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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Detailed Electronic Keyboard in Photoshop

Hi there. In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a detailed electronic keyboard in Adobe Photoshop using advanced drawing tools.

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 10px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides, Grid & Slices and focus on the Grid section. Enter 10 in the "Gridline Every" box and 1 in the "Subdivisions" box. Also, set the color of the grid at #696969. Once you set all these properties click OK. Don’t get discouraged by all that grid. It will 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.

Step 2

Set the foreground color at black, pick the Rectangle Tool and create a 210 by 830px vector shape. Change the foreground color to green, create a 40 by 830px vector shape and place it as shown in the first image. Again, change the foreground color to yellow, create a 60 by 830px vector shape and place it as shown in the second image. One last time, change the foreground color to blue, create a 10 by 830px vector shape and place it as shown in the second image.

Step 3

Move to the Layers panel and double click on the green vector shape to open the Layer Style window. Activate the Gradient Overlay and enter the properties shown in the following image. Keep focusing on the Layers panel, make sure that the green vector shape is still selected and duplicate it (Control + J). First, right click on this copy and click on Clear Layer Style. Next, lower its Fill to 0% and open the Layer Style window. Activate the Pattern Overlay section and enter the properties shown in the following image.

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Style: Linear
Angle: 0 degrees
Scale: 100%

Pattern Overlay Blending Options Settings

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

Step 4

Focus on the Layers panel, right click on the vector shape with the Pattern Overlay and click on Convert to Smart Object. Select this new smart object, lower its Fill to 30% and open the Layer Style window. Activate the Drop Shadow and enter the properties shown in the following image.

Drop Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Overlay
Opacity: 50%
Angle: 180 degrees
Distance: 1px
Spread: 0px
Size: 0px

Step 5

Move to the yellow vector shape. Open the Layers Style window for this shape and enter the properties shown in the first two images. Duplicate your yellow vector shape (Control + J). Select this copy, Clear Layer Style and lower its opacity to 0%. Open the Layer Style window for this copy and enter the properties shown in the final image. The yellow zero from the Gradient Editor panel stands for opacity.

Inner Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Overlay
Opacity: 25%
Angle: 0 degrees
Distance: 2px
Choke: 0%
Size: 0px

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

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

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Overlay
Opacity: 30%
Style: Linear
Angle: 0 degrees
Scale: 100%

Step 6

Move to the blue vector shape. Open the Layers Style window for this shape and enter the properties shown in the first two images. Select your blur vector shape and make two copies. Select both copies, Clear Layer Style and lower their opacity to 0%. Open the Layer Style window for the first copy and enter the properties shown in the final image. Open the Layer Style window for the second copy, enter the properties shown in the final image, but inverse the angle (-75 degrees).

Inner Shadow Blending Options Settings

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

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Style: Linear
Angle: 0 degrees
Scale: 100%

Inner Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 70%
Angle: 75 degrees
Distance: 2px
Choke: 0%
Size: 1px

Step 7

For the following step you will need a grid every 5px. So, go to Edit > Preferences > Guides, Grid & Slices and enter 5 in the "Gridline Every" box. Pick a random blue for your foreground color then grab the Rectangle Tool. Create a 100 by 25px vector shape and place it as shown in the first image. Open the Layers Style window for this shape and enter the properties shown in the following images.

Inner Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Multiply
Opacity: 75%
Angle: 134 degrees
Distance: 3px
Choke: 0%
Size: 3px

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Style: Linear
Angle: 0 degrees
Scale: 100%

Step 8

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. Grab the Rectangle Tool, create a 100 by 1px vector shape and place it as shown in the first image. Lower its Fill to 0% then open the Layers Style window and enter the properties shown in the following image. Continue with the Rectangle Tool and set the foreground color at black. Create a new, 100 by 1px vector shape and place it as shown in the second image.

