Create an Email Subscribe Field

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create an email subscribe field in Graphic for iPad.

For starters, you will learn how to setup a simple grid and how to create a tiny envelope icon using basic tools and vector shape building techniques. Using mostly the Rounded Rectangle Tool and the Effects pane, you will create the main pieces of your subscribe field.

Finally, you will learn how to add some simple pieces of text and and how to stylize them.

Step 1

From the Documents Browser, tap the plus button at the top-left corner of the Titlebar and choose the Grid document style.

Focus on the right side of the Titlebar and tap the Settings icon. Go to the Canvas pane, set the Width and Height to 600 px, select Pixels for the base unit, and make sure that the Pixel-Align Strokes feature is disabled. When this setting is enabled, stroked objects are offset slightly to ensure that the stroke is drawn aligned to the pixel grid which guarantees a crisp look.

Next, you need to setup the document grid. Tap again that Settings icon and switch to the Grid & Rulers pane. Make sure that the Snap to Grid feature is enabled and keep in mind that this is where you should come whenever you wish to enable or disable the grid or the Snap to Grid. Finally, open that Grid Settings pane, enter 1 px in both Spacing boxes and 0 lines in the Subdivisions box.

Step 2

Focus on the Toolbar and notice that by default the Fill color is set to white while the Line color is set to black. Tap the Fill color well and set its color to R=50 G=50 B=55 and then tap the Line color well. Drag the Alpha slider to 0% and this will simply make your line invisible.

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, focus on the newly opened Tool Options pane and drag the Radius slider to 2. Move to yor canvas and simply create a 16 x 12 px shape - the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work.

Step 3

Using the Pen Tool or the Line Tool, create a 16 px, horizontal path and place it exactly as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new path stays selected, focus on the right side of your Titlebar and tap the leftmost icon. Focus on the Stroke attributes, make sure that the Width is set to 1 pt and then set the color to R=255 G=201 B=0.

Make sure that your yellow path remains seelcted, pick the Pen Tool, focus on the newly opened Tool Options pane and activate the Add Points mode. Return to your canvas and simply tap in the middle of your yellow path to add a new anchor point, as shown in the second image.

Using the Move Tool, reselect your entire yellow path and tap the paperclip icon from the left side of your Titlebar to open the Edit pane. Use the Copy and Paste commands to duplicate your yellow path, select the copy and place it exactly as shown in the third image.

Step 4

Pick the Path Selection Tool and focus on your top, yellow path. Select the middle anchor point and drag it 6 px down.

Move to your bottom, yellow path, select the middle anchor point and drag it 7 px up. In the end things should look like in the second image.

Step 5

Reselect the Path Selection Tool, focus on the newly opened Tool Options pane and activate the Add to Selection mode. This mode will allow you to easily select or add new shapes to an existing selection using a simple tap.

Select both yellow paths and tap that middle icon from the right side of your Titlebar. Go to the Path pane and simply tap the Outline Stroke button.

Step 6

Select your top yellow shape and add a copy in the same place using the Copy and Paste in Place commands from that Edit pane.

Switch to the Path Selection Tool and make sure that the Add to Selection mode is active. Select the copy made a few moments ago along with the bottom, yellow shape, tap the Subtract button from the Combine pane and you will end up with the three yellow shapes highlighted in the second image.

Step 7

Using the Move Tool, select only the shape highlighted in the first image and get rid of it using the X button from the left side of your Titlebar. Select the remaining yellow shapes and simply tap the Union button from Combine pane.

Step 8

Select all the shapes made so far and focus on the Combine pane. First, tap the Subtract button and then tap that Make Compound Path button.

Move to the right side of your Titlebar and tap the rightmost icon to open the Layers pane. Tap the name of the existing layer and simply rename it "icon". Keep focusing on the Layers pane and tap the plus icon from the top, right corner of the panel to add a second layer. Make sure this new layer stays selected, as the new shapes you are about to create will go here. Close the Layers panel.

