We draw a computer mouse in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to draw a realistic computer mouse in Photoshop. The use of layer styles is key in this lesson, in particular, it concerns gradients, shadows and luminosity. To complete this lesson will take a little longer than I expected.

Final result

Step 1

We will start by creating a new document 800 x 900 px, resolution about 200 dpi. You can choose a tool Pen (Pen Tool (P), but for myself, I chose the tool Free feather (Freeform Pen Tool) although you’d better choose a tool Pen (Pen Tool) for more precise selection. In this tutorial, I just wanted to demonstrate that, no matter what shape you draw with notches or of indeterminate shape, you can use any version of the tool Pen (Pen Tool) to easily draw any desired shape that has straight and smooth lines.

Choosing a tool Pen (Pen Tool) or Free feather (Freeform Pen Tool), in the tool settings, select the option Contours (Paths). Now we draw the top of the mouse (as I said earlier, the tool Pen (Pen Tool) will be easier to use for those who do not have a solid hand).

Step 2

In the submenu tool Pen (Pen Tool) select tool Add anchor point (Add Anchor Point Tool) to add anchor points in the right places. You can use the mouse or the arrow keys to continuously move these points.

Step 3

For creating curves, anchor points have additional guide points. These guide points can be pulled in or out to create curved lines.

Step 4

The mouse begins to take shape. Zoom in (Ctrl +/-) to see how smooth and round the corners of the mouse have become, as well as to correct the reference points, by moving the points up or down where it is needed.

Step 5

Next, we will remove the individual reference points so that the contour becomes smoother and smoother. For these purposes we will use the tool Delete anchor point (Delete Anchor Point Tool).

Step 6

Remove a few more points. Next, using the guide points, adjust the curves by adding a more circular shape.

Step 7

Choose a tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool (G), fill the shape with any color shade, because the color does not matter at the moment. You can call this layer the “upper part of the mouse”.

Step 8

Double-click on the “upper part of the mouse” layer to make the window appear. Layer styles (Layer style). Select an option Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay). Set the gradient colors as shown in the screenshot below:

Result:

Step 9

On the same layer, select the next layer style option. Stamping (Bevel and Emboss).

As a result, we got a more accented shading around the entire contour of the mouse.

Step 10

The mouse looks too smooth, so we will add a little grit to its surface. Let’s go Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise), set amount (Amount) 6.5%. As soon as you apply the filter Noise (Noise), duplicate the “top of the mouse” layer.

We get the following result:

Step 11

On the “top of the mouse” layer, add the following layer style option Shadow (Drop Shadow). Install Bias (Distance) 8px The size (Size) 5px, Angle (Angle) 100 degrees.

Step 12

Next, to duplicate the layer with the top of the mouse, add Inner Glow (Inner Glow) and then lower the layer opacity to 85% (lower opacity (opacity) layer in the layers palette).

Result:

Step 13

Next, go Image – Correction – Brightness / Contrast (Image> Adjustment> Brightness / Contrast). Reduce value Brightness(Brightness) to -70.

Step 14

Choose a tool Pen (Pen Tool), draw the bottom half of the mouse.

Step 15

Right-click on the created contour and in the window that appears, select the option Fill contour (Fill Path), select the black color: # 0d0e10.

Step 16

Create a new layer, name this layer “Wheel Bevel”. Choose a tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool (U). Draw an oblong shape. Next, use the tool Free Transformation (Free transform Tool (Ctrl + T) rotate the drawn shape.

On the “Wheel Chamfer” layer, apply layer styles. Stamping(Bevel and Emboss). Apply the settings shown in the screenshot below:

Step 17

Next, we will give the emboss a bit more depth by editing Contour (Contour). Select the contour type Cone, click on it to display the window Contour Editor (Contour Editor), add points to the Contour Graph, as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 18

Next, add the option Internal shadow(Inner Shadow). Apply the settings shown in the screenshot below:

Step 19

Next, add the option Internal luminescence (Inner Glow) to create a soft outline around the bevel.

Result:

Step 20

Reduce the opacity of the “Chamfer for the wheel” layer to 85%.

Step 21

Using tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool), draw a smaller ellipse inside the already created chamfer. Fill this ellipse with black color, name this layer “Deepening”.

Step 22

Create a new layer, name this layer “Line”. Choose a tool Line (Line Tool (U), set Line thickness (Weight) 4 px. Draw a diagonal line through almost the majority of the half body of the mouse.

Step 23

In the submenu tool Pen (Pen Tool) select tool Add pivot points (Add Anchor Points Tool). Adjust the curve of the line at specific points, as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 24

Fill the line with black color by clicking the right mouse button on the line and in the window that appears, select the option Fill contour (Fill Path).

Step 25

To the “Line” layer, add layer styles. Stamping(Bevel and Emboss). Apply the settings shown in the screenshot below:

Step 26

Next, apply a layer style. Internal glow (Inner Glow). Apply the settings shown in the screenshot below:

Step 27

Place the “Line” layer below the “Dimple” layer.

