How to Create an Apple Time Capsule in Serif DrawPlus

Create an Apple Time Capsule

This tutorial will take us through the steps of building our own Apple Time Capsule replica in DrawPlus X4. We’ll use the perspective tool and a range of gradient fills to give our capsule depth and a luscious shine.

Open DrawPlus and create a rectangle quickshape 350 x 160, set it’s line to zero and give it a light grey fill. Select the node tool, this will produce a slider to left of our shape, slide the slider up to give the quickshape rounded corners. Give it a corner radius of 20pix.

Select the perspective tool (Shift + P) click the flyout on the context toolbar at the top of the workspace and select the preset in the bottom left. This will give the shape the impression it’s being viewed from slightly above and the rectangle is going off in to the distance. Adjust the 3D cursor to get the desired angle.

Gain complete control of the shape by clicking Tools > Convert to curves. We want this image copied so we have a layer of 3 – Press (Ctrl + C) then (Ctrl + V) twice. Select one of the shapes and move it down 30 pixels, to do this accurately add 30 to the figure in the Y section in the Transform tab. Click on one of the shapes at the top and click on the lower shape whilst holding Shift, then combine the two shapes by using the Add tool in the Arrange tab.

Select the node tool and add extra nodes on each rounded section the furthest right you can go by clicking the outline, then delete the nodes in between the new ones. Do this for the other side but add your additional nodes to the far left.


You will be left with a shape like this.

Click on the top shape and bring it to the front, give it a vertical gradient fill going from light grey at the bottom to a darker grey at the top. Copy and paste another layer of the same but make this white and select the Transparency Tool > Eclipse Fill. Make the fill path larger, locate it further down, select the central node and adjust the transparency to about 75%.

We want to give the front of the Time Capsule some depth and make the corners look rounded, to do this use the Fill tool and give it a horizontal Linear Fill. Clicking the cursor on sections of the fill path will create new nodes that can be assigned colours from the swatches. Set up the fill as shown in the picture below.

Group the objects (Ctrl + C) > (Ctrl + V) Move the copied objects down 38 pixels and Ungroup > Select the top layer (the white transparent eclipse shape) and change its fill to dark grey, then in the transparency tab select none to remove the transparency, this will become the shadow that is in the ridge all around the Time Capsule. Lasso the lower section of the Time Capsule including the shadow we’ve just created and send it to the back. Select the shadow and click on Filter effects > Check the Feather box > adjust the Blur and Opacity to make it look like a realistic undershadow.

The Time Capsules starting to come together now. You’ll notice if you look at an original Time Capsule that the bottom section is deeper than the top so we’ll need to deepen the bottom of ours. To do this select the lower shape and click on the Node Tool. Lasso the lower section of nodes including the nodes on the curves. Once we have them selected we can move the grouped selection of nodes down by tapping the down arrow key on our keyboard. Make it deeper by about an additional third.

Add some more depth and lighting by adding white filled ellipses with Eclipse transparency on to the front bottom and top faces. Use the cropping tool to delete any excess ellipse.

Including some very thin narrow ellipses with slight feathering on the top edges will sharpen them up nicely.

Draw a 10 x 10 circle, hold down Shift whilst dragging it out to constrain it’s proportions and give it a fill #AAFFEF and a 1 pixel line coloured a slightly darker grey than it’s surroundings. Give it an outer glow the same colour as the fill.

Let’s cast a shadow underneath the Time Capsule by making a duplicate of the shadow used between the 2 main sections and paste it below everything, use the handles to stretch it a fraction wider than the width of the Capsule.

Now all that’s left to do is add our own emblem on the top. For this I’m using the Apple Logo, but you can customise it with your own design. Elsewhere in the work space I’ve imported a picture of the Apple logo that I’ve traced using the Straight Line Tool. Once your logo is drawn, use the Perspective Tool (Ctrl +P) as we did for the rectangle at the start of the tutorial. Align it with the side edge of the Time Capsule to get the perspective right.

Convert the logo to curves. Tools > Convert to Curves. Locate the logo to the centre of the Time Capsule and colour it a light grey. Add an Inner Shadow using the filter effects to give it the impression it is embossed.

That’s it for the design of the Time Capsule! Give it light coloured background to show off the polished metal look.


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About the author
Neil Judges enjoys creating, experimenting and sharing new techniques he discovers. Neil especially loves Serif Software and is on a mission to spread the word of this highly capable and inexpensive design suite. As well as this website he also runs Serif Addons and Serif Templates.

6 Replies to How to Create an Apple Time Capsule in Serif DrawPlus

  1. Ravi says:

    Great stuff, I love technical drawing type tutorials!

  2. Brian says:


    That is so professional! Wonderful work on the website! :)

  3. Arun says:

    Hi Neil :)

    Thank you so much for this tutorial.
    It is really so much helpful.

  4. Neil says:

    Thanks for the comments guys :)

  5. Joni Solis says:

    Wow, that came out so good looking. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. Hope to see more here.

  6. SupahMan42 says:

    How does it look like that?! (between picture 4 & 5)

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