Create an iPod Shuffle Illustration

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create an iPod Shuffle illustration in Graphic for iPhone.

For starters you will learn how to setup a simple grid, how to create the main shape and how to deal with complex gradients. Taking full advantage of the Effects pane and using some basic blending techniques, you will learn how to add subtle shading and highlights for your shapes.

Finally, taking full advantage of the Snap to Grid feature you will learn how to create the tiny symbols.

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. 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.

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, enter 10 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 black (R=0 G=0 B=0) 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 the Radius slider to 2. Move to yor canvas and simply create a 140 x 130 px shape - the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work.

Step 3

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected, focus on the right side of the Titlebar and tap the leftmost icon to open the Appearance panel. Go to the Effects pane, tap that Fill color well and then tap the Gradient button. Tap the Linear button, set the Angle to 0 degrees and then move to the gradient sliders. Select the left one and set its color to R=131 G=133 B=132 and then select the right one and add the same color.

Step 4

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected and keep your eyes on the Effects pane.

Keep focusing on the linear gradient applied to that Fill and simply tap on that gradient bar to add a new gradient slider. Select it, set the color to R=226 G=226 B=227 and then drag it to the left until the Location tooltip shows 3%. Using the same technique, add a fourth gradient slider for your gradient. Select it, set the same color (R=226 G=226 B=227) and drag it to 98%.

Step 5

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected and keep your eyes on the Effects pane. Keep focusing on the linear gradient applied to that Fill, add four new gradient sliders and then use the color and the location attributes shown in the following image.

Step 6

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a second Fill using the plus button that lies in the top, right corner of the pane. Tap on this new fill's right side handle and drag it below the one that already exists.

Once you're done, tap the color well that stands for your new Fill. Tap the Gradient and the Linear buttons, set the Angle to -90 degrees and then move to the gradient sliders. Select the left one, set its color to black and drag the Alpha slider to 10% and then select the right one, set its color to white and drag the Alpha slider to 0%. Return to the Effects pane and tap the cogwheel icon that stands for your new Fill. Tap Blend Mode and select Color Burn from that list.

Step 7

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a third Fill using that same plus button.

Make sure that this new Fill lies below the other two and then tap its color well. Again, tap the Gradient and then Linear buttons. Set the Angle to -90 degrees and then move to the gradient sliders. Select the left one, move it to 50%, set the color to white and drag the Alpha slider to 0%. Move to the right gradient slider, select it, set the color to white and drag that Alpha slider to 30%. Return to the Effects pane and tap the cogwheel icon of the fill added in this step. Tap Blend Mode and select Soft Light from that list.

Step 8

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected, focus on the Effects pane and simply tap the round checkbox that stands for the existing Inner Shadow effects to activate it. Enter 1 in the Y box and 0 in the other two boxes, change the Blend Mode to Soft Light and then tap the color well that stands for this effect. Drag the Alpha slider to 30% and set the color to white.

Step 9

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected, focus on the Effects pane and add a second Inner Shadow using that same plus button. Make sure that this new effect lies below the existing Inner Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 10

Get back to your Toolbar, make sure that the Line is invisible and then set the Fill color to R=37 G=38 B=38. Pick the Ellipse Tool, create a 110 px circle and place it as shown int he first image. Tap and hold with a second finger while dragging to create a perfect circle much easier.

Replace the existing Fill color with a random red and make sure that the Ellipse Tool is still active. Create a 70 px circle and place it as shown in the second image. Pick the Path Selection Tool, focus on the newly opened Tool Options pane and activate the Add to Selection mode. Select both circles made in this step, go to the Combine pane from the Properties panel and simply tap that Subtract button. In the end your new shape should look like in the fourth image.

Step 11

Make sure that your dark shape stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 12

Make sure that your dark shape stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects panel. Activate the existing Inner Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 13

Using the Ellipse Tool, create a 70 px circle and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new shape stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. Tap the Fill color well and apply the linear gradient shown in the following image.

