Create a Pin Icon in Graphic for iPad

Create a Pin Icon in Graphic for iPad

In the following Graphic tutorial you will learn how to create a simple pin icon in Graphic for iPad.


For starters you will learn how to setup a simple grid and how to create the main shapes using basic tools and vector shape building techniques. Next, you will learn how to add color and subtle shading using linear and radial gradients, several effects and basic blending techniques. Finally, you will learn how to easily recolor your entire pin.


Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

How to Create a Pin Icon in iDraw for iPad

Tutorial Details

  • Program: Graphic for iPad
  • Estimated Completion Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate

Step 1

For this tutorial we’ll create a new 600 x 415 pixel document. From the Documents Browser, tap the plus button at the top-right corner of the Titlebar and choose the Grid document style.

Focus on the right side of the Titlebar and tap the Settings icon. In the Canvas pane set the Width to 600px and the Height to 600px, select Pixels for the base units, and verify that the Pixel-Align Strokes feature is enabled. The Pixel-Align Strokes feature ensures that all shapes which are aligned to the pixel grid will have solid, crisp strokes. 

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Next, we’ll set up the document grid. Switch to the Grid & Rulers section in the Settings popover. Ensure 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 Snap to Grid. Finally, simply tap the Grid Spacing section, enter 5px in both Spacing boxes and 0px in the Subdivisions box.

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Step 2

Focus on the Toolbar and you will notice that by default the Fill color is set to white while the Line color is set to black. Tap the Fill color box and set its color to R=158 G=0 B=0 and then tap the Line color box and drag the Alpha slider to 0%, which will make your line invisible.

Grab the Ellipse Tool and create a 50 x 30 px shape. The grid and the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work.

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Step 3

Return to your Toolbar, replace the existing Fill color with a simple black (R=0 G=0 B=0) and make sure that the Line remains invisible.

Using the Rectangle Tool, create a 50 x 15px shape and place it as shown in the first image.

Select both shapes made so far, focus on the right side of your Titlebar and tap that rectangular icon. Move to the Combine section and tap the Subtract button. In the end your shape should look like in the second image.

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Step 4

Using the Ellipse Tool, create a 50 x 10px shape and place it as shown in the first image.

Select this squeezed circle along with the other shape, focus on the Combine pane and tap the Union button.

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Step 5

Now, you will need a grid every 1px which simply means that you need to return to the Grid and Rulers pane, tap the Grid Spacing section and enter 1px for both Spacing boxes.

Using the Rectangle Tool, create a 30 x 37px shape, place it exactly as shown in the first image and set the Fill color to R=255 G=185 B=2.

Focus on the top side of this new rectangle and switch to the Path Selection Tool. Select the left anchor point and drag it 5px to the right and then select the right anchor point and drag it 5px to the left. In the end your yellow rectangle should turn into a trapezoid as shown in the second image.

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Step 6

Using the Ellipse Tool, create a 6 x 20px shape and place it as shown in the first image.

Select this new shape along with that trapezoid, focus on the Combine pane and tap the Union button.

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Step 7

Again, you will need a grid every 5px which simply means that you need to return to the Grid and Rulers pane, tap the Grid Spacing section and enter 5px for both Spacing boxes.

Using the Ellipse Tool, create a 60 x 40px shape, place it as shown in the following image and set the fill color to R=24 G=170 B=250.

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Step 8

Using the Rectangle Tool, create a 60 x 20px shape, make it black and place it as shown in the first image.

Select this new rectangle along with the blue shape, focus on the Combine pane and tap the Subtract button. In the end your blue shape should look like in the second image.

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Step 9

Using the Rectangle Tool, create a 60 x 5px shape, place it as shown in the first image and use that same blue for the fill color.

Now, you will need a grid every 1px so return to the Grid and Rulers pane, tap the Grid Spacing section and enter 1px for both Spacing boxes.

Switch to the Ellipse Tool, create a 60 x 4px shape, place it as shown in the second image and use that same blue for the fill color.

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Step 10

Reselect all your blue shapes, focus on the Combine pane and tap the Union button.

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Step 11

Make sure that your blue shape is still selected, focus on the left side of you Titlebar, tap that paperclip icon to open the pop-over menu and then tap the Copy and Paste in Place commands to duplicate your selected shape.

Pick the Path Selection Tool, focus on the newly opened tool pane and activate the second tool mode. Using this tool, select the blue copy made a few moments ago along with your yellow shape, focus on the Combine pane and tap the Subtract button.

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Step 12

Again, you will need a grid every 1px so return to the Grid and Rulers pane, tap the Grid Spacing section and enter 1px for both Spacing boxes.

