Phone Keyboard in Photoshop

Creating realistic objects in Photoshop can be a real challenge. The key to success is accurate detailing of small details: shadows, highlights and volume. In this lesson, you will learn how to create a realistic phone keypad using layer shapes and layer styles.

Step 1

Let’s start by creating a new document in Photoshop with a size of 600×600 pixels.

Step 2

Let’s create a background. We start by adding the “background” layer and filling it with a dark color. I used # 363636.

Step 3

Now add a texture. Duplicate the background and call the copy “texture”. Move on Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter – Noise – Add Noise), Amount (Quantity): 60%, Distribution: Uniform, activate Monochromatic. Set the blending mode of the “texture” layer to Overlay and reduce the opacity to 15%.

Step 4

Now add a gradient light effect. Set the foreground color to white (keyboard shortcut: press D to reset colors to black and white. Then press X to swap). Duplicate (CTRL + J) the “texture” layer and call the copy “gradient”. Set the fill level of the layer to 0%. Move on Layer – Layer Style – Gradient Overlay (Layer – Layer Style – Gradient Overlap):

Blend Mode (Blend Mode): Overlay
Style (Style): Radial (Radial)
Angle (Angle): 90
Scale (Scale): 117%
choose a white to transparent gradient (that’s why we set the foreground color to white)

Set the blending mode of the “gradient” layer to Overlay and reduce the opacity to 15%.

Step 5

Now proceed to the button. We use Ellipse tool(Ellipse) (U) to create a small circle. This will be the outer shadow of the button, so I called the layer “button (outer)”. My button is about 76 pixels in diameter. Set the fill level of the layer to 0%. Move on Layer – Layer Style – Bevel and Emboss (Layer – Layer Style – Chamfer and Emboss):

Style: Outer Bevel
Depth: 441%
Direction: Down
Size: 10px
Angle (Angle): 90
Altitude: 60
activate the Global Light

We get the following result:

Step 6

Now create the inside of the button. Duplicate the “button (outer)” layer and call the copy “button (inner)”. Make sure the duplicate is in the same position as the original. To duplicate a layer, right click on it and select Duplicate layer (Duplicate layer) or press CTRL + J.

Set the color of the “button (inner)” layer to darker than we used for the shadow (# 363636), and set the fill (fill) to 100%.

We should get this result.

Step 7

Now that the inside of the button is in the right place, apply the layer styles to give it realism. Let’s start with Drop shadow (Shadow).

Step 8

Now tune Inner shadow (Inner shadow).

Step 9

Now we will set up Inner glow (Internal glow). This will add texture to the button.

Step 10

Go to Bevel and Emboss (Chamfer and embossing). This will add even more realism and volume to the button.

Step 11

Next, go to Gradient overlay (Gradient overlap). This will add lighting to the button.

Now, after all the settings, we get the following result:

Step 12

Let’s add the numbers and letters on the button. For this we use the tool Type tool (Text) (T) to write the number (I used the font Helvetica, size 40pt). Then, again using Type tool (Text) (T), write letters (Helvetica slanted font, size 15 pt).

Step 13

Add a layer style to the labels. Inner shadow (Inner shadow).

Select the button and labels, right-click on the layers and select New Group from Layers (New group of layers) or press Ctrl + G.

We get the following result:


Now we simply duplicate the group with the button and change the labels. Look at the final image to know what numbers are other letters.
You have just created a realistic phone keypad using only layer styles. I hope you learn the skills you have learned in your future projects.

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