Final Product What You'll Be Creating
In this tutorial, we will create a Polaroid camera icon. We will use lots of layer styles and draw manually with the brush tool to achieve a realistic appearance. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Upper Body
Create new file, with size 600×700 px. Start by creating a rounded rectangle with color: #dbd3co.
Hit Command/Ctrl + T to perform transformation. Right click and choose Perspective. Pull lower corner outward.
Add following layer styles.
Command/Ctrl-click layer to get a selection based on its shape. Nudge selection 1 px up by pressing up arrow. Hold Command/Ctrl + Alt then click layer again to subtract the selection. This process will give you a 1 px selection on top of the shape.
Create new layer and fill selection with white. Reduce layer opacity to 60%. Below, you can see the subtle difference before and after adding a 1 px line.
Repeat previous step, this time for bottom of the shape. Fill selection with black.
Step 7: Middle Body
Use pen tool to create this shape. Use #dbd3co for its color. Add Layer Style Inner Glow and Gradient Overlay.
Duplicate the shape we have just created. Place it behind the original. Use arrow tool to move the topmost points up. Change shape color to #908a7a.
The shape is still too light. We need to darken it again to add more depth. Create new layer. Convert layer to Clipping Mask by pressing Command/Ctrl + Alt + G. Paint black on top of the shape.
Create new layer. Activate brush tool, in the Option Bar set brush hardness to 0%. Draw a soft white line.
Again, paint another soft white lines on indicated areas.
Create new layer. Command/Ctrl-click shape. Use soft brush to paint white on each edge. Reduce layer opacity to 9%.
Step 13: Camera Face
Draw a rounded rectangle for front face of the camera. Use #24201d for its color. Add Layer Style Gradient Overlay.
Inside previous shape, draw smaller rounded rectangle with color #131611. Add following Layer Styles.
Add a small rounded rectangle with color #4a4847 and place it in the middle of the previous shape.
Duplicate shape, move it up 1 px. Change its color to #2c2a29.
Create a new layer and convert it to Clipping Mask by pressing Command/Ctrl + Alt + G. Draw shadow on top of the shape.
Duplicate the shapes by dragging it while holding the Alt key.
Draw a black rounded rectangle. See picture below to see its position.
Hit Command/Ctrl + T, right click and choose Skew.
Pull lower right corner up. Add Gradient Overlay.
Duplicate shape. Move it to the opposite side. Hit Command/Ctrl + T to perform transformation. Right click and choose Flip Horizontal.
Draw a rounded covering both shapes we have just created. Add Layer Styles.
Use type tool to add camera name. Add a subtle Drop Shadow to give it three-dimensional appearance.
Step 25: Lens
Draw a circle to be used as a camera lens. Add Gradient Overlay.
Select circle path. Hit Command/Ctrl + C then Command/Ctrl + V to duplicate it. Perform transformation (Command/Ctrl + T) and make it smaller. See picture below to reference.
From the option bar, set path mode to subtract.
Create new layer then convert it to Clipping Mask by pressing Command/Ctrl + Alt + G. Draw highlight on top of the lens.
Create new layer and put it behind shape we have just created. Create circular selection and fill it with black. Soften it by adding Gaussian Blur (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur).
Draw a circle shape with color #212121. Duplicate shape then move it 5 px up. Set path mode to Subtract.
Next, create a ring shape. To create this shape, start with a regular circle shape, duplicate the path and transform it to smaller size. Set path mode to Subtract. Add Bevel and Emboss and Gradient Overlay.
We will start drawing inner part of the lens. First, I want you to know that they are just simply lots of circle shapes combined with layer style. Draw a circle shape inside the lens.
Again, draw smaller circle shape. Add Bevel and Emboss and Gradient Overlay.
Duplicate shape we have just created. Resize it to 98%. Delete all its layer styles and add Gradient Overlay with this setting.
Duplicate two circle shapes that we have created in Step 32 – Step 34. Resize them to a smaller size.
Draw a bigger circle shape from the same origin. Place it behind other circle shapes. Set Blend Mode layer to Screen, reduce its Opacity to 2%, and add Stroke.
Duplicate and resize shape a few times to create more lines. Remember that the Opacity of these shapes is only 2%, very subtle.
Draw a circle shape with color #515151 covering the lens. Add Gradient Overlay and reduce its Opacity to 38%.
Let’s add highlight and shadow to make it more realistic. Create a circular selection covering the lens. Create new group then click Add Layer Mask icon.
Create new layer and make sure it is inside the group we have just created. Fill layer with black. Click Filter > Render > Lens Flare. Change blend mode to Screen and reduce Opacity to 15%.
Create new layer and paint highlights on the lens. Reduce layer Opacity to 10%.
Use smaller brush to draw some lines on the lens. Change layer blend mode to Screen and reduce Opacity to 15%.
Draw another layer and draw a small highlight and shadow.
Step 42: Viewfinder
Draw a rounded rectangle with color #1b1614. Add following Layer Styles.
Draw smaller rounded rectangle. Add following Layer Styles.
Duplicate circle shapes from lens and resize it until it fit inside the viewfinder. Create a new layer on top of the circle and draw some subtle highlights.
Step 45: Button
Draw a green circle shape. Add following Layer Styles.
Duplicate the green circle shape. Place it behind the original shape. Resize it to 102%.
