Create a Simple Clock Illustration

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a simple clock illustration using Graphic's tools and effects.

Step 1

For this tutorial we'll create a new 600 x 600 pixel document. Choose File > New (Command + N) to bring up the New Document pane. Select the Grid document style, set the document units to pixels, and set the document dimensions to 600 pixels wide by 600 pixels high.

Next, we'll set up the document grid. Switch to the Grid pane in the Properties pane. If the Properties pane is not currently visible, you can click on the orange ruler icon above the Layers pane to show and hide the pane. Change the grid X Spacing and Y Spacing to 10px, set the Subdivisions to 0px, and enable Snap to Grid (Command + Shift + ').

Step 2

Focus on the Toolbar and you will notice that by default the fill color is set to white while the stroke color is set to black. Click on the fill color well and set the fill color to R=0 G=124 B=215. Next, click on the stroke color well and drag the Alpha slider to 0%, which will simply make the stroke invisible. Pick the Ellipse Tool (O), focus on your canvas and create a 190px circle. Holding the Shift button will make it a lot easier for you to create a perfect circle, also the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work.

Step 3

With your circle shape still selected, switch to the Alignment section of the Properties pane and click the Horizontal Centers and Vertical Centers buttons to center the shape on the canvas.

Step 4

Return to your Toolbar and replace the existing fill color with R=0 G=90 B=150. Grab the Ellipse Tool (O), create a 180px circle and center it using the same Horizontal Centers and Vertical Centers buttons from the Alignment section of the Properties pane.

Step 5

Back to your Toolbar and replace the existing fill color with R=255 G=251 B=229. Make sure that the Ellipse Tool (O) is still active, create a 170px circle and center it.

Step 6

Return to your Toolbar and replace the existing fill color with R=55 G=54 B=65. Using that same Ellipse Tool (O), create a 10px circle and don't forget to center it.

Step 7

Get back to your Toolbar, click on the fill color at drag the Alpha slider at 0% then click on the stroke color, set it at R=104 G=104 B=105 and drag the Alpha slider at 100%. Focus on the top side of your shapes and grab the Pen Tool (P). Create a 5px, vertical path and place it exactly as shown in the following image. Once again, the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will come in handy. Make sure that this little path stays selected and focus on the Stroke section from the Appearance pane. Set the Line Weight at 1px and check the Round Cap button. If the Appearance pane is not currently visible, you can click on the blue icon located above the Layers pane to show and hide the pane.

Step 8

Make sure that your 5px, vertical path stays selected, grab the Rotate Tool (R) and you will notice a little cross icon in the center of the path. That's the reference point and your selected path will rotate according to that point. Simply drag that cross in the center of your dark circle (the Snap to Grid will ease your work) and then focus on the top bar. Set the Angle at 6 degrees then click the Copy button a bunch of times (fifty-nine times, to be more specific).

Step 9

Reselect all your tiny paths, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and click the Make Compound Path button. This will simply unite all selected paths into a single compound path that can be selected/edited a lot easier.

Step 10

Return to your Toolbar and replace the existing stroke color with R=55 G=54 B=65. Grab the Pen Tool (P), create a 10px, vertical path and place it exactly as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new path stays selected and focus on the Stroke section from the Appearance pane. Set the Line Weight at 2px and check the Round Cap button.

Step 11

Make sure that your 10px, vertical path stays selected and grab the Rotate Tool (R). Simply drag the reference point in the center of your dark circle then focus on the top bar. Set the Angle at 30 degrees then click the Copy button eleven times. Reselect all twelve paths and turn them into a new compound path using that same Make Compound Path button from the Path Tools section of the Properties pane.

Step 12

Get back to your Toolbar and replace the existing stroke color with R=7 G=114 B=179. Grab the Pen Tool (P), create a 65px, vertical path and place it as shown in the first image. Make sure that this new path stays selected and focus on the Stroke section from the Appearance pane. Set the Line Weight at 2px and check the Round Cap button. Switch to the Rotate Tool (R), drag the reference point in the the center of your dark circle then rotate your blue path as shown in the third image.

Step 13

Grab the Pen Tool (P), create an 80px, horizontal path and place it as shown in the first image. Make sure that this new, blue path stays selected, focus the Stroke section from the Appearance pane, set the Line Weight at 2px and check the Round Cap button. Switch to the Rotate Tool (R), drag the reference point in the the center of your dark circle then rotate your path as shown in the second image. Get back to your Toolbar and replace the existing stroke color with R=219 G=65 B=0. Reselect the Pen Tool (P), create a 90px, horizontal path and place it as shown in the third image. Make sure that this new path stays selected and return to the Stroke section from the Appearance pane. Set the Line Weight at 2pt and check the Round Cap button. Finally, switch to the Rotate Tool (R) and rotate this orange path as shown in the fourth image.

