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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Suitcase Portfolio Illustration in Photoshop

Hey PSDFANs!

In this week’s advanced tutorial we’re going to be learning some awesome drawing techniques in Photoshop.

Never used Photoshop for drawing or illustration? Don’t worry! I’m going to walk you through every step of the way.

We’ll be creating a super realistic suitcase portfolio pretty well from scratch using Photoshop’s powerful drawing capabilities. You’ll also be following a very professional workflow, using non-destructive techniques and cutting edge organization.

Let’s get started!

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 #a7a7a7. 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 a light grey for the foreground color. Grab the Rounded Rectangle, set the radius at 10px and create a 355 by 160px vector path. Select it and go to Edit > Transform > Warp. Select Arc Lower from the Warp drop-down menu, enter 5 in the Bend box and hit Enter. Move to the Layers panel and double click on this vector path to open the Layer Style window. Activate the Inner Shadow, the Bevel and Emboss, the Gradient Overlay and the Pattern Overlay enter the properties shown in the following images then click OK. For the Pattern Overlay section you will need this pattern.





Step 3

Next, you need a grid every 1px. Simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides, Grid & Slices and enter 1 in the Gridline Every box. Set the foreground color at #74573a, grab the Rounded Rectangle Tool and draw a 1 by 5px vector path. Switch to the Direct Selection Tool, select all the anchor points that make up this new vector path, hold Alt, click on this shape and drag up 10px. This should add a copy of your path. Make sure that there’s a 5px gap between these two paths.

Step 4

Repeat the technique mentioned in the previous step and add nine new paths as shown in the first image. Select this dashed path and place it as shown in the second image. Open the Layer Style window for this path and enter the properties shown in the following images.




Step 5

Duplicate the path made in the previous step (Control + J). Select this copy, drag it to the right and place it as shown in the following image.

Step 6

Return to "gridine every 5px". So, go to Edit > Preferences > Guides, Grid & Slices and enter 5 in the Gridline Every box. Pick a light grey for the foreground color. Grab the Rounded Rectangle, make sure that the radius is set at 10px, create a 355 by 180px vector path and place it as shown in the first image. Select it and go to Edit > Transform > Warp. Select Bulge from the Warp drop-down menu, check the Orientation button, enter 7 in the Bend box and 2 in the "V" box then hit Enter. In the end your vector path should look like in the second image.

Step 7

Duplicate the vector path made in the previous step (Control + J). Select this copy, lower its Fill to 0% then open the Layer Style window. Enter the properties shown in the following image and click OK. Move to the Layers panel, right click on this copy and click on Convert to Smart Object.

Step 8

Move to the Layers panel, hold Control and click on the vector path made in the second step to load a simple selection around it. Make sure that this selection remains active, select the smart object made in the previous step and simply click on the "Add layer mask" button. Finally, get rid of that selection (Control + D).

Step 9

Open the Layer Style window for the vector path made in the sixth step and enter the properties shown in the following image.


Step 10

Reselect the vector path edited in the previous step and duplicate it (Control + J). Move to the Layers panel, right click on this copy and click on Clear Layer Style. Select the copy, lower its Fill to 0% then open the Layer Style window and enter the properties shown in the following images.



Step 11

Reselect the vector path edited in the previous step and duplicate it (Control + J). Move to the Layers panel, focus on this new copy and clear the current layer style properties. Lower its Fill to 0% then open the Layer Style window and enter the properties shown in the following image.


Step 12

Reselect the vector path edited in the previous step and duplicate it (Control + J). Move to the Layers panel, focus on this new copy and clear the current layer style properties. Lower its Fill to 0% then open the Layer Style window and enter the properties shown in the following image.


Step 13

Next, you need to work a little with Illustration. Open it and hit Command + N to create a new document. Enter 600 in the width box and 300 in the height box then click on the Advanced button. Select RGB, Screen (72ppi) and make sure that the "Align New Objects to Pixel Grid" box is unchecked before your click OK.

Step 14

Pick the Rectangle Tool and simply click on your artboard. Enter 345 in the width box and 170 in the height box then click OK. Obviously, this will create a 345 by 170x rectangle. Select it and focus on the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance). Remove the color from the fill and add a 2pt stroke. Set its color at R=116 G=87 B=58 then go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 10px radius, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance.

Step 15

Reselect the path made in the previous step, select the stoke from the Appearance panel and open the Stroke panel (Window > Stroke). Check the Dash box, enter 5pt in the first dash and gap boxes then move to the right and check the button that "aligns dashes to corners and paths ends, adjusting length to fit". In the end your path should look like in the following image. Make sure that it is still selected and go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke.

Step 16

Grab the Direct Selection Tool(A), select the top paths highlighted in the first image and simply hit the Delete key from your keyboard. Select the remaining path and hit Control + C to copy it.

Step 17

Return to the Photoshop file and simply hit Control + V to paste the path made in Illustration. Check the Shape Layer button from the Paste window and click OK. Place this new shape as shown in the first image and go to Edit > Transform > Warp. Select Bulge from the Warp drop-down menu, check the Orientation button, enter 7 in the Bend box and 2 in the "V" box then hit Enter.

Step 18

Open the Layer Style window for the vector path added in the previous step and enter the properties shown in the following images.




Step 19

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, make sure that the radius is set at 10px and create a 40 by 10px vector path. Select this new path and switch to the Rectangle Tool. Check the "Subtract" button from the top bar and draw a 40 by 5px vector path as shown in the second image. Open the Layer Style window for this vector path and enter the properties shown in the following images.



