Illustration: Create an Apple Devices Set

Beginner level Adobe Illustrator Adobe Illustrator

New Document and Set Up

Press Control + N to create a New Document. Change the Units to Pixels and set up an 800x600 px artboard. Then, go to Advanced options, select RGB mode and Screen (72 ppi).

Go to Preferences (Control + K) and enter a value of 1 px for Keyboard Increments. Press OK.

You can turn on the Info panel (Window → Info) to have a preview of the size and the position of all your shapes. Remember to change the unit of measurement to Pixels in Edit → Preferences → Units. This will speed up your workflow.


How to Create the Desktop

Let’s begin by drawing the background and the desk.

Step 1

First, create the background using a rectangle with the following characteristics: 800x600 px (#30333A). Then, select the Pen Tool (P) and set its width to 2px (#FFFFFF). Pick the fill color (#30333A), draw a rectangle and the desk's legs.


Step 2

Select the Rounded Rectangle Tool to draw a rectangle of 62 px width and 7 px height. After that, draw a regular rectangle of 43x20 px and convert it into a trapezoid by moving the superior vertexes towards the inside with the Direct Selection Tool (A). 


Step 3

Let’s draw the iMac’s screen by inserting a rectangle of 207x142 px. Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) and Live Corners to slightly round off its corners. Insert another rectangle inside the recently created one and make sure the space between both rectangles is bigger at the bottom. 


Step 4

Add details to the screen using ellipses (#FFFFFF) to create the FaceTime camera and other details. Insert rectangles with fill (#FFFFFF) and some strokes of 2 px thick, these can be created with the Pen Tool (P). 


Step 5

Let’s draw the MacBook using a 192x9 px rectangle for the base. Move the lower corners inwards and round them off slightly with the Direct Selection Tool (A). Round off the top corners as well.

Add a rectangle of 169x115 px to create the MacBook’s monitor and round off the superior corners slightly. 


Step 6

Create a 153x100 px rectangle for the screen. Then, insert a smaller and longer rectangle, round off the lower corners and place it in the middle of the MacBook’s base. 


Step 7

The MacBook is ready, so let’s draw the iPhone! 

In this case, use a 50x100 px rectangle and round off its corners slightly using the Live Corners widget after enabling the Direct Selection Tool (A). Then, create the screen by adding a 41x75 px rectangle and a 6x6 px ellipse to create the Home button. 


Step 8

Use lines and rectangles to add details to the iPhone’s screen as we did with the MacBook. 


Step 9

We’re almost done. Lastly, we’re going to include two canvas in the background. For the first canvas, use a 135x182px rectangle and a smaller rectangle of 101x150 px. Add a 60x60px ellipse in the middle. Send backward all the shapes making up the canvas (Control + 9).


Step 10

Let’s create the second canvas. Use an exterior rectangle of 115x115 px and an interior one of 85x85 px. Insert a square of 58x58 px in the middle and rotate it 45º with the Rotate Tool (R).


Step 11

Let’s create a pendant light. To do so, create a straight line with the Pen Tool (P), then create an ellipse and delete the inferior vertex to get a semicircle.

After that, duplicate the semicircle and make it smaller using the Selection Tool (V). Rotate it 180º. Place it under the semicircle.


Step 12

Lastly, add a lighting effect by drawing a trapezoid going from the lamp to the desk. Then, apply a Radial Gradient from top to bottom. 


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