Draw a ring shape with color #c9c2b1. Add following layer styles.
Draw a black circle and put it behind the ring shape. This will add depth onto the ring and make it seems like a hole.
Create new layer and place it behind all other button shapes. Draw a soft shadow.
Draw a circle shape. Add Layer Styles Outer Glow.
Step 51: Knob
Let’s continue with the second button. Draw another circle, this time use #383838 as its color. Add following Layer Styles.
Create new layer on top of the circle. Hit Command/Ctrl + Alt + G to convert it to Clipping Mask. Draw lots of 1 px black vertical lines.
Draw a darker circle on top of the previous circle. Add following Layer Styles.
Draw a ring shape behind the knob and add following layer styles.
Draw a black circle behind the ring shape.
Use soft brush to draw soft shadow under the button.
Draw a circle shape behind the ring. Add Outer Glow.
Step 58: Flash
Draw a rounded rectangle. Add these layer styles.
Draw smaller rounded rectangle. Add following Layer Styles.
Duplicate shape we have just created. Remove all Layer Styles used. Set Fill layer to 0% then add Layer Style Bevel and Emboss.
Draw a smaller rounded rectangle, color: #c6c6c6. Add Inner Glow and Bevel and Emboss.
Command/Ctrl-click rounded rectangle layer. Create new layer. Use soft brush to draw some highlights and shadows. See picture below for reference.
Draw smaller rounded rectangle. Add Stroke. Change layer’s Opacity to 16% and Fill to 0%.
Use soft brush to draw more highlights on center of the flash.
Create new layer. Draw 1 px black lines. Reduce layer Opacity to 13%.
Draw more shadows on top bottom of the flash surface.
Create new layer and place it under the flash. Use soft brush to draw flash shadow.
Step 68: Rear Part
Draw a rounded rectangle. Place it behind all shapes.
Duplicate shape. Add smaller rounded rectangle and from the option bar set it to Intersect. See picture below for its placement. Add following Layer Styles.
Step 70: AF Light
Draw a circle under the flash. Add Inner Shadow and Outer Glow.
Draw smaller circle shape inside previous shape with color #4d4b43. Add Inner Shadow.
Step 72: Camera Label
Draw a rounded rectangle on lower left of the camera. Add Inner Glow and Bevel and Emboss. Add camera name inside the rounded rectangle.
Step 73: Selector
Draw a rounded rectangle on the opposite side. Add Inner Glow and Bevel and Emboss.
Draw a rectangle in the middle of the shape. Add Gradient Overlay and Drop Shadow.
Activate pen tool. Click lower side of the rectangle to add new point. Use Direct Selection Tool to pull it down.
Draw a dark triangle shape.
On top of the shape we have just created, draw a dark rounded rectangle. Add Layer Style Stroke.
Draw circles and triangle for knob indicator.
Step 79: Colorful Ribbon
Our next step is drawing colorful ribbon across upper part of the camera body. Temporarily, hide flash. First, draw a tall red rectangle. Add Gradient Overlay to avoid flat color and Bevel and Emboss to give it three-dimensional appearance.
Duplicate rectangle by Alt-dragging it. Change their color.
Group all lines by selecting all line layers and hit Command/Ctrl + G. Command/Ctrl-click rounded rectangle shape that forms upper part of the camera. Click Add Layer Mask icon. Now, the ribbon is inside upper part of the camera.
Repeat previous steps to add another ribbon on middle part of the camera.
Duplicate shapes and put them on lower part of the camera.
For these ribbons, change their Gradient Overlay mode from Screen to Multiply.
Select the ribbon group. Hit Command/Ctrl + T to perform transformation. Right click and choose Perspective. Pull lower corner. See picture below for reference.
Select lower part of the ribbon. Invert selection by pressing Command/Ctrl + Shift + I then click Add Layer Mask icon.
Duplicate colorful ribbon group, resize it, and place it under the previous ribbon. Paint soft white line on some part of the ribbon to give it three-dimentional appearance.
Create new layer above the ribbon. Paint black using soft brush with low Opacity to add depth onto the ribbon.
Step 89: Photo
Create new group for the photo. See picture below for reference on its position. Draw rectangular selection in front of the camera. Click Add Layer Mask icon.
Use pen tool to draw basic shape of a photo. Add Gradient Overlay to avoid flat color and Stroke to add photo border, which is the characteristic of a Polaroid photo.
Grab an image for the photo. I used a photo from sxc.hu. Place the image right above the photo shape. Convert layer to Clipping Mask by pressing Command/Ctrl + Alt + G. The image will automatically goes inside the photo.
Command/Ctrl-click photo shape. Create new layer above the image. Draw shadow on the photo.
Create new layer and put it under the photo shape. Use soft brush tool to draw photo shadow on the floor.
Step 94: Camera Strap
Use pen tool to draw this shape. Put it behind the camera.
Next, draw a big rounded rectangle. Pull two points on lower side up. Add a rectangle path and set it to Subtract mode.
Step 96: Shadows
Create new layer and place it under all layers. Draw a rectangular selection under the camera. Click Select > Modify > Feather, set radius to 35 pixels. Fill selection with black.
Use brush tool to draw darker shadow right under the camera.
Finally, we have reached the end. Here’s the final polaroid camera icon we have just created. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and learn some new techniques.