Create a Simple Clock Illustration

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a simple clock illustration in Graphic for iPad.

For starters you will learn how to setup and simple grid, how to create the main shapes and how to easily center them. Using two tiny paths and some neat rotation tricks you will learn how to create the clock grid.

Finally, taking full advantage of the Effects pane, you will learn how to add shading and some sleek highlights for your shapes.

Step 1

From the Documents Browser, tap the plus button at the top-left corner of the Titlebar and choose the Grid document style.

Focus on the right side of the Titlebar and tap the Settings icon. Go to the Canvas pane, set the Width and Height to 600 px, select Pixels for the base unit, and make sure that the Pixel-Align Strokes feature is disabled.

Next, you need to setup the document grid. Tap again that Settings icon and switch to the Grid & Rulers pane. Make sure that the Snap to Grid feature is enabled and keep in mind that this is where you should come whenever you wish to enable or disable the grid or the Snap to Grid. Finally, open that Grid Settings pane, enter 5 px in both Spacing boxes and 0 lines in the Subdivisions box.

Step 2

Focus on the Toolbar and notice that by default the Fill color is set to white while the Line color is set to black. Tap the Fill color well and set its color to R=0 G=124 B=215 and then tap the Line color well. Drag the Alpha slider to 0% and this will simply make your Line invisible.

Pick the Ellipse Tool, move to your canvas and create a 190 px circle - the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work. Hold the Shift key while dragging to create a perfect circle. Tap and drag and then tap and hold with a second finger to easily create a perfect circle.

Step 3

Make sure that your circle is still selected, focus on the right side of your Titlebar and tap that middle icon. Focus on the Arrange pane and simply tap the Align Horizontal and Align Vertical buttons to move your selected shape in the center of the canvas.

Step 4

Return to your Toolbar and replace the existing Fill color with R=0 G=90 B=150. Pick the Ellipse Tool, create a 180 px circle and center it using the same Horizontal Centers and Vertical Centers buttons from the Alignment pane.

Step 5

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

Step 6

Focus on the right side of your Titlebar and tap the rightmost icon to open the Layers panel. First, tap the name of the existing layer and rename it "Main". Next, tap the plus button from the top, right corner of your panel to add a second layer. Select this new layer and rename it "handsConnector". Make sure that this second layer stays selected and close the Layers panel.

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

Step 7

Re-open the Layers pane, add a third layer, make sure that it goes in the top of the panel and rename it "thinGrid". Make sure that this new layer stays selected and close the Layers panel.

Return to your Toolbar, tap that Fill color well and drag the Alpha slider to 0% and then tap on the Line color well. Replace the existing color with R=104 G=104 B=115 and drag the Alpha slider to 100%.

Focus on the top side of your shapes and pick the Pen Tool or the Line Tool. Create a 5 px, 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 tiny path stays selected, focus on the right side of your Titlebar and tap the leftmost icon. Move to the Effects pane and tap the existing Stroke. Make sure that the Width is set to 1 pt and check that Round Cap button.

Step 8

Make sure that your 5 px, vertical path stays selected, pick the Rotate Tool and you will notice a little cross icon in the center of your selection. That's the reference point and keep in mind that your selected path will rotate according to that point.

Simply tap in the center of your dark circle and your reference point will snap there thanks to he Snap to Grid feature. Now, focus on that Tool Options pane, set the Angle to 6 degrees and then tap that Copy button a bunch of times (fifty-nine times, to be more specific).

Step 9

Using the Move Tool, seelect all your tiny paths, focus on the Combine pane and tap the Make Compound Path button. This will unite all selected paths into a single compound path that can be selected/edited a lot easier.

Step 10

Re-open the Layers panel, add a fourth layer, make sure that it goes in the top your panel and rename it "thickGrid". Make sure that this new layer stays selected and close the Layers panel.

Return to your Toolbar and replace the existing Line color with R=55 G=54 B=65. Pick the Pen Tool or the Line Tool, create a 10 px, vertical path and place it exactly as shown in the following image. Make sure that this tiny path stays selected, go to the Effects pane and tap the Stroke. Drag the Width slider to 2 pt and check the Round Cap button.

Step 11

Make sure that your 10 px, vertical path stays selected and pick the Rotate Tool. Simply drag that reference point in the center of your dark circle and then focus on that Tool Options pane. Set the Angle to 30 degrees and then tap that Copy button eleven times. Select all these twelve paths and turn them into a new compound path using that same Make Compound Path button from the Combine pane.

Step 12

Re-open the Layers panel, add a fifth layer, make sure that it goes in the top of your panel and rename it "Hands".

