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How to Create an iPhone Mockup Vector

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What You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a vector iPhone 12 template in Adobe Illustrator with various tools, such as 3D effects, Gradients, and Gradient Mesh! We will also be using the Pathfinder panel and playing around with some Transparency settings to get a sleek and realistic result.

Check out Envato Elements if you'd like to skip this tutorial and use similar, ready-to-go iPhone mockups in your work! Alternatively, head on over to Placeit to use mockups which don't require any software and can be created in your browser with the iPhone mockup generator.

iPhone mockups available on Envato Elements.

What You'll Learn in This iPhone Mockup Tutorial

  • How to apply 3D effects in Illustrator
  • How to use the Pathfinder panel
  • How to use Linear and Radial Gradients in Illustrator
  • How to apply a Gradient to Strokes
  • How to use Gradient Mesh in Illustrator

1. How to Draw the Frame

Step 1

Begin by creating a rounded rectangle with the Rounded Rectangle Tool. You can use my measurements below or choose your own!

  • Width: 258 px
  • Height: 530 px
  • Corner Radius: 40 px
iphone mockup vector

Step 2

Next, select the rectangle and continue to Effect > 3D > Extrude and Bevel. Select a Depth of 25 pt and these rotation angles:

  • -36°
  • 14°
  • Perspective: 40°

You can also play around with the angles to rotate the frame differently! After you're happy with the result, select the element and go to Object > Expand Appearance.

iphone mockup

Step 3

Ungroup the object until you are able to individually select each part of the frame. Next, select the three elements that make up the left side, open the Pathfinder panel and click Unite, fusing them all into one path.

iphone mockup vector

Step 4

Use Object > Path > Simplify to "clean up" the path a little, inputting 100% for Curve Precision.

iphone mockup

Step 5

Use a Linear Gradient to emulate the metallic shine of the frame of our iPhone mockup. Use a -74° angle and these colors, aligned according to the screenshot below (in order from left to right):

  • #000000
  • #ADABAC
  • #FFFFFF
  • #CBCBCB
  • #D8D8D8
  • #D5D4D4
  • #ECECEC
  • #C7C6C6
  • #BAB9B9
  • #FAFAFA
  • #000000
iphone mockup

Step 6

Next, select the side we just colored and the "screen" of our iPhone mockup and drag both elements away. You can delete any of the leftover parts—we will not be using them in this tutorial.

iphone mockup vector

Step 7

Select the screen and color it black. Create a copy of it and remove the copy's fill color, instead leaving it with a 3 pt wide Stroke. Apply this Linear Gradient to the Stroke:

  • #B7B5B6
  • #FAFAFA
  • #FAFAFA
  • #B7B5B6
iphone template

Step 8

Create a copy of the last element we made and change its Gradient, this time using these colors:

  • #FAFAFA
  • #FAFAFA
  • #B7B5B6
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Step 9

Change the last element's Transparency Mode to Multiply.

iphone mockup vector

Step 10

Place both of the strokes back on top of our frame to complete the look!

iphone template

2. How to Create the Screen

Step 1

Let's add a colorful screen to our iPhone mockup! Begin by drawing a rounded rectangle with the Rounded Rectangle Tool, just as we did in Step 1 of the previous section. This time, the size will be a bit smaller—use these measurements:

  • Width: 245 px
  • Height: 513 px
  • Corner Radius: 36 px
iphone mockup vector

Step 2

Add a much smaller rounded square with the same tool:

  • Width: 70 px
  • Height: 70 px
  • Corner Radius: 8 px
iphone template

Step 3

Place the square on the upper edge of the rectangle, as shown below. Next, select both elements and use Minus Front in the Pathfinder panel.

Fill the object with a placeholder color, like blue.

iphone mockup

Step 4

Let's "rotate" our screen just like we did with the frame in the previous section, using Effect > 3D > Extrude and Bevel. Use these values with a 0 pt Depth:

  • -35°
  • 15°
  • Perspective: 42°
iphone mockup vector

Step 5

After using the 3D effect, go to Object > Expand Appearance, and then Ungroup the element until you can no longer see the option to do it.

