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May 03 2013

13:00

Create a Coca-Cola Can Using Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will teach you how to create a Coca-Cola can from scratch in Photoshop using shapes, brushes and layer styles. You are going to learn different techniques which you can apply to solve different problems in iconography, UI or web layouts. Photoshop is one of the most powerful programs out there and once you start learning your way around it, you’ll realize that what you can do with it is only limited by your imagination.
The best way to improve your skills is through discovery and experimentation. Don’t wait for a tutorial or article, grab an image and start trying to mimic its shapes, weight, light and shadows.

If you have any questions, use the comment section and I’ll get back to you. Let’s get started!

Final Result

Final result

Step 1

Open Photoshop and set up a new document with size of at least 800px by 800px.

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Step 2

Create one vertical guide and one horizontal guide and align them to the middle of your document. To do this, go to View > New Guide , choose horizontal and apply a position of 50%. Do the same for the vertical guide.

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Step 3

The first thing is to make the shape of our can. You can use your own imagination here, however, in this case, I’ve used an image for reference (although I didn’t follow the real form completely).

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Step 4

In order to keep the shape of the can equal in both sides, we will draw half of the can and duplicate it. Activate the Pen tool (P), and start drawing just half of the red shape.

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Step 5

With the red shape layer selected, press alt+shift on your shape and drag it to the side. Then, press ctrl+T, right click on the shape, select Fip Horizontal and press enter. You can also do this by going to Edit > Transform Path and select Flip Horizontal.

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Step 6

Place your second half right next to the first half, select both shape layers and, with the Pen tool activated, right click on one of the shapes and select Unite Shapes. You now have one single shape.

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Step 7

Choose a different color and repeat the steps for the top and bottom sections of the can. Make sure the Top and Bottom shape layers are on top of the red shape layer.

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Step 8

Duplicate the red shape layer, position your cursor between the two red shape layers, hold down the Alt / Option key and click to create a clipping mask. Name the layers according to the image below.

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Step 9

Welcome to the fun part! We now have a shape for our can so we are going to start giving it a realistic look. Select the Main Shape layer, open the Blending options panel (right click on the Layer > Blending options) and apply a Gradient Overlay with the following settings:

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Step 10

With the Pen tool (P), create a new black shape and place it like in the image below.

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Step 11

Right click on the new shape layer, convert it to smart object and then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and enter a value of 14. Finally, make the new shape layer a Clipping Mask like you did in step 8 and change Fill of the new black shape to 70%.

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Step 12

Using the Pen tool, create a new shape like in the image below.

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Step 13

Convert it to Smart Object, give it a Gaussian Blur of 2 and change Fill to 40%. Set it as Clipping Mask like in previous steps and set the blending mode to Overlay.

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Step 14

Create a new shape and place it like in the image below. Name this layer ‘Horizontal div1‘.

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Convert it to Smart Object and set it as clipping mask like in previous steps. Set the blending mode to Soft Light and apply a Gaussian Blur with a value of 4.

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Cmd/Ctrl + click on the Main Shape layer to select its form, then create a new layer and with a soft edge brush with size of 24px draw a straight line in the same area.

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Set the layer you have just created to Soft Light and add a layer mask to it. Select black as your foreground color and a brush size of 60px. With the layer mask selected, paint gently on the top and bottom of the black area leaving just the middle section intact. Name this layer ‘Horizontal div2′.

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Step 18

Cmd/Ctrl click on the red shape to make it selected, create a new layer, select #eeb946 as your foreground color, select a soft edge brush with a size of 100px and draw a straight line from the top to almost the bottom of the can.

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Step 19

With the newly created layer selected, set blending mode to Soft Light and Opacity to 70%. Then add a layer mask, select black as your foreground color, change brush size to 65px and flow to 30%. Start painting the right side a light yellow in order to make it slightly less visible than the left side, without removing it completely.

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Step 20

With the Pen tool activated, make a new shape similar to the one below.

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Convert it to Smart Object and apply a Gaussian Blur with a value of 15. Set blending mode to Overlay.

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Step 22

Create a new shape layer and place it in a position similar to the one below. Name this layer “Middle dark”.

