How to create the Apple iPad in Adobe Fireworks

How to create the Apple iPad in Adobe Fireworks

tutorials by Mike

The Apple iPad may be unproven yet as a viable product in today’s marketplace, but has definitely sparked interest around the world. This tutorial will show you how to make the Apple iPad in Adobe Fireworks from scratch.


I’m going to stray from the norm a bit here and focus on Adobe Fireworks, Photoshop’s younger step brother. Fireworks is a great application for making icons, graphics, mock-ups etc…, but it never gets any love from the tutorial community. Well hopefully this will bring a small smile to the Fireworks enthusiasts’ faces.

Desired Outcome

Apple iPad created using Adobe Fireworks

Step 1

Let’s start by opening Fireworks and creating a new document. I made mine 800px by 800px and at 72 dpi.

Create a new document

Step 2

Let’s grab the Rectangle tool (U) and create a rectangle that is 500px wide by 640px high with a fill color of #EEEEEE, a 1px soft border colored #CCCCCC and a rectangle roundness of 10. Let’s call this layer the “Back”.step-back

Step 3

Let’s create a new Bitmap image (Fireworks version of Photoshop’s layers) and call it “Border”. Next grab the Rectangle tool (U) again and create a rectangle that is 490px wide by 630px high with a fill color of #000000 and a rectangle roundness of 8. Place “Border” layer so it is directly in the middle of the black layer. Hint: there should be a 5px margin all the way around the “Border” and the “Back”.

step-border

Step 4

Now you will need a nice high res photo to act as your background or wallpaper for your iPad. What I did was go to Flickr and searched for “HDR” and came up with a ton of nice looking images. The one I chose was titled “templo deboth, hdr” by “fernando garcía redondo”.

Either copy the image of your choosing and paste it into the document or save the picture to your hard drive and go to File>Import (Ctrl+R) and call this layer “Screen”.

Crop the image down to 390px wide by 530px wide and place it in the center of the “Border” layer. Hint: If you’re following my dimensions, there should be a 50px margin from the edge of the “Screen” layer to the edge of the “Border” layer.

step-screen

Then click the “+” symbol next to filters on the properties window and select Shadow and Glow>Inner Shadow. Use the settings below.

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Step 5

Duplicate the “Border” layer by going to Edit>Duplicate (Ctrl+Alt+D). Name the layer “Glare” and drag it up so it is now the top layer and make sure it is lined up with the “Border” layer. This layer will be the top layer for the whole project now, so any new layers you create should be below this layer. Theoretically this step could/should have been done last but I was too lazy to recreate the tutorial for this one step (sue me) and doing it now will not effect the outcome.

Under blending options on the properties window choose screen.

Under fill options on the Properties window, go to Gradient>Radial and use the settings and placement shown below.

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step-glare

Next click the “+” symbol next to filters on the properties window and select Shadow and Glow>Inner Glow. Use the settings below.

step-glare-glow

Step 6

Create a new layer and call it “Dock”. Grab the Rectangle tool (U) and create a rectangle that is 390px wide by 40px high with a solid fill color of #333333 and a 1px border of #494949 and cahnge the opacity to 95. Place it so that the bottom edge of the dock lines up with the bottom edge of the screen.

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With the “Dock” layer still selected, go to Modify>Transform>Skew or press (Ctrl+T) twice, then grab the upper left corner of the “Dock” and drag it towards the center until you have created a shape like shown below.

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Create a new layer called “Swivel” and create a shape like shown below with the Pen tool (P).

step-dock-swivel

After creating the shape, select both the “Dock” layer and the “Swivel” layer by holding down (Shift) and clicking on both. With both selected go to Modify>Transform>Intersect. This should create the little swivel shape only within the dock.

With the swivel Layer still selected, change the fill color to a Linear gradient with the settings shown below.

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Next Select the “Dock” and create a linear gradient like above with the following settings making sure to make the gradient horizontal and stretch the length of the dock.

Step 7

Now it’s time to add some icons to the Dock and screen. I fount a pretty good set of iPhone icons at IconArchive that I decided to use. I downloaded the 48×48px icons.

After you’ve downloaded the icons, go to File>Import or (Ctrl+R) (you will have to do this for every icon) and select the 4 icons you want to place on the dock.

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After you have placed the icons and spaced them accordingly, select the 4 icons and go then Edit>Copy (Ctrl+C) and then Edit>Paste (Ctrl+V). While the copied icons are still selected, go to Modify>Transform>Flip Vertical. Then move them down until their top edge is 1px below the bottom edge of the original icons like shown below.

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Step 8

Next, select one of the icons you just flipped and go to Commends>Creative>Fade Image. Select the top right fade (the one that goes fades from top to bottom) and click ok.

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Then grab the fade handle (The little circle) and move it up like shown below.

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Repeat this step for the other 3 flipped icons.

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Step 9

Import the rest of the icons you downloaded in step 7 and place them on the screen making sure to space them evenly.

step-icons

Step 10

Create a new layer and call it “Status Bar”. Grab the Rectangle tool (U) and create a rectangle that is 390px wide by 14px high with a background color of #000000 and change the opacity on the properties window to 50. Move the Status bar so that the top edge lines up with the top edge of the screen and it fits right in the middle.

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Next grab the Text tool (T) and create some text like shown below. I used Ariel 10px #FFFFFF. Next grab the Pencil tool (B) and draw the battery indicator icon on the right part of the Status bar like shown below.

step-status-icons

Step 11

Now we’ll be creating the Home button towards the bottom of the iPad. Create a new layer and call it Home Button. Grab the Ellipse tool (U) and draw a circle that is 28px by 28px. Apply the ellipse gradient with the settings shown below.

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Create a new layer and call it Home button square. Grab the Rectangle tool (U) and create a square that is 10px by 10px with no fill color and a 1px border with the color of #9999999 and an opacity of 45. Center the square on the “Home button” like shown below.

step-home-square

Step 12

Now we’re going to create the power button and the side buttons. Create a new layer and call it “Power Button”. Grab the Rectangle tool (U) and create a rectangle that is 26px wide by 1px tall with a fill color #666666  then create a new layer and call it “Side button” (because I’m not really sure what this button is, it might be a silent switch) and create a rectangle that is 1px wide by 5px high also with a fill color #666666  and place them like shown below.

step-buttons

Create a new layer and call it “Volume button”.  With the Rectangle tool (U) create a rectangle that is 2px wide by 44px tall with a fill color #666666. Next grab the Ellipse tool (U) and create a tall slender oval and place it over the volume button like shown below.

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After creating the oval, select both the “Volume button” layer and the oval layer by holding down (Shift) and clicking on both. With both selected go to Modify>Transform>Punch. This should create the volume button.

step-volume

Step 13

Select everything on the screen by going to Select>Select All or pressing Ctrl+A. Then go to Edit>Copy (Ctrl+C) then Edit>Paste (Ctrl+V). With all of the pasted objects still selected, go to Modify>Flatten Selection (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Z). With the flattened image selected, go to Modify>Transform>Flip Vertical and then line up the top of the flipped image to the bottom of the “Back” layer as shown below.

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Then go to Commands>Creative>Fade Image and select the Top to bottom fade( like done in Step 8 to the Dock Icons) and press ok and adjust the fade handles to a desired fade and that’s it!

step-flipped-fade

Final Result

Apple iPad created using Adobe Fireworks

Conclusion

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