Create a Hanging Sign Design

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a simple hanging sign design using Graphic's tools and effects.

Step 1

For this tutorial we'll create a new 600 x 500 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 500 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 color to R=255 G=185 B=0. Next, click on the Stroke color well and drag the Alpha slider to 0%, which will simply make the stroke invisible. Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M), focus on the Titlebar and drag the Corner Radius slider at 10pt. Move to your canvas and simply create a 250 x 150px shape.

Step 3

Return to your Toolbar and replace the existing Fill color with a simple white (R=255 G=255 B=255). Make sure that the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M) is still active, focus on the Titlebar and drag the Corner Radius slider at 7 pt. Move to your canvas, create a 240 x 140px shape and place it exactly as shown in the following image. The grid and the Snap to Grid feature should ease your work.

Step 4

Using the Move Tool (V), select both shapes made so far, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and simply click the Subtract button. In the end things should look like in the second image.

Step 5

Make sure that your shape stays selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance 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. Focus on the existing Fill and select Linear Gradient from the Type drop-down menu. Set the angle at 45 degrees then move to the gradient sliders. Select the left one and set its color at R=212 G=212 B=212 then select the right one and add the same color**. Simply click on the gradient bar and you will get a new gradient slider. Select it, set the color at R=238 G=238 B=238 and drag it to the right until the Location tooltip shows 95%. Keep focusing on the gradient bar, add another six gradient sliders then use the color and Location** attributes shown in the following image.

Step 6

Make sure that your shape is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Select the existing stroke, drag the Width slider at 2pt, select Inside from the Position drop-down menu and Soft Light from the Blend drop-down menu then simply click on the color box that stands for your Stroke. Drag the Alpha slider at 100% and replace the existing color with a simple white.

Step 7

Make sure that your shape is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second Stroke using that plus button located in the bottom, left corner of your pane. Select this new Stroke, make sure that it lies below the existing one then simply add the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 8

Make sure that your shape is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and simply check the little box that stands for the existing Inner Shadow effect to activate it. Enter 0 in the X box and -3 in the Y box, drag the Size slider at 5pt, select Soft Light from the Blend Mode drop-down menu then click the color box that stands for this effect. Drag the Alpha slider at 50% and make sure that the color is set at black (R=0 G=0 B=0).

Step 9

Make sure that your shape is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second Inner Shadow effect using that same plus button. Select this new effect, drag it below the existing Inner Shadow then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 10

Make sure that your shape is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a third Inner Shadow effect using that same plus button. Select this new effect, drag it below the existing Inner Shadows then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 11

Make sure that your shape is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and activate the existing Inner Glow. Drag it above the existing Inner Shadow effects then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 12

Return to your Toolbar, make sure that the Stroke is invisible then select the Fill and replace the existing color with R=85 G=85 B=85. Grab the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M), focus on the Titlebar and make sure that the Corner Radius is set at 7pt. Move to your canvas, create a 240 x 140px shape and place it exactly as shown in the following image. Once again, the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work.

Step 13

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

Step 14

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane, activate the existing Inner Glow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 15

Return to your Toolbar, make sure that the Stroke is invisible then select the Fill and replace the existing color with R=241 G=238 B=230. Grab the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M), focus on the Titlebar and drag the Corner Radius slider at 5pt. Move to your canvas, create a 230 x 130px shape and place it as shown in the following image.

Step 16

Make sure that your 230 x 130px rounded rectangle stays selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane, select the existing Stroke and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 17

Make sure that your 230 x 130px rounded rectangle stays selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second Stroke using that same plus button. Select the new Stroke, drag it below the existing one then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 18

Make sure that your 230 x 130px rounded rectangle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow effect, drag it above the Strokes then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 19

Make sure that your 230 x 130px rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane, right click on the existing Drop Shadow and simply go to Duplicate. Select the newly added Drop Shadow effect and replace the existing attributes with the ones shown in the following image.

Step 20

Make sure that your 230 x 130px rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and duplicate the bottom Drop Shadow effect. Select the newly added Drop Shadow effect and replace the existing attributes with the ones shown in the following image.

Step 21

Make sure that your 230 x 130px rounded rectangle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow effect, drag it right below the Fill then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 22

Make sure that your 230 x 130px rounded rectangle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Inner Glow effect, drag it right below the Inner Shadow then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 23

Return to your Toolbar, this time make the Fill invisible then set the Stroke color at R=255 G=185 B=2. Grab the Rectangle Tool (M), move to your canvas, create a 100 x 50px shape and place it exactly as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new shape stays selected and focus on the Effect section from the Appearance pane. Select the existing Stroke, drag the Width slider at 2pt and select Inside from the Position drop-down menu.

Step 24

Make sure that the rectangle made in the previous step is still selected, focus on the top side and grab the Path Selection Tool (A). Select the left anchor point and simply hir the Delete button from your keyboard to remove it then select the right anchor point and drag it 50px to the left. In the end your rectangle should turn into a simple triangle as shown in the second image. Keep this shape selected, send it to back (Shift + Command + [ ) then replace the existing stroke color with R=44 G=44 B=49.

Step 25

Return to your Toolbar, make sure that the Fill color is still invisible then set the Stroke color at black. Grab the Rectangle Tool (M), move to your canvas, create a 90 x 50px shape and place it exactly as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new shape stays selected and focus on the Effect section from the Appearance pane. Select the existing Stroke, drag the Width slider at 2pt and select Inside from the Position drop-down menu. Focus on the top side of this new rectangle and grab the Path Selection Tool (A). Select the left anchor point and remove it using that same Delete button from your keyboard then select the right anchor point and drag it 45px to the left. Again, this will turn your rectangle into a simple triangle as shown in the second image.

Step 26

Make sure that the triangle made in the previous step is still selected, send it to back (Shift + Command + [ ) then focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. First, click the Stroke color box and drag the Alpha slider at 10% then activate the existing Drop Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 27

Get back to your Toolbar, make sure that the Stroke is invisible then set the Fill color at R=128 G=128 B=128. Using the Ellipse Tool (O), create a 10px circle and place it exactly as shown in the following image.

Step 28

Make sure that your circle stays selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 29

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

Step 30

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

Step 31

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

Step 32

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

Step 33

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

Step 34

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

Step 35

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

Step 36

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

Step 37

Get back to your Toolbar, make sure that the Stroke is invisible then set the Fill color at R=170 G=170 B=170. Grab the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M), focus on the Titlebar and drag the Corner Radius slider at 10pt. Move to your canvas, create a 250 x 150px shape and place it exactly as shown in the following image.

Step 38

Make sure that the grey, rounded rectangle made in the previous step stays selected, send it to back (Shift + Command + [ ) then focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Select the existing Stroke and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 39

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

Step 40

Make sure that your grey, rounded rectangle is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and duplicate the existing Drop Shadow. Select the new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 41

Make sure that your grey, rounded rectangle is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and duplicate the bottom Drop Shadow. Select the new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 42

Make sure that your grey, rounded rectangle is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and duplicate the bottom Drop Shadow. Select the new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 43

Grab the Text Tool (T) and focus on the Text section from the Appearance pane. Select the American Typewriter font, make it Bold, set the Size at 15pt and the color at R=54 G=54 B=65 then simply click on your canvas. Add that tiny "we're" piece of text and place it as shown in the following image. Return to the Text section from the Appearance pane, keep the same font, but increase the Size to 50pt and change the existing color with R=218 G=65 B=0. Finally, add the "OPEN" piece of text and place it as shown in the following image.

Finished Design

Congratulations, you've finished the tutorial!

Graphic File: HangingSign.idraw