Create an iMac Illustration

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create an iMac illustration in Graphic for iPhone.

For starters you will learn how to set up a simple grid and how to create the main shapes using basic tools and vector shape building techniques. Using several gradients, some effects and basic blending techniques, you will learn how to add color and subtle highlights for your design.

Finally, you will learn how to add an image fill and how to turn text into editable vector shapes.

Step 1

Start by tapping the plus button from the top-left corner of your screen to create a new document. Tap the Create Document button and then choose the Grid document style.

Focus on the right side of the Titlebar, tap that ruler icon to open the Properties panel and then tap the Canvas pane. Set both Width and Height to 600 px, select Pixels for the base unit and be sure that the Pixel-Align Strokes feature is disabled.

Re-open the Properties panel and this time tap the Grid 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 the Grid Settings pane and enter 5 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 it to R=0 G=152 B=245 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 pane and set the Radius to 10. Move to your canvas and create a 355 x 255 px shape - the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work.
Make sure that this blue shape stays selected and simply tap and hold to open the context menu. First, tap the Copy command, and then reopen that context menu. This time tap the Paste in Place command to add a copy of your selection in the same place.

Step 3

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

Step 4

Pick the Path Selection Tool, focus on the newly opened tool pane and active the Add to Selection mode. Select your yellow rectangle along with that copy of the blue, rounded rectangle and focus on the right side of your titlebar. Tap that ruler icon to open the Properties panel, go to the Combine pane and then tap the Intersect command. Make sure that the resulting shape stays selected , focus on your Toolbar and tap that Fill color well.

Tap the Gradient Fill button and then Linear icon, set the angle to 0 degrees and then move to the gradient sliders. Select the left one and set its color to R=148 G=150 B=152 and then select the right slider and set its color to R=210 G=211 B=213.

Step 5

Make sure that your gradient filled shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effect ** pane and simply check the 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 and then tap the color well that stands for this effect. Set the color to white (R=255 G=255 B=255) and drag the Alpha slider to 50%. Keep focusing on the Effects pane and tap the cogwheel icon that stands for your Inner Shadow effect. Go to Blend Mode and select that Soft Light blend mode.

Step 6

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

Step 7

Make sure that your orange rectangle stays selected and pick the Pen Tool. Focus on the newly opened tool pane and activate the Add Points mode. 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 and focus on the left side of your orange rectangle. Select the top anchor point and drag it 20 px to the right and then select the middle anchor point and drag it 15 px to the right. Move to the right side of your orange shape. Select the top anchor point and drag it 20 px to the left and then select the middle anchor point and drag it 15 px to the left. In the end your orange shape should look like in the third image.

Step 8

For the following steps you will need a grid every 1 px. This simply means that you need to return to the Grid pane, open the Grid Settings pane and enter 1 px in both Spacing boxes.

Focus on the bottom, left corner of your orange shape and pick the Path Selection Tool. Select the left anchor point and drag it 2 px up and then select the right anchor point and drag it 5 px to the left. Move to the bottom, right corner of your orange shape. Select the right anchor point and drag it 2 px up and then select the left anchor point and drag it 5 px to the right. In the end things should look like in the second image.

Step 9

Make sure that the Path Selection Tool is still selected and focus on the top side of your orange shape. Select the left anchor point and drag it 1 px to the right and then select the right anchor point and drag it 1 px 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 5 px. Re-open the Grid pane, go to the Grid Settings pane and enter 5 px in both Spacing boxes.

Focus on the right side of your orange shape and pick the Path Selection Tool. Activate the Covert mode from the newly opened tool pane, simply tap on the anchor point highlighted in the first image and then drag those handles exactly as shown below. Move to the left side of your orange shape, tap on the anchor point highlighted in the second image and 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 1 px. Return to the Grid Settings pane and and enter 1 px for both Spacing boxes.

Focus on the bottom, left side of your orange shape and pick the Ellipse Tool. Create a 16 x 4 px shape, set the fill color to 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 4 px shape and place it as shown in the second image. Switch to the Rectangle Tool, create a 109 x 4 px shape, make sure that the fill color is set to 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 5 px. One more time, go to the Grid Settings pane and enter 5 px in both Spacing boxes.

Reselect your orange shape along with the blue rectangle and the green circles, go to the Combine pane and tap the Union command.

Step 13

Select your orange shape and add to copies in the same place using the Copy and Paste in Place commands.

Select the top copy and open the Geometry pane from the Properties panel. Focus on the Y section, decrease the existing value by 2 px and this will simply move your selected shape 2 px up. Switch to the Path Selection Tool and activate the Add to Selection mode. Select both copies made in this step, open the Combine pane and tap the Subtract command.

Make sure that the resulting shape stays selected, focus on your Toolbar and tap that Fill color well. Add a Linear Gradient, set the Angle to 0 degrees and then move to the gradient colors. Select the left slider and set its color to R=176 G=177 B=181 and then select the right slider and add the same color. Simply tap on the gradient bar to add a new gradient slider. Select it, set the color to 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 and 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 pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow effect and 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 pane and add a second Drop Shadow using the plus button located in the top, right corner of the pane. Select this new effect and 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 pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 17

Make sure that your orange shape stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. Select the 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 pane and add a second fill using that same plus button. Select the new fill, add the linear gradient shown in the following image and don't forget to change its Blend Mode to Overlay.

Step 19

Make sure that the shape edited in the previous is still selected and focus on the Effects 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 is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a second Inner Shadow. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 21

Using the Rectangle Tool, create a 325 x 185 px shape and place it as shown in the following image. The fill color is not very important.

Step 22

Now, you need to download the Yosemite sunset image inside your Photos. Make sure that the rectangle made in the previous step is still selected, go to the Image pane from the Appearance panel and simply add the image downloaded a few moments ago.

Step 23

Taking a closer look at the corners of your image 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 simply tap it. Drag that Image slider slightly to the right until you can tell that your image covers the entire rectangle. Once you're done, simply tap outside your shape.

Step 24

Make sure that your image filled rectangle stays selected, focus on the Effects pane and add a second Fill using that same plus button. Select it and add the linear gradient shown in the following image.

Step 25

Make sure that your image filled rectangle is still selected, focus on the Effects pane and activate the existing Stroke. Drag the Width slider to 1 pt, check the Inside Alignment button and then tap the color well that stands for your stroke. Set the color to black (R=0 G=0 B=0) and drag the Alpha slider to 15%.

Step 26

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

Step 27

Copy this Apple logo |  | and get back to your document. Pick the Text Tool and simply double tap inside that new field. Pick a random font, set the size to 21 and the color to black and then paste the symbol copied a few moments ago.

Make sure that your symbol stays selected. First, tap the Create Outlines command from the Path Tools pane and then tap the Make command from the Combine pane.

Step 28

Finally, place your Apple logo as shown below.

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.