Draw a communicator in Photoshop

In this lesson, we’ll draw a retro-style communicator, a voice communication device used in Star Trek: The Original Series. We will combine different styles of the layer and draw a lot by hand.

Additionally, the following resources were used in the lesson:

Step 1: Preparing the Background
Create a new file with dimensions of 600? 660 pixels. Fill the background with color: # ababab.

Step 2. Create a new layer and fill it. Gradient (Gradient) from blue to black.

Step 3. Set the blending mode Lightening (Screen) and reduce its opacity.

Step 4: Basic communicator figure
Draw a rounded rectangle with a radius of 15 pixels and a color # 625f5f.

Step 5. Activate the tool Pen (Pen Tool) and click on the upper and lower middle parts to add new points.

Step 6. Use the tool Contour Editing (Direct Selection Tool) to change each point and get the view shown below. Add a layer style Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Step 7. Duplicate the basic form we just created by pressing the key combination Ctrl + J. Change the color to # 2f2229, size up to 98% and add Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Step 8. Duplicate the shape layer by pressing the key combination Ctrl + J. Change color to # 3c3037. Add a rectangle with rounded edges in subtraction mode.

Step 9. Pinching Ctrl click on a layer to create a selection of the resulting shape.

Step 10. Create a new layer. Click Ctrl + H, to hide the edges of the selected area. Activate soft tool Brush (Brush tool). Draw a highlight on the left side of the form.

Step 11. Draw more highlights on the indicated areas. It will be easier if you make different highlights on different layers. Thus, you can reduce the opacity of the layer to reduce their brightness. Or, you can remove the layer altogether if you don’t like the result.

Step 12. Duplicate the form we created earlier. This time draw a rectangle in the mode Crossing the shape area (Intersect). Change the color to # 141314.

Step 13. Draw a new shape made from two rectangles. Draw both rectangles in mode Additions to the shape area (Add to Shape). Colour # 362b31. Add a layer style Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Step 14. Create a new layer and convert it to Clipping mask (Clipping Mask) by pressing the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + G. Paint some parts of the shape.

Step 15. Of course, do not forget about the shadows.

Step 16. Draw a rounded rectangle with the color # e1cece. Add a layer style Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Step 17. Create a new layer and convert it to Clipping mask (Clipping Mask). Draw shadows on the bottom corner to add depth to our shape.

Step 18. Draw a rectangle with color # dac9c9. Add the following layer styles. When imposing Pattern (Pattern Overlay) use the patterns specified at the very beginning of the lesson.

Inner shadow:

Internal luminescence:

Gradient overlay:

Pattern Overlay:

Step 19. Draw a rectangle overlapping the top of the previous shape. Colour # 342b30. Click Ctrl + T To transform the shape, right-click and select Perspective (Perspective). Pull the top corner until you get a trapezoid shape

Step 20. Create a new layer and convert it to Clipping mask (Clipping Mask) (combination Ctrl + Alt + G). Draw some subtle highlights and shadows.

Step 21: Button
Draw a circle with color # 706a6a.

Step 22 Duplicate the circle we just created and change its color to # d6c5c5. Resize to 95%.

Step 23 Again duplicate the shape of the circle. Resize to 95%. Add the following layer styles.

Shadow:

Internal luminescence:

Step 24 Duplicate the form. Resize to 85%. Delete all previous Layer styles (Layer Style). Replace them with these layer styles.

Internal luminescence:

Step 25. Duplicate the previous form, and then resize it to 95%. Add the following layer styles.

Shadow:

Inner shadow:

Internal luminescence:

Step 26. Merge all layers with buttons into a group. Pinching Alt, drag group to duplicate button.

Step 27: Highlights
Activate the tool Pencil (Pencil tool) and set its size to 1 pixel. Draw some white lines. Erase their ends using a big soft Eraser (Eraser) and lower the opacity of the layer by 40%.

Step 28: Indicator Light
Draw a circle with color # 706a6a and add a layer style Shadow (Drop Shadow).

Step 29. Duplicate the shape of the circle we just created and delete Layer styles (Layer Style). Resize to 85%. Change the color to # d6c5c5.

Step 30. Duplicate layer (combination Ctrl + J). Resize to 75%. Add the following layer styles.

