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How to Create a Line Clock Infographic in Adobe Illustrator

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What You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a clock infographic template with six options in trendy line style and stylish flat icons. You will learn some tricks to make this infographic look awesome and unique.

After reading this tutorial you will be able to draw any objects in line style and use them to create perfect presentations, banners, etc. Check out this Outline Infographic Bundle to see some examples of cool graphics created using these skills.

Outline Infographic Bundle

1. How to Create a Clock Shape

Step 1

At first I create the main layers to work with. It’s very convenient to structure your work starting from the very first steps. Press Control-L to create a New Layer and Rename it (double-click its name on the Layers panel). Repeat these actions until you've created and renamed all the necessary layers shown below. We are going to use different layers, so be attentive in this step.

Create layers

Go to the "Background" layer, pick the Rectangle Tool (M), and create a white square of 1000 x 1000 px size to fit the whole work area. This square will help us to detect the center point during the first steps.

Create a 1000 x 1000 rectangle

Click on the empty space near the eye symbol on the Layers panel to Lock the background layer.

Lock the background layer

Select the "Guides" layer. Press Control-R to show rulers. Drag and drop the ruler to the center of the work area. 

Create guides

Step 2

Then switch to the ''Clock" layer. Use the Ellipse Tool (L) to create an ellipse of 380 x 380 px size and with Stroke Weight equal to 25 px, and set Cap and Corner according to the screenshot below. Place the circle in the center of the work area.

Create an ellipce

Step 3

Switch to the "Guides" layer again. Now we are going to create some guides to divide the circle into segments. I intentionally put this step after the creation of the circle to make it more comprehensible.

Start with creating lines using the Line Segment Tool (L). Click once in the center of the circle to open the Line Segment Tool Options panel, and change the Length and the Angle as shown in the screenshot below. Repeat this operation several times to get three lines. The exact stroke weight of the lines isn’t important; I usually use a line Stroke Weight equal to 5 px to make the lines clearly visible.

Create lines

Select these lines and right-click > Make Guides.

Turn lines into guides

Step 4

Continue working on the "Clock" layer. Use the Pen Tool (P) to divide the circle at the points of intersection with the guides. Select the circle and click on the points where we need to have additional anchors.

Create new anchor points

When the anchors are added, we need to select them with the Direct Selection Tool (A) and Cut Path at Selected Anchor Points.

I intentionally didn't hide the guides, because they may be useful during the following steps and help to arrange the objects relative to each other.

Cut Path at Selected Anchor Points

Right after that, set Round Cap on the Stroke panel and change the transparency to Multiply in the Transparency panel.

Stroke and Transparency options

Step 5

Now create a clock hand using the Line Segment Tool (\). Click once in the center of the circle to open the Line Segment Tool Options panel and enter 160 px Length, 45 degrees Angle for the minute hand. Repeat this operation with 80 px Length and 135 degrees Angle for the hour hand.

Create hour and minute hands

Step 6

Add colors to these lines. Select the clock's elements one by one using the Direct Selection Tool (A) and change the Stroke color of each element.

Change the color of clocks shapes

Step 7

I often expand open paths in my work to have the opportunity to scale them easily, but we can leave the paths unexpanded in order to be able to change their weight in the future. In this tutorial I'm going to expand the paths as I did it in my work for the Outline Infographic Bundle

Select all elements of the clock and go to Objects > Expand, choose Expand Stroke and click OK. Keep the objects selected.

Expand all objects

As you can see, some “side groups”, as I call them, appear after this action. Each of these groups includes only one object, and they are useless and make it difficult to work with the illustration, so we need to get rid of them. Right-click and Ungroup

After that, go to the Transparency panel once again and choose the Multiply Transparency option.

Ungroup the clocks parts

2. How to Create Stylish, Colorful Text Inside the Clock

Step 1

In this work I'm going to use the Tw Cen Mt Bold font, which is the default font. Use the Type Tool (T) to create several words with different Font Size as shown in the screenshots below.

Create a text inside clock
Create a text inside clock

Step 2

Let's rotate some words to make this infographic more stylish. Select several words and right-click > Transform > Transform Each, set 90 degrees Angle and press OK.

