Create a Small Notebook Icon

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a small notebook icon using iDraw's tools and effects.

Step 1

For this tutorial we'll create a new 600 x 600 pixel document. Choose File > New (⌘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 (⇧⌘').

Step 2

Focus on the Toolbar and you will notice that by default the fill color is set at white while the stroke color is set at black. Simply click on the fill color and replace the existing color code with R=74 G=196 B=237 then click on the stroke color and drag the Alpha slider at 0% which will simply make your stroke invisible. Pick the Round Rectangle Tool (Shift + M), focus on the Titlebar and set the Corner Radius at 5px. Move to your canvas and simply create a 130px rounded square. The grid and the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work. Make sure that this blue shape stays selected, focus on the Alignment section from the Properties pane and simply click the Horizontal Centers and Vertical Centers buttons which will bring your rounded square in the center of the canvas.

Step 3

Make sure that your blue shape is still selected and make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + Shift + V). Focus on your Toolbar and simply replace the existing fill color with R=1 G=173 B=14. Grab the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 130 x 100px 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 Move Tool (V) and reselect the copy made in the beginning of the step along with your green rectangle. Focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and simply click the Intersect button. Make sure that the resulting shape stays selected and move to the Effects section from the Appearance pane (simply click on the blue icon located above the Layers pane if you can't see the Appearance pane). Focus on the existing Fill, select Linear Gradient from the Type drop-down menu, set the Angle at 90 degrees then move to the gradient sliders. Select the left one and set its color at R=255 G=240 B=190 then select the right one and se its color at R=235 G=210 B=160. Keep focusing on this linear gradient and simply click on the gradient bar to add a new gradient slider. Select it, set the color at R=255 G=230 B=180 then drag it to the left until the Location tooltip shows 10%. Using the same technique add a fourth gradient slider, select it, set the color at R=255 G=220 B=170 and drag it at 60%.

Step 4

Make sure that the shape filled with the linear gradient stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second Fill using the plus icon located in the bottom, left corner of the pane. Drag this new fill below the existing one and make sure that it stays selected. Select Linear Gradient from the Type drop-down menu and Multiply from the Blend drop-down menu, set the Angle at 90 degrees then focus on the gradient sliders. Select the left one, place it at 80%, set the color code at R=255 G=230 B=180 and drag the Alpha slider at 0%. Move to the other gradient slider, don't move it, set the color code at R=124 G=99 B=49 and drag the Alpha slider at 40%.

Step 5

Make sure that the shape filled with the linear gradient stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and simply check that little box that stand for the existing Inner Shadow. Enter -1 in the Y box and 0 in the other two boxes, select Soft Light from the Blend Mode drop-down menu then click the color box that stands for this fresh effect. Set the color code at R=255 G=255 B=255 (white) and drag the Alpha slider at 80%.

Step 6

Using the Pen Tool (P), create a 130px, horizontal path and place it exactly as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new path stays selected and focus on the Effect section from the Appearance pane. Remove the color from the fill (simply open its color box and drag the Alpha slider at 0%) then select the stroke. Drag the Width slider at 1pt then click the color box that stands for your stroke and set the color code at R=0 G=0 B=0 (black).

Step 7

Make sure that your horizontal path and the Move Tool (V) are selected. Hold the Alt button from your keyboard, drag your selected path 10px down, make sure that the newly created copy remains selected and simply hit the Command + D keyboard shortcut seven times to easily create the column of paths shown in the second image. Reselect all nine, horizontal paths, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and click the Make Compound Path button which will unite your black paths into one compound path that can be selected, moved or edited way easier.

Step 8

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 horizontal, black paths get a bit pixelated. This simply happens because your path is not perfectly aligned to the pixel grid. This can be fixed pretty easy. Make sure that your compound path is still selected and go to Modify > Rotate & Transform > Transform. Focus on the Move section, simply enter 0.5 in the Vertical box then click the OK button. Have a fresh look at your horizontal 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 9

Make sure that your compound path is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Drag the Alpha slider at 70% and select Soft Light from the Blend drop-down menu.

Step 10

Using the Pen Tool (P), create a 100px, vertical path and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new path stays selected and focus on the Effect section from the Appearance pane. Make sure that there's no color set for the fill then select the stroke. Drag the Width slider at 1pt and set the color at R=253 G=91 B=91.

Step 11

Next, you need to make sure that your vertical path is perfectly aligned to the pixel grid. Select it and go again to Modify > Rotate & Transform > Transform. Focus on the Move section, simply enter 0.5 in the Horizontal box then click the OK button.

