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How to Create a Microwave Oven Illustration

Hi there. In the following tutorial your will learn how to create a microwave oven illustration.

Final Image

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

Step 1

Open Photoshop and hit Control + N to create a new document. Enter all the data shown in the following image and click OK. 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 #a6a6a6. Once you set all these properties click OK. Don’t get discouraged by all that grid. It will ease your work. You should also open the Info panel (Window > Info) for a live preview with the size and position of your shapes.

Step 2

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, set the radius at 10px and create a 600 by 380px shape.

Step 3

Select the shape created in the previous step. Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, set the radius at 5px, check the Subtract button and draw a 520 by 300px shape as shown in the first image. Keep this shape selected, reselect the Rounded Rectangle Tool, make sure that the radius is set at 5px, check the Add button then draw a 410 by 290px and a 95 by 290px shape as shown in the second image.

Step 4

Reselect the shape created in the previous step and duplicate it (Control + J). Select this copy and pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool. Set the radius at 10px, check the Exclude button and draw a 600 by 380px shape as shown in the first image. Move to the Layers panel and set the fill color for this copy at #4b4b4b.

Step 5

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, set the radius at 10px, create a 320 by 200px shape and place it as shown in the following image.

Step 6

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, set the radius at 10px, create a 600 by 50px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Select this new shape and go to Edit > Transform Path > Warp. Select Inflate from the Warp menu, enter 10 in the Bend box and hit Enter. Switch to the Direct Selection Tool and focus on this vector path. Select the four, left anchor points and drag them 15px to the right then select four, left anchor points and drag them 15px to the right. In the end your shape should look like in the third image. Reselect it and send it to back (Shift + Control + [ ).

Step 7

Move to the Layers panel, find the shape created in the previous step and double click on it. This should open the Layer Style window. Activate the Inner Shadow, the Gradient Overlay and the Stroke then enter the properties shown in the following images. The white numbers from the Gradient Overlay image stand for location percentage.

Inner Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 30%
Angle: -90 degrees
Distance: 38px
Choke: 0%
Size: 0px

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

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

Stroke Blending Options Settings

Size: 2px
Position: Inside
Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Fill Type: Color

Step 8

Reselect the vector path created in the third step and open the Layer Style window. Enter the properties shown in the following image and click OK.

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Style: Linear
Angle: -30 degrees
Scale: 100%

Step 9

Reselect the vector path edited in the previous step and duplicate it (Control + J). Select this copy, convert it to a smart object and go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Enter the properties shown below, click OK and go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. Set the Angle at 0 degrees, drag the slider at 80px and click OK.

Step 10

Next, you need to mask the smart object created in the previous step. Move to the Layers panel, hold Control and click on it. This will load a simple selection around your smart object. Make sure that your smart object is selected and click on the Add Layer Mask button. It's the little, rounded rectangle icon from the bottom of the Layers panel.

Step 11

Reselect the masked smart object from the previous step along with the vector path edited in the eighth step and convert them to a single smart object. Focus on this new smart object, open the Layer Style window and enter the properties shown in the following images. The yellow zero from the Gradient Overlay image stands for opacity percentage.

Inner Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 70%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 4px
Choke: 0%
Size: 0px

Inner Glow Blending Options Settings

Blending Mode: Overlay
Opacity: 40%
Size: 10

Bevel and Emboss Options Settings

Style: Inner Bevel
Technique: Smooth
Depth: 80%
Direction: Up
Size: 4px
Soften: 0px

Angle: 90 degrees
Altitude: 10 degrees
Highlight Opacity: 75%
Shadow Opacity: 20%

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 15%
Style: Linear
Angle: 90 degrees
Scale: 100%

Stroke Blending Options Settings

Size: 2px
Position: Inside
Blend Mode: Multiply
Opacity: 2%
Fill Type: Gradient
Style: Linear
Angle: 90 degrees
Scale: 100%

Step 12

Move to the Layers panel and load a selection around the smart object created and edited in the previous step. Go to Select > Modify > Contract and enter 10 in the Contract box. Click OK then go to Select > Modify > Smooth, enter 10 in the radius box and click OK. Create a new layer (Shift + Control + Alt + N) and select it from the Layers panel. Make sure that your selection is still active, set the foreground color at white, pick the Paint Bucket Tool and click inside your selection. Get rid of the selection (Control + D).

Step 13

Reselect the layer created in the previous step, lower its Fill to 0% and open the Layer Style window. Enter the properties shown below, click OK and turn the resulting shape to a smart object.

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

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

Step 14

Reselect the smart object created in the previous step, lower its opacity to 25%, change the blending mode to Overlay and go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. Enter the properties shown below, click OK and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Again, enter the data shown below and click OK.

Step 15

Select the vector path created in the fifth step, open the Layer Style window and enter the properties shown below. Here you can find the pattern used in the Pattern Overlay section.

Drop Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 80%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 3px
Spread: 0px
Size: 0px

Outer Glow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 50%
Spread: 0%
Size: 5px

Inner Glow Blending Options Settings

Blending Mode: Normal
Opacity: 30%
Choke: 15%
Size: 35px

Bevel and Emboss Options Settings

Style: Outer Bevel
Technique: Smooth
Depth: 100%
Direction: Up
Size: 5px
Soften: 3px

Angle: 90 degrees
Altitude: 10 degrees
Highlight Opacity: 45%
Shadow Opacity: 0%

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 30%
Style: Linear
Angle: 90 degrees
Scale: 100%

Pattern Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 5%
Scale: 100%

Stroke Blending Options Settings

Size: 2px
Position: Inside
Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Fill Type: Color

Step 16

Select the vector path created in the previous step and duplicate it (Control + J). Select this copy, clear its current layer style, lower the fill to 0% and open the Layer Style window. Enter the properties shown below and click OK. Remember that the yellow numbers from the Gradient Overlay image stand for opacity percentage.

