Drawing Realistic iPad2 – Photoshop Tutorial
iPad 2! Many love it, many want it, but not many can draw it. Surprisingly, drawing it and its smart cover is not hard at all! In this tutorial I’m gonna show you how to create a complete iPad 2 with its smart cover, just exactly like the result below:
We will use lots of layer styles and vector drawing, and may be some passion to complete this sleek product. Let’s get started!
Step 1: iPad Basic Shape
Start by creating a new file with size 1500×800 px. Activate rounded rectangle tool. Set its mode to shape with radius 15 px and color: #f5f5f5.
Add Layer Style Inner Glow and Stroke.
Step 2: Screen
Draw a rectangle inside the iPad.
Add Layer Style Stroke.
Let’s create a simple image for the screen content. Create new layer and make sure it is on top of the screen layer. Paint some colors using a soft brush. Convert layer to Clipping mask by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + Alt + G. Everything you paint is now inside the screen.
Step 4: Home Button
Draw an ellipse on lower part of the iPad. Set its Fill to 0%.
Add Layer Style Inner Shadow, Bevel and Emboss, and Gradient Overlay.
In the center of the button, draw a rounded rectangle. Set its Fill to 0%. Add Layer Style Stroke.
Step 6: Camera
Draw a small black on top part of the iPad for its camera.
Step 7: Dock
Draw a rectangle covering on lower part of the screen. Set its color to #b1a9a9. Add Layer Style.
Hit Ctrl/Cmd + T to perform transformation. Right click and choose Perspective.
Pull top corner inward until we get a dock shape.
Draw white shape as seen below. Hit Ctrl/Cmd + Alt + G to convert it to Clipping Mask. Reduce its opacity to 50%.
This shape will become a reflection on the dock.
Place the icons on a group named icons. Select all icon layers by clicking on the first icon then Shift + click the last icon. Activate move tool. From the option bar click icon Distribute Horizontal Center and Align Vertical Center. You will have a nice alignment and distributed icons on the screen.
Repeat previous step to add more icons on screen and on dock.
Select icon layers on dock. Hit Ctrl/Cmd + E to merge them into one layer. Hit Ctrl/Cmd + T to perform transformation. Right click and choose Flip Vertical.
Add layer mask. Draw linear gradient from white to black until the reflection fades.
Step 16: Screen Reflection
Use lasso polygon tool to create a triangular selection on top right corner of the screen. Fill selection with white.
Add layer mask. Draw linear gradient from white to black until the reflection on the screen fades away. Put the reflection layer into a group and name it Screen Reflection.
Ctrl/Cmd + click iPad layer to create a selection based on its shape. Add layer mask onto the group. This way, the screen reflection is inside the screen.
Step 19: Smart Cover
Draw following shape. Use #6ebced for its color.
Add Layer Styles Gradient Overlay.
Above smart cover draw a rounded rectangle shape and set its Fill to 0%.
Add Bevel and Emboss.
Duplicate the shape.
Hit Ctrl/Cmd + T to perform transformation. Right click and choose Perspective. Pull top right corner until the shape match smart cover perspective.
Draw a rounded rectangle with color: #82858a. Perform perspective transformation again until we have outer side of the smart cover.
Add Layer Styles Bevel and Emboss and Gradient Overlay.
Draw another rounded rectangle and place it inside shape we have just created.
Add Layer Style Bevel and Emboss and set its Fill to 0%.
Hit Ctrl/Cmd + Alt + G to convert shape into clipping mask and place the effect inside the cover.
Step 29: Hinges
Draw a rectangle on left side of the cover. Set its color to #6ebced.
Add Gradient Overlay.
Draw a smaller rectangle behind previous shape with color: #e6e6e6.
Add Layer Style Gradient Overlay to add three dimensional appearances onto the shape.
Step 31: Shadow
Hold Ctrl/Cmd then click the iPad basic shape layer to create a selection based on its shape. Create new layer and place it under smart cover. Paint a soft shadow on the screen surface using big soft brush.
Do not remove the selection. Next, draw a soft shadow with low opacity brush on lower side of the iPad. This will be a soft cast shadow from the floor.
Create new layer and place it under all layers. Paint darker shadow under the iPad using a big soft brush. Reduce its Opacity to 50%.
Draw bigger and softer shadow. Reduce its opacity to 5%.
Now, set your brush to smaller size but keep its hardness to 0% to maintain its softness. Draw darker shadow right under the iPad. Set its opacity to 50%.
Zoom in to see smart cover closer. Draw a dark shadow right under the smart cover.
Draw shadow on the floor behind smart cover.
This is what the shadow looks like if we hide the smart cover.
Step 38: Final Result
This is the result of our tutorial. I hope you learn new technique and have some fun following this tutorial. Thank you for reading. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
Can’t achieve certain step? Here is the result’s PSD file for you to test and play with.