Step 9

For the next steps you will need a grid every 10 px. This simply means that you need to return to the Grid & Rulers pane, open the Grid Settings pane and enter 10 px for both Spacing boxes. Return to your Toolbar, make sure that the Line is invisible and then set the Fill color to R=60 G=60 B=65.

Pick the Rectangle Tool and create a 600 px square. Make sure that this new shape stays selected, focus on the Arrange pane and tap the Align Horizontal and Align Vertical  buttons. This will simply bring your square in the center of the canvas.

Step 10

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool and drag that Radius slider to 5. Move to your canvas and create a 300 x 70 px shape. Make sure that this new shape stays selected and focus on the Effects pane.

Tap the color well that stands for the Fill and then tap the Gradient Fill and Linear buttons. Set the Angle to 90 degrees and then move to the gradient sliders. Select the left one and set its color to R=40 G=40 B=45 and then select the right one and set its color to R=45 G=45 B=50.

Step 11

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

Enter 5 pt in the Y box, 0 pt in the X box and drag that Blur slider to 10 pt and then tap the color well that stands for this effect. Make sure that the color is set to black (R=0 G=0 B=0) and drag the Alpha slider at 25%. Return to the Effects pane and tap the cogwheel icon that stands for your Drop Shadow effect. Tap Blend Mode, select Soft Light from that list and then tap that Done button.

Step 12

Make sure that your rounded rectangle 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 13

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a second Inner Shadow using the plus button located in the bottom, right corner of the pane. Select this new effects, make sure that it lies below that other Inner Shadow and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 14

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and select the Stroke.

Drag it below those active effects and set the Alignment to Inside. Make sure that the Width slider is set to 1 pt and then tap the color well that stands for your Stroke. Replace the existing color with R=40 G=40 B=45 and drag the Alpha slider to 100%.

Step 15

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a second Stroke using that same plus button. Select this new Stroke, drag it below the other one and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 16

Get back to your Toolbar, make sure that the Line is invisible and then set the Fill color to R=40 G=40 B=45.

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool and set the Radius to 2. Create a 160 x 30 px shape and place it exactly as shown in the 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 pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 18

Make sure that your newest rounded rectangle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 19

Make sure that your newest rounded rectangle is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and select the existing Stroke. Drag it below those active effects and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 20

Make sure that your newest rounded rectangle is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a second Stroke. Select this new Stroke, drag it below the other one and then enter the attributes shown below.

Step 21

Return to the Grid & Rulers pane, open the Grid Settings pane and enter 1 px in both Spacing boxes. Open the Layers pane, select your "icon" layer and drag it above the other layer. Make sure that your "icon" layer stays selected and pick the Move Tool.

Select your envelope icon and place it roughly as shown in the first image. Make sure that it stays selected focus on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 22

Make sure that your envelope icon is still selected and keep focusing on the Effect pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 23

Return to the Grid & Rulers pane, open the Grid Settings pane and enter 10 px in both Spacing boxes.

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool and make sure that the Radius slider is still set to 2 pt. Move to your canvas, create a 90 x 30 px shape and place it as shown in the following image.

Make sure that this new shape stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. Tap the Fill color well and then tap the Gradient Fill and Linear buttons. Set the angle to 90 degrees and then move to the gradient sliders. Select the left one and set its color to R=0 G=195 B=0 and then select the right one and set its color to R=0 G=125 B=0.

Step 24

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

Step 25

Make sure that your green, rounded rectangle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Select the Stroke, drag it below that Inner Shadow effect and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 26

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

Step 27

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

Step 28

Make sure that your green, rounded rectangle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Activate that Inner Glow and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 29

Make sure that your green, rounded rectangle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Activate that Outer Glow and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 30

Pick the Text Tool and double tap inside that new field. Select the DIN Alternate Bold font, set the size to 8 pt and the spacing to 1 and then tap that color well. Replace the existing color with R=43 G=43 B=48 and then add your "SUBSCRIBE" piece of text.

Using the Move Tool, select your piece of text and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that it stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. Activate that Drop Shadow and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

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.

Graphic File: subscribefield.idraw