Create an iMac Illustration

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a realistic iMac 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 (Command + 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 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 and the stroke color is set to black. Click on the fill color well and set the fill color to R=0 G=152 B=245. 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 your Titlebar and set the Corner Radius at 10pt. Move to your canvas and create a 355 x 255px shape, the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work. Make sure that this blue shape is selected and simply make a copy in front (Command + C > Command + Shift + V).

Step 3

Focus on your Toolbar and replace the existing fill color with R=255 G=185 B=2. Select the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 355 x 40px shape and place it exactly as shown in the following image.

Step 4

Using the Move Tool (V), select your yellow rectangle along with the copy of the blue rounded rectangle, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and click the Intersect button. Make sure that the resulting shape stays selected and move to the Effect section from the Appearance pane. Select 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=148 G=150 B=152 then select the right slider and se its color at R=210 G=211 B=213.

Step 5

Make sure that the shape made in the previous step is still selected, keep focusing on the Effect section from the Appearance pane and simply check the little box that stands for the existing Inner Shadow effect to activate it. Enter 1 in the Y box and 0 in the other two boxes, select Soft Light from the Blend Mode drop-down menu then click the color box that stands for your Inner Shadow. Drag the Alpha slider at 50% and set the color at white (R=255 G=255 B=255).

Step 6

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 125 x 50px shape, place it as shown in the following image and set the fill color at R=254 G=145 B=79.

Step 7

Make sure that your orange rectangle stays selected and select the Pen Tool (P). Focus on the Titlebar and activate the second tool mode, the one with the plus sign. Get back to your orange rectangle and simply add four new anchor points as shown in the first image. Switch to the Path Selection Tool (A) and focus on the left side of your orange rectangle. Select the top anchor point and drag it 20px to the right then select the middle anchor point and drag it 15px to the right. Make sure that the Path Selection Tool (A) stays active and focus on the right side of your orange shape. Select the top anchor point and drag it 20px to the left then select the middle anchor point and drag it 15px to the left. In the end your orange shape should look like in the third image.

Step 8

Now, you will need a grid every 1px which simply means that you need to return to the Grid section from the Properties pane and enter 1px in both Spacing boxes. Focus on the bottom, left corner of your orange shape and select the Path Selection Tool (A). Select the left anchor point and drag it 2px up then select the right anchor point and drag it 5px to the left. Make sure that the Path Selection Tool (A) remains active and focus on the bottom, right corner of your orange shape. Select the right anchor point and drag it 2px up then select the left anchor point and drag it 5px to the right. In the end things should look like in the second image.

Step 9

Make sure that the Path Selection Tool (A) is still selected and focus on the top side of your orange shape. Select the left anchor point and drag it 1px to the right then select the right anchor point and drag it 1px to the left. In the end things should look like in the second image.

Step 10

For this step you will need a grid every 5px which simply means that you need to return to the Grid section from the Properties pane and enter 5px in both Spacing boxes. Focus on the right side of your orange shape and select the Convert Anchor Tool (Shift + C). Simply click on the anchor point highlighted in the first image then drag those handles exactly as shown below. Move to the left side of your orange shape, click on the anchor point highlighted in the second image then drag those handles exactly as shown below. Once again, the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will come in handy.

Step 11

For this step you will need a grid every 1px, so return to the Grid section from the Properties pane and simply enter 1px in both Spacing boxes. Focus on the bottom, left side of your orange shape and select the Ellipse Tool (L). Create a 16 x 4px shape, set the fill color at R=21 G=145 B=72 and place it as shown in the first image. Move to the bottom, right side of your orange shape, create a second, 16 x 4px shape and place it as shown in the second image. Switch to the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 109 x 4px shape, make sure that the fill color is set at R=0 G=152 B=245 and place it as shown in the third image.

Step 12

For the rest of the steps you will need a grid every 5px, so return to the Grid section from the Properties pane and simply enter 5px in both Spacing boxes. Reselect your orange shape along with the blue rectangle and the green circles, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and click the Union button.

Step 13

Return to the Grid section from the Properties pane and disable the Snap to Grid feature. Select your orange shape and make two copies in front (Command + C > Shift + Command + V > Shift + Command + V). Select the top copy and hit the up arrow from your keyboard twice to move your selected shape 2px up. Reselect both copies made in this step, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and click the Subtract button. Make sure that the resulting shape stays selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and select the existing fill. Add a Linear Gradient, set the Angle at 0 degrees then move to the gradient colors. Select the left slider and set the color at R=176 G=177 B=181 then select the right slider 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=215 G=215 B=218 and drag it to the left until the Location tooltip shows 15%. Add another two sliders for this gradient then use the color and the location attributes shown in the following image.

Step 14

Make sure that the shape made in the previous step is still selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow effect then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 15

Make sure that the shape edited in the previous step is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second Drop Shadow using the plus button located in the bottom, left corner of the pane. Select this new effect then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 16

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

Step 17

Select your orange shape and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Select the existing fill and simply replace the existing color with the linear gradient shown in the following image.

Step 18

Make sure that the shape edited in the previous step stays selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second fill using that same plus button located in the bottom, left corner of the pane. Select the new fill, add the linear gradient shown in the following image and don't forget to set the Blend at Overlay.

Step 19

Make sure that the shape edited in the previous step stays selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 20

Make sure that the shape edited in the previous step stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second Inner Shadow. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 21

Get back to the Grid section from the Properties pane and enable the Snap to Grid feature. Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 325 x 185px shape and place it as shown in the following image. The fill color is not very important.

Step 22

For this step you will have to download the Yosemite sunset image from here. Make sure that the rectangle made in the previous step is still selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Select the existing fill, select Image from the Type drop-down menu then simply add the image downloaded in the beginning of the step.

Step 23

Take closer look at the corners of your image and you will notice that it doesn't cover the entire rectangle where it lies. This little issue can be solved pretty fast. Make sure that your rectangles is selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Select the existing fill and simply drag the Scale slider at 102%.

Step 24

Make sure that your rectangle with the image stays selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second fill. Select this new fill and add the linear gradient shown in the following image.

Step 25

Make sure that your rectangle with the image stays selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and activate the existing stroke. Select it, drag the Width slider at 1pt, select Inside from the Position drop-down menu then click the color box. Set the color at black (R=0 G=0 B=0) and drag the Alpha slider at 15%.

Step 26

Reselect your blue shape, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and simply replace the existing fill color with R=5 G=5 B=5.

Step 27

Finally, get one of those eps files and open it with iDraw. Copy the shapes that make up the Apple logo and paste them inside your document. Resize your logo, make sure that the color is set at black then place it roughly as shown in the following image.

Finished Design

Congratulations, you've finished the tutorial!

Graphic File: iMacIllustration.idraw