Draw a microphone in Photoshop

If you know Photoshop well enough and often work on creating various collages, website layouts and other graphics. But nevertheless, you did not have to seriously engage in vector graphics. Often, users of Photoshop believe that vector graphics is the prerogative of Adobe Illustrator, the study of which takes a long time or is too expensive to buy the program.

In the end, many resort to third-party designers to create a vector part of the work, which incurs additional costs.

In fact, Photoshop has a fairly powerful vector potential for working with a vector. And this lesson is about exploring these possibilities. You will create a detailed microphone illustration that consists entirely of a vector.

You will learn what a smart object is, get acquainted with the deformation of vector shapes, creating a custom pattern, textures, lighting and much more related to non-destructive work with vectors.

Let’s get started!

Here is the final image that we will create.

Step 1

Open Photoshop and press Ctrl + N to create a new document. Enter the parameters shown in the image below. Turn on the grid View> Show> Grid (View-Show-Grid) and Snap to Grid View> Snap To> Grid (View-Binding to-Grid). For work, we need a grid with cells of 5 px. But first we need a grid of 1 px. Go to the menu Edit> Preferences> Guides, Grid Slices (Editing-Settings-Guides, Grid and Fragments). In the Grid item, in the Gridline Every field, enter 1 and in the Subdivision field, enter 1. Set the grid color to # a7a7a7.
You should also open the Info panel.Window> Info (Window-Info) to view in real time the size and position of your pieces.

Step 2

Set foreground color to # 323232. Choose a tool Ellipse tool (Ellipse) and create a 3×3 px shape. Standing on the layer with this figure, select the tool Direct selection tool (Arrow) and highlight the four anchor points. Hold the Alt key, click inside the shape and drag 2 px to the right. As a result, you should have, as in the second image below. Repeat this process until you end up with a line of 31 circles.

Translator’s Note: To select all anchor points, use the Arrow tool to drag a frame around the shape. For easier viewing, copying, and moving outlines, temporarily set the layer fill to 0%.

Step 3

Tool Direct Selection Tool (Arrow) is still active. Select all the anchor points of the shape created in the previous step. Next, hold the Alt key, click inside the shape and drag 7 px down, as shown in the first image below. Repeat the process, thus creating 33 rows.

Step 4

Deselect a shape that was edited in the previous step (using the Arrow tool, click on the canvas outside the shape). Choose a tool Ellipse tool (Ellipse). In the toolbar options on the top panel, select the mode Add (Add) and draw a new circle in 3 px. Place it between the top two lines, as shown in the image below. Next, using Direct selection tool (Arrow) select the reference points of the created circle, with Alt clamped, create a copy and move it 2 pixels to the right, as you did in step 2. Create a line of 30 circles in this way.

Step 5

Select all the contours of the line created in the previous step, duplicate and slide the copy 10x down. Repeat this action more than 30 times. As a result, you should have, as in the image below.

Step 6

Next we need a grid with internal division of 5 px. To do this, go to the menu Edit> Preferences> Guides, Grid Slices (Editing-Settings-Guides, Grid and Fragments) and in the field Gridline every (Line through) Enter a value of 5.
Set foreground color to # 959595. Choose a tool Rounded Rectangle Tool (Rectangle with rounded corners) Angle radius 120 px and create a shape of 195 x 405 px. Place the layer with this shape below the grid layer (Shift + Ctrl + [)

Step 7

Load the shape selection of the rectangle created in the previous step (Ctrl + click on the layer icon). Next, select both layers (a layer with a rectangle and a layer with a grid) in the layers panel, switch to the tool Move Tool (V) (Move) and on the top options bar and click on Align vertical centers (Alignment centers vertically) and Align horizontal centers (Align the centers horizontally). As a result, you should have, as in the second image below. Deselect (Ctrl + D).

Step 8

Select the mesh shape layer and go to Edit> Transform> Warp (Image-Transform-Warp). In the drop-down menu, select Fisheye (Fish eye). In field Bend (Bend) Type 40 and press Enter.

Step 9

Make sure the grid pattern layer is active. Again we go to Edit> Transform> Warp (Image-Transform-Warp). In the drop-down list, select Bulge (Convex). In field Bend (Bend) Enter the value 60 and press Enter.

Step 10

Once again go to the menu Edit> Transform> Warp (Image-Transform-Warp). Select again Bulge (Convex). Click on the icon Orentation (Change the orientation of the deformation) and in the field Bend (Bend) set the value to 18. Press Enter.

