Draw an iron in Photoshop – Part I

In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to draw a realistic iron from scratch. You will also learn how to create realistic shadows and highlights on plastic and metal surfaces.

Final result

Step one – Create a new document
Open Photoshop and create a new document by pressing Ctrl + N or File – New (File> New) with the settings that are listed below.
Width(Width): 600 px
Height(Height): 600 px
Resolution (Resolution): 72 px / inch
Content Background(Background Contents): White (White)

Step 2 – Upper part of the iron
Create a new layer by pressing Ctrl + Shift + N or you can create a new layer through the menu, go Layer – New – Layer (Layer-> New-> Layer) or you can click the button that is shown in the screenshot below). Name the new layer “Top”. You can also rename a layer by right-clicking on the layer and selecting the option Layer settings (Layer properties), in the appeared window in the line Name (Name) You can type in any name of your choice. In the tool menu, select the tool Pen (Pen Tool (P key) and draw a selection like in the screenshot below. (First create a contour, then right-click on the contour and select To form a selected area (Make selection).

Fill the selection that you created in step 2A (right-click on the selection and select Fill -Fill) in light gray, I used # e8e6eb.

Translator’s Note: you can just fill the selection tool Fill (Bucket Fill).

Step 3 – Add Shadows
Select tool again Pen (Pen Tool (P) and draw a contour, as in the screenshot below. (3A)

Right-click on the contour and select the option. To form a selected area (Make selection), increase Feather Radius (Feather Radius up to 2 px. (3B)

Choose a tool Dimmer (Burn Tool (O) with the following settings:
The size Brushes (Master Diameter): 65 px
Range(Range): Shadows(Shadows)
Exposition(Exposure): 50% (3C)

Apply the tool Dimmer (Burn Tool (O) on the selection you created in step 3b (3D)

Step 4 – Lightening and Extra Shadows
Add Shadows with Dimmer (Burn Tool (O) (4A)

Next, configure the tool Clarifier (Dodge Tool (O):
Brush size (Master Diameter): 74 px
Range (Range): Shadows (Shadows)
Exposition (Exposure): 47% (4B)

Brighten the plots with Clarifier (Dodge Tool), which are shown in the screenshot below (4C)

Step 5. Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N or via the menu, go Layer – New – Layer (Layer-> New-> Layer) or you can click the button to create a new layer in the bottom toolbar). Name the new layer “Spray”. You can also rename a layer by right-clicking on the layer and selecting the option Layer settings (Layer properties), in the appeared window in the line Name (Name) you can type in any name of your choice, then use the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool (L), create the following (5A).

Fill the selection (right click – Fill – Fill) which you created in step 5A in gray, I used # d0ced3 (5B).

Step 6 – chiaroscuro
Create the following selection using the selection tool (6A).

Add light and shadows with tools Clarifier / Dimmer (Burn / Dodge Tool (O) on specified areas, then create another selection with the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool (L) (6B)

Repeat step 6A this time process the selection you created in step 6B (6C).

Step 7. Create the following selection with Lasso (Lasso Tool (L) (7A).

Fill the selection created in step 7A with a light gray tint, I used #ebebed (7B).

Step 8 – Contour Stroke
Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N or via the menu, go Layer – New – Layer (Layer-> New-> Layer) or you can click the button to create a new layer in the bottom toolbar). Name the new layer “Stroke”. You can also rename a layer by right-clicking on the layer and selecting the option Layer settings (Layer properties), in the appeared window in the line Name (Name) you can type in any name of your choice, then use the tool Pen (Pen Tool (P) create a contour, as in the screenshot below (8A).

Choose a dark gray tint, I used # 6e6d68 (8B)

Right-click on the contour and select the option Contour Stroke (Stroke Path), apply a 2px gray stroke, as in the screenshot below. (8C)

Work a bit with the tool Eraser (Eraser Tool (E), as in the screenshot below (8D)

Step 9 – Additional Stroke
Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N or via the menu, go Layer – New – Layer (Layer-> New-> Layer) or you can click the button to create a new layer in the bottom toolbar). Name the new layer “Stroke 2”. You can also rename a layer by right-clicking on the layer and selecting the option Layer settings (Layer properties), in the appeared window in the line Name (Name) you can type in any name of your choice, then use the tool Pen (Pen Tool (P) create a contour, as in the screenshot below (9A).

Right-click on the contour and select the option. Stroke contour(Stroke path). In the window Imitate pressure (simulate pressure) check (9b).

You should get something like the screenshot below (9C).

Step 10 – Lighten using the Stroke option
Create a new layer, name it “Stroke 3”, add an additional stroke to the inside of the sprayer (10A).

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N or via the menu, go Layer – New – Layer (Layer-> New-> Layer) or you can click the button to create a new layer in the bottom toolbar). Name the new layer “Stroke 4”. You can also rename a layer by right-clicking on the layer and selecting the option Layer settings (Layer properties), in the appeared window in the line Name (Name) you can type in any name of your choice, then use the tool Pen (Pen Tool (P) create a contour, as in the screenshot below (10B)

Apply a white stroke of 2 px (right click – Run Contour Stroke > stroke path), as in the screenshot below (10C).

Step eleven. Using tool Lasso (Lasso Tool (L) create a selection, as in the screenshot below (11A).

