Create a Clipboard Icon

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a clipboard icon 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 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=215 G=205 B=175. Next, click on the Stroke color well and drag the Alpha slider to 0%, which will simply make the stroke invisible. Grab the Rounded Rectangle Tool (M), focus on the Titlebar and drag that Corner Radius slider at 10pt. Move to your canvas and simply create a 180 x 245px shape, the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work.

Step 3

For starters you need to download this free image. Make sure that your shape is still selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second Fill using the plus button located in the bottom, left corner of your pane. If the Appearance pane is not currently visible, you can click on the blue icon above the Layers pane to show and hide the pane. Select this new Fill, select Image from the Type drop-down menu and simply add the image downloaded a few moments ago. Now, focus on the Blend drop-down menu and select Multiply and then drag that Scale slider at around 140%. In the end your rounded rectangle should look like in the following image.

Step 4

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and select the existing Stroke. Make sure that the Width slider is set at 1pt, select Inside from the Position drop-down menu and Soft Light from the Blend drop-down menu and then simply click the color box that stands for this Stroke. Drag the Alpha slider at 40% and make sure that the color is set at black (R=0 G=0 B=0).

Step 5

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 and simply enter the 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 check the little box that stands for the existing Drop Shadow to activate it. Keep focusing on this effect and drag it between the existing Strokes. Enter 1 in the Y box and 0 in the other two boxes and then simply click the color box that stands for this effect. Drag the Alpha slider at 100% and replace the existing color with R=124 G=60 B=4.

Step 7

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second Drop Shadow using that same plus button. Select this new effect, make sure that it lies below the existing Drop Shadow 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 section from the Appearance pane, right click on the bottom Drop Shadow and go to Duplicate. Select the newly added Drop Shadow and simply replace the existing attributes with the ones shown in the following image.

Step 9

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a fourth Drop Shadow. Select this new effect, make sure that it lies below the existing Drop Shadows 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 section from the Appearance pane and activate the existing Inner Shadow. Select this effect, drag it right above the bottom Stroke and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 11

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

Step 12

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a third Inner Shadow. Select this new effect, drag it below the existing Inner Shadows and then 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 activate the existing Inner Glow. Select this effect, drag it right below the top Stroke and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 14

Return to your Toolbar, make sure that the Stroke is invisible and then set the Fill color at black (R=0 G=0 B=0). Grab the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M), focus on the Titlebar and drag that Corner Radius slider at 8pt. Move to your canvas, create a 170 x 225px shape and place it as shown in the following image. Using the same tool, create a 50 x 20px shape and place it as shown in the second image.

Step 15

Select the two rounded rectangles made in the precious step, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and click the Union button.

Step 16

Make sure that your black shape is still selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Select the existing Fill, change the Blend Mode to Soft Light and then click that color box and drag the Alpha slider slider at 60%.

Step 17

Make sure that your black shape stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Select the existing Stroke and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 18

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

Step 20

Make sure that your black shape stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow, make sure that it lies below those Drop Shadow effects and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 21

Make sure that your black shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second Inner Shadow. 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 22

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

Step 23

Return to your Toolbar, make sure that the Stroke is invisible and then set the Fill color at R=252 G=252 B=252. Grab the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M), focus on the Titlebar and drag that Corner Radius slider at 5pt. Move to your canvas, create a 160 x 210px shape and place it as shown in the following image.

Step 24

Make sure that your white, rounded rectangle stays selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Select the existing Stroke and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 25

Make sure that your white, rounded rectangle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 26

Make sure that your white, rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and duplicate the existing Drop Shadow. Select the newly added effect, make sure that it lies below the existing Drop Shadow and then replace the existing attributes with the ones shown in the following image.

Step 27

Make sure that your white, rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and duplicate the bottom Drop Shadow. Select the newly added effect, make sure that it lies below the existing Drop Shadow and then replace the existing attributes with the ones shown in the following image.

Step 28

Make sure that your white, rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and duplicate the bottom Drop Shadow. Select the newly added effect, make sure that it lies below the existing Drop Shadow and then replace the existing attributes with the ones shown in the following image.

Step 29

Make sure that your white, rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and duplicate the bottom Drop Shadow. Select the newly added effect, make sure that it lies below the existing Drop Shadow and then replace the existing attributes with the ones shown in the following image.

Step 30

Make sure that your white, rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and duplicate the bottom Drop Shadow. Select the newly added effect, make sure that it lies below the existing Drop Shadow and then replace the existing attributes with the ones shown in the following image.

Step 31

Make sure that your white, rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and duplicate the bottom Drop Shadow. Select the newly added effect, make sure that it lies below the existing Drop Shadow and then replace the existing attributes with the ones shown in the following image.

Step 32

Get back to your Toolbar, this time make sure that the Fill is invisible and then set the Stroke color at R=87 G=88 B=92. Grab the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M), focus on the Titlebar and make sure that the Corner Radius slider is set at 5pt. Move to your canvas, create a 70 x 20px shape and place it exactly as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new shape stays selected and move to the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Select the existing Stroke and simply drag that Width slider at 2pt.

Step 33

Make sure that the rounded rectangle made in the previous step is still selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second Stroke. Drag it below the existing Stroke and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 34

Make sure that the rounded rectangle edited in the previous step is still selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane, activate the existing Drop Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 35

Make sure that the rounded rectangle edited in the previous step is still selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane, activate the existing Inner Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 36

Make sure that the rounded rectangle edited in the previous step is still selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second Inner Shadow. 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 37

Grab the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M), focus on the Titlebar and make sure that the Corner Radius slider is set at 5pt. Move to your canvas, create a 40 x 10px shape and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new shape stays selected and move to the Effects 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 and then move to the gradient sliders. Select the left slider, set the color at R=87 G=88 B=92 and then select the right slider and set the color at R=187 G=188 B=192. Simply click on the gradient bar and you will get a new gradient slider. Select it, set the color at R=168 G=169 B=171 and then drag it to the left until the Location tooltip shows 30%. Add another two gradient sliders and then use the color and Location and attributes shown in the following image.

Step 38

Make sure that your newest, rounded rectangle is still selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane, select the existing Stroke and simply enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 39

Make sure that your newest, rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second Stroke. Make sure that it lies below the existing Stroke and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 40

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

Step 41

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

Finished Design

Congratulations, you've finished the tutorial!

Graphic File: ClipboardIcon.idraw