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Overlay
Opacity: 100%
Style: Linear
Angle: 0 degrees
Scale: 100%

Step 9

Reselect the three vector shapes created in the last two steps and group them (Control + G). Move to the Layers panel, right click on this new group and click on Duplicate Group. Obviously, this will create a copy of your group. Select it and drag it down as shown in the second image. With this new group still selected go to Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical. Keep focusing on this new group, open the Layers Style for the largest shape, focus on the Inner Shadow section and inverse the angle (-135 degrees).

Step 10

Set the foreground color at white. Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, set the radius at 3px, create a 98 by 780px shape and place it as shown below.

Step 11

Open the Layer Style window for the vector shape created in the previous step and and enter the properties shown in the first two images. Duplicate this vector shape (Control + J). Select the copy, Clear its Layer Style and lower its opacity to 0%. Open the Layer Style window for this copy and enter the properties shown in the final image.

Inner Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Angle: 0 degrees
Distance: 3px
Choke: 0%
Size: 0px

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Style: Linear
Angle: 0 degrees
Scale: 100%

Inner Shadow Blending Options Settings

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

Step 12

Pick the Rectangle Tool, create 98 by 1px vector shape and place it as shown in the first image. Open the Layer Style window for this new shape and enter the properties shown in the following images. Duplicate this vector shape, select the copy and move it down as shown in the second image.

Inner Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Soft Light
Opacity: 70%
Angle: -90 degrees
Distance: 1px
Choke: 0%
Size: 0px

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Style: Linear
Angle: 0 degrees
Scale: 100%

Step 13

Make a new copy of the vector shape created in the previous step and drag it somewhere in the middle. Now, select this new copy and make 48 new copies. Grab the Selection Tool, select all these copies along with the two vector shapes created in the previous step and simply click on the "Distribute vertical centers" button from the top bar. This should align your vector shapes as shown in the second image. Finally, group all these thin vector shapes (Control + G).

Step 14

Pick the Rectangle Tool., create a 62 by 10px vector shape and place it as shown below. Open the Layer Style window for this new shape and enter the properties shown in the following images.

Drop Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 50%
Angle: -180 degrees
Distance: 1px
Spread: 0px
Size: 2px

Inner Shadow Blending Options Settings

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

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Style: Linear
Angle: 0 degrees
Scale: 100%

Step 15

Reselect the vector shape created in the previous step and duplicate it (Control + J). Select this copy, clear the current layer style, lower its Fill to 0% and open the Layer Style window. Enter the properties shown in the following image and click OK.

Drop Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 90%
Angle: 180 degrees
Distance: 1px
Spread: 0px
Size: 0px

Step 16

Reselect the vector shape edited in the previous step and duplicate it (Control + J). Select this copy, clear the current layer style, lower its Fill to 0% and open the Layer Style window. Enter the properties shown in the following image and click OK.

Inner Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Angle: -30 degrees
Distance: 6px
Choke: 0%
Size: 1px

Stroke Blending Options Settings

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

Step 17

Reselect the vector shapes created in the last three steps and group them (Control + G). Multiply this group and place the copies as shown in the second image.

Step 18

For the following step you will need a grid every 10px. So, go to Edit > Preferences > Guides, Grid & Slices and enter 10 in the "Gridline Every" box. Set the foreground color at black, grab the Ellipse Tool, create a 60 by 780px vector shape and place it as shown in the first image. Convert it to a smart object. Move to the Layers panel, hold Control and click on the white, rounded rectangle created in step #10. This will load a simple selection around your vector shape. With this selection active, select the black circle and simply click on the "Add Layer Mask" button. Now, your masked smart object should look like in the third image. Hit Control + D to get rid of that selection. Reselect your masked smart object, change its blending mode to Soft Light and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 10px radius and click OK.

Step 19

Return to "Gridline every: 1px". So, go to Edit > Preferences > Guides, Grid & Slices and enter 1 in the "Gridline Every" box. Set the foreground color at #323232, pick the Ellipse Tool and create an 8px circle. Open the Layers Style window for this new shape and enter the properties shown in the following images.

