Icon Design

Create a Glossy Boom Box Icon in Photoshop


In Photoshop there are very few tasks more satisfying than creating a stunning graphic using only your own artistic abilities. While Photoshop is an excellent app for photo manipulation, it is also an incredible tool to use to sketch and color drawings. In today's tutorial, I team up with my friend Negreu Andreas to sketch out and create a boom box icon using some of Photoshop's excellent drawing tools.


The following resources were used during the production of this tutorial:

Step 1

Start by creating a new document 1024x623. Make your background grey so you can have a better view of the lines and strokes that you create.

Chose a brush set to 2 px with no Hardness. Start by creating a sketch of a boom box. If you have a boom box at home, you can take a picture of it for reference or just make a quick sketch from memory that will help you with the line work you are going to create in the first steps of this tutorial.

Step 2

Use the Pen Tool (P) to create the wheels that control the Volume, Channel and other settings for the Boom Box.

Step 3

Now that we have created the shape of the boom box, it is time to start adding elements. Start working on the center section of the boom box. In this step, make selections and fill them with color as shown below.

Step 4

Now let's create the tapes. You can do this with the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) and the Marquee Tool (M.).

Step 5

Using the Marquee Tool (M) make a selection as shown below and start creating the shape. You will also use a simple noise technique to create a metallic effect.

Step 6

In this step, add the final touches to the tape.

Step 7

Create the Led and Meter elements by creating a selection with the Marquee Tool (M) and in a new layer draw with the below color. Then start adding some details and light effects.

Step 8

Now let's get to work on the speakers. Start by following your line art and create a selection as shown below using the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) and the Pen Tool (P). Then, add details and effects using the Burn and Dodge Tools (O).

Access the folder you have downloaded along with the rest of the files within your plus account and there you will see this nice looking texture I have created for you to use with this tutorial.

Add the texture to the document. Using the Burn Tool, draw over the left edge of the texture to create a realistic effect.

Step 9

Once the net has been created, then create an old paper that has been stuck on the net that is falling apart. Use the Lasso Tool (L) to create a selection like below. Then create a new layer and fill it with #c3a789.

Step 10

In this step you will need to add some elements to the paper to make it look older. Go to DeviantArt and use these 2 brushes provided by valkiria-stock and Shad0w-GFX.

Step 11

Using the selection tool, make selections in certain areas of the paper, then with the white and black Gradient Tool (G) or a white and black brush, add some shading to create some realistic lighting effects on the paper.

You can also add a soft shadow to the paper layer but try not to make the shadow too big as you do not want it to float. Repeat the same step to the right speaker but create a different shape and place a floral element on the paper.

Step 12

Now let's create the two smaller speakers. Start by creating a rectangular selection with the Rectangle Marquee Tool (M) then create a new layer using the Radial Gradient Tool with the colors set to Black and #9a9591. Then follow the steps as shown below.

Make the speaker darker inside by applying a black color using the Brush Tool (B). Follow the images below for reference.

Step 13

In this step we will create the metallic buttons on top of the boom box. First make a selection that will represent the button shape then create a new layer and fill the layer with black. Then, just use a white color to add gloss and lighting.

Step 14

Now that we have created most of the elements of the boom box it is time to continue with the creation of the top section of the boom box where the radio information is positioned.

Start by making a selection using the Marquee Tool (M) then in a new layer fill the selection with #56564e. Then add some strokes and add the frequency information.

Make the circle red and add a nice Bevel and Emboss effect to make it look more realistic.

Step 15

Now make a selection around the Boom Box and in a new layer place it behind all the elements we have created so far. Fill the layer with #505050.

Step 16

With the main shape created, start creating the actual shapes by adding light and shadow. But before we start adding the final gloss effects and before adding the details, create the final elements and buttons that activate the tape.

Start by creating a new folder and name it button1. Create a selection like below using the Marquee Tool (M). Then, fill the layer with #8c8886 and then start adding shadows and lights.

Step 17

Continue creating buttons by adding more light and shadow.

Step 18

Now it is time to start adding details. Using the Marquee Tool (M), make a selection like below then Right + Click and select Stroke and apply a black inside stroke. Then use the white brush to add a few more details and effects.

Carry on with the construction of the shadow and light effects using the same techniques as above.

Step 19

Now add some more light and shadows over the base elements.

Step 20

Let's add light over the glass parts of the Boom Box.

Step 21

Continue adding gloss.

Step 22

Next use the Burn Tool and the Dodge Tool (O) to darken or lighten some areas over the Boom Box.

Step 23

In this step, add light and shadow to the lower side of the speakers.

Step 24

Next you will need to create the Boom Box handle. First, create the shape of the handle, then use white and black brushes to add details.

Step 25

Next add some more lighting onto the center part of the handle.

Final Image

You can view the final image below or view a larger version here.

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