Create an iPod Shuffle Illustration

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create an iPod Shuffle illustration in Graphic for Mac.

For starters you will learn how to setup a simple grid, how to create the main shape and how to deal with complex gradients. Taking full advantage of the Effects pane and using some basic blending techniques, you will learn how to add subtle shading and highlights for your shapes.

Finally, taking full advantage of the Snap to Grid feature you will learn how to create the tiny symbols.

Step 1

Go to File > New (Command + N) to bring up the New Document window. 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 easily open it using the ruler icon that lies above the Layers panel. Change the grid X Spacing and Y Spacing to 10, set the Subdivisions to 0 and enable Snap to Grid (Command + Shift + ').

Keep in mind that you can quickly enable or disable the grid and the Snap to Grid feature using the Command + ' and Command + Shift + ' keyboard shortcuts.

Step 2

Focus on the Toolbar and notice that by default the fill color is set to white while the stroke color is set to black. Click the Fill color well and set it to balck (R=0 G=0 B=0) and then click the Stroke color well. Drag the Alpha slider to 0% and this will simply make your stroke invisible.

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M), focus on your Tool Options bar and set the Corner Radius to 2 pt. Move to your canvas and create a 140 x 130 px shape- the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work.

Step 3

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected and focus on the Effects pane from the Appearance panel. If the Appearance panel is not currently visible, you can easily open it using the leftmost icon that lies above the Layers panel.

Click that Fill and select Linear Gradient from the Type drop-down menu. Set the angle to 0 degrees then move to the gradient sliders. Select the left one and set its color at R=131 G=133 B=132 and thne select the right one and add the same color.

Step 4

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected and keep your eyes on the Effects pane. Keep focusing on the linear gradient applied to that Fill and simply click on that gradient bar to add a new gradient slider. Select it, set the color to R=226 G=226 B=227 and then drag it to the left until the Location tooltip shows 3%. Using the same technique add a fourth gradient slider for your gradient. Select it, set the same color (R=226 G=226 B=227) and drag it to 98%.

Step 5

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected and keep your eyes on the Effects pane. Keep focusing on the linear gradient applied to that Fill, add four new gradient sliders and thne use the color and the location attributes shown in the following image.

Step 6

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a second fill using the plus button that lies in the bottom, left corner of the panel.

Keep focusing on the new fill, click on its right side handle and drag it below the one that already exists. Expand it, set the Type to Linear Gradient and change the Blend to Color Burn. Move to the Angle box and set it to 90 degrees, and then move to the gradient sliders. Select the left one, set its color to black and drag the Alpha slider to 10%, and then select the right one, set its color to white and drag the Alpha slider to 0%.

Step 7

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a third Fill using that same plus button.

Make sure that this new Fill lies below the other two and then select it. Set the Type to Linear Gradient and change the Blend to Soft Light. Set the Angle to 90 degrees and then move to the gradient sliders. Select the left one, move it to 50%, set the color to white and drag the Alpha slider to 0%. Move to the right gradient slider, select it, set the color to white and drag that Alpha slider to 30%.

Step 8

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected, focus on the Effects and simply check the box that stands for the existing Inner Shadow to activate it. Enter 1 in the Y box and 0 in the other two boxes, change the Blend Mode to Soft Light and then click the color well that stands for this effect. Drag the Alpha slider to 30% and set the color to white.

Step 9

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected, focus on the Effects pane and add a second Inner Shadow using that same plus button. Make sure that this new effect lies below the other Inner Shadow and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 10

Get back to your Toolbar, make sure that the Stroke is invisible and then set the Fill color to R=37 G=38 B=38. Pick the Ellipse Tool (O), create a 110 px circle and place it as shown int he first image. Holding the Shift key will make it easier for you to create a perfect circle.

Replace the existing Fill color with a random red and make sure that the Ellipse Tool (O) is still active. Create a 70 px circle and place it as shown in the second image. Using the Move Tool (V) and holding down the Shift key, select both shapes made in this step. Focus on the Path Tools pane from the Properties panel and simply click that Subtract button. In the end your new shape should look like in the fourth image.

