Create a retro style amplifier panel design in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a retro amplifier with controls using Photoshop.

Final result:

  • Download the archive with materials for the lesson
  • PSD lesson

Note: The author used paid materials. In the archive you will find an alternative version of the images to perform the lesson.

Step 1

Open Photoshop and create a new document of 2560×1440 pixels. Then select the tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool) (G) and fill the background with gray.

Step 2

Go to Filter – Texture – Craquelure (Filter – Texture – Craquelure) and set the following parameters: Crack interval (Crack Spacing) 9, Crack depth (Crack Depth) 2, Illumination (Crack Brightness) 10.

Step 3

Go to Layer – Layer Style – Color Overlay (Layer – Layer Styles – Color Overlay) and apply the following settings to the color overlay effect:

Color overlay (Color Overlay):

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Multiplication (multiply)
  • Colour (Color): # 000000
  • Opacity (Opacity): 70%

Step 4

Go to Image – Correction – Levels (Image – Adjustments – Levels) and apply the following settings:

  • Customization input shadow level (black input): 120
  • Customization input mid-tones (gray input): 1
  • Customization input light levels (white input): 181

Step 5

Using tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) (U) create a circle in the center.

Step 6

Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient Tool) (G), then go to the gradient editor and change the colors as shown in the image below.

Step 7

Add a new layer. Change tool settings Gradient (Gradient Tool) (G) select gradient style Angular (conical) (Angle Gradient). Fill the layer with a gradient using the gradient editor settings that we applied in the previous step. Then select the circle we created in step 5, for this you need to hold down the Ctrl key and left-click on the thumbnail of the circle layer.

Step 8

Go to Layer – Layer Mask – Show Selected Area (Layer – Layer Mask – Reveal Selection)

Step 9

Duplicate the circle layer and fill it with white. Change the order of the layers, place the duplicated layer on top of all layers. Then change fill opacity (Opacity Fill) to 0%.

Step 10

Go to Layer – Layer Style – Inner Shadow (Layer – Layer Styles – Inner Shadow), set the effect Inner shadow (Inner Shadow) settings:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Lightening basics (Color Dodge), color white (#ffffff)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 70%
  • Angle (Angle): 84 °
  • Global coverage (Use Global Light): Uncheck
  • Bias (Distance): 8 px
  • Tightening (Choke): 11%
  • The size (Size): 7 px
  • Circuit (Contour): Cone (Cone)
  • Smoothing (Anti-aliased): Uncheck
  • Noise (Noise): 0%

Step 11

Now select the effect Internal glow (Inner Glow) and apply the following settings:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Overlap (Overlay)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 36%
  • Noise (Noise): 0%
  • Light color: white
  • Method (Technique): Soft (Softer)
  • A source (Source): From the center (Center)
  • Tightening (Choke): 12%
  • The size (Size): 65 px
  • Circuit (Contour): Inverted Cone (Cone Inverted)
  • Smoothing (Anti-aliased): tick
  • Range (Range): 38%
  • Swing (Jitter): 0%

Step 12

Select Stamping (Bevel and Emboss) and apply the following settings:

  • Style (Style): Stamping (Emboss)
  • Method (Technique): Smooth (Smooth)
  • Depth (Depth): 1000%
  • Direction (Direction): Up (Up)
  • The size (Size): 51 px
  • Softening (Soften): 0 px
  • Angle (Angle): 90 °
  • Height (Altitude): 30 °
  • Smoothing (Anti-aliased): tick
  • Backlight mode (Highlight Mode): Lightening basics (Color Dodge), White color
  • Opacity (Opacity): 0%
  • Shadow mode (Shadow Mode): Multiplication (Multiply), Color Black
  • Opacity (Opacity): 100%

Then go to Layer – Create Clipping Mask (Layer – Create Clipping Mask).

Step 13

Duplicate the circle layer and move it up above all layers, fill the circle with white color. Then go to Filter – Making – Mezzotint (Filter> Pixelate> Mezzotint), select Type of (Type): Small dots (Fine dots).

Translator’s Note:

Step 14

While on a layer with a circle, select it (click with the mouse on the layer thumbnail). Then go to Filter – Blur – Radial Blur (Filter> Blur> Radial Blur). Make these settings for radial blur:

  • amount (Amount): 20
  • Blur method (Blur Method): Annular (Spin)
  • Quality (Quality): The best (Best)

Step 15

Change Blend mode (Blend Mode) on Multiplication (Multiply).

