduce you how to create the icon with reflection in Illustrator.
The icon looks as it is reflecting on a shiny floor. We will show you how to create an icon from the Symbol and create reflection under the icon with Opacity Mask.
It would be ideal to make your own icon, however, this time we will be using Symbol Tool in Illustrator CS5.
First, let’s make the icon. This time we will use Symbol Tool in Illustrator CS5.
Open Symbol (Window→Symbol), and select [Click upper left→Open symbol library→Mobile].
Drag [Home-Grey] from the middle of mobile to on top of the art board.
[Home-Grey] is in the lower portion.
Unlock the link from the symbol.
Select the symbol and click on [Unlock the Link from Symbol] in Symbol Panel.
The link is unlocked from the symbol.
The icon is fine as it is, but let’s try customize the size and the color. Change the size and the color of the icon according to you preference.
For example, I applied a blue gradient on the icon. The settings are as shown above.
Apply horizontal reflection on the icon.
Select the icon and select [Object→Transform→Reflect].
Apply the settings shown above in the Reflect Dialog Box.
(Don’t forget to click copy!)
Reflection is applied on the icon and it is reverse-copied.
With the reflected and copied icon selected, move it under.
Please arrange it like in the above picture so that the icon is just not touching.
The reflection portion has been completed.
Above the reflected icon, arrange a rectangle with a white/black gradation applied (refer to the above picture).
Reflection is applied to the rectangle and the reflected icon’s overlapping parts. Please arrange the rectangle about 1/4 places from above the reflected icon.
Select both the rectangle and reflected icon.
Make the opacity mask.
With the rectangle and reflected icon selected, select [Transparency panel (Window→Transparency)→Click the upper left→Make opacity mask.
The opacity mask is used on the reflected icon.
The icon looks like it has reflection now, doesn’t it?
(Retaled Articles:How to make an opaque to transparent gradation on Illustrator)
We have completed the icon with reflection.
We have created the home icon this time. You can also create different designs such as for e-mail, RSS, shopping, etc. using the same technique. Be creative and create various designs.