|Creating An Apple iPOD
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The iPod's sleek curves and elegant functionality have taken
the world by storm, bringing the once enthusiast-only MP3 player market into the
public eye. Of course, not everybody can afford such electronic luxuries, and
there even exist those of us who would find no use for such devices anyway.
That doesn't mean, of course, that you can't save yourself some money and create
an iPod-style image in Photoshop. It's not particularly portable,
but it looks nice and is free! All you need is Photoshop and an hour or so of
free time... :)
Stage 1: The Base
Before going any further into this tutorial, seek out a source image for an
iPod model of your choice. Pop
your reference image next to your main document when working, and this will
allow you to get your proportions right and reduce needless alterations later.
Lets get started! Open
up a single-layer 800*600px document in Photoshop and Edit > Fill the
background layer with a solid
black color. Create a new layer on top (Layer > New > Layer), and set your foreground color to
Use the rounded Rectangle Tool (with the corner radius set at 25px) to draw your iPod
base (i.e. a long thin vertical rectangle). With the shape layer still
active, choose Layer > Layer Style > Stroke from the main menu and fill in
the settings shown below...
NB. If you are using a newer version of Photoshop, you will need to
ensure that the rounded Rectangle Tool (and, in fact, all shape tools
mentioned in this tutorial) have the 'Fill Pixels' option active. Any
other mode will give you the shape outline or path only.
Ctrl-click the rectangle layer thumbnail, and create a new layer on top of the
other layers (i.e. at the top of the layers palette). Choose select > modify > expand from the menu and set
the size to 3px. Press OK. Change your foreground color to #b7b7b9. Select your Gradient Tool and select the gradient that goes from 0% opacity
(i.e. transparency) to 100% opacity (i.e. solid color). Now make your
gradient in the selection on your new layer by dragging it along
horizontally right to left, as illustrated in the
example image below.
NB. If you are using a Mac, use the OPT key instead of CTRL.
Select your new gradient by CTRL-clicking the topmost (i.e. gradient) layer
thumbnail in the layers palette. Set your foreground color to #7c8185. Make
a new layer on top of all the others and then create another gradient as
shown in step 2. Now CTRL-click your new gradient, make the gradient layer
UNDERNEATH it active, and remove the excess pixels by pressing DELETE on
your keyboard. Select the gradient at the top of
the layers palette and Layer > Merge Down to merge the two gradient
layers. CTRL-Click the original rectangle shape layer, make the
gradient layer active in the layer palette, and DELETE again.
You should be left with a detailed bevel like the one on the left.
Make a new layer directly above your iPod-shape layer. Now once again
your shape layer to form an active selection. Change your foreground color to
#d4d5d7. Select the Gradient Tool with the same gradient type as before, and
create a gradient as illustrated in my example to the right. This creates a
body shine which we can adjust later.
Make a new layer on top of all the others and name it Shine. Get out
the Polygon Lasso Tool and draw a shape with a diagonal going across
middle of your iPod as shown in the animated GIF to the left. Edit >
Fill the completed shape with a solid white color (you can complete the
shape at any time by double-clicking - this will connect the ends together). Don’t worry about edges
- you can make the shape as big on the outside as you need, and remove the
CTRL-clicking on the original shape layer, making the shine layer active in
the layers palette, reversing your selection via Select > Inverse,
and then pressing DELETE on the keyboard. No need
to lower the opacity of the shine just yet - this is ideally left until the
end of the design process.
PS. If you don't like the hard-edged shine, you can add a Gaussian
blur to the shine and trim off the excess once again.
We have now finished making the basic shape of our iPod. For the sake of
neatness it may be advantageous at this moment to create a new layer
set folder (Layer > New > Group) and move all layers except the background and shine into it.
The background should remain the layer at the bottom of the layers palette
throughout this tutorial, with the shine at the top - all other
content should now be sandwiched between these two layers. You may
find it advantageous to hide both shine layers until later, as they will
show through onto work in the next two stages and may be confusing.
Stage 2: The Click Wheel
Create a new layer above your existing shape layers (yet, as mentioned
before, BELOW your shine layer), and call it ClickWheel.
Change your foreground color to #cfd0d5 and, using the Ellipse Tool, make the
basic circle shape of your click wheel (holding down SHIFT whilst you drag
will give you a perfectly round circle). With the shape layer still active,
choose Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and enter the settings
as shown on the right. Make a new layer on top of the
ClickWheel and CTRL-click your clickwheel layer. Choose select > modify
> expand, and enter in a setting of 2px. Reset your color palette so
that you have black as your foreground color and white as the background
the Gradient Tool as before and draw a diagonal linear gradient as
illustrated in my animated example below. Lower the opacity of this new
layer to 10%.
Now its time to tackle those little icons! Change your foreground color to
white (if it is not already). Use the polygon tool (3 sides) and the line tool or Pencil Tool to make the fast
forward, rewind, and play/pause icons. (if you duplicate the fast forward
button and flip it horizontally, you have a rewind button). This
is just basic mouse work - nothing too complex. All that's left
is the menu button, which looks best with Arial font text set to strong
anti-aliasing. The settings I used are as below, but sizes will vary
depending on the overall scale and design of your individual project.
Create a new layer above the ClickWheel-Gradient layer made towards
the end of step 1. Change your foreground color to #fbfbfb and use your
Ellipse Tool to make the white area in the middle of the clickwheel.
As mentioned towards the end of stage 1, now would be a good time to move
all your clickwheel layers into their own layer set for
organisational ease. If you have done everything correctly, you
should now have something that resembles my image to the right.
- Tutorial written by Jimmy1012
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