Create a Flat Countdown Timer in Photoshop – iOS 7 Inspired

In this tutorial I am going to show you how to create a simple countdown timer, iOS 7 inspired!

Flat design is dominating the web and I’m sure you all know that Apple created a new look and feel for their OS. I’m really happy seeing the minimal look of the user interface and I know Apple fans are eagerly waiting to test iOS7 this fall. So, while we’re waiting I’m going to show you some great wallpapers and we’ll create a countdown timer in Photoshop. The look and the colour scheme will be based on the iOS 7 wallpapers that have been released. This tutorial will be very quick and beginners will find this Photoshop tutorial helpful in understanding the power of Free Transform.

Video Tutorial

And in case you prefer to do it the rough way, here’s a text and screenshot combo tutorial for you!

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop 730px by 410px and then let’s create guidelines by just dragging some guides from the Ruler Tool and placing them at the center of the canvas horizontally and vertically.

Step 2

Using the Ellipse Tool (U) create a 120px by 120px shape and place it in the center. Hide the fill layer and a stroke of 5px, color to #e1e1e1.

Step 3

Zoom in about 1200% and create a 1px line using the Line Tool (U) starting from the top edge of the circle down to the middle.

Step 4

Press Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard and you will see a transform control. See that Pivot Point (something like the crosshair of a sniper) on the center of the line? Let’s move that to the bottom edge of the line by holding the Alt key on the keyboard and clicking and dragging it to the very bottom.

Step 5

Don’t press enter yet. While the transform control is still there change the value of the Rotation to 10 degrees and press enter twice.

Step 6

Now press Shift + Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard, what this does is copy what we did in Step 5. Just continue pressing the keys until you have a spiral line shape.

Then change the color to white.

Step 7

Duplicate the base first/base shape that we’ve created and place it at the very top of the layers panel. This will serve as the rotation indicator.

Apply this gradient overlay.

Step 8

Mask the part you want to hide and make sure it matches with the desired day, time, min, sec that we will put it.

Step 9

Using the Text Tool (T) add a number for the desired day, time, min, sec and add the right label to it.

Final Step

Group the layers that we’ve created and duplicate it 4 times and align them horizontally by adding a 20px gap between each timer.

Look what I did here. With the timer that we’ve created I put an iOS7 wallpaper and blurred it about 15%. Then I played with the layer mask to hide the unnecessary parts, added some drop shadows and Boom! I came up with image you see below.

It’s a challenge for you to take this tutorial and go to the next level by just playing with layer mask and adding touches to make it look interesting, yet still minimal.

The Wallpapers

Man Of Steel


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Flying Paper Plane


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Windmills


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Hot air balloon


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Hot, Ice, Cozy and Frapp


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The Evolution of Man Geek


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Paper Plane


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Vintage Camera


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Air Plane


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Space Shuttle


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iOS7 Wallpaper

Image from Ihponehacks
Here is the iOS 7 Wallpaper from WWDC 2013. You can download the wallpaper here.

That’s it guys, I hope you learned something from this tutorial. It will be awesome if you share your results below. If you have questions feel free to drop them below. I would love to hear your thoughts and I am willing to answer your questions. I’ll catch you guys in the comments. Peace!

Michael John Burns

Michael is a Web & Graphic designer based in Philippines. He started designing during his teenage years and most of his skills and knowledge are self taught. He's dating with Photoshop for about 4 years now and been flirting with HTML & CSS from 2011 to present. See his works at burnstudio. Other than that he loves Coffee and his Girl.

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Comments

  1. Michael Smith says

    Looks great but you left the project unfinished. Right now you have a static image of what you want your countdown timer to look like, not a countdown timer. You should consider partnering with another person to push this project into the development stage. Link from this tutorial to another one that shows how to take the psd files and integrate them into a live website.

  2. Lu says

    This is a great photoshop tutorial for countdown clock!!! really cool! :)

  3. says

    Wonderful tutorial ! just i was looking for this and I am so inspired from this tutolial, Thanks

  4. Justin Gilbert says

    That windmill background looks awesome. Love silhouette wallpapers. They just look so clean. That’s goin on my desktop!

  5. Sreejesh says

    Thanks for sharing idea. But I’m not a big fan of iOs7 design style. Apple remind us Simplicity is hard to achieve.

    • Michael John Burns says

      Hello Dave,

      Glad to hear that. If you wouldn’t mind. What are you planning to create? :)