Step 12

Make sure that your vertical path is still selected, focus on the Effect section from the Appearance pane and drag the Alpha slider at 30%.

Step 13

Focus on your Toolbar, make sure that you don't have a color set for the stroke then select the fill and set its color code at R=255 G=200 B=0. Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 130 x 30px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Select this yellow rectangle along with the blue, rounded square that lies behind, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and click the Intersect button. Make sure that the resulting shape stays selected and move to the Effect section from the Appearance pane. Focus on the existing Fill, select Linear Gradient from the Type drop-down menu, set the Angle at 90 degrees then move to the gradient sliders. Select the left one and set its color at R=180 G=115 B=57 then select the right one and se its color at R=210 G=145 B=87. Keep focusing on this linear gradient and simply add another two gradient slider. Select the left one, set the color at R=150 G=85 B=27 then drag it to the left until the Location tooltip shows 10%. Select the other new slider, set the color at R=180 G=115 B=57 then drag it to the right until the Location tooltip shows 90%.

Step 14

Make sure that your brown shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and simply check that little box that stand for the existing Drop Shadow. Enter 3 in the Y box and 0 in the other two boxes, select Soft Light from the Blend Mode drop-down menu then click the color box that stands for this new effect. Set the color code at black and drag the Alpha slider at 15%.

Step 15

Make sure that your brown shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second Drop Shadow using that same plus icon located in the bottom, left corner of your pane. Select this new Drop Shadow, drag it below the existing effects then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 16

Make sure that your brown shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a third Drop Shadow. Select this new Drop Shadow, drag it below the existing effects then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 17

Make sure that your brown shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and simply check the round box that stand for the existing Inner Shadow. Enter 1 in the Y box and 0 in the other two boxes, select Overlay from the Blend Mode drop-down menu then click the color box that stands for this new effect. Set the color code at white and drag the Alpha slider at 20%.

Step 18

Make sure that your brown shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second Inner Shadow. Select this new Inner Shadow, drag it below the existing effects then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 19

Make sure that your brown shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a third Inner Shadow. Select this new Inner Shadow, drag it below the existing effects then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 20

Make sure that your brown shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a fourth Inner Shadow. Select this new Inner Shadow, drag it below the existing effects then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 21

Make sure that your brown shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a fifth Inner Shadow. Select this new Inner Shadow, drag it below the existing effects then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 22

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 600px square and focus on the Effect section from the Appearance pane. Focus on the existing Fill, select Radial Gradient from the Type drop-down menu, set the Angle at 0 degrees then move to the gradient sliders. Select the left one and set its color at R=75 G=195 B=238 then select the right one and se its color at R=4 G=126 B=167. Make sure that your square stays selected, move to the Alignment section from the Properties pane and simply click the Horizontal Centers and Vertical Centers buttons to bring your square in the center of the canvas. Finally, send your square to back using the Shift + Command + [ keyboard shortcut.

Step 23

Grab the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M), focus on your Titlebar and make sure that the Corner Radius is set at 5pt. Create a 130px rounded square, make it black and bring it in the center of your canvas using the same Horizontal Centers and Vertical Centers buttons from the Alignment section of the Properties pane.

Step 24

Make sure that your black, rounded square stays selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. First, simply uncheck that little box that stands for the existing Fill which will make your fill invisible. Next, activate the existing Drop Shadow, enter the attributes shown in the following image and make sure that the Clip shadow to shape box remains checked.

Step 25

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

Step 26

Make sure that your rounded square stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a third Drop Shadow. Select this new Drop Shadow, drag it below the existing effects then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 27

Make sure that your rounded square stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a fourth Drop Shadow. Select this new Drop Shadow, drag it below the existing effects then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 28

Make sure that your rounded square stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a fifth Drop Shadow. Select this new Drop Shadow, drag it below the existing effects then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 29

Make sure that your rounded square stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a sixth Drop Shadow. Select this new Drop Shadow, drag it below the existing effects then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 30

Make sure that your rounded square stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a seventh Drop Shadow. Select this new Drop Shadow, drag it below the existing effects then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 31

Make sure that your rounded square stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a eighth Drop Shadow. Select this new Drop Shadow, drag it below the existing effects then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 32

Make sure that your rounded square stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add one final Drop Shadow. Select this new Drop Shadow, drag it below the existing effects then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Finished Design

Congratulations, you've finished the tutorial!

iDraw File:
NotebookIcon.idraw