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How to Create a Flip Clock and a Flip Calendar in Adobe Photoshop

Hi there. In the following tutorial your will learn how to create a flip clock and a flip calendar using several vector shapes along with some basic Photoshop effects and techniques. Follow these thirty-seven simple steps and you might learn some new stuff about working with the grid and the snap to grid.

Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

Step 1

Open Photoshop and hit Control + N. This will open the New window. Enter all the data shown in the following image and click OK.

Step 2

Go to the Layers panel. By default, Photoshop created a locked layer named "Background". Hold Alt and double click on it. This will immediately unlock your layer. Double click on it and the Layer Style window will open. Go to the Gradient Overlay section and enter all the data shown below.

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blending Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Style: Radial
Angle: 90
Scale: 150%

Step 3

Here is how you work should look like so far. Go to the Layers panel, right click on your only layer and go to Convert to Smart Object.

Step 4

Reselect the Smart Object created in the previous step and go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Drag the Amout slider at 1.25%, check the Gaussian and the Monochromatic boxes then click OK. In the end it should look like in the following image. This will be the background.

Step 5

Enable the Grid (View > Show > Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap To > Grid). For the moment you need a grid every 5px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides, Grid & Slices and focus on the Grid section. Enter 5 in the Gridline Every box and 1 in the Subdivision box. Also, set the color of the grid at R=65 G=65 B=65. Once you set all these properties click OK. Don’t get discouraged by all that grid. It willl ease your work later. You should also open the Info panel (Window > Info) for a live preview with the size and position of your shapes. Do not forget to replace the unit of measurement to pixels from the fly-out menu of the Info panel.

Step 6

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool(U) and set the foreground color at R=30 G=30 B=30. Move to the top bar and enter 35px in the Radius box. Now, create a 480 by 345px vector shape. Go to the Layera panel, double click on this layer and enter the Inner Glow effect shown below.

Inner Glow Blending Options Settings

Blending Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Size: 25

Step 7

Disable Grid (Control + "). Go to the Layers panel, select the layer created in the previous step and duplicate it (Control + J). Right click on this new layer (in the Layers panel) and go to Clear Layers Style. Once again, right click on this new layer. This time go to Convert to Smart Object.

Step 8

Select the smart object created in the previous step and go to Filter > Render > Fibers. Drag the Variange slider at 30 and the Strenght slider at 64 then click OK. Make sure that your smar object is still selected and go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. Set the Angle at 90 degrees, drag the Distance slider to 100px and click OK. In the end it shoudl look somewhat like in the following image.

Step 9

Go to the Layers panel and, hold Control and click on the mask that stands for the vector shape created in the sixth step. This will load a selection around that shape. Let’s turn it into a mask for the shape edited in the previous step. Select this shape and focus to the bottom bar of the Layers panel. Simply click on the Add Layer Mask button. In the end your shape will be masked as shown in the second image.

Step 10

Reselect the masked shape from the previous step, lower its opacity to 20% and the blending mode to Multiply.

Step 11

Reselect the vector shaspe created in the sixth step and duplicate it (Control + J). Select this copy, bring it in the top of the Layers panel (Shift + Control + ] ) and Clear its Layer Style. Also, replace the existing fill color with R=183 G=183 B=183.

Step 12

Select the vector mask that came with the layer created in the previous step and pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool(U). Go to the top bar, enter 35 in the Radius box and click on the "Substract from Shape Area" icon. Now, draw a 470 by 225px path as shown in the following image. This will hide a big part from your grey, rounded rectangle. In the end you should have a thin, grey frame as shown in the following image.

Step 13

Re-enable the Grid (Control + "). Go to the Layers panel, double click on the vector shape created in the previous step and enter the properties shown in the following images.

Drop Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 70%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 2px
Spread: 0px
Size: 1px

Inner Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 2px
Choke: 0%
Size: 1px

Outer Glow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 15%
Spread: 0%
Size: 10px

Inner Glow Blending Options Settings

Blending Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Size: 3

Stroke Blending Options Settings

Size: 1px
Position: Outside
Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Fill Type: Gradient

Step 14

Continue with the Rounded Rectangle Tool(U) and focus on the left side of your work. Create a 20 by 295 px path, place it as shown in the following image and make sure that the fill colort is set at R=65 G=65 B=65. Double click on this vector shape and enter the properties shown below. The yellow numbers from the gradient image stand for opacity percentage, while the white numbers stand for location percentage.

Inner Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 75%
Angle: -180 degrees
Distance: 2px
Choke: 0%
Size: 5px

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Style: Linear
Angle: 180
Scale: 150%

Step 15

Reselect the path created in the previous step and duplicate it (Control + J). Select this copy and move it to the right as shown in the first image. Double click on this copy (in the Layers panel) and set the Angle for the Inner Shadow and the Gradient Overlay at 0 degrees. Reselect both shapes and send them in the bottom of the Layers panel (Shift + Control + [ ).

Step 16

Reselect the Rounded Rectangle Tool(U). Create a 460 by 50px vector shape, place it as shown in the following image and make sure that the fill color is set at R=65 G=65 B=65. Double click on this vector shape and enter the properties shown below.

Inner Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 75%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 2px
Choke: 0%
Size: 5px

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Style: Linear
Angle: 90
Scale: 150%

Step 17

Reselect the path created in the previous step and duplicate it (Control + J). Select this copy and move it down as shown in the first image. Double click on this copy (in the Layers panel) and set the Angle for the Inner Shadow and the Gradient Overlay at -90 degrees. Reselect both shapes and send them in the bottom of the Layers panel (Shift + Control + [ ).