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Step 23

As usual, let’s convert our latest shape layer to a Smart Object, set the blending mode to Soft light and apply a Gaussian Blur with a value of 10. Press Ctrl/Cmd+J to duplicate the layer and set the Opacity of the new layer to 40%.

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Step 24

Create two new shape layers and place them like in the image below.

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Convert each shape to Smart Object, set blending mode to Soft light and apply a Gaussian Blur with a value of 10. Do this for both shape layers.

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Step 26

Create a new shape like the one below.

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Convert the shape to Smart Object, set blending mode to Overlay and apply a Gaussian Blur with a value of 7.

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Step 28

Now let’s focus on the top section of the red shape. Locate the two layers responsible for the horizontal dark line at the top (we named them ‘Horizontal div1′ and ‘Horizontal div2′). With black as your foreground color, select the layer mask and using a soft round edge brush with size of 45px and flow at 30%, delete the area where the light goes through. Do this for each of the two layers.

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Create a new layer and select a soft edge round brush with a size of 48px and flow 100%. Click once to make a circle at the top (slightly above the line). Set blending mode to Overlay and duplicate the layer.

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Step 30

Edges are still a little bright so let’s take care of that. Locate the Main Shape layer and apply an Inner Shadow with the following settings:

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Step 31

Let’s darken the bottom section of our red shape a little bit as well. This time, Cmd/Ctrl + click on the Main Shape to make its form selected and create a new layer. Select a soft round edge brush with size of 48px and flow at 30%. Make a straight line at the bottom and set the blending mode to Soft light.

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Step 32

In order to increase the realism of the can, we are going to add a window reflection to the can itself. Using the Rectangle Tool (U), create two shapes like in the image below. Then, using the Pen tool (P), unite both shapes like we did in Step 6.

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Step 33

We now have both shapes in one unique layer. Duplicate this layer twice and position the shapes like in the image below.

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Step 34

Add a Layer Mask to one of the three layers, set black your foreground color, select the Gradient Tool (G) and choose the black to transparent gradient by either selecting directly at the top (1st image) or clicking inside the gradient bar and selecting the second gradient (2nd image).

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With the layer mask selected, hold shift and drag the mouse from the left side of the shape until you reach the middle of it making the left side transparent.

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Hold the Alt/Option key and drag the layer mask to the other shape layers in order to copy and apply the same layer mask. Then set the blending mode of all three layers to Overlay and Opacity to 18%.

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Step 37

Select #eeb946 as your foreground color, make a new shape layer and place it like in the image below.

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Step 38

Convert the shape layer to Smart Object, set blending mode to Overlay, apply a Gaussian Blur with a value of 4 and set Opacity to 70%.

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Step 39

Let’s fix the light in the top section of the red shape. Ctrl/Cmd + Click the Main Shape and, with the Brush tool using a soft round edge with size 30px and flow at 30%, darken the top right and left areas a little bit more, similar to the image below.

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Step 40

Lets intensify the dark areas in the middle of the can. Locate the shape you have created in step 22 (named ‘Middle dark‘) and duplicate it. Set Opacity of the new layer to 25%.

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Let’s proceed to the top of the can. Select the layer with the top shape and apply the following settings in the Blending Options panel:

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Make white your foreground color and select a soft round brush with 100% Flow and size 30px. Cmd/Ctrl + Click the top shape layer to make its form selected, create a new layer, start drawing very gently 3 straight lines with a gap between them and place horizontally centered. Set blending mode to Overlay. Try to mimic the image below.

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Do the same thing as in the previous step, however, this time make a line with no gaps and covering the top portion of the shape.

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Step 44

Time for shadows. Use the same technique but make small spots along the top shape. Intensify the darkness in the right and left edges.

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Finally, make a thin line to give our top shape a 3D look and feel. Place it vertically and horizontally centered.

