Create Pencil in Adobe Photoshop
It is really fun to create real objects from just rectangles, squares, and ellipses. This tutorial is about creating a pencil using Photoshop. The steps are lengthy yet simple. Let’s start the tutorial.
1. Create a new-document of size 950×600 pixels. Set the resolution to 300px/inch.
2. Create a new layer. Rename it to ‘body’. Select the rectangle-marquee tool. Set its style to fixed-size. Put the value of width to 400px and height to 100px.
3. Use guides to all the edges of the rectangle and also to its vertical-center.
4. Select the gradient-tool. In the presets block, there is a settings-sign, click on it and select metal. From the window that opens, click ‘append’.
5. Apply the gradient inside the selection.
6. From the adjustment panel, select curves.
7. Adjust the curve so as to obtain the below appearance.
8. Create a new layer. Press ‘ctrl’ and click on the ‘body’ layer thumbnail to make selection of the pixels. Grab the paint-bucket tool. Set the foreground color to sea-green (#34a989). Click inside the selection and lower the opacity to 60%. Rename the layer to ‘color’.
9. Right-click on the curve layer and select ‘merge-down’. Now, duplicate the ‘body’ layer and rename it to ‘metal’. Move this layer above the color layer. Select the rectangular-marquee tool. Set its style to ‘normal’. Make a selection as below and press delete. Drag a guide to the right side of the selection.
10. Select the elliptical-marquee tool and make a below selection. Press ‘Ctrl T’ to transform the selection. Select the horizontal-scale to 50%. Press enter and delete.
11. Right-click on the selection and select make-selection. Name it to ‘ellipse’.
12. Drag the selection towards the right-edge of metal-layer. Drag one other vertical-guide to the center of this selection.
13. Grab the rectangular-marquee tool, hold ‘shift’ and make a selection as the snapshot below. Go to select inverse and press delete.
14. Press ‘ctrl’ and click on ‘metal’ layer. It will select the layer’s pixels. Select the move tool and by using the right arrow-keys from the keyboard, move the selection 3times right.
15. Press ‘Ctrl T’ and re-size the shape a little bit.
16. Select the ‘metal layer and duplicate it. Rename it to eraser. Move it below the ‘metal’ layer. Select the move tool and use arrow to move it right by 60px. From the adjustment palette, select hue-&-saturation
17. Duplicate ‘metal’ layer again and rename it to ‘shadow’. Drag it below the ‘metal’ layer. Press ‘Ctrl U’ and lower its lightness value to -100.
18. Apply ‘motion-blur’ (filter—>blur—> motion-blur). Set its angle and distance to 0 & 5. Press ‘Ctrl’ and click on metal, shadow, and bump layers one-by-one and press ‘Ctrl E’ so as to merge the three layers.
19. Press ‘Ctrl Shift N’ to create a new layer. Rename it to ‘tip’. Use the polygonal-lasso tool to make a selection as the snapshot.
20. Set the foreground color to light-yellow-orange. Grab the paint-bucket tool to fill the selection with this color. Move ‘tip’ layer below ‘body’ layer. Press ‘Ctrl d’ to deselect the selection.
21. Select the ‘body’ layer and duplicate it. Rename it to ‘tip-gradient’. In the layers-palette, move it to top. Press ‘Ctrl T’ to set the position and scale. Press ‘Ctrl U’ for hue-&-saturation settings. Set the values as below.
22. Drag this layer below ‘body’ layer. Press ‘Alt’ and click on the tip layers. This way the gradient will stick to the tip layer only.
23. Press ‘Ctrl’ and click on ‘tip-gradient’ thumbnail. Press ‘Ctrl T’ to transform the selection. Right-click on the selection and select ‘perspective’. Resize it as shown below:
24. Go to select—> load-selection and select ‘ellipse’. Position it as below and press delete from both ‘body’ & ‘color’ layers.
25. Select the ‘color’ layer and press ‘ctrl shift n’ to create a new layer. Rename it to ‘wood’. Set the foreground color to white. Fill the selection with white. Apply fibers-filter (filter –>render –>fibers). Set both variables to 10. Press ‘ctrl t’ and rotate it to 900 counter-clockwise and scale it.
26. Move this layer above tip-gradient. Press ‘alt’ and click on tip-gradient layer. Press ‘Ctrl T’. Right-click inside the selection and click on ‘perspective’. Re-size the selection.
27. Grab the elliptical-marquee tool and make-a-selection as elaborated in the snapshot below. Select ‘wood’ layer and press delete. Select the tip-gradient layer and press ‘Ctrl u’ set the saturation-value. Apply the settings.
28. Once finished, merge all the layers except background. Press ‘Ctrl E’ to merge the layers. Rename it to ‘pencil’. Press ‘Ctrl J’ to duplicate it. Rename it to ‘reflection’. Move the ‘reflection’ below the ‘pencil’ layer. Duplicate the ‘reflection; layer again and rename it to ‘shadow’. Press ‘Ctrl U’ and set its lightness-value to -90. Press ‘Ctrl T’ and lower its height by half. Press ‘Ctrl T’ to transform. Right-click inside the selection and select ‘flip-vertical’.
29. Select all the layers except ‘background’. Press ‘Ctrl T’ and rotate by some angle. Set the layers as below:
30. Select the ‘reflection’ layer. Go to filter –>blur—>Gaussian-blur. Set the radius to 3, opacity value to 60. Now, select the ‘shadow’ layer and apply the Gaussian-blur again. Set the radius and opacity to 7 & 80.
31. Apply the ‘Gaussian blur’ to the shadow layer. Re-set the positions of the three layers.
32. Go to ‘view’ and select ‘clear-guides’. Select the ‘background’ thumbnail and apply gradient-overlay.