Create a Photo Stack Icon

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a photo stack icon using images, shapes, 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 panel. Select the Grid document style, set the document units to pixels, and set the document dimensions to 600 pixels wide by 600pixels high.

Next, we'll set up the document grid. Switch to the Grid pane in the Properties panel. If the Properties panel is not currently visible, you can click on the orange ruler icon above the Layers pane to show and hide the panel. Change the grid X Spacing and Y Spacing to 5px, 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 and the stroke color is set to black. Click on the stroke color well and drag the Alpha slider to 0%, which will simply make the stroke invisible. Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M), focus on your Titlebar and drag the Corner Radius slider at 3pt. Move to your canvas and create a 220 x 265px shape, the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work.
Make sure that your shape stays selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. If the Appearance panel is not currently visible, you can click on the blue icon above the Layers pane to show and hide the panel. Focus on the existing Fill and select Linear Gradient from the Type drop-down menu. Set the angle at 90 degrees then move to the gradient sliders. Select the left one and set its color at R=200 G=201 B=202 then select the right one and se its color at R=240 G=241 B=242. Simply click on the gradient bar and you will get a new gradient slider. Select it, set the color at R=220 G=221 B=222 and drag it to the left until the Location tooltip shows 15%.

Step 3

Download this image and drag it inside your iDraw document. Make sure that it stays selected and focus on the Geometry section from the Properties pane. Check the Constrain width and height button (highlighted in the following image) then simply enter 200px in the Height box. This will simply resize your image without messing the proportions. Now, make sure that your image is still selected and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Get back to your Toolbar, select the fill and replace the existing linear gradient with a simple white (R=255 G=255 B=255). Grab the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 200px square and place it exactly as shown in the following image.

Step 4

Reselect your white square along with the image that lies behind, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and click the Intersect button. In the end things should look like in the second image.

Step 5

Make sure that your image stays selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and simply check the little box that stands for the existing Stroke to activate it. Select this new Stroke, drag the Width slider at 1pt then set the Position at Inside and the Blend at Soft Light. Keep focusing on this stroke and click on its color box. Drag the Alpha slider at 10% and set the color at black (R=0 G=0 B=0).

Step 6

Make sure that your image stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second Stroke using the plus button located in the bottom, left corner of your pane. Select this new Stroke and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 7

Make sure that your image stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a third Stroke using that same plus button. Select this new Stroke and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 8

Make sure that your image stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and activate the existing Inner Glow effect. Drag the Size slider at 15pt, select Soft Light from the Blend Mode drop-down menu then click on the color box that stands for this effect. Drag the Alpha slider at 30% and set the color at black. Finally, drag your Inner Glow effect right below the top stroke.

Step 9

Now, focus on your rounded rectangle. Make sure that it stays selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Stroke and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 10

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Using that same plus button, add a second stroke, select it and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 11

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow effect, 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 3% and set the color at black.

Step 12

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Add a second Drop Shadow, select it and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 13

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Add a third Drop Shadow, select it and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 14

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Add a fourth Drop Shadow, select it and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 15

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Add a fifth Drop Shadow, select it and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 16

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow, enter the attributes shown in the following image then drag this effect right below the fill.

Step 17

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Inner Glow effect, enter the attributes shown in the following image then drag it right below the fill.

Step 18

Select both the image and the rounded rectangle and switch to the Rotate Tool (R). Focus on the Titlebar, set the Angle at -5 degrees then simply click the Copy button. In the end things should look like in the second image.

Step 19

Select the two copies made in the previous step and grab again the Rotate Tool (R). Focus on the Titlebar, set the Angle at 15 degrees and click again that Copy button. In the end things should look like in the second image.

Step 20

For this step you will have to download this second image. Get back to your canvas, select the front image and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Select the existing fill then click that Change Image... command. Simply add the image downloaded in the beginning of the step and things will look like in the second image.

Step 21

Now, you might have noticed that the image added in the previous step does not cover the entire rectangle where it lies. It's a big issue that can be solved pretty fast. Make sure that your front image stays selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Select the existing fill, simply drag the Scale slider around 135% and things will look like in the following image.

Finished Design

Congratulations, you've finished the tutorial!

Graphic File: PhotosIcon.idraw