Create a Small Notebook Icon

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a small notebook icon in Graphic for iPad.

For starters you will learn how to setup a simple grid and how to create the main shapes using basic tools and vector shape building techniques. Next, you will learn two techniques that can be used to perfectly align your shapes and paths to the pixel grid.

Taking full advantage of the Effects pane, you will learn how to add smooth shading and sleek highlights for your objects. Finally, you will learn how to add and adjust linear or radial gradients.

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. When this setting is enabled, stroked objects are offset slightly to ensure that the stroke is drawn aligned to the pixel grid which guarantees a crisp look.

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=74 G=196 B=237 and then tap the Line color well. Drag the Alpha slider to 0% and this will simply make your Line invisible.

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, focus on the newly opened Tool Options pane and drag that Radius slider to 5. Move to yor canvas and create a 130 x 130 px shape - the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work.

Make sure that this blue shape stays selected, focus on the right side of the Titlebar and simply tap that middle icon to open the panel. Go to the Arrange pane and simply tap the Align Horizontal and Align Vertical buttons which will bring your rounded square in the center of the canvas.

Step 3

Make sure that your blue shape is still selected, focus on the left side of your Titlebar and tap that paperclip icon to open the Edit pane. First, tap the Copy command and then tap that Paste in Place command to easily create a copy of your selected shape in the same place.

Move to your Toolbar and simply replace the existing Fill color with R=1 G=173 B=14. Pick the Rectangle Tool and move to your canvas. Create a 130 x 100 px shape and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Once again, the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will come in handy.

Switch to the Path Selection Tool, focus on the Tool Options pane and activate the Add to Selection mode. Select the copy of your blue shape along with that green rectangle, go to the Combine pane and simply tap that Intersect command.

Step 4

Make sure that the shape made in the previous step stays selected, focus on the right side of your Titlebar and tap the leftmost icon.

Move to the Effects pane and simply tap the color well of the existing Fill. Tap the Gradient Fill and the Linear buttons, set the Angle to -90 degrees, and then move to the gradient color stops. Select the left one and set its color to R=255 G=240 B=190 and then select the right one and se its color to R=235 G=210 B=160. Keep focusing on this gradient and simply tap on the gradient bar to add a new gradient color stop. Select it, set the color to R=255 G=230 B=180 and then drag it to the left until the Location tooltip shows 10%. Using the same technique, add a fourth gradient color stop. Set its color to R=255 G=220 B=170 and drag it to 60%.

Step 5

Make sure that your gradient filled shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a second Fill using the plus button from the bottom, right corner of your pane.

Tap on its right side handle to drag this new Fill below the existing one and then tap its color well. Tap the Gradient Fill and the Linear buttons, set the Angle to -90 degrees, and then move to the gradient color stops. Select the left one, move it to 80%, replace the existing color with to R=255 G=230 B=180 and drag the Alpha slider to 0%. Move to the right gradient color stop, set the color to R=124 G=99 B=49 and drag that Alpha slider to 40%. Return to the Effects pane and simply tap the cogwheel button of the Fill added in this step. Tap the Blend Mode command, select Multiply from that list, and then tap the Done button.

Step 6

Make sure that your gradient filled shapes stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and simply check the checkbox that stand for the existing Inner Shadow to activate it.

Enter -1 in the Y box and 0 in the other two boxes and then tap the color well of this effect. Set the color to R=255 G=255 B=255 (white) and drag that Alpha slider to 80%. Return to the Effects pane, tap the cogwheel icon that stands for this Inner Shadow and select the Soft Light blend mode.

Step 7

Now, you will need a grid every 1 px. This simply means that you need to return to the Grid & Rulers pane and enter 1 px in both Spacing boxes.

Go to your Toolbar and set the Fill color to black (R=0 G=0 B=0). Using the Rectangle Tool, create a 130 x 1 px shape and place it exactly as shown in the following image.

Make sure that this thin shape stays selected and add eight copies in the same place. Select these new shapes one by one and then tap and hold with a second finger while dragging to easily move your selection on only one axis (horizontally or vertically).

Move your copies one under the other in a perfectly aligned column. When you get to the last copy, drag it to the bottom and place it exactly as shown in the second image.

Step 8

Pick the Path Selection Tool and activate the Add to Selection mode. Select all your black rectangles, go to the Arrange pane and tap that Distribute Vertically command to get an even amount of space between your selected rectangles.

Step 9

Make sure that all your thin rectangles are still selected, go to the Combine pane and tap that Make Compound Path command. This will unite your black shapes into one compound path that can be selected, moved or edited way easier.