Step 11

Load a selection rectangle, select tool Rectangular marque tool (Rectangular selection). Hold the Alt key and create a selection at the bottom of the shape. Go to the layer with the grid shape and with the active selection, click on the Add layer mask button at the bottom of the layers panel. Deselect (Ctrl + D).

Step 12

Double-click on the rectangle layer to open the layer style window. Select the Gradient Overlay tab and enter the parameters shown in the image below. White numbers indicate the position of the marker.

Step 13

Duplicate the shape of the rectangle (Ctrl + J). Move the layer with the duplicate above the layer with the grid shape (Shift + Ctrl +]). Right-click and select Clear layer style (Clear layer style). Decrease Fill (Fill) to 0%. Then open the layer style window and enter the parameters shown in the image below.

Step 14

Duplicate the layer (Ctrl + J). Clear layer styles. Set the Fill layer to 0%. Open the layer style window and enter the parameters shown below.

Step 15

Duplicate the layer (Ctrl + J). Clear the layer styles and set the Fill layer to 0%. Add a layer style with the options listed below.

Step 16

Duplicate the layer (Ctrl + J). Open the Inner Shadow layer style and change the angle setting to 45 degrees.

Step 17

Duplicate the layer again (Ctrl + J). Change the style settings for the Inner Shadow layer as shown below.

Step 18

Select a layer with a mesh shape. Open the layer style window and enter the parameters shown below.

Step 19

Choose a tool Rounded Rectangle Tool (Rectangle with rounded corners) and set the corner radius to 5 px. Create a 205 x 25 px shape and position it as shown in the first image. Duplicate the shape layer (Ctrl + J) and go to Edit> Transform> Warp (Image-Transform-Warp). In the drop-down menu, select Bulge (Convex). In field Bend (Bend) Enter a value of 5 and press Enter. For this shape, open the styles window and enter the parameters shown below.

Step 20

Select the original shape layer and go to Edit> Transform> Warp (Image-Transform-Warp). In the drop-down menu, select Bulge (Convex). In field Bend (Bend) Enter a value of 10 and press Enter. Open the layer style window and enter the parameters shown below.

Step 21

Duplicate the shape layer (Ctrl + J), edited in the previous step. Clear the layer style and reduce the Fill to 0%. Open the style window and enter the parameters shown below. Red was used only to make it easier for you to understand the methods that we will use in the next step.

Step 22

Standing on the layer with the shape created in the previous step, load the selection of the large rectangle created in step 6 and click on the add layer mask icon at the bottom of the layers panel. Open the style window and check the box. Layer Mask Hidden Effects (The mask layer hides the effects). Go to the style tab Drop shadow (Shadow) and change red color to black.

Step 23

Set the foreground color to black. Choose a tool Rectangle tool (Rectangle) and create a shape measuring 10 x 15 px. Arrange it as shown below.
Switch to the 1x grid. To do this, go to the menu again. Edit> Preferences> Guides, Grid Slices (Editing-Settings-Guides, Grid and Fragments) and in the field Gridline every (Line through) Enter a value of 1.

Next, select the tool Ellipse tool (Ellipse). In the toolbar options on the top panel, select the mode Add (Add) and draw a 4 x 15 px shape, as shown in the image below. Open the layer style window for this shape and enter the parameters shown below.

Step 24

Duplicate the shape layer (Ctrl + J) created in the previous step. Clear the layer styles and set the fill to 0%. Then open the Layer Styles window and enter the parameters shown below.

Step 25

Choose a tool Ellipse tool (Ellipse) and create a 4 x 31 px shape. Place it as shown below. Move the layer with this shape backwards (Shift + Ctrl + [). Next, open the styles window and set the parameters shown below.

Step 26

Choose a tool Rectangle tool (Rectangle) and create an 8 x 31 px shape. Place it as shown in the first image. Next, switch to the tool Ellipse tool (Ellipse). In the tool options, select the mode Add (Add) and create a shape as shown in the second image. Now in the options tool, select the mode Subtract (Subtract) and create a shape as shown in the third image. For this shape, open the styles window and set the parameters shown below.

Step 27

Next we need to create your own pattern. To do this, press Ctrl + N to create a new 2 x 2 px document with a transparent background. Make sure the grid and snap to grid is turned on. Set the foreground color to black. Take the tool Rectangle tool (Rectangle) and create a 2 x 1 px shape as shown below. Next, go to the menu Edit> Define Pattern (Editing-Define the pattern). Give your name to the pattern and click OK. Close the document, it is no longer needed.

