Create an Image Slider UI

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a simple image slider UI 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. Using the Effects pane, you will learn how to add subtle shading and highlights for your shapes.

Finally, you'll learn how to create and adjust image fills and how to add simple pieces of text.

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 on the fill color well and set the color to R=235 G=235 B=235 and then click on the stroke color well. Drag the Alpha slider to 0% and 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 5 pt. Move to your canvas and simply create a 370x 220 px shape.

Step 3

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected and focus on the Effects pane from the Appearance panel. If the Appearance pane is not currently visible, you can easilt open it using the leftmost icon that lies above the Layers 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 click the color well that stands for your Stroke. Drag the Alpha slider to 100% and replace the existing color with a simple white (R=255 G=255 B=255).

Step 4

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane from the Appearance panel and add a second Stroke using the plus button located in the bottom, left corner of your panel. Select the new stroke, make sure that it lies below the other one and then simply replace the existing attributes with the ones shown in the following image.

Step 5

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a third Stroke using that same plus button. Select the new stroke and simply replace the existing attributes with the ones shown in the following image.

Step 6

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and check the box that stands for the existing Drop Shadow to activate it.

Enter 0 in the X box and 2 in the Y box, drag the Size slider to 8 and then click the color well that stands for this effect. Drag the Alpha slider to 15% and replace the existing color with a simple black (R=0 G=0 B=0). Finally, drag this effect right above the bottom stroke as shown in the following image.

Step 7

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and activate the existing Inner Shadow. Select this new effect, drag it right below the Fill and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 8

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

Step 9

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a new Inner Shadow using that same plus button. Select this new effect, make sure that it lies above the existing Drop Shadow and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 10

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and activate the existing Inner Glow. Select this effect, drag it above the existing Drop Shadow and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 11

Return to your Toolbar, make sure that the Stroke is invisible and then set the Fill color to R=235 G=235 B=235.

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M) and make sure that the Corner Radius is still set to 5 pt. Move to your canvas, create a 390 x 200 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 12

Reselect your back, rounded rectangle, simply right click on your canvas and go to Copy Style. Next, select your front, rounded rectangle, right click on your canvas and this time go to Paste Style. In the end things should look like in the first image. Now, you need to send your front shape to back, so select it and simply hit Command + Shift + [ .

Step 13

Get back to your Toolbar, make sure that the Stroke is still invisible and then set the Fill color to R=74 G=196 B=237.

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 350 x 200 px shape and place it exactly as shown in the following image.

Step 14

For this step you need to first download this free image.

Reselect your blue rectangle and focus on the Effects pane. Select the existing Fill, select Image from the Type drop-down menu and simply add the image downloaded a few moments ago. You will probably notice that the image doesn't cover your entire rectangle, but this little issue can be solved pretty fast. Keep focusing on the Effects pane and simply drag the Scale slider at around 110%.

Step 15

Make sure that your rectangle stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. Select the existing Stroke, drag the Width slider to 2 pt, select Outside from the Position drop-down menu and then simply click the color well that stands for your Stroke. Drag the Alpha slider to 50% and replace the existing color with a simple white.

Step 16

Make sure that your rectangle is still selected and focus on the Effects pane. Add a second Stroke, make sure that it lies below the existing one and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 17

Make sure that your rectangle is still selected and focus on the Effects pane. Add a third Stroke, make sure that it lies below the existing ones and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 18

Make sure that your rectangle is still selected and focus on the Effects pane. Add a fourth Stroke, make sure that it lies below the existing ones and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 19

Make sure that your rectangle is still selected and focus on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Inner Glow, drag it right below the Fill and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 20

Get back to your Toolbar, make sure that the Stroke is invisible and then set the Fill color to R=0 G=174 B=15.

Using the Ellipse Tool (O), create a 10 px circle. Make sure that this new shape is selected, make four copies (Command + C > Command + V) and spread them exactly as shown in the second image. Once again, the grid and then Snap to Grid feature will come in handy.

Step 21

Reselect the five circle made in the previous step, focus on the Path Tools pane from the Properties panel and simply click that Make Compound Path button. Place this new compound path as shown in the following image.

Step 22

Make sure that your compound path is still selected and focus on the Effects pane. First, click the Fill color well, drag the Alpha slider to 10% and replace the existing fill color with a simple black. Next, select the existing Stroke and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 23

Make sure that your compound path is still selected and focus on the Effects pane. Add a second Stroke, make sure that it lies below the existing one and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 24

Make sure that your compound path is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow, drag it between the two Strokes and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 25

Make sure that your compound path is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Inner Glow, drag it below that Inner Shadow effect and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 26

Return to your Toolbar, make sure that the Stroke is invisible and then set the Fill color to R=235 G=235 B=235.

Using the Ellipse Tool (O), create a 10 px circle and place it as shown in the first image. Make sure that this new shape stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. Select the existing Stroke and simply replace the existing attributes with the ones shown in the following image.

Step 27

Make sure that your circle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Add a second Stroke, make sure that it lies below the existing one and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 28

Make sure that your circle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow, drag it above the Strokes and then 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 Inner Shadow, make sure that it lies below the existing one 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. Activate the existing Drop Shadow, drag it between the two Strokes 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 second Drop Shadow, make sure that it lies below the existing one 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. Add a third Drop Shadow, make sure that it lies below the existing ones 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 fourth Drop Shadow, make sure that it lies below the existing ones 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. Activate the existing Inner Glow, drag it right below the top Stroke and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 35

Get back to your Toolbar, make sure that the Stroke is invisible and then set a simple yellow (R=255 G=185 B=2) for the Fill.

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M), focus on the Tool Options bar and drag that Corner Radius slider to 2 pt. Move to your canvas, create a 50 x 20 px shape and place it exactly as shown in the following image.

Step 36

Now, you will need a grid every 1 px which simply means that you need to return to the Grid pane from the Properties panel and enter 1 px in both Spacing boxes.

Focus on the left side of your yellow shape and pick the Rectangle Tool (M). Create a 3 x 20 px shape and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Select this new rectangle along with your yellow, rounded rectangle, focus on the Path Tools pane from the Properties panel and simply click that Subtract button. In the end things should look like in the following image.

Step 37

Make sure that your yellow shape is still selected and pick the Rotate Tool (R). Focus on the Tool Options bar, enter a 180 degrees angle and then simply hit the Copy button. Select the newly made copy, drag it to the right and make sure that you place it exactly as shown in the third image.

Step 38

Select your left, yellow shape and focus on the Effects pane. Replace the existing Fill color with R=235 G=235 B=235 and then activate that Drop Shadow. Simply replace the existing attributes with the ones shown in the following image.

Step 39

Make sure that the shape edited in the previous step is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 40

Make sure that the shape edited in the previous step is still selected, copy its attributes and paste them onto the remaining yellow shape. Select this second shape, focus on Effects pane and simply inverse the values used in the X section for the active effects.

Step 41

Pick the Text Tool (T), simply click on your canvas and focus on the Text pane from the Appearance panel. Select the Arial Rounded MT Bold font, set the Size to 8 pt and then add the "PREV" piece of text. Set its color to R=175 G=175 B=175 and place it as shown in the following image.

Using the same tool and text attributes, add the "NEXT" piece of text and place it as shown below.

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.

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