Get back to your Toolbar and replace the existing Line color with R=7 G=114 B=179. Pick the Pen Tool or the Line Tool, create a 65 px, vertical path and place it as shown in the first image. Make sure that this new path stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. Select that Stroke, set the Width to 2 pt and check the Round Cap button. Switch to the Rotate Tool, 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

Pick the Pen Tool or the Line Tool, create an 80 px, horizontal path and place it as shown in the first image. Make sure that this new, blue path stays selected and focus the Effects pane. Set the Width to 2 pt and check that Round Cap button. Switch to the Rotate Tool, move the reference point in the the center of your dark circle and 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.

Make sure that the Pen Tool or the Line Tool is still active, create a 90 px, horizontal path and place it as shown in the third image. Be sure that this new path stays selected and return to the Effects pane. Set the Width to 2 pt and don't forget to check that Round Cap button. Finally, switch to the Rotate Tool and rotate this orange path as shown in the fourth image.

Step 14

Return to the Layers pane and select your "Main" layer.

Using the Move Tool, select your largest circle, focus on the Effects pane and simply check the box that stands for the existing Drop Shadow to activate it. Enter -1 in the Y box and 0 in the other two boxes and then tap the color well that stands for this effect. Drag the Alpha slider to 5% and set the color code to black ( R=0 G=0 B=0).

Step 15

Make sure that your largest circle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects. Simply tap the cogwheel icon that stands for the existing Drop Shadow effect and go to Duplicate. Focus on the newly added effect and enter 1 in the Y box. Tap the color well that stands for this new effect and drag the Alpha slider to 10%.

Step 16

Make sure that your largest circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and duplicate the bottom Drop Shadow. Select the newly added effect and replace the existing attributes with the ones shown in the following image.

Step 17

Make sure that your largest circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and duplicate the bottom Drop Shadow. Select the newly added effect and replace the existing attributes with the ones shown in the following image.

Step 18

Make sure that your largest circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and duplicate the bottom Drop Shadow. Select the newly added effect and replace the existing attributes with the ones shown in the following image.

Step 19

Make sure that your largest circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and activate the existing Inner Shadow.

Select this new effect, enter 0 in the X box and 3 in the Y box and then drag that Blur slider to 5. Tap the color well that stands for this effect, change the color to white and make sure that the Alpha slider is set to 100%. Finally, tap the cogwheel icon that stands for this Inner Shadow and go to Blend Mode. Select Soft Light from that list and then tap that Done button.

Step 20

Make sure that your largest circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and duplicate that Inner Shadow. Select the newly added effect and replace the existing attributes with the ones shown in the following image.

Step 21

Make sure that your largest circle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. You must add a new Inner Shadow, but first you need to remove one of those inactive effects because you've reached the limit of twelve effects, strokes and fills for one shape.

Simply tap the cogwheel icon that stands for the inactive Inner Glow effect and go to Remove. Using that plus button from the bottom, right corner of the pane, add a third Inner Shadow for your shape. Make sure that it lies below the other active effects and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 22

Make sure that your largest circle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Get rid of that inactive Blur effect and then add a fourth Inner Shadow for your shape. Make sure that it lies below the other active effects and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 23

Make sure that your largest circle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Activate that Outer Glow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 24

Move to the smaller, blue circle, select it and return to the Effects 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 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 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 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 pane and select the existing Stroke. Make sure that the Width slider is set to 1 pt, tap the Inside Alignment button and then tap the color well that stands for this Stroke. Be sure that the color is set to black and drag that Alpha slider to 5%.

Step 30

Make sure that your pale yellow circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and duplicate the Stroke. Focus on 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 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 **pane. Activate the existing Inner Glow** effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 33

Open the Layers pane and select that "Hands" layer. Using the Move Tool, select the blue path that makes up the hours hand and focus on the Effects ** 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 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 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 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 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 hours hand path is still selected and focus on the left side of your Titlebar. Tap that paperclip icon to open the Edit pane and then tap that Copy Style command. Move to the blue path that makes up your minutes hand and select it. Re-open the Edit pane and this time tap the Paste Style command.

Make sure that your minutes hand path stays selected, focus on the Effects pane and duplicate the top Drop Shadow effect. Select the newly added effect, make sure that it lies between those two Drop Shadows and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 39

Make sure that your minutes hand path is still selected, open the Edit pane and tap that Copy Style command. Select the path that makes up your seconds hand, return to the Edit pane and tap the Paste Style command.

Make sure that your seconds hand path stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. First, remove the two, bottom Inner Shadows and then select that 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

Open the Layers panel, select your "handsConnector" layer and drag it in the top of the panel. Using the Move Tool, select your tiny, dark circle and focus on the Effects 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 pane and duplicate the existing Drop Shadow. Select the 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 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 pane and duplicate the existing Inner Shadow. Select the 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 pane and duplicate the bottom Inner Shadow. Select the new effect**** and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Finished Design

Congratulations, you've finished the tutorial!

Hope you've enjoyed learning some of the techniques and processes presented in these steps. As always, feel free to adjust the final design and make it your own.

Graphic File: clockillustration.idraw