Step 11

Make sure that your dark shape stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 12

Make sure that your dark shape stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 13

Using the Ellipse Tool (O), create a 70 px circle and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new shape stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. Select the Fill and apply the linear gradient shown in the following image.

Step 14

Make sure that your circle stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 15

Now, you will need a grid every 1 px. This simply means that you need to return to the Grid pane from the Properties panel and enter 1 px in both Spacing boxes.

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M) and set the Corners Radius to 1 pt. Create a 14 x 4 px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Make sure that this rounded rectangle stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. Select the Fill and apply the linear gradient shown in the following image.

Step 16

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

Step 17

Make sure that your tiny, rounded rectangle is still selected, send it to back (Shift + Command + [ ) and then make a copy in the same place (Command + C > Command + Shift + V).

Select this copy and drag it to the left. Place it roughly as shown in the second image and don't forget to send it to back (Shift + Command + [ ).

Step 18

Return to your Toolbar, make sure that the Stroke is invisible and then set the Fill color to R=37 G=38 B=38.

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and create an 8 px square. Focus on the right side of this dark shape and switch to the Path Selection Tool (A). Select the top anchor point and simply remove it using the Delete or Backspace key, and then select the bottom anchor point and drag it 4 px up. In the end your dark rectangle should turn into a simply triangle.

Step 19

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create two, 3 x 8 px shapes and place them exactly as shown in the first image.

Select these two rectangles along with the triangle made in the previous step, focus on the Path Tools pane from the Properties panel and click that Make Compound Path button.

Step 20

Make sure that your compound path stays selected and place it roughly as shown int the following image. Focus on the Effects pane, activate the Drop Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 21

Return to your Toolbar, make sure that the Stroke is invisible and then set the Fill color to R=218 G=220 B=219. Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and create an 8 x 2 px shape.

Duplicate your new rectangle (Command + C > Command + V), select the copy and place it as shown in the first image. Make sure that your copy stays selected, pick the Rotate Tool (R) and go to the Tool Options bar. Set the Angle to 90 degrees and simply click that Copy button. Select the newly made rectangle along with the original one, focus on the Path Tools pane and click that Union button.

Step 22

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 5 x 6 px shape. Focus on the left side of this new shape and switch to the Path Selection Tool (A). Remove the top anchor point and then select the bottom one and drag it 3 px up.

Select this new traingle and add a copy in the same place (Command + C > Command + Shift + V). Select this copy and simply drag it 5 px to the left or to the right.

Step 23

Keep focusing on the two triangles made in the previous step and pick the Rectangle Tool (M). Create a 2 x 6 px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Select this rectangle along with the two triangles, focus on the Path Tools pane and click that Make Compound Path button.

Make sure that your new compound path is selected and pick the Rotate Tool (R). Go to the Tool Options bar, set the Angle to 180 degrees and then click that Copy button. Select the newly made compound path and drag it several pixels to the right about as shown in the third image.

Step 24

Select the grey buttons made in the last three steps and place them roughly as shown in the following image.

Step 25

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 600 px square and focus on the Effects pane. Select the Fill and apply the radial gradient shown in the following image.

Make sure that your square stays selected and go to the Alignment pane from the Properties. Simply click the Horizontal Centers and the Vertical Centers buttons to bring your square in the center of the canvas. Finally, send this square to back (Shift + Command + [ ).

Step 26

Select the main rounded rectangle along with the two, top buttons and add copies in the same place (Command + C > Command + Shift + V). Select only these three copies, move to the Path Tools pane from the Properties panel and simply click that Union button.

Make sure that the resulting shape stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. Select the Fill, set its color to R=218 G=220 B=219 and then deactivate any stroke/effect.

Step 27

Go to the Layers panel and open the existing layer. Select the grey shape made in the previous step and drag it below the shapes that make up your iPod.

Make sure that this grey shape stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. Activate the Drop Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 28

Make sure that your grey shape stays selected, focus on the Effects pane and add a second Drop Shadow using that same plus button. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 29

Make sure that your grey shape stays selected, focus on the Effects pane and add a third Drop Shadow. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 30

Make sure that your grey shape stays selected, focus on the Effects pane and add a fourth Drop Shadow. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 31

Make sure that your grey shape stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. Activate the Outer Glow and 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: ipodnano.idraw