In this graphic design tutorial, I’ll show you a method to create an LCD monitor completely from scratch. I will teach you how to quickly and easily achieve a realistic and detailed effect using only basic Photoshop tools, such as selection tools, some free transform commands, and sensible use of layer styles.
This is what we will create in this lesson. Click to see the full size picture.
Step 1: Creating the Document and Background
Create a new document in Photoshop with a size of 800 x 600 pixels and a white background.
Set the foreground color to white (#ffffff) and the background to light gray (# e2e2e2).
Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient tool (G)), set the radial type and then draw a radial gradient from the bottom to about the middle of the canvas.
Step 2: Draw the LCD Panel
Create a new layer above the background and name it “monitor”.
Choose a tool Rounded Rectangle(Rounded rectangle tool (U)) with a radius of 15 pixels and draw the outline of the rectangle on the canvas.
After you have created the outline, select Pen (Pen tool (P)), then right-click inside the rectangle and select Fill contour (Fill path). The color of the rectangle does not matter, as we will change the appearance of the rectangle in the near future.
After that with the active tool Pen (Pen tool (P)), right-click again inside the rectangle and select Delete contour (Delete Path).
Now you need to make the upper corners of the monitor square. To do this, select Rectangle selection (Rectangular marquee tool (M)) on the toolbar and make a selection of one of the upper corners.
After you make the selection, select the tool Fill (Paint bucketTool (G)) and fill the selection. You may have to fill this space twice so that all pixels are completely filled. Do this with only the top two corners.
Next, you need to separate the rounded corners at the bottom and place them on a separate layer. Take Rectangle selection (Rectangular marquee tool (M)) and make a selection around the bottom of your rectangle.
After you make a selection, cut (Ctrl + X / Cmd + X (for Mac OS)) and paste (Ctrl + V / Cmd + V) it on a new layer.
Move the bottom rounded corners back to its original position so that they line up in line with the monitor panel. After aligning the top, hide the layer in the Layer Panel. Remember to name the layer “chrome” to keep our work organized.
Step 3: Apply Layer Styles to the Monitor Panel
Now we will stylize our panel. Double-click the “monitor” layer in the Layers Panel to open the Layer Styles window (Layer styles), and then add the following styles.
Step 4: Adding a Chrome Layer to the Styles
Make the “chrome” layer visible and apply the following layer styles to it to give a 3D effect.
Step 5: Making the monitor shine
Create a new shine layer.
Then select the tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso Tool (L)) and make a selection through the monitor.
Fill the selection with white (#ffffff) and set Opacity layer (Opacity) by 3%.
Now it is necessary to remove excess gloss that extend beyond the edges of the monitor. To do this, click the small monitor image icon on the Layer Panel, while holding down the Ctrl / Cmd key on your keyboard. Make sure the “gloss1” layer is selected and go to Selection – Invert selection (Select> Inverse). After inverting the selection, press the Delete key and the extra part will be deleted.
Create a new “glitter 2” layer, then repeat the process – only this time make a selection a little more and set the opacity of the layer to 5%.
Step 6: Draw a black screen
Load a selection around your monitor by selecting the “monitor” layer and then passing Selection – To form a selected area (Select> Load Selection).
Create a new layer above the glitter layers (glitter 1 and glitter 2). Name the layer “black screen”, then go Selection – Modification – Compress (Select> Modify> Contract) and shrink the selection to 30 pixels.
Make sure the black screen layer is selected and fill the selection with black (# 000000).
Double click on the black screen layer and add a 1 pixel stroke using the settings below.
Step 7: Making the Monitor Screen
Load the black screen selection by selecting the layer and then Selection – To form a selected area (Select> Load Selection).
Create a new “tv screen” layer, then select Gradient (Gradient tool (G)) with a radial gradient. Set the foreground color to dark gray (# 494c50) and the background color to very dark gray (# 070908). After that, draw a radial gradient from the top edge of the selection to the bottom.
Keep the selection active, do not remove it yet.
