Draw a Realistic Wacom Bamboo in Illustrator and Photoshop – Part 2
In this second part of the tutorial, we are going to draw a realistic Wacom Bamboo. Make sure to read the first part, drawing the path in Illustrator.
Below is the final result of this tutorial.
Following resource is used in this tutorial:
Step 1: Import Vector Path from Illustrator
Select all the paths we have made in Illustrator. Copy (Ctrl + C) and then paste it (Ctrl + V) in Photoshop.
In Photoshop, you will get a dialog box asking type of paste that you want. Because we want to export the vector path, we choose Path.
All the paths is now imported in a new path. You can find them inside Paths panel. Double click the path and change its name.
Step 2: Wacom Main Shape
Select wacom main shape path. Copy and then paste it on a new path. Click black and white icon on Layers panel to add new Adjustment Layer. Select Solid Color and set its color to #222327.
Make new layer on top of previous shape. Fill it with white. Set its blend mode to Multiply. Convert it to Clipping by pressing Ctrl + Alt + G. Click Filter > Noise > Add Noise.
Below is our result. The shape now has subtle texture on its surface. If your texture is not enough, you can simply duplicate the layer by pressing Ctrl + J.
Make new layer. Set foregound color to white. Activate brush tool. Paint some highlights on indicated areas below. To get best result, make sure to paint patiently using low Opacity brush.
Select inner shape of the wacom and paste it on a new path. Add new Adjustment Layer with color #111113.
Add following Layer Styles.
Select main pad area path. Paste it on new path and add new Adjustment Layer Solid Color with color: #111113.
Again, add Layer Style Bevel and Emboss and Gradient Overlay.
Hit Ctrl + J to duplicate the shape. Transform (Ctrl + T) it to 99% of its original size.
We still use previous Layer Style settings. But, this time set Direction on Bevel and Emboss to Up.
Here’s our current result.
Step 9: Reflection
Duplicate Wacom inner shape that we have created in Step 6. Change its color to white and remove all its Layer Styles. Add a triangle shape and set its mode to Intersect.
Reduce layer Opacity to 10%.
Add Layer Mask onto the shape. Draw Linear Gradient from white to black until the reflection fades away.
Step 12: Wacom Drawing Pad
Activate Wacom drawing pad and convert it into a new Adjustment Layer Solid Color. Set its color to #2a2a2e.
Add Layer Style Gradient Overlay.
Let’s add texture onto the drawing pad to make it appears realistic. Make new layer and then fill it with white. Click Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Set blend mode to Multiply.
Activate brush tool. Right click on canvas and set brush size to 1 px with 0% hardness.
Make new layer above the drawing pad. Select rounded rectangle path inside the drawing pad. Right click and select Stroke Path.
In the next dialog box, select Brush.
Convert layer to Clipping Mask by pressing Ctrl + Alt + G. This way, the stroke will stay inside the drawing pad.
Step 17: Buttons
Activate Pencil tool. Set its size to 1 px. Draw some black lineson indicated areas below.
Next to the line, draw another white line. This time, decrease its Opacity to 30%. Combination of these black and white lines will create an inset effect.
In the middle of the buttons, draw some white dots.
Draw a white rectangular shape on the middle of the buttons. Add Layer Style Gradient Overlay.
Draw an elliptical selection on top of the shape. make new layer and then fill it with white. Remove selection (Ctrl + D) and soften it with Gaussian Blur (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur). Reduce Opacity and then erase both its end using a very soft Eraser tool.
Activate Brush tool and set foreground color to white. Draw subtle highlight on Wacom corner. This subtle highlight will add realism onto the shape.
Step 23: Shadow
Ctrl-click wacom basic shape to make new selection based on its shape.
Make new layer and place it under all layers. Fill selection with black and then remove selection using shortcut Ctrl + D. Soften the shadow using Gaussian Blur (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur).
Step 25: Label
Draw a rectangle under the pad. You can use any color, it doesn’t matter.
Activate pen tool. Click on the rectangle to add new layer. Pull new point down. What we want here is a natural label shape.
Grab fabric texture and place it above the label shape. Convert it into Clipping Mask by pressing Ctrl + Alt + G. This way, the texture will stay inside the label area.
Make new layer and and convert it to Clipping Mask. Use soft brush tool to paint subtle highlight and shadow on the label. Because the layer has been converted into a Clipping Mask, anything you paint will goes inside the label. Draw black rectangle and put it behind the label. As you can see below, the label appears very natural.
Make new layer above the label. Paint subtle shadow from the Wacom on the label.
Add white text on top of the label.
Double click text layer and drag black slider on Underlying layer option to the middle.
This slider will bring up black pixel from layers underneath it. The result is natural looking text.
Step 31: Cable
Draw a black rectangle under the pad. Activate pen tool and click on the path to add new points. Drag new points until we have a natural looking cable.
Double click layer and add Layer Styles Bevel and Emboss.
Ctrl-click cable to make new selection based on its shape. Move selection down a few pixels by pressing down arrow. Make new layer under the cable and fill selection with black.
Soften the shadow by adding filter Gaussian Blur.
Erase some part of the shadow to make it appears more realistic.
Step 35: Pen
We have finished drawing the pad, let’s move on to work on the pen. To prevent it from distracting our work, put all layers into a new group and click eye icon on front of it to hide the pad.
Activate pen path and hit Ctrl + Enter to convert it into selection. Make new group layer and then click Add Layer Mask. Next, we will draw the pen inside this group layer.
Activate pen main path. Click Add Adjustment Layer icon and select Solid Color. Set its color to #1b1c1e. Double click layer and add Layer Style Gradient Overlay.
Use Brush tool to draw highlight on outer side of the pen. Reduce its Opacity to 40%.
Draw a rounded rectangle on its center with color #141517.
Ctrl-click shape we have just created. make new layer and fill it with white.
Move selection up by pressing up arrow key a few times. Hit Delete key.
Click Select > Deselect to remove selection. Soften the highlight by adding filter Gaussian Blur.
Step 41: Pen button
Draw a rounded rectangle and set its color to #1d1e20.
Add Layer Styles Drop Shadow, Bevel and Emboss, and Gradient Overlay to change the button appearance into 3D.
You can see the result below.
Zoom in using Zoom tool to see details on the button. Set foreground color to white. Activate Brush tool with radius 1 px. Paint subtle highlight on the button edges.
Step 43: Eraser
Draw a rounded rectangle with color #141517 for pen eraser. Put it under all shapes.
Add Layer Style Inner and Gradient Overlay.
Make new layer above the eraser. Paint pen shadow on the eraser using soft brush.
Use Zoom tool to see details on the eraser. Draw some subtle highlights using 1 px brush.
Our current pen has no proper lighting. So, let’s add one. Our light source is located on top right of the pen. Activate brush tool and paint highlight on the pen.
Step 47: Pen Tip
Draw a small black rectangle on top of the pen. Make new layer and then paint a small highlight on the tip using 1 px brush.
Step 48: Shadow
Remember that our pen is located in a group layer with layer mask. We made the group layer in Step 35. Now, we need to make pen shadow outside the group layer. Ctrl-click pen path to convert it to selection. Press left arrow key a few times to move the selection. Make new layer and place it under pen group layer. Fill selection with black. Remove selection using shortcut Ctrl + D or click Select > Deselect.
Click Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur to soften the shadow.
Activate Eraser tool and set its Hardness to 0%. Erase top and bottom part of the shadow to make it realistic.
We’ve done drawing the pen. Let’s bring back the pad.
Step 52: Rotating the Pen.
let’s rotate our pen position to make it natural. Activate pen shadow layer and pen group layer. Hit Ctrl + T to perform transformation. Drag outside the transformation frame to rotate the pen.
Here is the final result of our drawing tutorial. Click on the image to see it in full size.