Create an Email Subscribe Field

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create an email subscribe field using Graphic'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 pane. 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 pane. If the Properties pane is not currently visible, you can click on the orange ruler icon above the Layers pane to show and hide the pane. Change the grid X Spacing and Y Spacing to 1px, 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 your 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=50 G=50 B=55 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 2px. Move to your canvas and simply create a 16 x 12px shape. The grid and the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work.

Step 3

Using the Pen Tool (P), create a 16px, 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 (simply click on the blue icon located above the Layers pane if you can't see the Appearance pane). Remove the color from the fill then select the stroke, set its color at R=255 G=201 B=0 and drag the Width slider at 1pt. Reselect the Pen Tool (T), focus on the Titlebar and activate the second Pen Mode, the one with the plus sign. Return to your canvas, make sure that your yellow path is still selected and simply click in the middle of it to add a new anchor point as shown in the second image. Reselect your entire yellow path and duplicate it (Command + C > Command + V). Select this copy and place it exactly as shown in the third image.

Step 4

Grab the Path Selection Tool (A), focus on your top, yellow path, select the middle anchor point and drag it 6px down. Move to the bottom, yellow path, select the middle anchor point and drag it 7px up. In the end things should look like in the second image.

Step 5

Reselect both yellow paths and simply click the Outline Stroke button from the Path Tools section of the Properties pane.

Step 6

Reselect your top yellow shape and make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + Shift + V). Select this copy along with the bottom, yellow shape, click the Subtract button from the Path Tools section of the Properties pane and you should end up with the three yellow shapes highlighted in the second image.

Step 7

Select only the shape highlighted in the first image and simply hit the Delete button from your keyboard to get rid of it. Select the remaining yellow shapes and click the Union button from Path Tools section of the Properties pane.

Step 8

Reselect all the shapes made so far and click the Subtract button from the Path Tools section of the Properties pane. Select the resulting shapes and simply click the Make Compound Path button from the Path Tools section of the Properties pane.

Step 9

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 600px square and set its fill color at R=60 G=60 B=65. Make sure that this new shape stays selected, focus on 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.

Step 10

You will need a grid every 10px which simply means that you need to return to the Grid section of your Properties pane and simply enter 10px in both Spacing boxes. Grab the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M), focus on your Titlebar and drag the Corner Radius slider at 5pt. Move to your canvas and create a 300 x 70px shape. Make sure that this new shape stays selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and select 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=40 G=40 B=45 then select the right one and set its color at R=45 G=45 B=50.

Step 11

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and simply check the little box that stands for the existing Drop Shadow. Enter 5pt in the Y box, 0pt in the X box and drag the Size slider at 10pt. Keep focusing on this effect, change its Blending Mode to Soft Light then simply click on the color box that stands for your effect. Set it at black ( R=0 G=0 B=0) and drag the Alpha slider at 25%.

Step 12

Make sure that your rounded rectangle 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 13

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

Step 14

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and activate the existing Stroke. Drag it in the bottom of the pane, set the color at R=40 G=40 B=45 and the Position at Inside then drag the Width slider at 1pt.

Step 15

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second Stroke using that same plus button. Select this new stroke, drag it in the bottom of the pane and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 16

Grab the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M) and set the Corner Radius at 2pt. Create a 160 by 30px shape and set the fill color at R=40 G=40 B=45. Make sure that there's no stroke applied for this new shape then place it as shown in following image. Once again, the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will come in handy.

Step 17

Make sure that your newest rounded rectangle is selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 18

Make sure that your newest rounded rectangle is 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 19

Make sure that your newest rounded rectangle is selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and activate the existing Stroke. Drag it in the bottom of the pane and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 20

Make sure that your newest rounded rectangle stays selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second Stroke using that same plus button. Select this new stroke, drag it in the bottom of the pane and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 21

For this step you will need a grid every 1px. This simply means that you need to return to the Grid section of your Properties pane and simply enter 1px in both Spacing boxes. Focus on the Layers pane, select your envelope icon and simply hit Shift + Command + ] to bring it to front. Make sure that this icon stays selected, place it roughly as shown in the following image then focus on the Effect section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 22

Make sure that your envelope icon is still selected, focus on the Effect section from the Appearance pane, activate the existing Inner Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 23

Return to the Grid section from the Properties pane and simply enter 10px in both Spacing boxes. Grab the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M) and make sure that the Corner Radius slider is still set at 2pt. Move to your canvas, create a 90 x 30px shape and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new shape stays selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and select 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=0 G=125 B=0 then select the right one and set its color at R=0 G=195 B=0.

Step 24

Make sure that your green rounded rectangle is still selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 25

Make sure that your green rounded rectangle is still selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Stroke, drag it below the Inner Shadow effect then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 26

Make sure that your green rounded rectangle is still selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow, drag it below the Stroke then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 27

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

Step 28

Make sure that your green rounded rectangle is still selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Inner Glow, drag it below the Drop Shadow effects then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 29

Make sure that your green rounded rectangle is still selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Outer Glow, drag it below the Inner Glow then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 30

Pick the Text Tool (T), simply click on your canvas and add the "SUBSCRIBE" piece of text. Set the color at R=43 G=43 B=49, make sure that it stays selected and focus on the Text section of the Appearance pane. Select the DIN Alternate Bold font then set the size at 8pt and the spacing at 1. With this piece of text still selected focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Simply activate the existing Drop Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Finished Design

Congratulations, you've finished the tutorial!

iDraw File:
SubscribeField.idraw