I use this method to rotate the words because they are located at some distance from each other. The Transform Each Option will rotate each word around its central point.

Rotate some text objects

Now use the Direct Selection Tool (A) and drag the words to better positions.

Move some text objects

Step 3

Select all text objects and make them a little transparent. Go to the Transparency panel and select Multiply with Opacity 60%. Multiply is an important option which needs to be set up in order to make our text objects and shapes look balanced when you change the background.

Change the opacity

Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) and change the Fill Color to the color that we previously used to color the clock's elements.

Change the color of text objects

After changing the color, we can see that the yellow text object is almost invisible. In order to give this object more contrast, select it with the Direct Selection Tool (A) and change the Opacity to 100%.

Change the opacity to 100

A helpful tip: set a higher opacity value for lighter colors and a lower opacity value for darker colors in order to achieve better results.

Step 4

Cut the word objects which are located beyond the clock. For this purpose, you need to create a circle of size 340 x 340 px and place it in the center of the illustration. Use the Ellipse Tool (L) to do this.

Create a circle

Select the circle and all text objects, and then right-click > Make Clipping Mask.

Make the clipping mask

Now you can hide the guides. Look at the Layers panel and turn off the eye symbol in front of the "Guides" layer. 

Hide the Guides layer

3. How to Create a Dollar Symbol Icon

As our infographic has six options, we need to create six icons in order to achieve better visualization.

First of all, switch to the "Icons" layer. After that, we need to draw six equal squares in which we are going to place our icons. Create a 70 x 70 px square with the Rectangle Tool (M), and then select it with the Selection Tool (V) and drag it holding Shift-Alt. After the second square is placed, use Control-D to repeat this operation until you get six squares in a row.

Create rectangles

Select all six squares and right-click and choose Make guides. So now we have the guides which we are going to fill with our icons.

Make guides

Step 1

Now we are ready to create the first icon. Create a 30 x 30 px circle with 7 pt Stroke Weight, and choose Round Cap and Round Join as shown in the screenshot below.

Create an ellipce

Step 2

Select the top and the bottom anchor points with the Direct Selection Tool (A) and Cut Path at Selected Anchor Points.

Cut Path at Selected Anchor Points

After that, move the right part down. Notice that the top anchor of the right part must fit the bottom point of the left part.

Move the right half-circle

Step 3

Arm yourself with the Line Segment Tool (L) or Pen Tool (P) and create four lines, two vertical and two horizontal.

Create four lines

After that, use the Selection Tool (V) to move the lines so that they fit the points on the ends of the semicircles. Place the dollar sign in the center of the square guide.

Build a dollar symbol

Step 4

Select the dollar-shaped objects and press the Control button on your keyboard. You will see a frame around the objects. Hold Control-Shift-Alt and drag the frame edge until it fits the guide.

Scale the dollar symbol

Step 5

Now we are going to create a frame with rounded corners. Use the Ellipse Tool (L) to create a 15 x 15 px ellipse and the Line Segment Tool (\) to create two 7 px Length lines.

Create a circle and two lines

Step 6

Select the top and left anchors with the Direct Selection Tool (A) and Cut Path at Selected Anchor Points. Delete the big segment and place the objects together.

Cut circle at Selected Anchor Points

Place the object in the corner of the rectangle guide.

Move object

Change the Stroke Weight to 5 pt.

Change the Stroke Weight

Step 7

Let's duplicate the frame segment. Choose the Reflect Tool (O) and Alt-click on the point across which you need the object to be reflected. Choose Vertical Axis and press Copy.

Reflect the frame part

Now choose both frame segments and repeat the Reflect action. Choose Horizontal Axis and press Copy.

Reflect both frame segments

Step 8

Convert the open path shapes to outlines. Select all shapes and go to Object > Expand, select Expand Stroke and press OK. Use Control-Shift-G to remove the unnecessary groups.

Expand Stroke
Expand Panel

Step 9

Now let's select the top dollar's parts with the Selection Tool (V). Open the Pathfinder panel and click Add To Shape Area, and then right-click > Ungroup.

