Pixelmator Tip #25 – How To Recreate The Awesome WWDC14 Poster

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Don’t you just love the WWDC posters that Apple produce each year. I see them everywhere and they are delightful. Over at Cult Of Mac, you can admire all the posters for the last 10 years.

This year’s poster is no exception, and we love it more than ever, so in this tutorial we show you how to recreate the WWDC 14 poster in Pixelmator.

The final product

So here is what you will create at the end of this tutorial.


Let’s get started already.

Step One

Create a new document 1024x1024px.


Step Two

Next, we are going to create the awesome gradient apple use for the poster. Open up the gradient tool, and create a new gradient with the following settings. The spacing of the colours also matter, so notice that most of the colours are evenly spaced except for the pink (which is slightly closer to the orange).



Step Three

Now lets create the text first. Select the text tool, choose Helevetica Neue, with an Ultra Light setting, and size of 144px. Position the text in the middle of the poster in the bottom half as shown below.


Now ensure you have selected the text layer, and select the gradient tool, and apply the gradient you just created. Make sure the gradient is set to linear. Play around with the handles until you are happy that the colours matches the text in the poster.


Step Four

Now that the text is ready, let’s focus on the main poster. For the moment hide the text layer, by deselecting the checkmark on the layer. Now, create a new layer, place it above the text layer, call it “background one“, and apply the gradient (making sure it is set to linear).


Step Five

Next we need to create the app shapes. For the moment hide the “background one” layer. Create a new layer and fill the background with white. Select the rounded rectangle shape from the toolbar with a fill of black, place it on top of the new layer and reduce the size. Feel free to play around with the size of the rectangular shapes – we had some fun with this. Duplicate and start spacing the rounded rectangles as shown with about 3px distance between. Keep adding rectangles until you fill the top half the poster.

25-6 Then duplicate the rectangles across the poster.

25-7 You should have something like the below when you are finished.


Step Six

Now add an Apple logo – grab the freebie from our store.

Place the logo on top of the rectangle shapes layer. You may have to go into vectormator mode (CMD+SHIFT+V) to access the logo, and repeat the same command to leave vectormator mode once you are finished.


Enlarge the shape so that the logo is almost oversized for the poster as shown. Right click on the apple logo layer, select “convert to pixels“. Ensure adhd that the logo is placed above the rectangles layer, and then right click on the logo layer, and select “create clipping mask“.


Step Seven

First duplicate the “background one” layer and call it “background two“. Take the new layer and place it above the rectangles layer, but below the apple logo layer. Right click on this layer and select create clipping mask. The rectangles layer will now absorb the colours of the gradient in the “background two” layer. You will see that the poster is already taking shape.


Step Eight

Now comes the tricky part. Create a new layer with 4 rounded rectangles that are increasingly smaller size, and further spaced apart. Ensure the new layer is above all other layers at this point. We decreased the size of the rectangle by 75% each time, and increased the spacing by 3px. This will create the illusion of the shrinking apps. Position the rectangles so that they follow the contour of the apple logo. Don’t worry about the overlapping and cut off squares – we’ll clean them up in a little while.
Place the set of rounded rectangles along the entire length of the apple logo edges, and make sure they are aligned to the middle of the coloured squared above them. Fill the entire canvas and you should have something like the below. What we want to get here is a nice effect where they follow the contour of the logo.


Next, make sure to select the original layer with the rounded rectangles. Zoom in as you need to, select the eraser tool, and set to a default brush of 30px. Erase the coloured rectangles that overlap with the shrinking rectangles you have just created.


Once you have erased any overlapping rectangles, then go back to the shrinking rectangles and adjust them as you need to, so that there aren’t any large negative spaces between them and the original rectangles.


And finally, once you are finished, merge the layers that formed the shrinking rectangles, and ensure it is converted to pixels. Duplicate the “background one” layer once more and call it “background three“. Move this layer above the shrinking rectangles layer, right click on the layer, and select create clipping mask. The shrinking rectangles once again absorb the colours of the gradient from the “background three” layer.


Step Nine

Now repeat the same process as Step Eight for the leaf of the Apple logo, the only difference is that the shrinking rectangles are horizontal instead of vertical. Once you have completed this, you should something like the below. Enable all the layers that you may have hidden including the text layer. Make any final adjustments you need to with positioning of the text box etc.



and you have now re-created the awesome WWDC14 poster using Pixelmator.



  • Really awesome

    ikirApril 28, 2014
  • Amazing! Can you please do the 2015 as well?

    Ryan verbeekApril 25, 2015
    • Thanks Ryan – the 2015 poster is already in out tutorial todo list – so keep an eye out.

      Pixelmator NinjaApril 26, 2015
  • Looking forward to it!

    Ryan verbeekMay 12, 2015
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