Step 16

Select all the layers we used to create the button / slider (all layers except the background), then merge the selected layers into a group for this, go to Layer – Group Layers (Layer> Group Layers) (ctrl + G). After that, duplicate the group and change its size, as shown in the image below.

Step 17

Select the group with a large circle and find in it a layer with a circle to which we applied the inner shadow, embossing and inner glow, then apply the following effect to this layer:

Color overlay (Color Overlay):

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Multiplication (Multiply), Color Black
  • Opacity (Opacity): 44%

Step 18

Add some shadows for the first and second round.

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Multiplication (Multiply), Color Black
  • Opacity (Opacity): 100%
  • Angle (Angle): 120 °
  • Global coverage (Use Global Light): Tick
  • Bias (Distance): 0 px
  • Swipe (Spread): 0%
  • The size (Size): 20

Then apply the effect. Shadow (Drop Shadow) with the same settings for the second circle.

Step 19

Using tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool) (U) create a square, hold Shift, then flip the square by 45 °, and position it as shown in the image below.

Translator’s Note:layer with a square must be placed between the two groups.

Step 20

Go to Layer – Layer Style – Shadow (Layer – Layer Style – Drop Shadow) and apply to the square Shadow (Drop Shadow) with these settings:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Normal (Normal), Color black
  • Opacity (Opacity): 100%
  • Angle (Angle): 120 °
  • Global coverage (Use Global Light): Tick
  • Bias (Distance): 5 px
  • Swipe (Spread): 0%
  • The size (Size): 5 px

Step 21

Now select the effect Internal glow (Inner Glow) and apply the following settings:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Lightening basics (Color Dodge),
  • Opacity (Opacity): 71%
  • Noise (Noise): 0%
  • Light color: white
  • Method (Technique): Soft (Softer)
  • A source (Source): From the center (Center)
  • Tightening (Choke): 11%
  • The size (Size): 9 px
  • Circuit (Contour): Cone (Cone Inverted)
  • Smoothing (Anti-aliased): uncheck
  • Range (Range): 50%
  • Swing (Jitter): 0%

Step 22

Now select the effect Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay) and apply the following settings:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Normal (Normal)
  • Dithering (Dither): Uncheck
  • Opacity (Opacity): 100%
  • Gradient (Gradient): dark red and light red
  • Align to layer (Align with Layer): Put a check mark
  • Style (Style): Linear (Linear)
  • Angle (Angle): 180 °
  • Scale (Scale): 100%

Step 23

After applying all the effects, a good result is obtained, but so far the image does not look realistic.

Step 24

To fix this, load the metal texture you downloaded and place it on top of all layers.

Step 25

Apply to a layer with a metallic texture. layer mask (Layer Mask), then change Blend mode (Blend Mode) on Overlap (Overlay) and reduce the opacity of the layer to 30%.

Step 26

Let’s add skin texture to make the effect more real. Place it below as shown below. Note that you will need to duplicate the texture to fill the entire screen.

Step 27

Using tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool) (U) Create 12 rectangles and arrange them as shown in the image below. Tip: First create one rectangle and place it on top (above the button / knob), then duplicate the rectangle and place it below (below the button / knob), then merge the two rectangles into one layer (Ctrl + E). On a layer with two rectangles, press the key combination Ctrl + J (duplicate layer), then go to the layer with two rectangles that we just duplicated, and press the key combination Ctrl + T, enter an angle of 30 degrees at the top and press Enter. After that, press the key combination Ctrl + Alt + Shift + T. Continue pressing Ctrl + Alt + Shift + T until the loop closes.