Add To Shape Area

Now select the bottom dollar's parts and repeat the same actions for the bottom objects. Don’t forget to set Multiply appearance in the Transparency panel and Group (Control-G) all the icon's parts.

Change The Opacity

Step 10

Finally change the Fill Color of the dollar's parts.

Change Fill Color

4. How to Create a Pencil Icon

Step 1

We are going to create a pencil icon using lines only. Make sure that you turn on the View > Smart Guides. Go to Edit > Preferences > Smart Guides if you need to change the Smart Guide options.

Smart Guides Preferences

Step 2

Select the Line Tool (\) and place a line with 70 px Length and 5 pt Stroke Weight.

Create a line

Step 3

Continue working with Line Tool and create another two lines: a horizontal 25 px Length line and a vertical 25 px Length line.

Create two lines

Step 4

Select the Pen Tool (P). Place your cursor on the edge of the line and then start to move the cursor in the direction of 45 degrees from that point, and the cursor will automatically become attached to the Smart Guide. Click at some distance from the starting point to create the first anchor point. Create a second anchor at the intersection between the 45 degrees angle Smart Guide and the rectangle guide.

Create a 45 degrees Angle line

Select this line with the Selection Tool (V) and move it to the point of intersection of the two guides (the 45o angle Smart Guide of previous line’s location and the 45o angle Smart Guide of the pencil’s edge). Press Control-D to repeat the operation.

Duplicate the line

Step 5

Now grab the Selection Tool (V) and change the Stroke Weights of the pencil parts as shown in the screenshot below.

Change the Stroke Weight

Step 6

Keep working with the Selection Tool (V), select all the pencil shapes and go to Object > Expand, select Expand Stroke and push OK. Use Control-Shift-G to remove unnecessary groups.

Expand objects
Expand Panel

Don’t forget to set Multiply Appearance in the Transparency panel and change the Fill Colors of the pencil’s elements. Select and Group (Control-G) all the icon's parts.

Change Fill Colors

5. How to Create a Screen Icon

Step 1

Take the Rectangle Tool (M) and draw a 70 x 40 px size rectangle. Set the Stroke Weight to 5 pt and change the Cap and Corner style.

Create a rectangle

Go to Effects > Stylize > Round Corners and set the Radius to 10 px. Then choose Object > Expand Appearance.

Round Corners

Step 2

Use the Line Segment Tool (\) to draw a line from the point located directly under the bottom left anchor point. Make sure you are drawing the line on the square guide.

Create a line

I am going to make the screen shape a little higher. I didn't set the right height in the previous step because I want to show you how you can change shapes when you need to.

Select its bottom anchor points and drag and drop these points a little further down.

Pull the screen shape down

Step 3

Now we'll make our screen more stylish. Select the two points near the round corner at the bottom right and Cut Path at Selected Anchor Points. Now you can Delete this corner.

Cut Path at Selected Anchor Points

Step 4

Take the Ellipse Tool (L) and place a 7 x 7 px circle between the end points of the two lines.

Create a circle

Step 5

To create the arrow's edge, switch to the Rectangle Tool (M). Create a 20 x 20 px square with the same stroke settings as the screen shape. Double-click the Rotate Tool (R) and set the Angle value to 45 degrees. Apply the changes.

Create a rectangle

Repeat the actions from the previous step: Select the top and bottom points and Cut Path at Selected Anchor Points. Now you can Delete the left part.

Cut Path at Selected Anchor Points

Take the Line Segment Tool (\) and draw a line from the arrow's edge with 35 px Length.

Create a line from arrows edge

Step 6

Copy (Control-C) and Paste (Control-V) the arrow in an empty space. Set the Stroke Weight to 3 pt.

Copy the arrow

Click the right mouse button and select Scale. Change the Scale options to Uniform: 30% and push OK. Drag and drop the selected little arrow to a better position inside the screen shape.

Scale Panel

Step 7

Convert the open path shapes to outlines. Select all shapes and go to Object > Expand, select Expand Stroke and press OK. Use Control-Shift-G to remove unnecessary groups.

Expand all shapes
Expand Panel

Step 8

Select the little arrow's horizontal shape and double-click the Direct Selection Tool (A). Move the selected shape in the Horizontal direction by -1 px. It is a very important step, and I will explain why later.