Choose a tool Dimmer (Burn Tool (O) and add shadows to the selection you created in step 11A (11B)

Step 12 – Light highlights
Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N or via the menu, go Layer – New – Layer (Layer-> New-> Layer) or you can click the button to create a new layer in the bottom toolbar). Name the new layer “Light highlights”. You can also rename a layer by right-clicking on the layer and selecting the option Layer settings (Layer properties), in the appeared window in the line Name (Name) you can type in any name of your choice, then use the tool Pen (Pen Tool (P) create a contour, as in the screenshot below (12A)

Create a selection from the outline created in step 12A (right-click on the outline and select To form a selected area (Make selection) with a feathering radius of 0.3 px (12B).

Fill the selection you created in step 12b with white, as in the screenshot below (12C).

Create a new layer, name this layer “Stroke 7” and add a white highlight or stroke to the bottom of the “highlight light” (12D).

Step 13 – Creating Buttons
Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N or via the menu, go Layer – New – Layer (Layer-> New-> Layer) or you can click the button to create a new layer in the bottom toolbar). Name the new layer “buttons”. You can also rename a layer by right-clicking on the layer and selecting the option Layer settings (Layer properties), in the appeared window in the line Name (Name) you can type in any name of your choice, then use the tool Pen (Pen Tool (P) create a contour, as in the screenshot below (13A) (4A).

Fill the selection you created in step 13A with a light gray tint, I used # f3f3f3 (13B)

Step 14 – Stroke
Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N or via the menu, go Layer – New – Layer (Layer-> New-> Layer) or you can click the button to create a new layer in the bottom toolbar). Name the new layer “Stroke 8”. You can also rename a layer by right-clicking on the layer and selecting the option Layer settings (Layer properties), in the appeared window in the line Name (Name) you can type in any name of your choice, then use the tool Pen (Pen Tool (P) create a contour, as in the screenshot below (14A)

Apply a 2 px gray stroke (right-click on the outline and select Outline the contour (stroke path), as in the screenshot below (14B).

Using tool Eraser (Eraser Tool (E), process the ends of the stroke (14C).

Step 15 – Brightening and Shadows
Add light / shadows with the tool Clarifier / Dimmer Burn / Dodge Tool (O), as I did (15A).

Create a new layer, name it “Stroke 9” (Ctrl + Shift + N or after Layer – New – Layer (Layer-> New-> Layer) create a new contour with the tool Pen (Pen Tool (P) (15B).

Apply a 2 px white stroke to give a 3D look (15C).

Step 16 – Water hole
Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N or via the menu, go Layer – New – Layer (Layer-> New-> Layer) or you can click the button to create a new layer in the bottom toolbar). Name the new layer “Water Hole”. You can also rename a layer by right-clicking on the layer and selecting the option Layer settings (Layer properties), in the appeared window in the line Name (Name) you can type in any name of your choice, then use the tool Pen (Pen Tool (P) create a contour, as in the screenshot below (16A) (4A)

Fill the selection you created in step 16A with a light green tint I used # 9a9754 (16B)

Using tool Clarifier (Use the Dodge Tool (O) to add light highlights, and with the help of Dimmer (Burn Tool (O) add shadows to be like in the screenshot below. (16C)

Step 17. Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N or via the menu, go Layer – New – Layer (Layer-> New-> Layer) or you can click the button to create a new layer in the lower tool palette), then use the tool Pen (Pen Tool (P) create a contour, as in the screenshot below (17A).

Translator’s Note: the author did not indicate renaming the layer, judging by the screenshot, he called it Layer 2 (Layer 2). You can at your discretion call this layer.

Fill the contour created in step 17A (right-click the contour and select Fill contour – Fill path) in gray, I used # c3bfd8 (17B).

Apply some shadows and light with tools. Clarifier / Dimmer (Burn Tool (O) / Dodge Tool (O), as in the screenshot below (17C).

Step 18 – Creating a Green Button
Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N or via the menu, go Layer – New – Layer (Layer-> New-> Layer) or you can click the button to create a new layer in the bottom toolbar). Name the new layer “Button Hole”. You can also rename a layer by right-clicking on the layer and selecting the option Layer settings (Layer properties), in the appeared window in the line Name (Name) you can type in any name of your choice, then use the tool Pen (Pen Tool (P) create an outline, fill it with a gray tint, like I did (18A).

Create another new layer, name this layer “button 1” and create a selection with the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool (L), as in the screenshot below (18B).

Fill the selection you created in step 18B with green, I used # 838427 (18C).

Step 19 – Light highlights on the green button
Using tool Lasso (Lasso Tool (L) create a selection, as in the screenshot below (19A).

In the tool menu, select the tool Clarifier (Dodge Tool (O) with the following settings:
The size brushes(Master Diameter): 28px
Range(Range): Sveta(Highlights)
Exposition(Exposure): 19% (19B)

Add light highlights to the selection created in step 19A with the tool Clarifier (Dodge Tool (O) with the above settings (19C).

Add light highlights in different places using the same tool. Clarifier ((Dodge Tool-O key) (19D).

Step 20 – Shadows on gray buttons
Go to the “Buttons” layer, create the following selection using the selection tool (I used Lasso (Lasso Tool – (L) (20A).

In the tool menu, select the tool Dimmer (Burn Tool (O) with the following settings:
Brush size (Master Diameter): 29 px
Range (Range): Sveta (Highlights)
Exposition (Exposure): 18% (20B)

Create shadows with the tool Dimmer (Burn Tool (O) with the above settings for the selection you created in step 20A, as I did (20C).

You can find the continuation of the lesson here.

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