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Andrei Marius On July - 15 - 2010

Hi there. In the following tutorial I will shown how to make an iPod Nano. It’s a very simple one. For the overall shapes you will only have to use the Rectangle Tool and the Ellipse Tool. Then, you’ll need some linear/radial gradients, some strokes, a Drop Shadow effect plus some simple text.

Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate
Estimated Completion Time: 30 minutes
Number of Steps: 8


This is what you’ll be creating:

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Step 01

Create a 700 by 700px document. First, turn on the Grid (View > Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Now, you need a grid every 10px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid, enter “10″ in the “Gridline every :” box and “1″ in the “Subdivisions” box. Pick the Rectangle Tool(M), create a 200 by 450px shape and name it “01″. Fill it with R=232 G=235 B=235, add a 3px Rounded Corners effect then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Duplicate this shape. Fill this new copy with none but add a 1pt aligned to outside stroke (any color). Reselect this copy and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown in image #3.

Step 02

Select “01″, add five new fills (from the fly-out menu of the Appearance panel) and use the gradients shown below. Select the fifth fill (from the Appearance panel) and lower the opacity to 70% then select the sixth fill and lower its opacity to 50%. Reselect “01″ and add the Drop Shadow effect (Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow) shown in the final image.

Step 03

Go back to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid, enter “5″ in the “Gridline every :” box. Now, select the Ellipse Tool(L) create a 150x150px shape and place it like in image #1 (I lowered the opacity of “01″ so that you can understand the exact position). Fill this circle with R=250 G=253 B=253 and add a 1pt stroke (R=204 G=204 B=204). Select this new shape and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -45px offset and hit Enter. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient and and leave the 1pt stroke.

Step 04

Let’s continue with the screen. Select the Rectangle Tool(M), create a 160 by 120px shape and place it as shown in image #1. Fill this rectangle with R=234 G=247 B=254, add a 5px Rounded Corners effect then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Duplicate this shape. Reselect the Rectangle Tool(M) and create a shape like the red one shown in image #2. NExt, select this shape along with the copy and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown in image #3.

Step 05

Grab the Rectangle Tool(M), create a shape like the one shown in image #1 and fill it with the linear gradient. Pick the Pen Tool, create a simple horizontal path (image #2) and add a 1pt stroke (R=0 G=113 B=188). Next, you need to add the text. Turn off the Snap to Grid, grab the Type Tool(T) then use Myriad Pro Bold for the text and Chaparral Pro Bold for the arrows. Finally, create a copy of the screen shape, move it in front, fill it with none and add a 3px aligned to center stroke (R=74 G=83 B=87).

Step 06

Next, is the litle battery icon. First, go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter “1″ in the “Gridline every:” box. Now, turn back on the Snap to Gird, select the Rectangle Tool(M) and create a 16x8px shape. Fill it with the linear gradient and add a 0.75pt aligned to inside stroke (R=58 G=114 B=123). Reselect the Recntagle Tool(M), create a 3by4px shape, send it behind the other rectangle, fill it with the same gradient and add a 0.5pt aligned to inside stroke (R=58 G=114 B=123). Turn off the Snap to Grid then place these two shapes in the top right corner of the screen (image #3).

Step 07

For the buttons turn back on the Snap to Grid. Select the Rectangle Tool and create an 8 by 10px shape. Select the top right and bottom right anchor points, go to Object > Path > Average, check the Both button and hit Enter. You should get a triangle like the one shown in image #2. Reselect the Rectangle Tool(M) and create two new rectangles with a height of 10px and a width of 3px. Use these three shapes to create the buttons you need for the IPod.

Step 08

Place the buttons made in the previous step like in the following image. Finally, select the Type Tool(M) and use the Myriad Pro font for the “Menu” text.

Final

Now your work is done. Here is how it should look like.

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4 Responses

  1. beautiful ipod design tutorial with some useful techniques. thanks

  2. Teylor Feliz says:

    great tutorial as always!

  3. OpenSim says:

    Nice tuto, thanks for sharing!

  4. Leo Bueno says:

    Great! Thanks for sharing.

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