Move the little arrows part

Now let's select the little arrow's parts with the Selection Tool (V). Open the Pathfinder panel and click Add To Shape Area to make the arrow consist of only one shape.

Add To Shape Area

Remember, I recommend that you move the little arrow's horizontal shape. If you don't do this, you could get a lot of needless anchor points on the arrow's edge.

Step 9

Select all the shapes with the Selection Tool (V). Open the Transparency panel and choose Multiply transparency mode with Opacity equal to 100%. After that, Group (Control-G) all the icon's parts.

Transparency Panel

Change the Fill Color of the screen shapes.

Change Fill COlor

6. How to Create a Speech Bubble Icon

Step 1

Take the Ellipse Tool (L) and draw a 70 x 60 px ellipse with no Fill and 7 pt Weight Stroke. Don't forget to set the right Cap options. 

Create an ellipce

Step 2

Now we need to divide the ellipse into two parts and delete one of them. Pick the Pen Tool (P) and create an additional anchor point by clicking in any place on the ellipse.

Create additional anchor point

Select two anchor points: the new one and the right one. Choose Cut Path at Selected Anchor Points.

Cut Path at Selected Anchor Points

Select the bottom path with the Selection Tool (V) and convert it to a guide. Do this by clicking the right mouse button and choosing Make Guides.

Make Guides

Step 3

After that, grab the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a 7 x 7 px ellipse. The rounded guide will help us place the new ellipse precisely and easily on the ellipse's extension. 

Create a circle

Step 4

To create a speech bubble pointer, take the Line Segment Tool (\) and draw a line from the end anchor point to any point on the rectangle guide. 

Create a speech bubbles pointer

Step 5

Place three more lines inside the speech bubble to illustrate discussion. Draw a 35 px line with the Line Segment Tool (\) and set the Stroke Weight equal to 4 pt

Create three lines

Then place three little circles near the speech lines. Create 4 x 4 px circles using the Ellipse Tool (L).

Create three circles

Group (Control-G) the three lines and three circles together. After that, select both the group and the speech bubble shape and click the speech bubble shape once again to make it a Key Object. The contour of the speech bubble will become bolder, indicating that all objects now will be aligned to a Key Object

Align objects

Be careful: the key object must be above the other objects on the Layers panel.

Layers Panel

Step 6

Convert the open path shapes to outlines. Select all shapes and go to Object > Expand, select Expand Stroke and push OK. Use Control-Shift-G to remove unnecessary groups.

Expand open paths
Expand Panel

Keep the shapes selected and open the Transparency panel, and choose Multiply transparency mode with Opacity equal to 100%. Then Group (Control-G) all the icon's parts.

Finally change the Fill Colors of the speech bubble's shapes.

Change fill colors

7. How to Create a Clock Icon

Step 1

This icon will be very simple but also clean and stylish.

Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) and draw a 70 x 70 px ellipse with 7 pt Stroke Weight. Make sure that you changed the Cap and Corner options.

Create an ellipce

Step 2

To create the clock's minute hand, take the Line Segment Tool (\). Click in the center of the circle and set the Length to 28 px and Angle to 135 degrees. Apply (OK) the changes. Change the stroke features on the Stroke panel, entering 3 pt value for Stroke Weight and selecting Round Cap.

Create a line

Repeat the actions that you took for the minute hand. Pick the Line Segment Tool (\) and draw a 20 px Length line from the center of the circle. Use 5 pt Weight and Round Cap for the stroke appearance.

Create another line

Step 3

Now we need to give the clock icon the same style as the other icons. We can divide the circle into two parts by selecting the anchor point at which you need to break the path and clicking the Cut Path at the Selected Anchor Points button.  

Cut Path at Selected Anchor Points

Select the quarter part of the circle and find the Make Guides option after clicking the right mouse button.

Make Guides

Step 4

Switch to the Ellipse Tool (L), draw a 7 x 7 px ellipse and place it between the two end points of the clock. Try different positions to achieve a better result. The only thing you should remember is the necessity to place the circle on the round guide. In this infographic I have put the circle approximately in the center of the guide.