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 20%
Style: Linear
Angle: -45 degrees
Scale: 100%

Step 17

Set the foreground color at #d8d8d8, pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, set the radius at 10px, create a 600 by 380px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Drag this new vector path in the bottom of the Layers panel (right above the vector path edited in the seventh step), open the Layer Style window and enter the properties shown in the following image.

Stroke Blending Options Settings

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

Step 18

Reselect the vector path created in the fourth step, open the Layer Style window and enter the properties shown in the following image.

Inner Glow Blending Options Settings

Blending Mode: Normal
Opacity: 50%
Size: 3

Step 19

Set the foreground color at #1e1e1e and pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool. Set the radius at 5px, create a 65 by 25px shape and place it as shown in the first image.

Step 20

Focus on the vector path created in the previous step, open the Layer Style window and enter the properties shown in the following images. Pick the Type Tool(T) and add a simple text. You ca use the Digital 7 font.

Drop Shadow Blending Options Settings

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

Inner Glow Blending Options Settings

Blending Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Size: 5

Bevel and Emboss Options Settings

Style: Outer Bevel
Technique: Smooth
Depth: 100%
Direction: Up
Size: 3px
Soften: 1px

Angle: 90 degrees
Altitude: 10 degrees
Highlight Opacity: 25%
Shadow Opacity: 0%

Step 21

Select the vector path edited in the previous step and duplicate it (Control + J). Select this copy and bring it to front (Shift + Control + ] ). Clear its current layer style, lower the fill to 0% and open the Layer Style window. Enter the properties shown below and click OK.

Inner Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 20%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 10px
Choke: 0%
Size: 0px

Step 22

For the following step you will need a grid every 1px. So, go to Edit > Preferences > Guides, Grid & Slices and enter 1 in the Gridline Every box. Pick the Ellipse Tool and create a 45px circle then open the Layer Style window and enter the properties shown in the following images.

Inner Shadow Blending Options Settings

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

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

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

Stroke Blending Options Settings

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

Step 23

Pick the Ellipse Tool, create a 49px circle and drag it below the vector path created in the previous step. Focus on this new circle, open the Layer Style window 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: 0px
Size: 0px

Inner Glow Blending Options Settings

Blending Mode: Normal
Opacity: 30%
Size: 4

Step 24

Pick the Rectangle Tool and set the foreground color at #969696. Create two, 1 by 3px vector paths and place them as shown in the first image. Duplicate these two path , select the copies and go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 90 CW.

Step 25

Duplicate the four vector paths created in the previous step. Select the copies and roate them 45 degrees. Select these copies along with the vector paths created in the previous step, convert them to a smart object and open the Layer Style window. Enter the properties shown in the following image.

Drop Shadow Blending Options Settings

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

Step 26

Select all the shapes created in the last four steps and group them (Control + G). Select it and place it as shown in the following image.

Step 27

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool and set the radius at 7px. Create two, 20 by 12px vector shapes and place them as shown in the following image. Switch to the Ellipse Tool, create seven, 15px by 15px circles and place them as shown below.

Step 28

Focus on the vector paths created in the previous step and add the Layer Style properties shown below.

Drop Shadow Blending Options Settings

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

Inner Shadow Blending Options Settings

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

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

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

Stroke Blending Options Settings

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

Step 29

Set the foreground color at #4b4b4b and pick the Rectangle Tool. Create a 95 by 2px shape, place it as shown in the first image, open the Layer Style window and enter the properties shown below.

Drop Shadow Blending Options Settings

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

Step 30

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, set the radius at 10px, create a 600 by 380px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Select this new vector shape, lower its Fill to 0%, open the Layer Style window and enter the properties shown in the following images.

Inner Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 20%
Angle: -90 degrees
Distance: 8px
Choke: 0%
Size: 0px

Inner Glow Blending Options Settings

Blending Mode: Normal
Opacity: 10%
Size: 25

Step 31

Return to "gridline every 5px". So go to Edit > Preferences > Guides, Grid & Slices and enter 5 in the Gridline Every box. Set the foreground color at black, pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, set the radius at 10px, create a 620 by 20px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Send it to back (Shift + Control + [ ) and convert it to a smart object then lower its opacity to 25% and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Drag the radius slider at 25px, click OK and duplicate this blurred shape. Focus on this copy, select it, lower its opacity to 8% and open the existing gaussian blur effect. Drag the radius slider at 8px and click OK.

Step 32

Make sure that the foreground color is set at black, pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, set the radius at 10px, create a 600 by 10px shape and place it as shown in the first image. Send it to back (Shift + Control + [ ) and convert it to a smart object then lower its opacity to 30% and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Drag the radius slider at 5px and click OK.

Step 33

Return to "gridline every 1px". Set the foreground color at #4a4a4a, pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, set the radius at 5px and create a 30 by 2px shape. Place it as shown in the first image and go to Edit > Transform Path > Warp. Select Arc Lower from the Warp menu, enter 10 in the Bend box and hit Enter. Keep focusing on this vector path, open the Layer Style window and enter the properties shown in the following images.

Drop Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 50%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 1px
Spread: 0px
Size: 3px

Stroke Blending Options Settings

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

Step 34

Duplicate the vector path created in the previous step, select the copy and drag it to the right as shown in the following image. Also, send both vector paths to back (Shift + Control + [ ).

Step 35

Finally, let’s add a simple background. Go to the bottom of 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. Open the Layer Style window for this new layer, enter the properties shown in the following images, click OK and you’re done.

Inner Glow Blending Options Settings

Blending Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Size: 250

Color Overlay Options Settings

Blending Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%

And We’re Done!

Here is how your final result should look.

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