Create a Hanging Sign Design

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a simple hanging sign in Graphic for Mac.

For starters you will learn how to set up a simple grid and how to create the main shapes using basic tools and vector shape building techniques. Taking full advantage of the Effects pane you will learn how to add complex shading and highlights for your shapes. In the end, you will learn how to add some simple text to your desgin.

Step 1

Go to File > New (Command + N) to bring up the New Document window. Select the Grid document style, set the document units to pixels, and set the document dimensions to 600 pixels wide by 500 pixels 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 easily open it using the ruler icon that lies above the Layers panel. Change the grid X Spacing and Y Spacing to 5, set the Subdivisions to 0 and enable Snap to Grid (Command + Shift + ').

Keep in mind that you can quickly enable or disable the grid and the Snap to Grid feature using the Command + ' and Command + Shift + ' keyboard shortcuts.

Step 2

Focus on the Toolbar and notice that by default the fill color is set to white while the stroke color is set to black.

Click the Fill color well and set the color to R=255 G=185 B=0 and then click the Stroke color well and drag the Alpha slider to 0%. This will simply make your stroke invisible. Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M), focus on the Tool Options bar and drag the Corner Radius slider to 10 pt. Move to your canvas and simply create a 250 x 150 px shape.

Step 3

Return to your Toolbar and replace the existing Fill color with a simple white (R=255 G=255 B=255).

Make sure that the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M) is still active, focus on the Tool Options bar and drag the Corner Radius slider to 7 pt. Move to your canvas, create a 240 x 140 px shape and place it exactly as shown in the following image. The grid and the Snap to Grid feature should ease your work.

Step 4

Using the Move Tool (V), select both shapes made so far, focus on the Path Tools pane from the Properties panel and simply click the Subtract button. In the end things should look like in the second image.

Step 5

Make sure that your shape stays selected and focus on the Effects pane from the Appearance panel. If the Appearance pane is not currently visible, you can easily open it using the leftmost icon that lies above the Layers panel.

Focus on the existing Fill and select Linear Gradient from the Type drop-down menu. Set the angle to 45 degrees and then move to the gradient sliders. Select the left one and set its color to R=212 G=212 B=212 adn then select the right one and add the same color. Simply click on the gradient bar and you will get a new gradient slider. Select it, set the color to R=238 G=238 B=238 and drag it to the right until the Location tooltip shows 95%. Keep focusing on the gradient bar, add another six gradient sliders and then use the color and Location** attributes shown in the following image.

Step 6

Make sure that your shape is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane from the Appearance panel. Select the existing stroke, drag the Width slider to 2 pt, select Inside from the Position drop-down menu and Soft Light from the Blend drop-down menu and then simply click on the color well that stands for your Stroke. Drag the Alpha slider to 100% and replace the existing color with a simple white.

Step 7

Make sure that your shape is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a second Stroke using that plus button located in the bottom, left corner of your panel. Select this new Stroke, make sure that it lies below the existing one adn then simply enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 8

Make sure that your shape is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and simply check the box that stands for the existing Inner Shadow effect to activate it.

Enter 0 in the X box and -3 in the Y box, drag the Size slider to 5 pt, select Soft Light from the Blend Mode drop-down menu and then click the color well that stands for this effect. Drag the Alpha slider to 50% and make sure that the color is set to black (R=0 G=0 B=0).

Step 9

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

Step 10

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

Step 11

Make sure that your shape is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and activate the existing Inner Glow. Drag it above the existing Inner Shadow effects and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 12

Return to your Toolbar, make sure that the Stroke is invisible and then select the Fill and replace the existing color with R=85 G=85 B=85.

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M), focus on the Tool Options bar and make sure that the Corner Radius is set to 7 pt. Move to your canvas, create a 240 x 140 px shape and place it exactly as shown in the following image. Once again, the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work.

Step 13

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected, focus on the Effects pane, select the existing Stroke and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 14

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected, focus on the Effects pane, activate the existing Inner Glow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 15

Return to your Toolbar, make sure that the Stroke is invisible and then select the Fill and replace the existing color with R=241 G=238 B=230.

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M), focus on the Tool Options bar and drag the Corner Radius slider to 5 pt. Move to your canvas, create a 230 x 130 px shape and place it as shown in the following image.