Give a little noise by going Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise).
Deselect by pressing Ctrl / Cmd + D and then give the layer an inner shadow using the settings below.
Step 8: Glare the Screen
Let’s add reflection / shine to the monitor screen. Create a new layer above the “tv screen” and name it “screen brilliance”.
Take the tool Pen (Pen tool (P)) and draw an extensive outline crossing the screen.
Fill the outline with white (#ffffff) and set the Opacity to 1%.
Now we need to remove excess gloss that goes beyond the screen. To do this, click on the image icon of the “tv screen” layer on the Layers panel, while simultaneously holding down the Ctrl / Cmd key on the keyboard, this will automatically create a selection around it.
Make sure that the screen shine layer is selected on the Layer Panel, go through Selection – Invert Selection (Select> Inverse), then press the Delete key on the keyboard and the extra will be deleted.
Step 9: Create a webcam
To give our monitor an interesting detail, we will draw a webcam in the center of the top of the panel. Take the tool Elliptical selection area (Elliptical Marquee Tool (M)) and on the new layer “webcam1” create a circular selection in the center of the upper border of the monitor. Hold down the Shift key to get the perfect circle.
Fill the selection with black (# 000000), then add a shadow using the following settings.
Load a selection of the “webcam1” layer by clicking Selection – Load Selection (Select> Load Selection).
Create a new layer “webcam2”.
Next, the selection that we just made active, squeeze 3 pixels by passing Selection – Modification – Compress (Select> Modify> Contract).
Fill the selection with any color, then add a Gradient Overlay style using the settings below.
Load the selection of the “webcam2” layer, then compress it by 3 pixels.
Create a new layer “webcam3” and fill the selection with gray color (# 4e4e4e).
Step 10: Making the chrome shine
Take the tool Elliptical selection area (Elliptical Marquee Tool (M)) and draw an ellipse of the same height as the chrome strip at the bottom of the monitor.
Fill the selection on the new layer “chrome luster” with white color (#ffffff).
Deselect by pressing Ctrl / Cmd + D, then blur the ellipse after passing Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur).
After you have blurred the ellipse, use the command Free transformation (Editing – Free Transformation (Edit> Free Transform) or press Ctrl / Cmd + T) to stretch the right and left anchor points of the ellipse through the entire chrome bottom. In addition, drag the lower anchor point up to reduce the size of the gloss.
Move the shine so that it aligns beautifully with the chrome part.
Tip: DTo increase the brilliance, you can also add an external glow of the ellipse.
Step 11: Creating a Glowing LED
Most monitors have LEDs to indicate that they are on; To make the LCD monitor as realistic as possible, add a shining LED in the center of the bottom panel of our monitor.
Let’s start, create a new layer “LED light”.
Take Rectangle selection (Rectangular marquee tool (M)) and make a small 6×3 pixel rectangle at the bottom of the monitor
Now give the “LED light” layer an external glow and color overlay to complete the effect.
Step 12: Monitor Button Design
Now we will add controls with which the user can adjust the settings – again to make it realistic (details below).
To begin with, create four new layers, each of which name “button1”, “button2”, “button3” and “button4”, in order to maintain order in the work.
Using Rectangle selection (Rectangular marquee tool (M)), create the same rectangles that you just made for the LED. Place two buttons on each side of the LED at an equal distance from each other.
Tip: to align the buttons well, experiment with the command Layers – Alignment (Layer> Align) in Photoshop.
For each layer with buttons, apply the shadow, inner shadow and color overlay styles.
Step 13: Creating a Monitor Pedestal
Create a new layer under the layers of the monitor, name your new layer “top of support”, then take Elliptical selection (Elliptical Marquee Tool (M)). Select the ellipse under the monitor.
Fill the selection with any color (no matter what color you take, because we use layer styles and adjust the color later).