Next, apply a Radial Gradient to change the color of the screen, using these colors:

  • #C9FFF2
  • #E2F3E4
  • #F3EBC0
  • #FFBFC6
iphone template

Step 6

Place the screen onto the iPhone template!

iphone mockup

Step 7

Let's add a highlight to showcase the reflectiveness of the screen. Draw a rectangle with the Rectangle Tool (M) and fill it with a Linear Gradient just like the one shown below. Use #BEBFC2 for the gray and #EEEFF0 for the off-white color.

iphone template

Step 8

Create a copy of the black screen we've been using as a backdrop to our colorful one and place the highlight on top of it. Select both items and use the Intersect function in the Pathfinder panel.

iphone mockup vector

Step 9

Change the element's Opacity to 40% and its Transparency mode to Screen, and then place it on top of our iPhone mockup vector.

iphone mockup

3. How to Add More Details

Step 1

Our iPhone mockup vector is almost done—we just need to add a couple more details, like the buttons, the receiver, and the camera.

Let's begin with the buttons! Create a grey rounded rectangle, using the dimensions below:

  • Width: 7.5 px
  • Height: 23.5 px
  • Corner Radius: 36 px
iphone mockup vector

Step 2

Use Effect > 3D > Extrude and Bevel with these values and a 4 pt Depth:

  • 26°
  • 15°
  • Perspective: 42°
iphone mockup

Step 3

Next, Expand Appearance of the result. Ungroup the object until you can see all of the individual elements, and then select the parts that make up the right side of the button and use Unite in the Pathfinder panel.

iphone template

Step 4

Color the left side of the button with a black to white Linear Gradient.

iphone mockup vector

Step 5

Color the right side with a gradient that's a little more complicated. Use these colors in order:

  • #494646
  • #9C9A9A
  • #D9D8D8
  • #494646
iphone mockup

Step 6

Use the Object > Transform > Scale function to create a slightly smaller button. Input a value of 70%, and click Copy.

iphone template

Step 7

Place the buttons on the side of the iPhone template, as shown below.

iphone mockup vector

Step 8

Create yet another rounded rectangle—this time for the receiver. Use the values below:

  • Width: 35 px
  • Height: 7 px
  • Corner Radius: 4 px
iphone mockup

Step 9

Rotate the rectangle with Effect > 3D > Extrude and Bevel, using a 0 pt Depth:

  • -25°
  • Perspective: 0°
iphone template

Step 10

Color the object with a Linear Gradient from black to white and lower its Opacity to 80%.

iphone mockup vector

Step 11

Create a 90 px by 90 px circle using the Ellipse Tool (L).

iphone mockup

Step 12

Use Effect > 3D > Extrude and Bevel for one last rotation with these settings:

  • -36°
  • 14°
  • Perspective: 40°

Expand Appearance of the object.

iphone template

Step 13

Using the Mesh Tool (U), try to recreate the Mesh Grid below, and then color the selected nodes with the corresponding colors:

  • #2A2A2A
  • #3A3A3A
  • #CFCFCF
  • #373737
  • #505050
iphone mockup vector

Step 14

Place both the receiver and the camera in the designated area on the iPhone mockup vector. Make sure the highlight still stays on top!

iphone mockup

Step 15

We're missing just one thing: the shadow! Let's create it with Gradient Mesh.

Begin with a white rectangle, and then reshape it with the Mesh Tool as shown below. Color the middle nodes with #939393, and then add some #DCDCDC nodes on the left side.

iphone template

Step 16

Change the object's Transparency mode to Multiply.

iphone mockup vector

Step 17

Finally, place the shadow behind the iPhone template!

iphone mockup

Awesome Work, You're Now Done!

Today we created a photo-realistic vector iPhone mockup in Adobe Illustrator. Hopefully, you learned something new about Adobe Illustrator's functions and will be able to use those in your future work—but even if not, at least you've been left with a fully editable and scalable template you can use in your designs. Just swap out the colorful background for whatever you want!

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and I would be super happy to see any results in the comments below!

What now? You can try any of my other tutorials from my profile, or check out these gorgeous templates on Envato Elements:

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iPhone 12 Pro Mockup (PSD, PDF)

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This advanced, easy-to-edit pack of mockups contains everything you need for your project, and it looks great on both light and dark backgrounds.

iPhone 12 PSD Mockup (PSD)

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iPhone 12 Pro Max Mockup (PSD)

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iPhone 12 Mockup (Concept) (PSD)

Check out this concept iPhone template, which boasts an impressive resolution of 5k and includes a realistic, removable shadow!

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