Create a Line Chart Design

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a line chart design iDraw's tools 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 600 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 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 while the stroke color is set to black. Click on the fill color well and set the fill color to R=54 G=54 B=65. Next, 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 5 pt. Move to your canvas, and create a 310 x 340 px shape.

Step 3

For this step you will need the Create Rectangular Grid plugin that can be download from here. Return to iDraw and go to File > Plugin > Manage Plug-ins. Copy your Create Rectangular Grid plugin inside the newly opened folder then close it. Get back to your iDraw file and this time go to File > Plugin > Create Rectangular Grid. Enter 10 in the Horizontal Lines and Vertical Lines boxes, set the Width and Height at 300 px then click the OK button. Make sure that this new group of paths stays selected, place it exactly as shown in the following image then focus on the Effect 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. Click the color box that stands for the existing Fill and simply drag the Alpha slider at 0%.

Step 4

Make sure that the group made in the previous step is still selected and simply hit Shift + Command + G to Ungroup it. Using the Move Tool (V), select the four paths that make up the outer edges of your grid and simply remove them using the Delete button from your keyboard. Select the remaining paths that make up your grid and focus on the Stroke section from the Appearance pane. Make sure that the Line Weight is set at 1 pt and check the Round Cap button.

Step 5

For this step you need to enable the pixel preview which allows you to see how things would look if you decide to save your work as an image. Go to View > Show Pixels and notice how your black paths get a bit pixelated. This simply happens because your path is not perfectly aligned to the pixel grid, but can be fixed pretty easy. Make sure that all these paths are still selected and go to Modify > Rotate & Transform > Transform. Focus on the Move section, enter 0.5 in the Horizontal and Vertical boxes then click the OK button. Have a fresh look at your black paths and things should look sleeker, as shown in the second image. Once you're done, return to View > Show Pixels to disable this feature.

Step 6

Reselect all your black paths and focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane. First, click the Outline Stroke button then click the Union button. Make sure that the resulting shape stays selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and replace the existing Fill color with R=44 G=44 B=54.

Step 7

Make sure that the shape made in the previous step is still selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and check the little box that stands for the existing Drop Shadow effect to enable it. Enter 1 in the X and Y boxes, drag the Size slider at 0, select Overlay from the Blend Mode drop-down menu then click on the color box that stands for this effect. Drag the Alpha slider at 15% and set the color at white (R=255 G=255 B=255).

Step 8

Return to your Toolbar, click the Fill color and drag the Alpha slider at 0% then click the Stroke color, drag the Alpha slider at 100% and set the color at R=0 G=89 B=150. Grab the Pen Tool (P), create a simple path roughly as shown in the following image, make sure that it stays selected and focus on the Stroke section from the Appearance pane. Drag the Line Weight slider at 2 pt and check the Round Cap button.

Step 9

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

Step 10

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

Step 11

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

Step 12

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

Step 13

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

Step 14

Make sure that your blue path stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 15

Select your blue path, right click anywhere on your canvas and go to Copy Style. Grab the Pen Tool (P), create a second path as shown in the first image, right click again and go to Paste Style. Make sure that this new path stays selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. First, select the Stroke and replace the existing color with R=218 G=65 B=0 then select the top Drop Shadow effect and replace the existing color with R=178 G=25 B=0.

Step 16

Reselect the Pen Tool (P) and create a third path as shown in the first image. Make sure that this new path stays selected, right click anywhere on you canvas and go to Paste Style. Move to the Effects section from the Appearance pane, select the Stroke and replace the existing color with R=20 G=145 B=72 then select the top Drop Shadow effect and replace the existing color with R=0 G=105 B=32.

Step 17

Return to your Toolbar, make the Stroke invisible then set the Fill color at R=83 G=83 B=94. Grab the Text Tool (T), simply click on your canvas then focus on the Text section from the Appearance pane. Select the DIN Condensed font, make it Bold and set the size at 15 pt. Now, type your piece of text and place it as shown in the first image. Make sure that it stays selected and focus on the Effect section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 18

Make sure that your piece of text is still 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 19

Make sure that your piece of text is still 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 20

Make sure that your piece of text is still 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 21

Make sure that your piece of text is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 22

Get back to your Toolbar, make the Fill invisible then set the Stroke color at R=43 G=43 B=53. Using the Line Tool (L), create an oblique path as shown in the first image. Make sure that it stays selected and focus on the Stroke section from the Appearance pane. Check the Round Cap button and make sure that the Line Weight slider is set at 1 pt then move to the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 23

Get back to your Toolbar, make the Stroke invisible and set the Fill color at R=83 G=83 B=94. Reselect the Text Tool (T) and add the two letters shown in the first image. This time use the Ubuntu Mono font with the size set at 10 pt and don't forget to make it Bold. Make sure that both letters are selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 24

Make sure that your two letters are still 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 25

Make sure that your two letters are still selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow, select it and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 26

Reselect the Text Tool (T) and use it to add the row and the column of numbers shown in the following image. Use the same font and color attributes used for the little letters.

Step 27

Reselect one of those two letters, right click and go to Copy Style then select all the numbers added in the previous step, right click again and go to Paste Style.

Step 28

Reselect your rounded rectangle, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and make sure that the existing Stroke is active. First, click on its color box, drag the Alpha slider at 100% and set the color at R=74 G=74 B=85. Next, drag the Width slider at 2 pt, select Inside from the Position drop-down menu and make sure that the Blend Mode is set at Normal.

Step 29

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

Step 30

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

Step 31

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

Step 32

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

Step 33

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 top Stroke.

Step 34

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

Finished Design

Congratulations, you've finished the tutorial!

iDraw File:
LineChart.idraw