Create a Photo Stack Icon

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a simple photos icon in Graphic for iPhone.

For starters you will learn how to set up a simple grid and how to enable the Snap to Grid feature. Next, you'll learn how to create a simple shape, how to fill it with a linear gradient and how to add an image inside your document. Taking full advantage of the Effects pane, you will learn how to add subtle shading and highlights.

Finally, you'll learn how to rotate objects and how to easily adjust image fills.

Step 1

Start by tapping the plus button from the top-left corner of your screen to create a new document. Tap the Create Document button and then choose the Grid document style.

Focus on the right side of the Titlebar, tap that ruler icon to open the Properties panel and then tap the Canvas pane. Set both Width and Height to 600 px, select Pixels for the base unit, and be sure that the Pixel-Align Strokes feature is disabled.

Re-open the Properties panel and this time tap the Grid 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 the Grid Settings pane and 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 line color well and drag the Alpha slider to 0% to make your line invisible.

Move to the fill color and tap it. Select the Gradient button, tap the Linear icon, set the angle to -90 degrees and then move to the gradient sliders. Select the left one and set its color to R=200 G=201 B=202 and then select the right one and se its color to R=240 G=241 B=242. Simply tap on the gradient bar and you will get a new gradient slider. Select it, set the color to R=220 G=221 B=222 and drag it to the left until the Location tooltip shows 15%.

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, focus on the newly opened Tool Options pane and drag the Radius slider to 3. Move to your canvas and simply create a 220 x 265 px shape - the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work.

Step 3

Download this image, focus on left side of your Titlebar and tap that leftmost icon. Tap the Import Photo command and simply import the image downloaded a few moments ago.

Make sure that your image stays selected, focus on the right side of your Titlebar and open the Geometry pane from the Properties panel. Check the Constrain width and height button (highlighted in the following image) and then enter 200 px in the Height box. This will simply resize your image without messing the proportions. Place your image exactly as shown in the first image.

Get back to your Toolbar, select the fill and replace the existing color with a simple white (R=255 G=255 B=255). Pick the Rectangle Tool, create a 200 px square and place it exactly as shown in the following image.

Step 4

Pick the Path Selection Tool, focus on the newly opened Tool Options pane and activate the Add to Selection mode. Select your white square along with the image that lies behind, open the Combine pane from the Properties panel and tap 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 right side of your Titlebar and tap the leftmost icon to open the Appearance panel.

Go to the Effects pane and simply check the box that stands for the existing Stroke to activate it. Select it**, drag the Width slider to 1 pt, check the Inside Alignment button and then tap the color well that stands for this stroke. Drag the Alpha slider to 10% and set the color to black (R=0 G=0 B=0). Get back to the Effects pane, simply tap the cogwheel icon that stands for the existing Stroke, go to Blend Mode and select the Soft Light** blend mode.

Step 6

Make sure that your image is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a second Stroke using the plus button located in the top, right corner of your pane. Select this new Stroke and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 7

Make sure that your image is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a third Stroke using that same plus button. Select this new Stroke, drag it below the existing ones and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 8

Make sure that your image is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Inner Glow effect and drag it right below that top stroke.

Drag the Blur slider to 15, set the Blend Mode to Soft Light adn then tap the color well that stands for this effect. Drag the Alpha slider to 30% and set the color to black.

Step 9

Now, let's focus on the rounded rectangle. Make sure that it stays selected and focus on the Effects 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 pane. Add a second stroke, place it right below the other one and then select it and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 11

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane.

Activate the existing Drop Shadow effect, 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 3% and set the color to black.

Step 12

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Add a second Drop Shadow, drag it below the existing effect, select it and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 13

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Add a third Drop Shadow, drag it below the existing effects, select it and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 14

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Add a fourth Drop Shadow, place it below the existing effects, select it and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 15

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Add a fifth Drop Shadow, drag it below the existing effects, select it and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 16

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow, drag it right below the fill and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 17

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

Step 18

Select both the image and the rounded rectangle and switch to the Rotate Tool. Focus on the newly opened Tool Options pane, set the Angle to 5 degrees and simply tap the Copy button. In the end things should look like in the following image.

Step 19

Pick the Path Selection Tool and make sure that the Add to Selection mode is still active.

Select the two copies made in the previous step and switch back to the Rotate Tool. This time set the Angle to -15 degrees, and then tap 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, open the Appearance panel and tap that Image command. Simply add the image downloaded a few moments ago.

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 easy and fast.

Make sure that your front image is selected and tap it to activate the Image Tool. Drag that Image slider slightly to the right until can tell that your image covers the entire rectangle as shown in the second image. Once you're done, simply tap outside your shape.

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.

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