Follow along with this fun tutorial and learn how to create a stylish MP3 player. We’ll mix up some banging vector techniques to take your skills from boring to booming!
Learn how to create your own rockin’ vector electronics in this tutorial!
- Applications Used: Adobe Illustrator CS4
- Difficulty: Advanced
- Estimated Completion Time: 2h +
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Final Product What You’ll Be Creating
Jump right into creating the foundation of the player by using the Rounded Rectangle Tool. You can adjust the radius of the corners by holding the up or down arrow while you draw the shape.
Use the Rectangle Tool (M) to draw three boxes at the bottom.
Ensure that the spacing between the boxes is equal by using the Align Palette. Under Align To, select Align to Selection, select all three boxes and click Horizontal Distribute Center.
Draw another rectangle and fill it with white. Align it to the center of the other shapes too. Before you align the three boxes at the bottom with the brown shape that comprises the player, you will need to group the three boxes so they don’t become stacked on top of each other. Ultimately, you want all your shapes to be aligned perfectly centered.
Use the Rectangle Tool and draw another thin rectangle at the top of the window area. Fill it with a soft gradient that goes from gray to light gray
I gradually add detail to the face of the player with each step. Draw another rectangle and give it a subtle green to dark green gradient.
To create the impression of volume within the green bar area simply apply an Inner Glow to the shape. Go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Select Multiply from the drop down and use a dark green color so it blends well with the rectangle shape. Depending upon how large your document and artwork is created at will dictate what values you enter for Opacity and Blur. Adjust those values to your liking.
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