Create a little circle

Step 5

Convert the open path shapes to outlines. Select all shapes and go to Object > Expand, select Expand Stroke and press OK. Use Control-Shift-G to remove unnecessary groups.

Expand objects
Expand Panel

Keep the shapes selected and open the Transparency panel, choose Multiply transparency mode, and set the Opacity to 100%. Then Group (Control-G) all the icon's parts.

Finally change the Fill Colors of the clock's shapes.

Change fill colors

8. How to Create a Keyboard and Mouse Icon

Step 1

I am going to start creating this icon by making a mouse symbol. Take the Rectangle Tool (M) and draw a 20 x 30 px rectangle, and then go to Effect > Stylize > Round Corners... Set 10 px Radius, and you will see the result immediately if the Preview mark is turned on.

Create a rectangle with round corners

To make this shape editable, use Object > Expand Appearance.

Expand Appearance

Step 2

Now let’s create buttons for our mouse. Create a horizontal line from point 1 to point 2 with the Line Segment Tool (\). Put your cursor on the anchor point at the contour and move it to the right. You will see a Snap guide, and the first point of the Line must be on this Snap guide. To draw the Line horizontally, hold the Shift button on your keyboard.

Create line

Use the Line Segment Tool (\) one more time to place a second line vertically from the top mouse anchor point to the intersection with the horizontal line. Don't forget to hold the Shift button to do this correctly.

Create one more line

Select the mouse contour and the lines. Open the Pathfinder panel and select the Divide option.

Divide Tool

Step 3

This icon will be a little bigger than the others. For this reason, place the mouse as shown in the screenshot below.

Now we have enough free space to draw a keyboard. Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and draw a 50 x 30 px rectangle. The bottom left corner of the rectangle must line up with the bottom left corner of the guide. Set 5 pt Stroke Weight, Round Cap and Round Join.

Create a rectangle

Go to Effect > Stylize > Round Corners... Set 10 px Radius, as we did before for the mouse contour. Click Expand Appearance in the Object menu.

Round corners

Step 4

Select the anchor points on the vertical parts with the Direct Selection Tool (A) as shown in the screenshot below and press the Cut Path at Selected Anchor Points button.

Cut Path at Selected Anchor Points

Now delete the bottom part of the keyboard contour.

Delete the bottom part

Take the Direct Selection Tool (A), hold Shift, and pull the bottom anchors to the rectangle guide.

Pull bottom anchors to the rectangle guide

Step 5

Now we are going to create the keyboard buttons. Create a 5 x 5 px ellipse with the Ellipse Tool (L)Double-click the Direct Selection Tool (A). Enter 8 px in Horizontal Position Move and press Copy. Push Control-D on your keyboard several times until you get five circles.

Create a circle
Copy the circle

Select all five buttons and double-click the Direct Selection Tool (A) once again. Enter 7 px in Vertical Position Move and press Copy. Yes, I did set 7 px Move to make the circles a little closer in the vertical position than in the horizontal position. Push Control-D one more time to create the third row of circles.

Create three rows of circles

Step 6

Now we are going to transform the bottom circles into a space bar. Take the Rectangle Tool (M) and drag a rectangle from anchor point number one to anchor point number two, as shown in the screenshot below.

Create the space button
Create a rectangle

Group all button shapes (Control-G) and Align them to the center of the keyboard contour, using the keyboard as a Key Object.

Step 7

Now let's create a wire for our keyboard and mouse. Open the Stroke panel and set 3 pt Stroke WeightRound Cap and Round Join. After that, create a 15 x 15 px circle using the Ellipse Tool (L).

Create a circle

Select the left and right circle's anchor points and choose Cut Path at Selected Anchor Points. Drag and drop the bottom path of the circle as shown in the screenshot below. The right anchor point of the bottom semi-circle must match the left anchor point of the top semi-circle.

Cut Path at Selected Anchor Points

Select the wire parts with the Direct Selection Tool (A) and move them, holding the right anchor point.

Move the shapes

Step 8

Now grab the Pen Tool (P) and draw two vertical lines. Make the first click on the round path's end anchor point and the second click on the wire's end.