Now we duplicate the ellipse several times to thicken the support of the monitor. To do this, select the “support top” layer on the Layers panel, hold down the Ctrl + Alt keys on the keyboard and press the Down Arrow key 3-5 times, depending on what thickness of the support you want to get. Holding down Ctrl + Alt and pressing the arrows on the keyboard duplicates and shifts layers.
Select the duplicated layers and move them below the original layer (“top of support”).
Here’s what it looks like from me. I deliberately made the duplicated layers red to make it easier to see the result.
Merge duplicated layers by selecting them in the Layers panel, right-click and select Merge layers (Merge layers). Name the only new layer “bottom of support”.
We will now add a gradient overlay to the “top of the support” layer.
After we have added a gradient overlay to the “top of the heel”, apply the following layer styles to the “heel of the heel”.
Step 14: Making the Stand Reflection
Take Rectangle selection (Rectangular marquee tool (M)) and on the new layer “support stand” stretch a rectangle, starting from the bottom of the monitor to the bottom of the support. Fill the selection with black (# 000000).
Add a mask to the “support leg” layer by clicking the button Add layer mask (Add layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel.
Draw a linear gradient from bottom to top using a tool. Gradient (Gradient tool (G)). It is necessary to achieve the effect that the bottom of the rectangle merges with the support.
Now we will adjust the perspective of the support stand so that the base is wider than the top. Make sure the “support post” layer is selected and enter Editing – Transformation – Perspective (Edit> Transform> Perspective). Pull the left or right anchor point slightly outward.
Step 15: Creating a Glare of the Pedestal
Let’s give the prop a little more detail. Choose a tool Elliptical selection (Elliptical Marquee Tool (M)) and make a new layer “highlight prop”. Next, stretch a thin ellipse somewhere in the middle of the bottom of your support.
Fill the selection with white (#ffffff), then apply a Gaussian blur, passing Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur).
After you apply the blur, use Free transformation (Free transform (Ctrl / Cmd + T)) to change the shape of the ellipse. Pull the top datum down to reduce the height of the ellipse – it will look like a horizontal line of 2-3 pixels thickened in the center, in accordance with the thickness of the monitor support.
Then place the ellipse at the bottom of the support using Move (Move Tool (V)).
Now we will make a highlight in accordance with the base of the support. Use Deformation (Warp) (Editing – Transformation – Deformation (Edit> Transform> Warp)). In the options bar, select from the warp options. Arch (Arc).
Set the percent curvature value in the deformation settings panel in accordance with the contours of the base; it will be a trial and error method on your part until you get a value that fits well.
Step 16: Brighten the monitor mount
Continuing to detail our graphic design, we will add a reflective sheen to the stand. Select Elliptical selection (Elliptical Marquee Tool (M)) and stretch a large ellipse that covers about 50% of the support.
Create a new layer “glitter support”. Fill the selection with white (#ffffff) and then deselect (Ctrl / Cmd + D).
Now we need to remove the excess ellipse from the rack. Do this by selecting the “shine of support” layer, but load the selection of the “top of support” layer (by left-clicking on the layer thumbnail).
Go through Selection – Invert selection (Select> Inverse) and press the Delete key. Finally, install Opacity (Opacitya) layer “gloss support” 5%.
Step 17: Creating a Shadow Based on the Monitor
Using Elliptical selection (Elliptical Marquee Tool (M)), make a large selection below the monitor, but crossing the support; the selection should also be across the width of the monitor (approximately).
Fill the selection on the new “shadow” layer with black color (# 000000). Install Opacity (Opacity) around 5%.
Finally, blur the ellipse using a filter. Gaussian blur (Gaussian blur) radius of about 3-5 pixels.
In this graphic design tutorial, I showed you the way to create an LCD monitor using simple techniques; such as using selection and shape tools, such as an ellipse. We used a couple of Free Transform commands to change objects and shape them. When working with color, we used only layer styles (blending of color and gradient).
I hope you enjoyed this lesson, and I look forward to your thoughts, questions and comments.
Author: Richard Carpenter
Translator: Bulakh Catherine