In today’s lesson we will look at the techniques of creating a futuristic interface. This interface theme is very popular in graphic design nowadays, and it is very easy and comfortable to create it using the Dynamic Shapes Tool found in VectorScribe plug-in.
To begin creating our futuristic user interface, create a new document (File > New …). Set the size of the artboard – 600x600px. The interface we’re creating will work well in the RGB color mode
Proceed to the creation of the background. Draw a rectangle which sizes correspond to the size of the artboard, and fill it with a dark blue color.
Now create a gray hexagon using Dynamic Shapes Tool (VectorScribe plug-in) and its panel (Window > VectorScribe > Dynamic Shapes). Using dynamic shapes gives us an opportunity later to rapidly change the texture of the background, if there is such a need.
Save a dynamic hexagon as a new symbol in the Symbols panel.
Duplicate the rectangle (Cmd / Ctrl + C, Cmd / Ctrl + F) and fill the copy with a new dark blue shade.
To create a texture we will use the Phantasm plug-in. Select the upper rectangle and hexagon symbol in Symbols panel, then go to Effect > Phantasm > Halftone…. Options and parameters that I selected are shown in the picture below. Note that Current Symbol preset is chosen in the Dot Properties section.
Subtle texture on the background is obtained.
It has a fully dynamic nature. That means that you can always change the parameters of the Phantasm Halftone effect, create and select a different character as the foundation of the texture or change the existing symbol as it is a dynamic shape.
Let’s start with a circular element of our futuristic interface. It is very easy to create such an object using the Dynamic Shapes Tool. Let’s see how it’s done. Draw a dynamic circle with an orange stroke in the centre of the artboard.
Now place the red controls as it is shown in the picture below. You can also set the exact values of angles for the sliced shape in the Dynamic Shapes panel.
Duplicate the sliced shape, change the stroke color with blue, and reduce the radius and position of the red controls.
Now change the stroke width and select the Dashed Line option in the Stroke panel.
It is very simple and without any secrets: build one sliced shape after another, selecting parameters and positions of the controls. All shapes stay dynamic, and you can always choose the better option of their interaction from a graphical point of view.
If you are creating elements with a fill, then turn on the “Sliced shape includes the slice path segments” option.
Using this option create indicators in the bottom part of the interface.
I believe that the creation of the other elements will not cause difficulties even for a beginner. Therefore, with your permission, I will only mark with the images their presence without a detailed description.
Add two text boxes in the free spaces. Futuristic user interface is ready. Thanks to Dynamic Shapes of the VectorScribe interface, elements are dynamic which means that they can be easily rebuilt to create similar artworks.