Inner Glow Blending Options Settings

Blending Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Size: 1

Bevel and Emboss Options Settings

Style: Outer Bevel
Technique: Smooth
Depth: 100%
Direction: Up
Size: 1px
Soften: 0px

Angle: 0 degrees
Altitude: 20 degrees
Highlight Blending Mode: Screen
Highlight Opacity: 50%
Shadow Blending Mode: Multiply
Shadow Opacity: 0%

Step 20

Pick the Ellipse Tool, create an 4px circle and place it as shown below. Open the Layers Style window for this new shape and enter the properties shown in the following image.

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

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

Step 21

Select the two vector shapes created in the last two steps and group them (Control + G). Multiply these groups and place them as shown in the following image. Focus on two of these groups. Open the Layer Style window for the smaller circles and replace the gradient used in the Gradient Overlay section with the ones shown in the following images.

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

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

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

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

Step 22

Set the foreground color at black and grab the Rectangle Tool. Create a 3 by 780px vector shape and place it as shown in the following image.

Step 23

Set the foreground color at black and grab the Rectangle Tool. Create a 2 by 830px vector shape and place it as shown in the following image.

Step 24

Set the foreground color at #1e1e1e and grab the Rectangle Tool. Create a 1 by 830px vector shape and place it as shown in the following image. Open the Layer Style window for this new shape and enter the properties shown in the following image.

Drop Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 25%
Angle: 0 degrees
Distance: 1px
Spread: 0px
Size: 0px

Step 25

Set the foreground color at #070608 and grab the Rectangle Tool. Create two, 100 by 3px vector shapes, place them as shown in the following image and lower their opacity to 15%.

Step 26

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool and set the radius at 8px. Create three, 213 by 35px vector shape and place it as shown in the following image.

Step 27

Reselect the vector shape created in the previous step. Grab the Rectangle Tool, check the "Subtract from shape area" button and draw a 215 by 16px vector shape as shown in the first image. This should hide the bottom side of your rounded rectangle. Open the Layer Style window for this vector shape and enter the properties shown in the following image.

Inner Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Multiply
Opacity: 50%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 1px
Choke: 0%
Size: 3px

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Style: Linear
Angle: 0 degrees
Scale: 100%

Step 28

Pick the Rectangle Tool, create a 213 by 1px vector shape and place it as shown in the following image. Select it, lower its Fill to 0% and open the Layer Style window. Enter the properties shown in the following image and click OK.

Gradient Overlay Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Overlay
Opacity: 100%
Style: Linear
Angle: 0 degrees
Scale: 100%

Step 29

Reselect the two vector shapes created in the last three steps and group them. Make a copy of this group, flip it vertical and drag it down as shown in the following image. Open the Layer Style window for the largest shape inside your group copy, focus on the Inner Shadow section and inverse the angle (-90 degrees).

Step 30

Duplicate all the shapes made so far. Select these copies and turn them into a smart object. Select this new smart object, send it to back (Shift + Control + [ ) and open its Layer Style window. Enter the properties shown in the following image and click OK.

Drop Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 10%
Angle: 0 degrees
Distance: 10px
Spread: 0px
Size: 10px

Step 31

Reselect the smart object made in the previous step and duplicate it (Control + J). Open the Layers Style window for this copy and edit the Inner Shadow properties as shown in the following image.

Drop Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 30%
Angle: 0 degrees
Distance: 2px
Spread: 0px
Size: 6px

Step 32

Again, select the smart object made in the previous step and duplicate it (Control + J). Open the Layers Style window for this copy and edit the Inner Shadow properties as shown in the following image.

Drop Shadow Blending Options Settings

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 5%
Angle: 0 degrees
Distance: 3px
Spread: 0px
Size: 0px

Step 33

Set the foreground color at #fbfbfb and grab the Rectangle Tool. Create a shape the size of your document (600 by 1200px) and send it to back (Shift + Control + [ ). Open the Layer Style window for this new vector shape and enter the properties shown in the following image.

Inner Glow Blending Options Settings

Blending Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Size: 250

Step 34

Reselect the vector shape created in the previous step, convert it to a smart object and go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Enter the properties shown in the following image and click OK.

And We’re Done!

Here is how your final result should look.

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