Create vertical lines

Click anywhere on an empty part of the work area to cancel the current selection. Catch the intersection with Smart Guides as shown in the screenshot below. Click on this intersection to place the start anchor point, hold Shift and click on the guide to create the finish anchor point for the keyboard wire.

Create a vertical line

Step 9

Convert the open path shapes to outlines. Select all shapes with strokes and go to Object > Expand, select Expand Stroke and press OK. Use Control-Shift-G to remove unnecessary groups. 

Expand objects
Expand Panel

Keep the shapes selected. Open the Transparency panel and switch Transparency mode to Multiply with 100% Opacity.

Transparency Panel

Now let's select the space bar's parts with the Direct Selection Tool (A). Open the Pathfinder panel and click Add To Shape Area, to turn the button’s parts into one shape. Repeat the same actions for the long wire parts.

Add Ro Shape Area

Step 10

Now, after the strokes have been turned to outlines, we can align the mouse with the keyboard. Pick the Direct Selection Tool (A) and select the top part of the mouse. Pull the selected anchor points to the intersection with the horizontal Smart Guide from the keyboard shape. Repeat the same steps for the bottom part of the mouse.

Edit the mouse object
Edit the mouse object

Change the Fill Colors of the icon's shapes. Finally, Select and Group (Control-G) all the icon's parts.

Change fill colors

We don't need our square guides now that the last icon is finished. Go to View > Guides > Clear Guides to remove all visible guides in the document.

Clear Guides

9. How to Create the Text

Infographics usually contain useful information, so we need to add some text. We need a title and a description text for every option. Let's start by creating the description text box.

Step 1

First, look at the Layers panel and switch to the Text layer.

Switch to Text Layer

Take the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 260 x 60 px rectangle.

Create a rectangle

Step 2

Click the rectangle with the Area Type Tool. You can see that the rectangle has turned into a text box. In this tutorial I'll fill the text box with abstract text "Lorem Ipsum...". It is just an example, and you will be able to change this text later.

Area Type Tool

I used Tw Cen MT Regular Font with 12 pt Size and Justify with last line aligned left. You can change these options using the Character panel and the Paragraph panel.

Character Panel and Paragraph Panel

Step 3

Pick the Line Tool (\) or the Pen Tool (P) and add a line with Length equal to the width of the text box. Double-click on the Direct Selection Tool icon to open the Move panel and change Vertical Move to -15 px.

Create a line

Step 4

Choose the Type on a Path Tool and then click on the line. Now you can type your title here.

Type on Path Tool

For the title I used Tw Cen MT Bold Font with 25 pt Size and Align Center Paragraph.

Character and Paragraph Panels

Step 5

Select the title and the description text box and press Control-G to Group it. Don’t forget to switch Transparency to Multiply in the Transparency panel options.

Transparency Panel

Zoom Out to see the whole infographic. Select the text with the Selection Tool (V), hold Alt on your keyboard and drag the text objects to other positions. Continue dragging text objects until you get six text boxes.

Copy the text

Step 6

Now let's recolor the text objects. Select the text objects one by one with the Direct Selection Tool (A) and change their Fill Color. For titles, use the same colors that you used for the main clock's parts. For the description text, I used the same color that I used for the hour hand.

Recolor text objects

Step 7

After you've finished working with the text objects, move the icons with the Selection Tool (V) as shown in the screenshot below. 

Add icons

Step 8

There are just a few steps left to finalize our infographic. Switch to the "Background" layer in the Layers panel.

Switch to Background Layer

Select the rectangle that we created before. Use the Gradient Tool (G), set Radial Gradient and move the Gradient Slider to 75% as shown in the screenshot below.

Gradient Tool

Congratulations! Our Line Style Infographic Template Is Finished!

I hope it was interesting for you to follow this step-by-step tutorial about creating clock infographics. You can easily change the color, text and number of options in order to make this infographic perfectly fit your presentation or website. 

Now, using these skills, you can create any objects in a similar style, and there are unlimited ways to use this infographic!

Final template

You can get a full collection of 40 infographic templates (both vector and raster) created by me in this style in Outline Infographic Bundle.

Outline Infographic Bundle
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