How to Create a Stylish Monitor in Illustrator

Monitor Tutorial

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a stylish monitor. Most of the coloring is done using gradient tool and used several basic techniques to create a iMac style monitor.

Final Image Preview

Below is the final image we will be working towards.

Tutorial Details

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour

Monitor Tutorial

Step 1

Create new document with 500 pixels by 500 pixels. Draw a rectangle with 480 pixels width and 300 pixels height. With the rectangle selected, go to Filter > Stylize > Round Corners and change the Radius to 5 pixels and press OK.

Monitor Tutorial 1 Step

Step 2

Then apply a linear gradient color to the rectangle. We will use 2 different black swatches as written below:

1. Black 40% – Location of this slider is 0%;

2. Black 10% – Location 100%;

Monitor Tutorial 2 Step

Step 3

Now create another rectangle with 470 pixels width and 250 pixels height and apply a linear gradient color to the rectangle as shown below.

1. Black 93% – Location of this slider is 0%;

2. Black 23% – Location 82%;

3. Black 98% – Location 49.9%;

4. Black 100% – Location 50.1%;

5. Black 175% – Location 82%;

6. Black 100% – Location 100%;

Monitor Tutorial 3 Step

Step 4

Create another rectangle with 444 pixels width and 234 pixels height and apply a linear gradient color to the rectangle as shown below.

1. R – 130, G – 188, B – 234, Location of this slider is 0%;

2. R – 31, G – 123, B – 202, – Location 49.9%;

3. R – 43, G – 137, B – 218, – Location 50.1%

4. R – 60, G – 102, B – 156, – Location 100%

Monitor Tutorial

Step 5

Then draw a shape with Pen Tool as shown below.

Monitor Tutorial

Step 6

Place the Shape under the Big Rectangle Shape and apply gradient as shown below.

1. Black 20% – Location of this slider is 0%;

2. Black 30% – Location 19%;

3. Black 20% – Location 44%;

4. Black 40% – Location 100%;

Monitor Tutorial

Step 7

Now draw another small rectangle with 238 pixels width and 10 pixels height and apply a gradient as shown below.

1. Black 10% – Location of this slider is 0%;

2. Black 40% – Location 100%;

Monitor Tutorial

Step 8

We will create a shadow for our Monitor. Create an Ellipse with Ellipse Tool and apply Radial Gradient as shown below.

1. Black 60% – Location of this slider is 0%;

2. Black 40% – Location 22%;

3. Black 20% – Location 54%;

4. Black 0% – Location 100%;

Monitor Tutorial

Step 9

Place the Ellipse Shape under the Monitor and it’s Ready.

Monitor Tutorial

Conclusion

You can download .ai and .eps formats below. I hope you enjoy the tutorial and leave your comments.

Monitor Tutorial

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