How to create gemstone icons in Sketch App - Diamond (Part 1)

I’ve been dabbling in Sketch recently and I have to say that it’s one of the best tools I've used. It’s light and just easy to use and intuitive.

 While looking to try new things, I found this brilliant tutorial from Tony Thomas on how to create a flat diamond icon using Sketch App. I thought Tony’s logic behind the shapes and colours were fantastic and really helped me get to grips with how I think about creating shapes with vectors.  It was also a quick and easy guide and had my icon done in no time. After this tutorial I wanted to do more of these little gems as practice but couldn’t find anymore.  

I stumbled onto another Illustrator tutorial from Yulia Sokolova on Tuts+. Unfortunately I don’t use Illustrator and wanted something for Sketch.

The motivation for this tutorial is to create these gems by combining the work and inspiration from both Tony and Yulia together (I hope you guys don’t mind!) so that other users can practice and learn.

Here's what they look like:

 

NOTE: This tutorials assumes you are familiar with the tools of Sketch. If you are new, I’d advise reading the book you got with Sketch that will introduce you to all the tools you need.

 

Original Sources/credit :

Tony Thomashttp://medialoot.com/blog/how-to-create-a-flat-diamond-icon-with-sketch-app/

Yulia Sokolova : http://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/create-a-set-of-flat-precious-gems-icons-in-adobe-illustrator--vector-26188

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1. The Diamond

Step 1 

Create a new file in Sketch and create a new Artboard with the width and height of 300px.
Set up Smartguides on the rulers on the top at -55, -30, 0, 30, 55 and on the left at 0, 15, 30, 100.

Note: If you intend  creating the rest of the gemstones, you can select the Artboard and hit cmd+d to duplicate the blank Artboard for later.

 

Step 2

Create a triangle shape as shown below; the width should end up being 60x70. Remove the border and change the fill colour to #D6F2FF. Then flip the triangle vertically.

 

Step 3

Add another triangle and remove the border and change the fill colour to #ADE6FF. Double click the triangle to enter the path mode. You may need to slightly adjust the top point here so that it sits where the guides cross.

diamond-step3.png
 

Next, drag the point on the bottom left up so that it's inline with the top point.

 

Exit path mode by clicking off the shape or hitting either the Esc or Enter key. Duplicate the shape (cmd+c, cmd+v) and the flip it horizontally. Move the shape to the opposite side as shown below.

 

Step 4

Create a rectangle shape. Remove the border and change the fill colour to #D6F2FF.

 

Step 5

Add another triangle shape, remove the border and change the colour to #B4DFF2.

 

Double click the triangle to enter path mode. Drag the top point over to the right guide.

 

Exit path mode. Duplicate the shape (cmd+c, cmd+v) and the flip it horizontally. Move the shape to the opposite side as shown below.

 

Step 6

Add another triangle in the same space as the rectangle we added earlier. Remove the border and change the fill colour to #D0EFFC

Double-click to enter path mode and move two points to the top and one to the bottom-centre.

 

Change the Blending to Soft Light and the Opacity to 90%. 

 

Duplicate the shape. Flip vertically. 

 

Step 7

Next, you're going to add two filler triangles. As before, create a triangle shape, remove the border and change the fill colour to #C6E8F6. Enter Path mode and move two of the points 

 

Enter Path mode and move the points as shown below. The point on the right should be placed where the other triangles meet. This should be at the centre of the line at about -15 on the ruler. Feel free to add a guide here if you need to.

 

Duplicate the shape and flip it horizontally. Place it on the opposite side.

diamond-step7.2.png
 

Step 8

Now for some sparkles! Create a star shape.

diamond-step8.png
 

Remove the border and change the fill colour to white (#FFFFFF). 

Edit the other properties of the shape as follows : Size 22x22 ; Radius 20% ; Points 4.

 

Duplicate and resize a couple more stars and place them as you wish on the diamond.

 

Step 9

Lastly, we'll be adding a background to our icon.

Create a rectangle shape. Remove the border and change the fill colour to #D8D8D8. Change the size to 150x150 and change the Radius to 40
 

Huzzah! And you're done!

diamond-step9.png