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How to Create a Shiny, Vector Laptop

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In this tutorial I'll show you how to create a laptop in Illustrator using basic tools like the Rectangle Tool, Ellipse Tool, Pen Tool and others. We'll construct the overall shape, keyboard, laptop monitor, and more.

Step 1

Open a new document, pick the Rectangle tool (M) and create a rectangle at the size 504 px by 377,5 px, and fill with a black color.

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Step 2

Copy the rectangle you just created using Command + C followed by Command + F. Grab the Selection Tool (V) and decrease the copy's size a little bit at the bottom part and fill with a Linear Gradient. To do this, open the Gradient Panel (Command + F9) and select type: Linear. You need two Gradient Sliders. For the first one from left to right select color: R=20, G=27, B=34 and for the second Gradient Slider apply R=51, G=51, B=51.

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Step 3

Copy the rectangle you filled with a Linear Gradient using Command + C followed by Command + F. Use the Pen tool (P) to create a shape over the copy as shown. Now select the copy and the shape you created, open the Pathfinder Panel (Shift + Command + F9), click on the button Minus Front and fill with a Linear Gradient. You need two Gradient Sliders. For both of them select a white color, as for the first slider reduce the Opacity to 0.%.

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Step 4

Copy the shape you just filled with a Linear Gradient in Step 2 using Command + C followed by Command + F. Now move the rectangle over all others by going to Object > Arrange > Bring To Front (Shift + Command + Right Bracket key).

Change the Fill color to black. Grab the Selection Tool (V), click on the bottom or top part in the middle of the rectangle, hold and press the Alt key and slide it a bit inwards. This way you'll reduce the top and bottom part uniformly. Repeat the same action for the side part, have a look at the picture below to get a better idea.

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Step 5

Copy the rectangle you just created and fill it with a black color using Command + C followed by Command + F. Grab the Direct Selection Tool (A) and delete the top and bottom left point of the rectangle by clicking on one point, then press the Delete key. Repeat the same action for the other left point, turn off the Fill color and apply a Stroke color of R=189, G=204, B=212 with a Weight of 1px.

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Step 6

Now select the rectangle from Step 4 that you filled with a black color, then go to Object > Path > Offset Path in the new opening window. Now set the Offset to -2px and click OK.

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Step 7

Fill the rectangle you created in Step 6 with a Linear Gradient after applying the Offset. To do this, open the Gradient Panel (Command + F9). You need two Gradient Sliders. For the first one from left to right select color: R=47, G=50, B=52 and for the second one select a black color.

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Step 8

Copy the last created rectangle you filled with a Linear Gradient in Step 7 using Command + C followed by Command + F. Create a shape in a position like the one shown below. Open the Pathfinder panel and click on Minus Front. Fill the newly created shape with Linear Gradients. For both Gradient Sliders select a white color, then reduce the Opacity to 0% for the first Gradient Slider.

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Step 9

Now let's create the webcam on the laptop. Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a circle in a position with sizes 16px/16px as showed on the picture below and fill it with black color.

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Step 10

As the circle is still selected, go to Object > Path > Offset Path, set the Offset to -2px, click OK and fill with the color: R=189, G=204, B=212.

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Step 11

Now with the last circle you applied Offset to still selected, again go Object > Path > Offset Path and in the new opening window set the Offset to -2px, click OK and fill with a black color.

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Step 12

Repeat the same action for the last circle and fill it with a white color. Once again apply an Offset to the circle you filled with a white color and change the Fill color to black.

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Step 13

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L). Create a circle with sizes 8px by 8px in the position shown. With the circle you filled with black color is still selected, go to Object > Path > Offset Path, and in the new open window set the Offset to 0,5px. Now fill the new created circle with a Linear Gradient with colors from white to black.

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Step 14

Group the last two created circles, copy them three times and position them in the four corners of the laptop's monitor.

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Step 15

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, create an ellipse with sizes 6px by 32px, and a Corner Radius of 20px. Fill the Linear Gradient with colors from black to white and position the ellipse on the left side of the monitor.

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Step 16

Copy the ellipse using Command + C followed by Command + F, move it to the right side of the monitor.

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Step 17

Create circles in the positions shown below.

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Step 18

Grab the Pen Tool (P) and create the four corners of the monitor shapes shown below. Select the four shapes and apply a Stroke color of white and a 1px Weight.

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Step 19

Again use the Pen Tool (P) to create a line from the end of one of the shapes made in the previous step to the end of the other shape on two opposite shapes, have a look at the picture below for clarification. Now apply a Stroke with a white color and 0,25px Weight.

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Step 20

Now select all shapes of the monitor and group them. To do this, go to Object > Group (Command + G).

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Step 21

Let's create the other part of our laptop. All the shapes we will create will be under the monitor group. Pick the Rectangle tool (M) and create a rectangle at 458 px by 10 px, set the Stroke to black and position it at the bottom of the monitor.

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Step 22

Copy the rectangle using Command + C followed by Command + F, pick the Selection Tool (V), click on the right or left middle point, press and hold the Alt key and slide inwards. This way you'll reduce uniformly both sides of the rectangle, then fill it with a Linear Gradient with colors from black to gray.

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Step 23

Repeating the same actions, create two more rectangles on both the left and right sides as you leave a few pixels distance between them.

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Step 24

Grab the Rectangle tool (M) and create a rectangle with sizes 575 px by 154 px and position at the bottom of the monitor.