Step 28

In the layers panel, select the layer with the shape created in step 26. Click the right mouse button and in the opened menu select Covert to Smart Object (Convert to smart object). Open the style window and set the parameters shown below.

Step 29

In the layers panel, select the layer with the smart object and the layers with the shapes created in the last six steps and convert to one smart object. Duplicate the created smart object (Ctrl + J) and go to the menu Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontal (Edit-Transform-Flip Horizontally). Move the duplicate to the right and place as shown in the second image.

Step 30

Switch the grid with division every 5 pixels. Choose a tool Rectangle tool (Rectangle) and create a shape measuring 25 x 100 px. Place it as shown in the first image. Switch to the tool Ellipse tool (Ellipse). In the tool options, select the mode Add (Add) and create a shape measuring 25 x 10 px. Place it at the bottom of the shape created in step 30, as shown in the second image. Open the style window and set the parameters shown below.

Step 31

Choose a tool Ellipse tool (Ellipse) and create a shape measuring 195 x 40 px. Place the layer below the layer with the shape created in the previous step. Next, add layer styles with the options listed below.

Step 32

Choose a tool Ellipse tool (Ellipse) and create a 195 x 40 px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Switch to the tool Rectangle tool (Rectangle). In the tool options, select the mode Add (Add) and create a shape of 195 x 15 px in size, as shown in the second image. Move the layer with this shape below the layer with the shape created in the previous step. Add layer styles with the options listed below.

Step 33

Switch the grid with a division every 1. Select a tool Ellipse tool (Ellipse) and create a shape measuring 25 x 6 px. Place it on top of the shape created in step 30, as shown in the first image. Add layer styles with the options shown below.

Step 34

Switch the grid again with the division every 5. Choose a tool Rounded Rectangle Tool (Rectangle with rounded corners) radius 120 px. Create a 215 x 330 px shape and place it as shown in the first image. In the tool options, select the mode Subtract (Subtract) and create a shape with a size of 205 x 320 px, as shown in the second image.

Step 35

Standing on the layer with the shape created in the previous step, select the tool Rectangle tool(Rectangle), in the options select the mode Subtract (Subtract) and create a shape measuring 215 x 125 px, as shown below.

Step 36

Return to the grid with a division every 1. In the tool options Rectangle tool (Rectangle) select mode Subtract (Subtract) and create a 23 x 8 px shape, as shown in the image below.

Step 37

Standing on the layer with the shape edited in the previous step, select the tool Ellipse tool (Ellipse), in the options select the mode Add (Add) and create two 5 x 5 px shapes, as shown in the image below.

Step 38

Further by the same tool Ellipse in the mode Add (Add) for the shape edited in the previous step, create two shapes of size 5 x 6 px as shown in the image below.

Step 39

Convert the layer with the shape you edited in the previous step into a smart object. Add layer styles with the options listed below.

Step 40

Set the foreground color to white. Choose a tool Ellipse tool (Ellipse), create two 5 x 5 px shapes and place them as shown below. Select the layer with the left oval, set the Fill layer (Fill) to 0% and add a layer style with the parameters shown below. Repeat the same steps for the layer with the right oval, but in the layer style set the angle to 0.

Step 41

Using the same Ellipse tool, create two shapes of size 5 x 6 px and place them as shown below. Select one of the ovals, set the Fill layer (Fill) to 0% and add a layer style with the parameters shown below. Repeat the same steps with another oval.

Step 42

Let’s experiment a little with the color of the microphone. Select all layers except the background one and convert them into one smart object. Duplicate the layer (Ctrl + J). Set the fill copy layer (Fill) to 0%. Open the style window and set the parameters shown below.

Step 43

Duplicate the copy with the smart object again (Ctrl + J) and change the style settings for the Color Overlay layer according to the parameters shown below.

Step 44

Create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + Alt + N) and move it down (Shift + Ctrl + [). Fill the layer with color # 2d2d2d.

Step 45

Select all the layers with smart objects that make up the microphone and convert them to a new smart object. Go to the menu Filter> Noise> Add Noise (Filter-Noise-Add Noise) and enter the parameters shown below. Next, go to the menu Filter> Render> Lens Flare (Filter-Rendering-Blick) and apply the filter settings as shown below.

And we did it!

The final result.

Translator:Svetlana

Like this post? Please share to your friends: