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Sony Ericsson W800 Photoshop Tutorial: Stephen Knox


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Welcome to this very detailed tutorial that teaches you how to draw the Sony Ericsson w800 Walkman phone from scratch in photoshop. This is my first tutorial and I've only been photoshopping for about a month so it would be great if you could leave me some comments on it by emailing me (details at the bottom)! Thanks!

This image and tutorial took me about 6 hours, so you should spend around 2-3 hours on the phone itself to get a decent result.

Make a new document 700w x 1200h or smaller if you have a screen resolution 1024x768 or less. All measurements assume the 700x1200 document though.

New layer (call it body)

Rectangular selection, smooth 15px

Holding shift (to add to selection, Use elliptical marquee tool at the top and bottom of the image to make a shape something like this. Using Ctrl + z will undo last move … it will take more than one attempt to get the shape right!

Fill with a light grey colour – not important at this stage.

Contract 2

Smooth 4

Press Ctrl shift I (select inverse) and then delete

Some of your edges may look bad like mine

Use 5px 50% hard brush to fix up

Double click on layer to open blending options and add a 3px outside stroke with colour #e17400 and a gradient overlay of #cccccc to #e7e7e7

(I am giving you the values I have used. Please feel free to make changes that may suit your image better!) When here, you might also like to add a smooth bevel of size 2px, and soften 6px.

Should now look like this

New layer (body2)

Ctrll+click ‘body’ and go to Select:Modify:Contract and type 18px. You might want to move the selection a little to centralise it We are now going to make the smaller part of the body. Fill with any grey colour. As before, we will be changing this later.

Add a 2px #989898 stroke, inner shadow #b7b7b7 (distance 5px, size 5px, mode: multiply) and bevel and emboss with the following settings.

You should have something that looks like what I have in the background.

If the edges are a little “pixeley” you might want to create a new layer, merge it with ‘body2’ and add a small gaussian blur (max 1.0).However, make sure you are completely happy with the effects as you will be unable to edit later. Adding a new layer and merging basically removes photoshop's 'memory' of what you have done to that layer.

This is the time to get the colour of this layer right. Mine was a little too dark so I added a new layer, ctrl+clicked on body2, filled it with white and set opacity of the layer to around 25%. You might want to do the same but fill with black if you need to darken the layer.

Next for the buttons

Draw a rectangular selection and smooth it 2px. Add a 1px black stroke, bevel and emboss with these settings:

And a gradient overlay from a transparent (or the background colour) to a slightly lighter colour (bottom to top) Your button should look like this:

You should always name your layers. Especially now as you will have about 70 once the image is done! I have named this layer ‘button 11’, counting from left to right, top to bottom.

Next you need to duplicate the layer. We are now going to work on the * button (button 10). Zoom into the button so it is the full size of your screen and make a elliptical selection at the left side of the image. Hold down shift, select the rectangular selection tool, hold shift and drag to make a selection like this. Ctrl, shift I and delete will make the shape of the button. Position it alongside the last button we made.

Next you need to duplicate the layer and go to Edit, transform, flip horizontally, and position this layer to the right hand side.

Now, duplicate these 3 layers 3 times and position them above. You should end up with a set of buttons like this: (Keep layer naming, it is so important. You should also set the order of your layers from 1 to 12 .. it makes everything easier later

That’s the background of the buttons done. Now for the text. I use the font “As seen on TV” for both the Sony ericsson logo, and the numbers on the buttons. I use “Arial” for the letters. You can download the font “As seen on TV” here.

I used size 30 for the numbers, and size 18 for the letters. Use edit: transform: scale to “squish” the letters slightly to make them more realistic. I found the easiest way to get them all on is to make one layer with the text “ABC”, then duplicate 8 times and place these layers in the right order. Then drag the layers so they show up on the button and lastly edit the text with the text tool.

Once you have placed all the letters and numbers on the buttons your keypad should look something like this

Now for the symbols. These are pretty simple to do. My main tip is to make them about 10 times bigger than they really are then resize with edit:transform:scale (hold shift to keep the scale right) The symbol on the number 1 button is easier than it looks. The envelope is made up of simple lines. The other symbol is a little more work. Make a circular selection and go to select:modify:border and fill the border with black. Duplicate the layer and draw another line between them. If you are fussy like me you might want to edit the image slightly like this to get the exact symbol.

When you have finished your number 1 button should look like this:

Next, draw the other symbols in a similar fashion. The star symbol is done using 1px lines again (Make the lines thicker if you are drawing bigger, then resizing) Draw the horizontal one first, duplicate layer twice, and using edit: transform path: rotate, rotate one layer 30 degrees clockwise, then the other -30 degrees.

The a/A symbol is simply text (arial font) and the key shape is made by a circular selection, select: modify: border, and filling the border with black. The teeth and body of the key are just made with 3 lines.

Next, the symbols on the hash key. The hash key is just made with 4 lines (draw one and use shift to keep it straight, then duplicate 3 times and rotate 2 of them 90 degrees). The next symbol is also just lines. To make the musical symbol, draw a squashed black circle and duplicate the layer. Select the layer then go to edit: transform, rotate, and drag it round (refer to the picture below to help.) Repeat for second image (shift, ctrl, T). The rest of the symbol is just made up with plain lines ... Aren’t those lines great! :)

Last of all, make the + sign with 2 crossing lines.

When you are happy with all your symbols, you should merge all the separate parts of them to leave them easier to move and control.

Now for the circles on the number 5 button. Draw a circle with the Elliptical marquee tool (hold shift to keep it round). Now select the gradient fill tool from the same place as the paint bucket tool. Set it from a very light grey (almost white) to a mid grey and fill the section with a RADIAL overlay by starting at the bottom of the image and dragging up just over half way.

And that’s the buttons finished!

The best thing to do now is create a layer group (the icon at the bottom of the layers panel beside the “new layer” one and put all the layers to do with buttons in this group.

Hopefully, you will have something like this. If your logos look a bit off you might want to scroll to the bottom of the tutorial, download the .psd file and copy some of mine. (but its best if you don't!)

I hope you are still naming the layers! You see what I mean now about keeping organised?!

Next we will do the walkman logo at the bottom of the phone. Copy and paste the logo from here (link opens in new window) to a new layer and use the magic wand tool to delete the white background. Also delete the word at the bottom of it as it isn’t needed. Resize the image using edit: transform: scale and fill it with the colour #cd6a00.

So far your image should look like this. Note the layers panel. Hopefully yours is like that too! Time for a break for all!

Now for the central set of buttons. Make a rectangular selection and round the edges 16px, then 8, then 4, 2, 1 (select: modify: smooth) This makes a smooooth smooth ;-) Fill with a light colour. Again, it isn’t important as we will be adding a gradient overlay later. Now make a selection like we did before with the phone body using the rectangular marquee tool, holding shift and using the elliptical marquee tool to add the bit to the top.

Now delete this section, make another selection at one side of the shape (see below).

Delete this, move your selection over to the other side and delete it also.

Now apply these styles to the layer

To get this:

You will notice some bits just aren’t right. Correct those with a soft brush on a new layer with a dark grey colour (use the eye dropper to get the right one) and use the smudge tool with about 30% strength to finish them off. For the straight corrections (bottom buttons) I made a selection, filled it with grey, applied a Gaussian blur, and deleted the excess.

We are now going to do the icons on the middle set of buttons. Make a rectangular selection, smooth it by 4, add a 1px stroke and a drop shadow with these settings.

Duplicate the layer (remember to rename it!) For the C, we simple use the text tool with font aerial (bold). Scale to squish if necessary. The arrow is made by drawing an arrow head with a brush (or deleting sections from a rectangle). Make the curly bit with a circlular selection with a border, sliced in half, and last of all make the tail with a line or rectangular selection. Merge the layers and apply the same blending options to it as with the lines (also do this with the “C”. Hopefully your middle bit will look like this now.

Make another layer group for these middle button layers.

Now for a change of scenery. Go back to your layer 'body2' and duplicate it. Add a new layer, and merge body2 copy with the new layer. Delete the bits shown below. (You wont notice any difference now but you will in a minute)

Create a new layer. Make a selection like this (see my highlight below) using the marquee tool with shift to add to selection each time. Fill this selection with black and set the opacity to around 8% to darken the layer.

(making the pattern and applying)

Start a new document 30x30px with a transparent background. Draw a small white circle with a 1px line slightly darker than what the top half of the body ended up.

Go to edit: define pattern so make the image a pattern. Double click the layer you have recently made, select pattern overlay and select the pattern you have just made.

Now its time for the screen. Your scale might be far off (mine is at the minute). To fix this, select all the phone body layers (Hold down ctrl to select multiple layers). These include ‘body’, ‘body2’, ‘body2 top’. Go to edit:transform:scale and resize as needed. After this modification you might need to make some changes to the dots layer, perhaps deleting some rows/columns of dots (remember this is a duplicate of a layer and so the other layer will always show up behind it)

Now you should have an image like this.

Now for drawing the screen. Draw a rectangle, smoothed by 8, 4, 2, 1 and fill it white. Now draw a rectangle with square edges on a new layer and fill it dark grey. Finally another rounded edge rectangle and fill it with #b9bac7. Add a drop shadow with these settings:

Now you should have this:

Still with me? EXCELLENT!

The next stage I did was to add a digital clock to the screen with the text tool and also add some of the lines in around the body, illustrated here

Next for the joystick. Make a new layer ‘joystick 1’ and make a circular marquee selection. Fill it with white (or a very, very light grey) With the shape still selected, grab the rectangular marquee tool, hold down alt and drag a rectangle over the top two thirds of the shape. This will remove that area. Now, fill whats remaining with black (or dark grey) and hopefully you will have something like this.

Double click the layer and apply this Bevel and emboss:

Now ctrl+click on the layer, and go to select:modify:contract. I made a contraction of 10 (this may vary depending on your image size), and use select:modify:smooth 8,4,2,1 to round the selection.. Now make a new layer (‘joystick 2’) and fill the selection with any grey. Contract the selection again by 5, and press delete. Then open a new layer (‘joystick 3’) and fill with the orange colour we used before (or slightly darker).

Double click on your ‘joystick 2’ layer and apply this:

Now, your joystick should look like this:

Add this shadow and satin to the layer ‘joystick 3’ And place the joystick layers in a group to keep things nice and organised. (You might like to do the same for the screen.

Now for the Sony Ericsson logo. Use the text tool with the font “As seen on TV” and write it at an appropriate size for your image. I might be good to flatten it out a bit with edit: transform: scale. Go back to your layer ‘body top 2’ and delete a few of the dots around the text. Once you are completely happy with it, right click on the text layer and select rasterize type. We need to make some changes to the letter ‘y’. Using rectangular marquee delete the ‘y’, select the ‘n’ and copy and paste it into a new layer. Now flip this layer both horizontally and vertically (edit:transform) to get this:

Now use a hard brush to fill in the tail for the ‘y’ I’m doing this with a mouse on my sofa so don’t make excuses! After a bit of copy and paste, and deleting wee bits I got this:

Now merge your layers for the text and rename appropiately.

Next will be the circles above the image. You know the story by now. Draw a circle, fill it with dark grey, add a stroke, a drop shadow and duplicate. Delete some more dots on the ‘body 2 top’ layer to make room.

We’re now on the final stretch. Time for the other logo above the joystick. Firstly draw a rectangular selection, then hold alt, and make another selection inside that one so you have a ‘U’ shape. Fill the layer with white like this:

Add a 1px black stroke. Make a new selection in the inside of this shape, and fill it with a mid grey #8a8a8a or similar. Now set the layer to “colour burn” (beside opacity in the layers panel) and hopefully you will have this.

The next step is optional. Add a new layer and make a selection inside the ‘U’ shape. Now select the gradient fill tool. Make it from white to transparent and drag down. Now add another layer and draw a smaller rectangle inside it. Smooth the selection and fill with a grey slightly darker than the background. Double click the layer. Add a gradient overlay to make the colour fade slightly lighter towards the bottom and add a inner shadow with these settings:

Now duplicate your walkman logo from before, resize it and make the colour overlay #bb3500 in the blending options.

Now its time to blur those layers a bit. Go to filter: blur: blur. Then press Ctrl+F until it looks good. Repeat for all the other layers associated with the central logo and hopefully it will look like this:

Now for the finishing touches. I wasn’t completely happy with my buttons so I went into the blending options of them and changed to a bevel and emboss going “down” instead of “up”. It sounds strange but it made the buttons come out instead of going in.

Another thing you can do is to add a very small pattern overlay on the blue screen layer. This adds a pixel effect to it and makes it look more like a LCD screen.

Finally I added some detail around the outside to finish everything off! Oh and my name of course :)

I hope you got everything done! Even if you didn’t, hopefully you learnt something!

Download the .psd

Please email your comments, and maybe even images you have made! If you need any help with the tutorial give me a shout as well!


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