Step 28

Merge all the layers from the previous step into one, then go to Layer – Layer Style – Inner Glow (Layer – Layer Styles – Inner Glow) and apply the following settings:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Multiplication (Multiply)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 100%
  • Noise (Noise): 0%
  • Light color: black
  • Method (Technique): Soft (Softer)
  • A source (Source): On the edges (Edge)
  • Tightening (Choke): 11%
  • The size (Size): 5 px
  • Circuit (Contour): Linear
  • Smoothing (Anti-aliased): uncheck
  • Range (Range): 50%
  • Swing (Jitter): 0%

Step 29

Select Stamping (Bevel and Emboss) and apply the following settings:

  • Style (Style): Contour stamping (Pillow Emboss)
  • Method (Technique): Soft cut (Chisel Soft)
  • Depth (Depth): 500%
  • Direction (Direction): Up (Up)
  • The size (Size): 3 px
  • Softening (Soften): 0 px
  • Angle (Angle): 120 °
  • Height (Altitude): 30 °
  • Smoothing (Anti-aliased): Uncheck
  • Backlight mode (Highlight Mode): Lightening basics (Color Dodge), White color
  • Opacity (Opacity): 50%
  • Shadow mode (Shadow Mode): Darkening basics (Color Burn), Color Black
  • Opacity (Opacity): 50%

Step 30

Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient Overlay) and apply these settings:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Lightening basics (Color dodge)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 40%
  • Gradient (Gradient): Apply the same settings to the gradient we used earlier for the circle.
  • Align to layer (Align with Layer): Put a check mark
  • Style (Style): Radial (Radial)
  • Angle (Angle): 90 °
  • Scale (Scale): 125%

Step 31

Select Pattern overlay (Patter Overlay) and use a metallic texture for the pattern. Make it pretty simple. Before opening the layer style window, select a texture, then go Editing – Define a pattern (Edit – Define Pattern) and select a metal texture.

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Normal (Normal)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 100%
  • Pattern (Pattern): metal texture
  • Scale (Scale): 100

Step 32

Add a new layer on top of all layers (select the previous layer, hold down the Ctrl key, click on the layer thumbnail), then go to Layer – Layer Mask – Show Selected region (Layer – Layer Mask – Reveal Selection). Then select the tool brush (Brush Tool) (B) and move the brush over the layer in red, adjusting the opacity of the brush.

Step 33

Select on the toolbar Text (Text), then install a font called Dymaxion Script and add text. I wrote the word Abduzeedo, then rasterized the text and stretched the letter A and O to fill the screen.

Translator’s Note: after writing the word Abduzeedo, draw two horizontal lines (before A and after O) with a tool Line (Line Tool). Then merge the two horizontal lines and text into one layer (Ctrl + E).

Step 34

Apply an effect to a layer with text and lines. Shadow (Drop Shadow). To apply this effect go to Layer – Layer Style – Shadow (Layer> Layer Styles> Drop Shadow), then apply the following settings to the shadow effect:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Multiplication (Multiply), Color Black
  • Opacity (Opacity): 100%
  • Angle (Angle): 120 °
  • Global coverage (Use Global Light): Tick
  • Bias (Distance): 9 px
  • Swipe (Spread): 12%
  • The size (Size): 13 px

Step 35

Select Inner shadow (Inner Shadow) and apply these settings:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Screen (Screen), color white (#ffffff)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 86%
  • Angle (Angle): -90 °
  • Global coverage (Use Global Light): Uncheck
  • Bias (Distance): 5 px
  • Tightening (Choke): 0%
  • The size (Size): 1 px
  • Circuit (Contour): Cone (Cone)
  • Smoothing (Anti-aliased): tick
  • Noise (Noise): 0%

Step 36

Now select the effect Internal glow (Inner Glow) and apply the following settings:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Darkening basics (Color burn)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 47%
  • Noise (Noise): 0%
  • Light color: black
  • Method (Technique): Soft (Softer)
  • A source (Source): On the edges (Edge)
  • Tightening (Choke): 6%
  • The size (Size): 4 px
  • Circuit (Contour): Cone (Cone)
  • Smoothing (Anti-aliased): uncheck
  • Range (Range): 59%
  • Swing (Jitter): 0%

Step 37

Select Gradient (Gradient Overlay) and apply the following settings:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Multiplication (Multiply)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 100%
  • Gradient: Light gray, black, white and dark gray.
  • Align to layer (Align with Layer): Put a check mark
  • Style (Style): Linear (Linear)
  • Angle (Angle): 90 °
  • Scale (Scale): 100%

Step 38

You can also use a metal texture on top of the text layer. The image below is the result you get after completing all the steps in the lesson.

Conclusion

In this tutorial, we created a nice retro amplifier interface using basic layer styles and metal texture. In the image below, I added a few light effects, but I will cover this in the next lesson.

Posted by: Fabio Sasso

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