Create an iPod Shuffle Illustration

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a semi-realistic iPod Shuffle illustration using Graphic'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 10px, 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 to white and the stroke color is set to black. Simply click on the fill color and replace the existing color code with black (R=0 G=0 B=0) 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. Return to your canvas and simply create a 140 x 130px shape. The grid and the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work.

Step 3

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected and focus on 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 Fill and select Linear 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=131 G=133 B=132 then select the right one and add the same color.

Step 4

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected and keep your eyes on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Keep focusing on the linear gradient from the Fill and simply click on that gradient bar to add a new gradient slider. Select it, set the color at** R=226 G=226 B=227** then drag it to the left until the Location tooltip shows 3%. Using the same technique add a fourth gradient slider for your gradient. Select it, add the same color (R=226 G=226 B=227) and place it at 98%.

Step 5

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected and keep your eyes on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Keep focusing on the linear gradient used for the existing fill, add four new gradient sliders then use the color and the location attributes shown in the following image.

Step 6

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second fill using the plus button located in the bottom, left corner of the pane. Drag this new fill below the one that already exists then select Linear Gradient from the Type drop-down menu and Color Burn from the Blend drop-down menu. Set the angle at 90 degrees then move to the gradient sliders. Select the left one, set its color at black and drag the Alpha slider at 10% then select the right one, set its color at white and drag the Alpha slider at 0%.

Step 7

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a third fill using that same plus button. Drag this new fill below the ones that already exist then select Linear Gradient from the Type drop-down menu and Soft Light from the Blend drop-down menu. Set the angle at 90 degrees then move to the gradient sliders. Select the left one, move it to 50%, set the color at white and drag the Alpha slider at 0% then select the right one, set its color at white and drag the Alpha slider at 30%.

Step 8

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and simply check the little box that stands for the existing Inner Shadow. Enter 1 in the Y box and 0 in the other two boxes, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light then simply click on the color box that stands for this effect. Drag the Alpha slider at 30% and set the color at white.

Step 9

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second Inner Shadow using that same plus button. Drag this new effect below the existing Inner Shadow then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 10

Set the fill color at R=110 G=110 B=110, pick the Ellipse Tool (O), create a 110px circle and place it as shown int he first image. Holding the Shift button from your keyboard will make it easier for you to create a perfect circle. Replace the existing fill color with a random red, make sure that the** Ellipse Tool (O)** is still active, create a 70px circle and place it as shown in the second image. Using the Move Tool (V), select both shapes made in this step, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and simply click the Subtract button. In the end your new shape should look like in the fourth image.

Step 11

Make sure that your dark shape stays 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 12

Make sure that your dark shape stays 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 13

Using the Ellipse Tool (O), create a 70px circle and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new shape stays selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Select the existing fill and add the linear gradient shown in the following image.

Step 14

Make sure that the circle made in the previous step stays 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 15

Next, you will need a grid every 1px which simply means that you need to return to the Grid section from the Properties pane and simply enter 1px in both ** Spacing** boxes. Grab the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M), set the Corners Radius at 1pt, create a 14 x 4px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Make sure that this new rounded rectangle stays selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Select the existing fill and add the linear gradient shown in the following image.

Step 16

Make sure that your tiny, rounded rectangle stays 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 17

Make sure that your tiny, rounded rectangle is still selected, send it to back (Shift + Command + [) then make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + Shift + V). Select this copy, drag it to the right, place it roughly as shown in the second image and don't forget to re-send it to back (Shift + Command + [).

Step 18

Set the fill color at R=37 G=38 B=38, pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and create an 8px square. Focus on the right side of this dark shape and switch to the Path Selection Tool (A). Select the top anchor point and simply hit the Delete button from your keyboard to remove it then select the bottom anchor point and drag it 4px up. In the end your dark rectangle should turn into a simply triangle.

Step 19

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create two, 3 x 8px shapes and place them exactly as shown int he first image. Select these two rectangles along with the triangle made in the previous step, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and click the Make Compound Path button.

Step 20

Make sure that the compound path made in the previous step is still selected and place it roughly as shown int the following image. Focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane, activate the existing Drop Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 21

Set the fill color at** R=218 G=220 B=219,** grab the Rectangle Tool (M) and create an 8 by 2px shape. Duplicate this rectangle (Command + C > Command + V), select the copy and drag it several pixels to the right as shown in the first image. Make sure that the copy stays selected, grab the Rotate Tool (R) and focus on the Titlebar. Set the Angle at 90 degrees then simply click the Copy button. Select the newly created rectangle along with the original one, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and click the Union button.

Step 22

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 5 by 6px shape. Focus on the left side of this new shape and switch to the Path Selection Tool (A). Remove the top anchor point then select the bottom one and drag it 3px up. Make sure that the resulting triangle is selected and make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + Shift + V). Select this copy and simply drag it 5px to the left as shown in the third image.

Step 23

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 2 x 6px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Select it along with the two triangles made in the previous step, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and click the Make Compound Path **button. Make sure that this new compound path is selected and grab the **Rotate Tool (R). Focus on the Titlebar, set the Angle at 180 degrees then simply click the Copy button. Select the newly created compound path and drag it several pixels to the right.

Step 24

Reselect the grey shapes and compound paths made in the last three steps and place them roughly as shown in the following image.

Step 25

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 600px square and focus on the Effect section from the Appearance pane. Select the existing fill and add the radial gradient shown in the following image. Make sure that your square 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. Finally, send your square to back (Shift + Command + [ ).

Step 26

Reselect all the shapes that make up your iPod and make copies in front (Command + C > Command + Shift + V). Focus on the Layers pane, make sure that you select only the copies, move to the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and simply click the Union button. Select the resulting shape and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Select the fill, set its color at R=218 G=220 B=219 and make sure that you remove/deactivate any stroke/effect.

Step 27

Focus on the Layers pane, select the grey shape made in the previous step and drag it below the shapes that make up your iPod. Make sure that this grey shape stays 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 28

Make sure that your grey shape stays selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second Drop Shadow using that same plus button. Select this new effect, drag it below the existing **Drop Shadow **then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 29

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

Step 30

Make sure that your grey shape stays selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a fourth Drop Shadow. Select this new effect, drag it below the existing **Drop Shadow **then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 31

Make sure that your grey shape stays selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Outer Glow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Finished Design

Congratulations, you've finished the tutorial!

iDraw File:
iPodShuffle.idraw