How to Create an Alarm Clock in Adobe Illustrator

26 Apr

Today we will be learning how to create a cute alarm clock in perspective in  Adobe Illustrator. Some people tend to have problems with perspective, so if you  are one of them, feel free to use a reference image if you need to.

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We will create few ellipses, arrange them and with some nice gradients we  will make a nice looking alarm clock. There is just one thing about perspective  we should keep on mind. The most important aspects of perspective are size and  distance. If you increase the distance between you and the object you are  observing, you need to decrease the size of that object. That way you can  achieve a nice depth effect in you illustrations.

 

The final result should look like below:

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So, let’s get down to business.

First we have to create few ellipses and arrange them in order to create nice  perspective.

Step1

Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) from the Tool Panel and create an ellipse as shown  in the picture below.

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Step2

We will have to distort the ellipse a little bit. With the Direct Selection  Tool (A) adjust the position of the anchor points and the angle of theirs  handles. If you are unsure how to distort the ellipse, feel free to do this step  later, after we have created some more elements for our Alarm clock. Basically,  you should end up with something like this.

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Step3

Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) from the Tool Panel and create the ellipse as shown  in the picture below.

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Step4

We are going to apply gradient immediately. This way we’ll be able to see if  there’s something that needs to be fixed.

We are going to apply a radial gradient to the larger shape.

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Step5

Apply a radial gradient to the smaller ellipse as well.

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Step6

Duplicate (Ctrl / Cmd + C, Ctrl / Cmd + F) the smaller ellipse and place the  copy underneath the original ellipse. Set the Fill color to #666666 and using a  non-uniform scale grab the middle part of the selection box on the left side and  drag it to the left, just like in the picture below.

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Step7

Grab the Type Tool (T) from the Tool Panel and type the numbers from 1 to 12.  Place them on the circle. In order to make our Alarm clock more interesting we  will change the Fill color for some numbers.

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Step8

Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) again and create a small ellipse and place it in  the middle.

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Step9

Duplicate (Ctrl / Cmd + C, Ctrl / Cmd + F) the ellipse from the previous  step, change its Fill color to #4D4D4D, send it behind the original ellipse  (Ctrl / Cmd +[) and nudge it to the right by 2-3 pixels.

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Step10

Select the ellipse in the front and under the Object select Path > Offset  Path. Set the Offset to -7 and hit the OK button. Set the Fill color of the  smaller ellipse to #00CCFF. You can also nudge this ellipse to the left side by  a pixel or two.

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Step11

Grab the Pen Tool (P) from the Tool Panel and draw the shape of the arrow.  Since we are creating our alarm clock in perspective make sure not to draw a  symmetrical arrow. Set the Fill color to #4D4D4D.

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Step12

Duplicate (Ctrl / Cmd + C, Ctrl / Cmd + F) the arrow, set the Fill color to  #666666 and nudge it to the left exactly like we did in the previous step with  the ellipse.

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Step13

There is one thing that needs to be fixed.

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Grab the Add Anchor Point Tool (+) from the Tool Panel and add two anchor  points near the corners. Grab the Direct Selection Tool (A) from the Tool Panel  and move them and place them as shown in the picture below.

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Step14

Repeat the last two steps in order to create a smaller pointer.

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You should end up with something like this.

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Step15

The next thing we are going to create is the“leg” for our alarm clock. To  complete it we will need the Ellipse Tool (L), the Rectangle Tool (M) and the  Direct Selection Tool (A). All we have to do is to create three objects, adjust  some anchor points and bring them all together.

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Step16

Don’t forget to use the Horizontal Align Center under the Align Panel in  order to align all three elements properly.

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Step17

We are going to apply a nice linear gradient.

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Step18

For the middle part of the leg we will use the same linear gradient. Just  make sure to move the gradient slider to the left a little bit.

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Step19

And for the circle we will use radial gradient.

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Step20

Select all the elements and Group them (Ctrl / Cmd + G). Rotate the selection  and place it as shown in the picture below.

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Step21

Under the Object select Transform > Reflect. Set the Axis to Vertical and  hit the Copy button. Place the second leg as shown in the picture below.

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Step22

Grab the Pen Tool (P) from the Tool Panel and create the shape as shown in  the picture below.

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Step23

Apply a radial gradient.

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Step24

With the Pen Tool (P) selected, draw a similar shape and apply a radial  gradient.

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Step25

Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) from the Tool Panel and create an ellipse. Rotate  it and adjust the anchor points until the endpoints match.

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Step26

Apply a nice gray linear gradient.

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Step27

Grab the Pen Tool (P) from the Tool Panel and create the shape as shown on  the picture below.

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Step28

We will also apply a linear gradient. This way we’ve created a nice  shadow.

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Step29

Duplicate (Ctrl / Cmd + C, Ctrl / Cmd + F) the upper part (the “bell)”. Grab  the Pen Tool (P) from the Tool Panel and create a path as shown in the picture  below. Select the copy we have just created and the path, and under the  Pathfinder Panel hit the Divide button.

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Step30

Ungroup (Shift + Ctrl / Cmd + G) the new shape, delete the upper part and  apply a linear gradient to the lower part.

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Step31

Repeat the previous step and create a nice blue stripe for the left part of  the “bell” as well.

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Step32

Select the Ellipse Tool (L) again from the Tool Panel and create a small  ellipse. Place it as shown in the picture below. Don’t forget to apply a nice  radial gradient.

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Step33

Repeat the previous step for the left “bell” of the alarm clock. You should  end up with something like this.

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Step34

Now we have to create a middle part, the one that actually is making a noise  when you would rather sleep. This part contains a small rectangle and a  circle.

Grab the Rectangle Tool (M) from the Tool Panel and create a rectangle. Make  sure to nudge the lower endpoints to the inner side and make the lower side  slightly curved. The Direct Selection Tool (A) will help you to do that. When  you are satisfied with the shape apply a nice linear gradient.

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Step35

Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) from the Tool Panel and create a nice circle. Apply  a gray radial gradient.

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Step36

For the lower part create a small ellipse. Set the Fill color to #666666.

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Step37

Grab the Pen Tool (P) from the Tool Panel and create the path as shown in the  picture below.

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Step38

Set the Stroke to 14 and under the Stroke Panel hit the Round Cap.

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Step39

Duplicate (Ctrl / Cmd + C, Ctrl / Cmd + F) the path and set the Stroke to 2pt  for the copy. Select both paths and under Object hit Expand.

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Step40

Now we need to change colors. Set the Fill color for the thicker shape to  #B2B2B2 and for the thinner shape to #F2F2F2. You should end up with something  like this.

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Step41

Select both shapes and under Object select Blend > Make. Then, under  Object select Blend > Blend Options. Set the Spacing to Specified Steps and  for the value enter 30.

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Step42

Duplicate (Ctrl / Cmd + C, Ctrl / Cmd + F) the handle and send one of them to  back (Shift + Ctrl / Cmd + [). Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) from the Tool Panel and  create a small ellipse. With the Direct Selection Tool (A) adjust the position  of some anchor points as shown in the picture below.

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Step43

Remove the Stroke color. Select the distorted ellipse and the handle in the  front and under Object hit Make Clipping Mask. You should end up with something  like this.

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Step44

With a few more adjustments and some nice details our alarm clock will look  like this.

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In this tutorial we’ve had an opportunity  to create a cute alarm clock in perspective. The creation process was quite  simple and the final result looks quite nice. Feel free to use different colors  as well. You may end up with really nice results. I hope you liked this  tutorial. If you have any questions, please post them in the comment section  below. Thank you for following along.

 

 

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