Step 14

Select your largest circle, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and simply click that little box that stands for the existing Drop Shadow to activate it. Enter -1 in the Y box and 0 in the other two boxes then click the color box that stands for this effect. Drag the Alpha slider at 5% and set the color code at black ( R=0 G=0 B=0).

Step 15

Make sure that your largest circle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance. Simply right click on the existing Drop Shadow effect and go to Duplicate. Focus on this new effect, enter 1 in the Y box then click on the color box and drag the Alpha slider at 10%.

Step 16

Make sure that your largest circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and and duplicate the bottom Drop Shadow. Focus on the new effect, enter 2 in the Y box then click on the color box and drag the Alpha slider at 5%.

Step 17

Make sure that your largest circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and and duplicate the bottom Drop Shadow. Focus on the new effect, enter 4 in the Y box then click on the color box and drag the Alpha slider at 3%.

Step 18

Make sure that your largest circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and duplicate the bottom Drop Shadow. Focus on the new effect, enter 5 in the Y box, drag the Size slider at 5pt then click on the color box and drag the Alpha slider at 15%.

Step 19

Make sure that your largest circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and and activate the existing Inner Shadow. Select this new effect and change its Blend Mode to Soft Light, enter 0 in the X box and 3 in the Y box then drag the Size slider at 5pt. Finally, click on the color box that stands for this new effect, set the color at white and make sure that the Alpha slider is set at 100%.

Step 20

Make sure that your largest circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and duplicate the existing Inner Shadow. Focus on the this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 21

Make sure that your largest circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and duplicate the bottom Inner Shadow. Focus on the this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 22

Make sure that your largest circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and duplicate the bottom Inner Shadow. Focus on the this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 23

Make sure that your largest circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance and activate the existing Outer Glow. Drag it right below the Stroke then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 24

Move to the smaller, blue circle, select it and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 25

Make sure that your smaller, blue circle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 26

Make sure that your smaller, blue circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and duplicate the existing Inner Shadow. Focus on the this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 27

Make sure that your smaller, blue circle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Outer Glow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 28

Make sure that your smaller, blue circle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Inner Glow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 29

Move to the your pale yellow circle and make sure that it stays selected. Focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and select the existing stroke. Drag the Width slider at 1pt, select Inside from the Position drop-down menu then click on the color box. Set the color at black and drag the Alpha slider at 5%.

Step 30

Make sure that your pale yellow circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and duplicate the existing Stroke. Select this new stroke and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 31

Make sure that your pale yellow circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and duplicate the bottom Stroke. Select this new stroke and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 32

Make sure that your pale yellow circle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Inner Glow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 33

Select the blue path that makes up the hours hand and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 34

Make sure that your hours hand path stays selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and duplicate the existing Drop Shadow. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 35

Make sure that your hours hand path stays selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 36

Make sure that your hours hand path stays selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and duplicate the existing Inner Shadow. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 37

Make sure that your hours hand path stays selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and duplicate the bottom Inner Shadow. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 38

Make sure that your hour hand path is still selected and simply hit Alt + Control + C (or go to Edit > Copy Style). Now, select the blue path that makes up your minutes hand and hit Alt + Control + V (Edit > Paste Style). Make sure that your minutes hand path stays selected and focus on Effects section from the Appearance pane. Using the plus button located in the bottom, left corner of the pane add a new Drop Shadow. Select this new effect, drag it between the existing Drop Shadows then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 39

Copy the style used for your minutes hand path (Alt + Control + C) then select the path that makes up the seconds hand and paste that style (Alt + Control + V). Make sure that your seconds hand path stays selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. First, you need to remove the bottom, two Inner Shadows. Simply right click on these effects and go to Remove. Once you're done, go up, select the Stroke and replace the existing color with R=219 G=65 B=0. In the end things should look like in the second image.

Step 40

Select your tiny, dark circle and simply hit Shift + Control + ] to bring it to front. Make sure that this shape stays selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 41

Make sure that your tiny circle stays selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and duplicate the existing Drop Shadow. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 42

Make sure that your tiny circle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 43

Make sure that your tiny circle stays selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and duplicate the existing Inner Shadow. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 44

Make sure that your tiny circle stays selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and duplicate the bottom Inner Shadow. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Finished Design

Congratulations, you've finished the tutorial!

Graphic File: ClockIllustration.idraw