We draw a magnifier in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I will show you how to draw a magnifying glass and make the correct reflection in it.
First you must find the appropriate picture to work with. I used this photo of the newspaper. Use it freely if you want. Ok, after we have found the right image for work, we can start the lesson. Create a new document about 500×500 pixels and copy our image into it.

After that use Oval selection (Elliptical Marquee Tool) to create a circular selection, as shown in the image below and click Ctrl + J to duplicate the selected area to a new layer.

Go back to the original layer and slightly reduce it, your image should look like mine:

At this stage we are done with the background. Go to the layer with the copied fragment and load the selection. Selection – Load Selection (Select> Load Selection), then apply Filter – Distortion – Spherization (Filter> Distort> Spherize) with the following settings:

The result should be as follows:

Deselect by clicking Ctrl + D, and apply Filter – Sharpness – Sharpness (Filter> Sharpen> Sharpen) to our layer.

Apply style to current layer Inner shadow (Inner shadow):

Now I want to add some highlights to our magnifier. Create a new layer, select Oval selection (Elliptical Marquee Tool) and make the same selection as in the image below and fill it with white.

Deselect and apply Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) with a radius of about 15 pixels and blur the ellipse.

Then use Oval selection (Elliptical Marquee Tool) to create another flare, but much smaller on the new layer.

Now, when we are finished with glass, it is necessary to create a frame and a handle to it. Make a new selection like I have in the image below, then create a new layer and fill the selection with color # 272c2d.

After that use Selection – Modification – Compress (Select> Modify> Contract) and compress the selection by 4 pixels, press the Delete key to clear the selected area.

Deselect Ctrl + D, then copy the layer with Ctrl + J and move the bottom layer 3 pixels down. Now apply a style to the bottom layer. Gradient overlay (Gradient overlay).

Duplicate the current layer again and move it 3 pixels down, then duplicate it and move down 3 pixels again.

Go to the next step. Combine all the pieces of the frame together. It seems to me that the magnifier looks good, but it is not finished yet. I want to give a little more shine to our glass. To do this, create a new layer, and create a selection using Oval selection (Elliptical Marquee Tool). Then fill this selection with a gradient from white to transparent, as in my image below:

Move the selected area 5 pixels to the right and down, then press the Delete key to clear the selection.

Deselect Ctrl + D and apply Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) with a radius of about 1 pixel.

In this step, we are done with glass. It’s time to create the handle of our magnifying glass. Use Rectangle selection (Rectangular marquee tool) and create a selection as you can see in the image below and fill it with a new color on the new layer #dfdfdf.

After that use Dimmer (Burn tool) with settings: mid tones (Midtones) and with an exposure of 100% and a solid round brush of about 10 pixels, hold down the Shift key to create the first dark line.

Reduce the brush size to 4 pixels and draw an even darker line:

After that, create another selection of the same thickness as the previous one and fill it with color # 515557.

Select Dimmer (Burn tool) with settings: mid tones (Midtones) and 100% exposure to add a few dark lines again.

After that, take Clarifier (Dodge tool) (mid tone (Midtones), exposure 70%) and a solid round brush add glare.

Now that we’re almost done with the pen, deselect Selection – Deselect Selection (Select> Deselect), then using Editing – Free Transformation (Edit> Free Transform), turn and move the handle to the same position as in the picture below.

We finished the lesson. I hope you got the same good results as me.

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