Using the Ellipse Tool, create 6 x 60px shape, set the Fill color to R=43 G=155 B=90 and place it exactly as shown in the first image.

Switch to the Path Selection Tool , activate the third tool mode and then simply tap on the bottom anchor point that makes up your green shape. In the end things should look like in the second image.

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Step 13

Using the Rectangle Tool, create a 6 x 33px shape, place it as shown in the first image and use that same green for the Fill color.

Select both green shapes, focus on the Combine pane and tap the Union button.

Make sure that the resulting, green shape is selected, move to the Arrange pane and simply drag that Order slider to the left which should send to back.

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Step 14

Now, you can disable the grid and the Snap to Grid feature. In the next steps we’ll focus on the blue shape. Make sure that it stays selected, focus on the right side of your Titlebar, tap the leftmost icon and then move to the Effects section.

Tap the color box from the existing Fill, tap the Gradient Fill and the Linear buttons and then focus on the gradient sliders.

Select the left slider, drag it to the right at 10% and replace the existing color with R=175 G=175 B=175.

Select the right slider, drag it to the left at 90% and replace the existing color with the same R=175 G=175 B=175.

Simply tap on that gradient bar and you will get a third gradient slider. Place it at 30% and set its color to R=195 G=195 B=195.

Use the same technique to add two more sliders and then use the color and location attributes shown in the following image.

Move to your canvas and simply double tap on your selected shape to activate the gradient and then move it as shown in the following image.

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Step 15

Make sure that your top shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and check the little box that stands for the existing Inner Shadow to activate it.

Enter 0 in the X box and -5 in the Y box, drag the Size slider to 10 and then tap the color box that stands for this effect. Make sure that the Alpha slider is set at 100% and replace the existing color with R=185 G=185 B=185.

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Step 16

Make sure that your top shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a second Inner Shadow using the plus button located in the bottom, left corner of your pane. Select this new effect and make sure that it lies below the existing Inner Shadow.

Enter 3 in the Y box and 0 in the other two boxes and then tap the color box that stands for this second Inner Shadow. Drag the Alpha slider to 25% and replace the existing color with a simple white (R=255 G=255 B=255).

Return to the Effects pane and tap the cogwheel icon that stands for this new Inner Shadow effect. Tap the Blend Mode button, select the Soft Light blend mode from that list and then tap the Done button.

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Step 17

Make sure that your top shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a third Inner Shadow using that same plus button.

Select this new effect, make sure that it lies below the existing Inner Shadows and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

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Step 18

Make sure that your top shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a second Fill using that same plus button.

Make sure that this new fill lies below the existing Inner Shadow effects, change the Blend Mode to Color Burn and then replace the existing color with R=0 G=90 B=150.

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Step 19

In the next steps we’ll focus on the yellow shape. Make sure that it stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. Select the existing Fill, add a Linear Gradient Fill, set the Angle at 0 degrees and then add the five gradient sliders shown in the following image.

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Step 20

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

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Step 21

Make sure that your shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a second Inner Shadow using that same plus button. Select this new effect, make sure that it lies below the existing Inner Shadow and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

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Step 22

Make sure that your shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a second Fill using that same plus button. Select this new Fill, make sure that it lies below the existing Inner Shadow effects and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

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Step 23

In the next steps we’ll focus on the blue shape. Make sure that it stays selected, focus on the Effects pane and for starters replace the existing Fill color with R=195 G=195 B=195.

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Step 24

Make sure that your shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a second fill. Select it, make sure that it lies below the existing Fill, select Radial Gradient Fill and then move to the gradient slider.

Select the left slider and set the color at R=245 G=245 B=245 and then select the right anchor point, drag the Alpha slider to 0% and replace the existing color with R=195 G=195 B=195.

Move to your canvas and double tap on the selected shape to activate the gradient and then move those handles roughly as shown in the following image.

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Step 25

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

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Step 26

Make sure that your shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a second Inner Shadow. Select this new effect, make sure that it lies below the existing Inner Shadow and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

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Step 27

Make sure that your shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a third Inner Shadow. Select this new effect, make sure that it lies below the existing Inner Shadows and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

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Step 28

Make sure that your shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a second Fill. Select this new Fill, make sure that it lies below the existing Inner Shadow effects and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

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Step 29

Select your green shape, focus on the Effects pane, select the existing Fill and replace the flat color with the linear gradient shown in the following image.

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Step 30

Finally, here’s how you can easily change the color of your pin. Select the three shapes that make up the blue part of your pin, focus on the Effects pane and replace that blue with R=189 G=74 B=37 or any color that you prefer.

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And We’re Done!

Here is how it should look. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and can apply these techniques in your future projects.

How to Create a Pin Icon in iDraw for iPad