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Let’s now take care of the bottom part of the can. Apply the following settings in the Blending Options panel:

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The technique will be the same we used on the top part of the can. Cmd/Ctrl + click on the bottom shape layer and create a new layer. With a soft round edge brush with size 21px and flow at 100%, highlight the top part of the shape. Set blending mode to Overlay. Then, create another layer and do the same thing but this time make a vertical line covering the entire height of the shape, following the light of the red shape. Change the blending mode of the latest layer to Soft Light.

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Step 48

Apply the same method to darken the left and right edges of the bottom shape. Set blending mode to Overlay and Opacity to 70%.

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Let’s darken the middle a little bit more. Do the same thing as in previous steps and make something like the image below. Set blending mode to Soft Light and Opacity to 60%.

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Create a new layer and draw a shape similar to the one in the image below. Give it a color of #311010.

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Convert the shape to Smart Object, apply a Gaussian Blur with a value of 5. Set the layer’s blending mode to Overlay and set Opacity to 20%.

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Step 52

Create a new shape to act like the image below. Add a layer mask and, using the Gradient Tool (G), remove the top and bottom areas of that shape exactly like we did in Steps 34 and 35.

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Set Opacity to 20% and blending mode to Overlay.

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Step 54

Looking good. Grab the Coca-Cola logo that’s below this sentence, press Cmd/Ctrl + T to open the Transform panel and rotate in order to adjust it to the correct position.

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Step 55

Let’s add some water drops. Using the Elipse Tool (U), create a circle shape and apply the following settings:

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Step 56

Copy the previous layer style, then create several shapes using the Pen tool and Elipse tool and past the same layer style to each shape. Organize the layers into a folder and duplicate your drops across the can.

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Hope you have found this tutorial useful for your future projects. Any questions you may have, please use the comment section below.

December 22 2010

10:00

Create Amazing 3D Portfolio Dark Layout In Photoshop

Hello there everybody and welcome to another PSD web design tutorial here at 1stwebdesigner! In this tutorial

you will learn how to create a 3D like design using  simple gradients and other effects how to achieve great layout without any big problems. Now I will guide you through this tutorial and I am sure you will learn a few tricks as well!

Let’s get started – I hope you will make out together with me until successful finish together !

Resources you will need to complete this tutorial:

Here is what we will making, click on image for full preview:

Before we get started download first 960grid system for easy Guideline creation.

Open 960_download\templates\photoshop\960_grid_12_col.psd

We also need to make sure that our Rulers and Guides are viewed. By pressing

  • CTRL + R (View Rulers)
  • CTRL + ; (View Guides)

CTRL + SHIFT + C to change the canvas size.

Step1 Working with Background and Header

Rename the layer1 to Header (put everything in separate folder like Header, Navigation, Footer to help to be organized better).

Fill the background color to #131313.

Create new guide. Click on View > New Guide

Select Rectangular Marquee Toll(M) and make a selection from the guide we made, fill it with #0a0a0a color.

Add this Blending Option:

Stroke

  • Size: 1px
  • Color: #242424

Select Text Tool(T) and add your navigation links, place it at the top right corner.

Create another folder inside the Header name it Logo, put all your logo related layers there.

Next we will create our logo. Select Rectangular Marquee Tool(M) make a selection as shown below and fill it with any color.

Add this Blending Option to it:

Drop Shadow

Inner Glow

Gradient Overlay

Stroke

Select Text Tool(T) add up your Site Name.

Add this Blending Option to it:

Drop Shadow

Gradient Overlay

Step 2: Working with Welcome Message

Create another folder outside the Header name it welcome_displays, put all you’re welcome displays related layers there.

  • Create new Horizontal Guide 130px.
  • Select Text Tool(T) and put up your Welcome Message

For the font I used Verdana, or the Highlighted text color is #73cef8.

Add this Blending Option:

Drop Shadow

Step 3: Working with Read More Button

Create another folder inside the welcome_displays name it read_more, put all your read more related layers there.

Select Rounded Rectangle Tool(U) Radius to 15px.

Add this Blending Option:

Drop Shadow

Inner Shadow

Gradient Overlay

Stroke

Add Read More text size to 14pt, add a solid drop shadow 2px.

At the very bottom of welcome_displays layers add another layer name it background.

  • Select Linear Gradient With a foreground color #111111 and background #181818.