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Step 25

Now as the last rectangle you created is still selected, go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Free Distort and slide the top two points inwards as shown. After that, apply Object > Expand Appearance.

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Step 26

Now grab the Add Anchor Point Tool (+), add two points on the right side, correct them as shown, and fill them with a Linear Gradient. As for the first Gradient Slider, apply the color: R=202, G=206, B=208, for the second one R=106, G=109, B=112 and set the Angle to 90.

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Step 27

Grab the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a rectangle with the size 575 px by 20 px and position it in the bottom part of the previously created rectangle as shown.

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Step 28

Grab the Add Anchor Point Tool (+), add two points in the bottom part of the rectangle, and slide them a few pixels down using the Direct Selection Tool (A). Now fill them with a Linear Gradient, as for the first Gradient Slider select the color R=189, G=204, B=212 and for the second one use white.

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Step 29

Create a rectangle 570 px by 74 px using the Rectangle tool (M), fill it with the color R=18, G=25, B=33 and position it as shown.

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Step 30

Copy the rectangle from Step 25 that you applied Free Distort to using (Command + C followed by Command + F) and go to Object > Arrange > Bring to Front (Shift + Command + Right Bracket key). Now select the copy and the rectangle from the previous step and go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make (Command + 7).

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Step 31

Select the rectangle you applied a Clipping Mask to, pick the Add Anchor Point Tool (+), add four points as shown, then slide the two middle points a little bit down.

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Step 32

Copy the shape you applied a Clipping Mask to using Command + C followed by Command + F. Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to delete the bottom two points.

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Step 33

Now turn off the Fill color and apply a Stroke color with a Weight of 5. It doesn't matter what color you pick because we are going to fill the shape with a Linear Gradient. With the shape you applied the Stroke color to still selected, go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke and fill with a Linear Gradient.

To do this, open the Gradient Panel (Command + F9) and select Linear for the Type. You need three Gradient Sliders all together. For the first one use white with a 68% Location, for the second one use dark gray color with 72% Location, and for the third one use white color with a 76% Location.

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Step 34

Use the Rectangle tool (M) to create a rectangle with the size 575 px by 6 px. Select black for the color and position it as shown.

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Step 35

Now use the Add Anchor Point Tool (+) to add two points in the bottom part of the rectangle. Slide a little bit down the bottom left point you added earlier, have a look at the picture below.

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Step 36

Add lights and jack inputs over the last created shape to make it more realistic.

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Step 37

Create a rectangle using the Rectangle Tool (M) at 136 px by 43 px in the position shown, then fill it with a gray color.

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Step 38

With the last created rectangle is still selected, go to Object > Path > Offset Path and in the new window set the Offset to -1px, and click OK. Now change the color to a lighter one.

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Step 39

Create another rectangle using the Rectangle Tool (M) with sizes 133 px by 11 px. Select a black color and position it as shown below.

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Step 40

Create another two smaller circles over the last black rectangle and fill them with R=202, G=206, B=208.

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Step 41

Up next now is to create the laptop buttons. Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a rectangle with sizes 21,5 px by 19,5 px.

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Step 42

Copy the rectangle using Command + C followed by Command + F, increase the size of the copy using the Selection Tool. Now use the the Pen Tool (P) to create lines on the small rectangle towards the corner of the big rectangle. Then select all the shapes, open the Pathfinder panel, and click on the Divide button.

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Step 43

Now fill the newly created shapes. The left shape fill with a Linear Gradient with colors from gray to black. Fill the bottom shape with the same gradient and the other shapes fill with a black color.

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Step 44

Select all the shapes of the button and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform, and in the new open window set Copies to 12, Horizontal to 28 px, and click OK.

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Step 45

With the shapes are still selected, again go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform, and in the new opening window set Copies to 1, Horizontal to 40 px, Vertical to -27 px, and click OK.

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Step 46

With the shapes still selected again, go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform and in the new open window set Copies to 2, Vertical to -54 px, and click OK.

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Step 47

With the buttons still selected, go to Object > Expand Appearance, and correct the buttons using the Direct Selection tool (A) as shown.

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Step 48

Add the necessary sign on each button. Select the signs and the buttons, then group them by applying Object > Group (Command + G).

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Step 49

With the buttons still selected, open the Symbol Panel (Shift + Command + F11) and slide the buttons in the Symbol panel.

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Step 50

Now you can transform the buttons the way you want and stop here.

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Step 51

I'll show you another way you can apply the buttons. with the Symbol buttons are still selected, go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Free Distort, and in the new open window transform the buttons as shown, then click OK.

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Step 52

After you've transformed the buttons, again open the Symbol panel (Shift + Command + F11) and slide them again in the Symbol panel.

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Step 53

Now use the Pen Tool (P) to create the shape you will apply the buttons to, have a look at the picture below for reference.

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Step 54

Select the last shape you will apply the buttons to and go to Effect > 3D > Extrude & Bevel, set all options to 0, then click on the Map Art button and apply "symbol 2" which you created.

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Step 55

Use the Pen Tool (P) to create shapes on both sides next to the buttons. Fill them with a Linear Gradient. As for both gradient Sliders, use white for both, then reduce the Opacity for the second Gradient Slider to 0%.

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Final Result

You can add a background, shadow and reflection, as suits your aesthetic preference or project needs. The final image is below.

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