Step 16

Make sure that your 230 x 130 px rounded rectangle stays selected, focus on the Effects pane, select the existing Stroke and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 17

Make sure that your 230 x 130 px rounded rectangle is still selected, focus on the Effects pane and add a second Stroke using that same plus button. Select the new Stroke, drag it below the existing one and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 18

Make sure that your 230 x 130 px rounded rectangle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow effect, drag it above the Strokes and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 19

Make sure that your 230 x 130 px rounded rectangle is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane, right click on the existing Drop Shadow and simply go to Duplicate.Select the newly added Drop Shadow effect and replace the existing attributes with the ones shown in the following image.

Step 20

Make sure that your 230 x 130 px rounded rectangle is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and duplicate the bottom Drop Shadow effect. Select the newly added Drop Shadow effect and replace the existing attributes with the ones shown in the following image.

Step 21

Make sure that your 230 x 130 px rounded rectangle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow effect, drag it right below the Fill and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 22

Make sure that your 230 x 130 px rounded rectangle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Inner Glow effect, drag it right below the Inner Shadow and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 23

Return to your Toolbar, this time make the Fill invisible and then set the Stroke color to R=255 G=185 B=2.

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), move to your canvas, create a 100 x 50 px shape and place it exactly as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new shape stays selected and focus on the Effect pane. Select the existing Stroke, drag the Width slider to 2 pt and select Inside from the Position drop-down menu.

Step 24

Make sure that the rectangle made in the previous step is still selected, focus on the top side and pick the Path Selection Tool (A). Select the left anchor point and simply hit the Delete button from your keyboard to remove it and then select the right anchor point and drag it 50 px to the left. In the end your rectangle should turn into a simple triangle as shown in the second image.

Keep this shape selected, send it to back (Shift + Command + [ ) and then replace the existing stroke color with R=44 G=44 B=49.

Step 25

Return to your Toolbar, make sure that the Fill color is still invisible and then set the Stroke color to black.

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), move to your canvas, create a 90 x 50 px shape and place it exactly as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new shape stays selected and focus on the Effect pane. Select the existing Stroke, drag the Width slider to 2 pt and select Inside from the Position drop-down menu.

Focus on the top side of this new rectangle and pick the Path Selection Tool (A). Select the left anchor point and remove it using that same Delete button from your keyboard and then select the right anchor point and drag it 45 px to the left. Again, this will turn your rectangle into a simple triangle as shown in the second image.

Step 26

Make sure that the triangle made in the previous step stays selected, send it to back (Shift + Command + [ ) and then focus on the Effects pane. First, click the Stroke color well and drag the Alpha slider to 10% and then activate the existing Drop Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 27

Get back to your Toolbar, make sure that the Stroke is invisible and then set the Fill color to R=128 G=128 B=128.
Using the Ellipse Tool (O), create a 10 px circle and place it exactly as shown in the following image.

Step 28

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

Step 29

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

Step 30

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

Step 31

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

Step 32

Make sure that your circle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow, make sure that it lies below the existing effects and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 33

Make sure that your circle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Add a second Inner Shadow, drag it below the existing effects and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 34

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

Step 35

Make sure that your circle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Add a fourth Inner Shadow, drag it below the existing effects and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 36

Make sure that your circle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Inner Glow, make sure that it lies below the existing effects and thne enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 37

Get back to your Toolbar, make sure that the Stroke is invisible and then set the Fill color to R=170 G=170 B=170.

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M), focus on the Tool Options bar and drag that Corner Radius slider to 10 pt. Move to your canvas, create a 250 x 150 px shape and place it exactly as shown in the following image.

Step 38

Make sure that the grey, rounded rectangle made in the previous step stays selected, send it to back (Shift + Command + [ ) and then focus on the Effects pane. Select the existing Stroke and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 39

Make sure that your grey, rounded rectangle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow, drag it above the Stroke and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 40

Make sure that your grey, rounded rectangle is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and duplicate the existing Drop Shadow. Select the new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 41

Make sure that your grey, rounded rectangle is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and duplicate the bottom Drop Shadow. Select the new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 42

Make sure that your grey, rounded rectangle is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and duplicate the bottom Drop Shadow. Select the new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 43

Pick the Text Tool (T), click on your canvas and focus on the Text pane from the Appearance panel. Select the American Typewriter font, make it Bold and set the Size to 15 pt. Add the "we're" piece of text, place it as shown below and set its color to R=54 G=54 B=65.

Make sure that the Text Tool (T) is still active and click a second time on your canvas to create a second piece of text. Return to the Text pane, keep that same font, but increase the Size to 50 pt. Add the "OPEN" piece of text, set its color to R=218 G=65 B=0 and place it as 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: hangingsign.idraw