Step 20

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, create a 10 by 15px vector path and place it as shown in the first image. Select this new path and switch to the Rectangle Tool. Check the "Subtract" button from the top bar and draw a 10 by 5px vector path as shown in the second image. Open the Layer Style window for this vector path and enter the properties shown in the following images.




Step 21

Switch to "gridline every 1px" and set the foreground color at #261d19. Pick the Ellipse Tool, create a 2px circle 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 image.


Step 22

Return to "gridline every 5px". Select the three vector paths made in the last three steps and duplicate them. Select these copies, drag them to the right and place them as shown in the following image.

Step 23

Pick a dark grey for the foreground color. Grab the Rounded Rectangle Tool, create a 135 by 5px vector path and place it as shown in the first image. Select it and go to Edit > Transform > Warp. Select Bulge from the Warp drop-down menu, enter 5 in the Bend box and hit Enter. The resulting path should look like in the second image. Make sure that it is selected go to Edit > Transform > Warp. Select Arc from the Warp drop-down menu, enter 70 in the Bend box and hit Enter.

Step 24

Select the vector path made in the previous step, send it to back (Shift + Control + [ ) and drag it down as shown in the first image. Open the Layer Style window for this shape and enter the properties shown in the following images.





Step 25

Select all the shapes created in the last six steps and group them (Control + G). Select this new group and place it as shown in the second image.

Step 26

Set the foreground color at white, grab the Rounded Rectangle, create a 65 by 20px vector path and place it as shown in the first image. Select it and go to Edit > Transform > Warp. Select Arc Upper from the Warp drop-down menu, enter 20 in the Bend box then hit Enter. In the end your vector path should look like in the second image.

Step 27

Grab the Rounded Rectangle, create a 65 by 20px vector path and place it as shown in the first image. Select it and go to Edit > Transform > Warp. Select Arc Lower from the Warp drop-down menu, enter 20 in the Bend box then hit Enter. In the end your vector path should look like in the second image.

Step 28

Next, you need to create your own simple pattern. First, hit Control + N to create a new document. Enter 2 in the width and height boxes and click OK. The Grid and the Snap to Grid should be are already enabled. For this new document you need a grid every 1px. So, go to Edit > Preferences > Guides, Grid & Slices and enter 1 in the Gridline Every box. Once you set all these properties move to the Layers panel and delete the “Background” layer. Set the foreground color at black and grab the Rectangle Tool. Create a 1 by 2px vector shape and place it as shown in the following image. Now, simply go to Edit > Define Patter. Pick a name for your pattern, click OK and you got your pattern. Close this document and return to the first one.

Step 29

Return to "gridline every 5px". Set the foreground color at #b9aba4, grab the Rounded Rectangle, create a 65 by 5px vector path 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. For the Pattern Overlay section you need to use the pattern made in the previous step.




Step 30

Focus on the white vector path made in the twenty-sixth step, open the Layer Style window and enter the properties shown in the following images.







Step 31

Focus on the Layers panel, right click on the vector path edited in the previous step and click on Copy Layer Style. Move to the other white vector path (made in the twenty-seventh step), right click on it and click on Paste Layer Style.

Step 32

Switch to "gridline every 1px". Pick the Ellipse Tool, create a 10px circle 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.




Step 33

Focus on the vector path made in the previous step, pick the Rectangle Tool, create a 2 by 3px vector path 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 image.


Step 34

Select all the vector paths made in the last seven steps and turn them into a smart object. Select it and go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Enter the data shown below and click OK.

Step 35

Return to "gridline every 5px". Set the foreground color at black, grab the Ellipse Tool, create a 335 by 25px vector path and place it as shown in the first image. Convert this vector path to a smart object, lower its opacity to 80%, then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 2px radius and click OK.

Step 36

Grab the Ellipse Tool, create a 405 by 80px vector path and place it as shown in the first image. Convert this vector path to a smart object, lower its opacity to 5%, then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 10px radius and click OK.

Step 37

Grab the Ellipse Tool, create a 385 by 20px vector path, place it as shown in the first image adn go to Edit > Transform > Warp. Select Arc from the Warp drop-down menu, enter -15 in the Bend box and hit Enter. Convert the resulting vector path to a smart object, lower its opacity to 15% and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 15px radius and click OK.

Step 38

Grab the Rounded Rectangle Tool, set the radius at 20px, create a 365 by 35px vector path and place it as shown in the first image. Convert this vector path to a smart object, lower its opacity to 40% then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 13px radius and click OK.

Step 39

Select all the smart object made in the last four steps and group them (Control + G). Select this new group and simply send it to back (Shift + Control + [ ).

Step 40

Finally, let’s add the background. Grab the Rectangle Tool, create a 600 by 190px vector path and place it as show in the first image. Select it, send it to back (Shift + Control + [ ) then open the Layer Style window and enter the properties shown in the following images.



Step 41

Grab the Ellipse Tool, create a 405 by 50px vector path and place it as shown in the first image. Convert this vector path to a smart object, sent it to back (Shift + Control + [ ), lower its opacity to 40%, then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 25px radius and click OK.

Step 42

Grab the Rectangle Tool, create a 600 by 410px vector path and place it as show in the first image. Select it, send it to back (Shift + Control + [ ) then open the Layer Style window and enter the properties shown in the following image.


And We’re Done!

Here is how your final result should look.

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