Step 18

For the following step you will need a grid every 2.5px. Simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guids, Grids & Slices and enter 2.5 in the Gridline Every box. Grab the Rounded Rectangle Tool(U), draw a 140 by 122.5px path and fill it with R=15 G=15 B=15.

Step 19

Double click on the vector shape created in the previous step and enter the properties shown in the following images.

Drop Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 1px
Spread: 0px
Size: 0px

Inner Glow Blending Options Settings

Blending Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Size: 5

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 20%
Style: Linear
Angle: 90
Scale: 100%

Step 20

Reselect the Rounded Rectangle Tool(U) and set the radius at 5px. Draw a 130 by 112.5px path, place it as shown in the following image and set its color at R=50 G=50 B=50. Duplicate this vector shape.

Step 21

Switch to the Rectangle Tool, click on the "Intersect Shape Areas" button and select the top vector shape created in the previous step. Draw a 135 by 60px path as shown in the following image. You won't notice any difference. Turn off the visibility for the other shape created in the previous step and you'll notice the difference.

Step 22

Keep focusing on the path created in the previous step. Double click on is and enter the properties shown in the following images.

Drop Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 2px
Spread: 0%
Size: 1px

Inner Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Angle: -90 degrees
Distance: 2px
Choke: 0%
Size: 2px

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Style: Linear
Angle: 90
Scale: 100%

Step 23

Duplicate the vector shape edited in the previous step Select this copy, turn it into a Smart Object then go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Drag the Amout slider at 0.5%, check the Gaussian and the Monochromatic boxes then click OK.

Step 24

Select the other vector shape created in the twentieth step. Return to the Rectangle Tool and make sure that the "Intersect Shape Areas" button is still selected. Now, draw a 135 by 60px path as shown in the following image. Bring this new vector shape to front (Shift + Control + ] ).

Step 25

Double click on the vector shape created in the previous step and enter the properties shown below.

Drop Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Angle: -90 degrees
Distance: 2px
Spread: 0%
Size: 1px

Inner Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 2px
Choke: 0%
Size: 2px

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Style: Linear
Angle: 90
Scale: 100%

Step 26

Again, duplicate the vector shape edited in the previous step. Turn this copy into a Smart Object then go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Drag the Amout slider at 0.5%, check the Gaussian and the Monochromatic boxes then click OK.

Step 27

Disable the Grid (Control + "). Now, let’s add some text. Pick the Type Tool(T) and add your white number. Use the Impact font with a size of 80pt. Double click on this text (in the Layers panel) and enter the properties shown in the following images.

Drop Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 1px
Spread: 0px
Size: 0px

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Style: Linear
Angle: 90
Scale: 100%

Step 28

Re-enable the Grid (Control + "). For the following step you will need a grid every 1px. Again, go to Edit > Preferences > Guids, Grids & Slices and enter a in the Gridline Every box. Grab the Rounded Rectangle Tool(U), draw a 126 by 2px path and set its fill color at R=15 G=15 B=15. Double click on this fresh path and enter the Drop Shadow effect shown below.

Drop Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 30%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 1px
Spread: 0px
Size: 1px

Step 29

Continue with the Rounded Rectangle Tool(U). Set the radius at 5px then draw two, 5 by 25px paths. Place them as shown in the following image and set their fill color at R=15 G=15 B=15.

Step 30

Focus on the two shapes created in the previous step and add the layer styles shown below.

Inner Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 2px
Choke: 0%
Size: 1px

Stroke Blending Options Settings

Size: 1px
Position: Outside
Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Fill Type: Color

Step 31

Disable the Grid (Control + "). Select all the layers, paths and text that make up the flip and group them (Control + G).

Step 32

Seelct the group created in the previous step and make several copies and spread them as shown in the following image. Also, replace the existing number with some other numbers or day/month shortcuts.

Step 33

Seelct the three, top groups. Hit Control + T and resize them as shown in the second image.

Step 34

Re-enable the Grid (Control + "). For the following step you will need a grid every 5px. As always, go to Edit > Preferences > Guides, Grid & Slices and enter 5px in the Gridline Every box. Return the the Rounde Rectangle Tool and set the radius at 35px. Draw a 470 by 225px path and place it as shown in the following image. The fill color is not very impprtant. Use any color (or the color shown below).

Step 35

Disable the Grid (Control + "). Select the vector shape created in the previous step. Lower the Fill to 0%. It will make your shape invisilbe. Move to the Layers panel, double click on this invisible shape and enter the properties shown below.

Satin Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 30%
Angle: 90

Distance: 10px
Size: 50px

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 5%
Style: Linear
Angle: 90
Scale: 75%

Step 36

Duplicate the vector shape edited in the previous step (Control + J). Select this copy, clear the layer style and lower the Fill to 0%. Double click on this copy and enter the Stroke properties shown below.

Stroke Blending Options Settings

Size: 1px
Position: Inside
Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 10%
Fill Type: Gradient
Angle: -90 degrees
Scale: 100%

Step 37

Finally, duplicate the vector shape edited in the previous step. Double click on this new shape, go to the Stroke properties and set the Angle at 0 degrees..

And We’re Done!

Here is how your final result should look.

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