Shadow:

Internal luminescence:

Step 31 Draw a small circle with color # ebc358. Add the following layer styles.

External glow:

Internal luminescence:

Gradient overlay:

Step 32 Set foreground color # ccb371, and then use a soft brush to paint the highlight on the top of the light bulb. Reduce the transparency of the layer to maintain the effect of naturalness.

Step 33 Combine all the layers that make up the lamp into a group, select them and click the combination Ctrl + G. Pinching Alt, drag group to duplicate it. Repeat this process two times to get two more lamps and be sure to change their color.

Step 34: Oscilloscope
Draw a circle with color # efe7e6. Add the following Layer styles (Layer Style).

Shadow:

Inner shadow:

Internal luminescence:

Gradient overlay:

Step 35 Duplicate the circle shape and resize it to 95%. Add the following layer styles.

Shadow:

Inner shadow:

Internal luminescence:

Gradient overlay:

Step 36 Duplicate the previous circle shape and resize it to 92%.

Step 37. Again duplicate the circle shape and change its size to 75%. Change layer styles using the following settings.

Inner shadow:

Internal luminescence:

Gradient overlay:

Step 38 Draw a line with a brush in 1 pixel, color # 5e4a49. It should go through the middle of the circle.

Step 39. Activate the tool Outline selection (Path Selection) and highlight the line. Click Ctrl + Alt + T, to duplicate and convert the line. AT Settings Panel(Option Bar) put 5 degrees. Press the key combination repeatedly. Ctrl + Shift + Alt + T, to repeat the duplication process.

Step 40. Duplicate the lines until they form a full circle, 360 degrees.

Step 41 Pinching Ctrl, click on the circle layer we created in step 37. Click the button Layer mask (Layer Mask). Lines are obtained inside this circle.

Step 42: Cover
Draw a rounded rectangle with the color # 956a0b. Draw another rectangle inside this one, but in subtraction mode.

Step 43 Add a layer mask and paint its lower part with black color to make it disappear in the base of the communicator. Add the following layer styles.

Inner shadow:

Stamping / bevel:

Gradient Panning:

Step 44. Draw a rounded rectangle behind the newly created rectangles. Set its color b79556. Add the following layer styles.

Emboss / Bevel:

Gradient overlay:

Step 45. Draw a circle on this rectangle. Set it to subtract mode to create a hole inside the shape.

Step 46 Highlight the circle. Convert and duplicate it by pressing the key combination Ctrl + Alt + T. Move the duplicated circle to the right. Press the key combination several times. Ctrl + Shift + Alt + T, to repeat the duplication process and fill the entire row with holes. Slightly more circles and make the second row.

Step 47. Select all the circles. Click Ctrl + Alt + T, to transform and duplicate them. Drop the duplicate below.

Step 48 Click Ctrl + Shift + Alt + D several times so that the form is completely covered with holes.

Step 49 Create a new layer and set it as Clipping mask (Clipping Mask) by pressing the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + G. Add shadows to the cover to give the image a reality.

Step 50. Duplicate the basic form of the communicator and change its color to # 493c45. Add a rounded rectangle at the top, in mode Intersections with the selected area (Intersect). Add a layer style Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Step 51 Zoom in to see the details. Activate the tool Brush (Brush tool) and select a small soft brush with a hardness of 0%. Create a new layer. Draw a subtle glare on top of the shape.

Step 52: Correction of highlights and ??shadows
Pressing Ctrl, Click on the main form of the communicator to make a shape selection. Take a big soft brush, and then paint in black the bottom of the device. Thus, the appearance of the communicator will not look so flat.

Step 53 Zoom in to see the details. Take a soft brush. Add white light on the main parts of the device.

Step 54 Again holding Ctrl, Click on the basic form of the communicator. Add more shadows on some areas to make it darker and more glossy.

Step 55: Shadow
Create an oval selection under the communicator and fill it with black.

Step 56 Deselect by pressing a combination. Ctrl + D. Navigate Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) to soften the shadow.

Step 57 Duplicate the shadow layer we just created. Apply again Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) by clicking Ctrl + Alt + F, but this time use a larger radius.

Step 58 Here is the result.

Final image

Finally, we have a finished drawing of the communicator. I also added text using the font suggested at the very beginning of the lesson. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Live long and prosper.

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