Step 10

Make sure that your compound path is still selected, go to Effects pane and focus on the Fill. First, tap its color well and drag the Alpha slider to 70% and then tap its cogwheel button and change the Blend Mode to Soft Light.

Step 11

Return to your Toolbar, make sure that the Stroke is still invisible and set the Fill color to R=253 G=91 B=91.

Using the Rectangle Tool, create a 1 x 100 px shape and place it exactly as shown in the following image.

Step 12

Make sure that your red shape is still selected, go to the Appearance pane and drag that Opacity slider to 30%.

Step 13

Now, you will need a grid every 5 px. Return to the Grid pane from the Properties panel and enter 5 px in both Spacing boxes.

Get back to your Toolbar, make sure that the Line is invisible and set the Fill color to R=255 G=200 B=0.

Using the Rectangle Tool, create a 130 x 30 px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Switch to the Move Tool, select your yellow rectangle along with the blue, rounded square that lies in the back, go to the Combine pane and tap that Intersect command.

Step 14

Make sure that the shape made in the previous step stays selected and move to the Effects pane. Focus on the existing Fill, tap its color well and replace the existing color with the linear gradient shown below.

Step 15

Make sure that your brown shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and simply check the round checkbox that stand for the existing Drop Shadow effect to activate it.

Enter 3 in the Y box and 0 in the other two boxes, select Soft Light for the Blend Mode and then tap the color well that stands for this effect. Make sure that the color is set to black and drag that Alpha slider to 15%.

Step 16

Make sure that your brown shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a second Drop Shadow using that same plus button. Select this new Drop Shadow, make sure that it lies below the existing effect and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 17

Make sure that your brown shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a third Drop Shadow. Make sure that this new effect lies below the other two Drop Shadows and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 18

Make sure that your brown shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and activate the existing Inner Shadow. Enter 1 in the Y box and 0 in the other two boxes, change the Blend Mode to Overlay and then tap the color well that stands for this effect. Set the color to white and drag that Alpha slider to 20%.

Step 19

Make sure that your brown shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a second Inner Shadow. Make sure that it lies below the active effects and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 20

Make sure that your brown shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a third Inner Shadow. Make sure that it lies below the active effects and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 21

Make sure that your brown shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a fourth Inner Shadow. Make sure that it lies below the active effects and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 22

Make sure that your brown shape 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 button of that  Outer Glow effect and then tap the Remove command. Now, you can add that fifth Inner Shadow effect. Make sure that it lies below the other active effects and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 23

Focus on the right side of your Titlebar and simply tap the rightmost icon to open the Layers panel. Tap the name of the existing layer and rename it "Icon". Keep focusing on the Layers panel and tap that plus button from top, right corner of the panel to add a second layer. Make sure that this new layer stays selected and rename it "Bg".

Return to your canvas, pick the Rectangle Tool and create a 600 px square. Make sure that it stays selected and move to the Effect pane. Tap the color well of the existing Fill and then tap the Gradient Fill and the Radial buttons. Set the Angle to 0 degrees and then select the gradient color stops and enter the color attributes shown in the following image.

With your square still selected, open the Arrange pane and then tap the Align Horizontal and Align Vertical buttons to bring your square in the center of the canvas.

Step 24

Focus on your Toolbar, make sure that the Line is invisible and then set the Fill color to R=255 G=225 B=175. Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, focus on the Tool Options pane and make sure that the Radius slider is set to 5.

Create a 130 px rounded square and bring it in the center of your canvas using the same Align Horizontal  and Align Vertical buttons from the Arrange pane.

Step 25

Return to the Layers panel and make sure that your "Bg" layer remains selected. Tap and hold on its thumbnail to drag it below the other layer.

Select that rounded square and focus on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 26

Make sure that your rounded square stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a second Drop Shadow. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 27

Make sure that your rounded square stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a third Drop Shadow. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 28

Make sure that your rounded square stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a fourth Drop Shadow. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 29

Make sure that your rounded square stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a fifth Drop Shadow. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 30

Make sure that your rounded square stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a sixth Drop Shadow. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 31

Make sure that your rounded square stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Remove that inactive Inner Shadow effect and then add a seventh Drop Shadow. Select it and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 32

Make sure that your rounded square stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Remove that inactive Outer Glow effect and then add an eighth Drop Shadow. Select it and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 33

Make sure that your rounded square stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Remove that inactive Inner Glow effect and then add one final Drop Shadow. Select it 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: NotebookIcon.idraw