Step 4: Working with 3D like Ground/Holder

  • At the very top of our layers panel create another folder and name it 3D
  • Create another layer and name it Linear
  • Select Rectangular Marquee Tool(U)

Select Gradient Tool and use linear gradient. Foreground Color #111111 background #181818.

  • Now create another layer at the top of linear and name it radial
  • Hit X to reverse the background color and foreground color
  • Make sure you choose radial gradient.
  • Drag the gradient starting from the center to right.

Add this Blending Option to it:

Drop Shadow

Stroke

Now Create a 1px line color #272727

Duplicate the line and place it on the bottom:

Duplicate layer again and place it to the top.

Add this Blending Option:

Gradient Overlay

Create another line and fill it with #0b0b0b.

You can see now that we’ve got a nice 3D effect, ok – let’s use that ground effect and put something on it.

Create another layer at the very top of 3D folder and name it MacBook.

Open up the Macbook .psd file that I provided in the resources. Replace the image to some of your works and place it in our layout.

  • Below the image layer create another layer and name it Shadow
  • Select Elliptical Marquee Tool(M) and fill it with #000000

Go to Filer > Blur > Gaussian Blur;

Step 5: Working with 3 column Information

Create another folder below the 3D folder and name it 3column_info, put all your information related layers there.

Set the foreground color to #111111 background to #181818.

Add this Blending Option:

Drop Shadow

Create a 1px line as shown below.

Create a folder inside 3column_info and name it About Me.

Here is what we will be making:

Select Rounded Rectangle Tool(U) Radius to 10px.

Add this Blending Option:

Drop Shadow

Inner Glow

Gradient Overlay

Color I used

  • #010101
  • #242424
  • #1d1d1d
  • #575757
  • #2b2a2a
  • #070707
  • #525151

Stroke

Color I used

  • #000000
  • #5f5e5e
  • #000000

  • CTRL + Click to the layer to make a selection
  • Go to Select > Modify > Contract 3px
  • Fill it with any color

Add this Blending Option:

Inner Shadow

Stroke

Color I used

  • #000000
  • #2a2a2a
  • #919191
  • #2b2b2b

Above the contracted layer add your image.

Select Text Tool(T) and follow the steps as shown in the screenshots:

Grab a copy of read more button.

Create another folder and name it What I Do.

For the bullet style Select Rectangular Marquee Tool(M) and make a little Rectangle.

Add this Blending Option on it:

Drop Shadow

Inner Shadow

Gradient Overlay

Color I used

  • #000000
  • #191919

Stroke

Color I used

  • #8a8a8a
  • #000000

Create another folder and name it My Skills.

For the Photoshop, Illustrator, HTML/CSS WordPress text I used Verdana,bold, size to 18pt.

Select Rounded Rectangle Tool(M). Place it as shown in the screenshot below.

Add this Blending Option:

Drop Shadow

Gradient Overlay

Color I used

  • #252525
  • #171717

Stroke

Duplicate the layer and clear the layer style by:

  • selecting the layer
  • right-click
  • then select Clear Layer Style

Add this Blending Option to it:

Inner Glow

Gradient Overlay

Color I used:

  • #191919
  • #282828

Step 6: Working with Recent Projects

Create another folder name it recent_projects, put all your recent projects related layers there.

Apply the same format as to our headers.

Now select Rounded Rectangle Tool(U) Radius to 10px. Create 3 shapes about 12.5 px distance from the right.

  • Apply the same style as we did to our thumbnail image in our about me section.

Contract it to 3px and use the same process as we did in our thumbnail in about me. Add up your image.

Step 7: Working with Footer

Create another folder name it footer, put all your footer related layers there.

Select Rectangular Marquee Tool(M). Draw a shape at the very bottom 40px height and fill it with #0a0a0a.

Add this Blending Option:

Stroke

Now add up your copyright text. I used:

  • Verdana
  • Size:10px
  • Color #999999 and for the link #ffffff.

Finally were done! Hope you learn something on this tutorial and hope you like it. If you have any questions or tutorial request drop some comments below.

Thank you and keep coming back!

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