Step 14

Make sure that the circle made in the previous step is still selected and focus on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 15

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

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, focus on the Tool Options pane and set the Radius to 1. Create a 14 x 4 px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Make sure that this new rounded rectangle stays selected and move to your Toolbar. Tap the Fill color well and apply the linear gradient shown in the following image.

Step 16

Make sure that your tiny, rounded rectangle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 17

Reselect your tiny, rounded rectangle, open the Properties panel and go to the Arrange pane. Simply drag that slider to the left to easily send your selected shape in the back, behind the other shapes.

Make sure that this shape stays selected and simply tap and hold to open the context menu. First, tap the Copy command, and then reopen that context menu and tap the Paste command. Select the newly made copy, place it as shown in the second image and don't forget to send it in the back.

Step 18

Return to your Toolbar, make sure that the Line is invisible and then set the Fill color to R=37 G=38 B=38.

Pick the Rectangle Tool and create an 8 px square. Focus on the right side of this dark shape and switch to the Path Selection Tool. Select the top anchor point and simply remove it using the X button from the left side of your Titlebar and then select the bottom anchor point and drag it 4 px up. In the end your dark rectangle should turn into a simply triangle.

Step 19

Using the Rectangle Tool, create two, 3 x 8 px shapes and place them exactly as shown int he first image. Select these two rectangles along with the triangle made in the previous step, go ot the Combine pane and tap that Make Compound Path button.

Step 20

Make sure that your compound path stays selected and place it roughly as shown int the following image. Focus on the Effects pane, activate the Drop Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 21

Return to your Toolbar, make sure that the Line is invisible and then set the Fill color to R=218 G=220 B=219. Pick the Rectangle Tool and create an 8 x 2 px shape.

Duplicate this rectangle using the same Copy and Paste commands from that context menu. Select the copy and drag it next to the original rectangle as shown in the first image. Make sure that your copy stays selected and pick the Rotate Tool. Set the Angle to 90 degrees and simply tap the Copy button. Select both rectangles that make up your plus symbol, go the Combine pane and tap that Union button.

Step 22

Using the Rectangle Tool, create a 5 x 6 px shape. Focus on the left side of this new shape and switch to the Path Selection Tool. Select the top anchor point and remove it using the X button and then select the other anchor point and drag it 3 px up. Make sure that the resulting triangle is selected, make a copy and place it as shown in the third image.

Step 23

Using the Rectangle Tool, create a 2 x 6 px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Select it along with the two triangles, go to the Combine pane from the Properties panel and tap the Make button.
Make sure that your compound path stays selected and pick the Rotate Tool. Set the Angle to 180 degrees and tap that Copy button.

Step 24

Select the grey buttons made in the last three steps and place them roughly as shown in the following image.

Step 25

Focus on the right side of your Titlebar and simply tap the rightmost icon to open the Layers panel. Use that plus button from the bottom of the panel to add a second layer and select it. Tap and hold on its thumbnail to drag it below the existing layer.

Focus on your canvas and pick the Rectangle Tool. Create a 600 px square, make sure that it stays selected and then tap the Fill color well from your Toolbar. Tap the Gradient button, select Radial for the style, set the Angle to 0 degrees and then move the gradient sliders and apply the colors shown in the following image.

Make sure that your large square is still selected and go to the Align pane from the Properties panel. Simply tap the Horizontal and the Vertical buttons which will bring your square in the center of the canvas.

Step 26

Return to the Layers panel, tap the top layer to open that context menu, and then tap the Duplicate command.

Keep focusing on the Layers panel, make sure that your middle layer is selected and close the Layers panel.

Pick the Move Tool and select all the shapes that lie inside your active layer. Go to the Combine pane from the Properties panel and simply tap that Union button. Select the resulting shape and focus on the Effects pane. Make sure that there are no active effects or strokes and then tap that Fill color well. Set the color to R=218 G=220 B=219 and be sure that the Alpha slider is set to 100%.

Step 27

Make sure that the grey shape made in the previous step is still selected and focus on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 28

Make sure that your grey shape stays selected, focus on the Effects pane and add a second Drop Shadow using that same plus button. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 29

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

Step 30

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

Step 31

Make sure that your grey shape stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. Activate the Outer Glow 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: ipodnano.idraw