Step 28

Create a new layer, name this layer “Line 2 ?. Draw a horizontal line across the body of the mouse.

Step 29

Choose a tool Add pivot points (Add Anchor Points Tool). Adjust the additional points to create a slight bend. The line at the ends should taper slightly.

Step 30

At the top of the line, pull the two guide anchor points up to create an arc. Do the same with the bottom of the line (Translator’s Note: also pull the bottom line up).

Step 31

Fill the line, and then apply layer styles. Apply first Stamping (Bevel and Emboss).

Step 32

Next, add External glow (Outer Glow) to create a soft contour line.

Step 33

For the lighter part of the line, the left side should be clearer, apply the following layer style Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

You can see the result of applying layer styles in the screenshot below. Layer style Gradient overlays (Gradient Overlay) in particular adds glare to the line in accordance with the direction of light.

Step 34

Next, we draw a wheel for the mouse. Create a new layer, name this layer ‘Castor’. Draw another ellipse with the tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) within the ‘Deepen’ shape. Press the keys (Ctrl + T) to activate the tool. Free transformation (Free Transform), and then right-click on the document and in the window that appears, select the option Distortion (Distort Tool). Apply the distortion to the ellipse so that our ellipse fits to the right edge of the “groove”, as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 35

To wheel, apply layer styles Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay). Set the gradient colors as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 36

Also increase the opacity value. Gradient (Gradients) up to 100% and also set Angle (Angle) 148 degrees. The result is in the screenshot below:

Step 37

Next, we will create ‘grooves’ for the wheel. You can use the Bounding Grid in this step by pressing the keys (Ctrl + ’). Press the (D) key to set the default colors. Choose a tool Line (Line Tool), in the settings of this tool, select the mode Fill Pixel (Fill Pixels). Now, draw several horizontal lines, all the lines in the same row.

Step 38

Next, go Editing – Transformation – Rotate (Edit> Transform> Rotate) or simply press the keys (Ctrl + T). Turn a row of lines; and then right-click on the document and in the window that appears, select the option Scaling (Scale) to reduce the width of the lines.

Step 39

To select a tool Deformation (Warp Tool), let’s go Editing – Transformation – Deformation (Edit> Transform> Warp). In the settings of this tool, in the drop-down menu, select the option Convex (Bulge), and also set the value Bending (Bend) 10%. Of course, you could do the same with the mouse in the mode Deformation (Warp) tool Transformation (Transform).

Step 40

Still in mode Free transformations(Free Transform), click on the window in the farthest corner of the toolbar Switching between free transformation and modes deformations(switch in between other transform or warp transform modes). We will switch to the tool. Distortion (Distort Tool) so that the horizontal lines or grooves repeat the bend of the wheel itself, and then switch to the tool Deformation (Warp Tool) (here you need to work with the mouse while creating the deformation) so that the grooves repeat the wheel bends.

Step 41

To the groove layer, add a layer style. Stamping (Bevel and Emboss). Apply the settings shown in the screenshot below:

Result:

Step 42

Double-click on the “mouse base” layer and in the window that appears, select the option Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay). Edit the gradient colors as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 43

As soon as you applied Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay), go to the layer with ‘grooves’ and lower the opacity of this layer to 85%.

Step 44

Go back to the “mouse base” layer to apply the layer style. Shadow (Drop Shadow). We will create a shadow from the incident light.

Result:

Step 45

Create a new layer, name this layer “Background”. Fill this layer with a tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool). Next, apply a layer style. Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

We gave the whole image a beautiful background, thus bringing it closer to realism.

Step 46

Below the “mouse base” layer, create a new layer, name this layer “Shadow”. Choose a tool Rectangle with rounded corners (Rounded Rectangle Tool), in the settings select the mode Fill Pixel (Fill Pixels), and also install Radius (Radius) at 35 px. Draw a relatively large rectangle.

Step 47

Press the keys (Ctrl + T) to activate the tool. Free transformation (Free Transform); rotate the rectangle and also distort the rectangle. Position the rectangle below the mouse. Press (Enter) when you are satisfied with the result.

Step 48

Next, on the shadow layer, apply the filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur). Let’s go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur), set the blur radius (45) px.

As a result of the blur, the shadow blurs and gradually dissolves.

Step 49

On the “mouse base” layer, right-click on the layer and in the window that appears, select the option Duplicate layer (duplicate layer). On the duplicate “mouse base” layer, click on the “F” icon with a small triangle (Translator’s Note: the icon shows layer effects or layer styles) to show the effects for this layer. Click on the eye next to the text. Effects (Effects) to turn off layer styles. Next, go Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise), set amount (Amount) 1.55%. Turning off layer styles will make filter effects visible when they are applied.

And we have completed the lesson! Our mouse turned out beautiful, everything is simple and realistic! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Final result

Author: David Ella Ella

Translator: Sadigaliyev Marat

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