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How to Create the Wheel of Fortune in Adobe Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial we’re going to take a close look at the process of creating the Wheel of Fortune in Adobe Photoshop, using shapes and layer styles.

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Tutorial Assets

The following assets will be used during this tutorial:

Before you start, download and install the font. It will help you get the same result.

1. How to Create a Base for the Wheel

Step 1

Pick the Default Foreground and Background Colors (D). After that, pick the Switch Foreground and Background Colors (X).

Open Photoshop (I use Photoshop CS6), go to File > New, and create a 2520 x 2620 px New Document (set the Background Contents as Background Color). Set the vertical and horizontal guides to the center of the document.

New Document

Step 2

Go to Layer > New > Group to create a new Group with the name Back.

New Group Back

Step 3

Pick the Ellipse Tool (U) and create a rounded shape whose size is 1788 x 1788 px. Move it to the center of the document. Double-click the layer to apply the following Layer Styles. Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 4 px
  • Position: Outside
  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 30%
  • Fill Type: Color
  • Color: #000000
Add Stroke

Step 4

Now add a Gradient Overlay:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Click on the Gradient and set: #5b5b5b at 0%, #e9e9e9 at 25%, #5b5b5b at 50%, #e9e9e9e at 75% and #5b5b5b at 100%
  • Style: Angle
  • Angle: 0°
  • Scale: 100%
  • Uncheck Reverse and Dither
  • Check Align with Layer
Add Gradient Overlay

Step 5

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Lighter Color 
  • Opacity: 87%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #023c8d
  • Technique: Softer
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 17 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Uncheck Anti-aliased
  • Range: 35%
  • Jitter: 0%
Add Outer Glow

Rename the layer as Silver Frame.

Step 6

Now we will create a golden frame. Pick the Ellipse Tool (U) and click on the document area. Photoshop will open a dialog. Set the Size as 1705 x 1705 px. Move the shape to the center of the document.

New Shape

Step 7

Double-click with your mouse to open the Layer Style dialog. Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 8 px
  • Position: Outside
  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Fill Type: Color
  • Color: #360000
Add Stroke

Step 8

Now add an Inner Glow:

  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Opacity: 52%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #f5f5f6
  • Technique: Softer
  • Source: Edge
  • Choke: 100%
  • Size: 3 px
  • Uncheck the Anti-aliased
  • Range: 50%
  • Jitter: 0%
Add Inner Glow

Step 9

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Click on the Gradient and set: #fff64e at 0%, #e29302 at 25%, #fff64e at 50%, #e29302 at 75% and #fff64e at 100%
  • Style: Angle
  • Angle: 90°
  • Scale: 100%
  • Uncheck Reverse and Dither
  • Check Align with Layer
Add Gradient Overlay

Step 10

Don't forget about a Drop Shadow:

  • Blending Mode: Multiply
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 40%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box before setting an Angle: 90°
  • Distance: 15 px
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 15 px
Add Drop Shadow

Rename its layer to Golden Frame.

Step 11

Pick the Ellipse Tool (U) and create a new rounded shape whose Size is 1624 x 1624 px. Move the shape to the center. 

New Shape

Step 12

Apply an Inner Shadow:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Color: #000000
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box before setting the Angle: 90°
  • Distance: 10 px
  • Choke: 33%
  • Size: 45 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Check the Anti-aliased
  • Noise: 0%
Add Inner Shadow

Step 13

Also add a Color Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal 
  • Color: #362d3d
  • Opacity: 100%
Add Color Overlay

Rename the layer as Inner Area.

Step 14

Now we need to create lamps. Pick the Ellipse Tool (U) and create two rounded shapes whose sizes are 60 x 60 px. Move these circles to the center of the wheel, but the first one should be above the center by 704 px, and the second one below the center by 704 px. Select them and Merge (go to Layers > Merge Shapes or press Control-E). Rename the layer to Double Lamps.

Double Lamps

Step 15

Duplicate the Double Lamps layer, go to Edit > Transform Free Path (Control-T), and rotate this one by 22.5°. Repeat the action few times. As a result, you will get the following picture:

Final Double Lamps

Step 16

Select all copies of Double Lamps layer and Merge them into one layer. For this, go to Layers > Merge Shapes or press Control-E. Duplicate the new layer. Rename all of them: the upper layer to Light and the lower one to Base.

Duplicate Layers

Step 17

Double-click with your mouse on Base layer to apply the following layer styles. Add a Bevel & Emboss using the following values:

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 103%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size: 18 px
  • Soften: 4 px
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box before setting an Angle: 90°
  • Altitude: 60°
  • Gloss Contour: Linear
  • Uncheck the Anti-aliased
  • Highlight Mode: Color Dodge
  • Highlight Color: #ffffff
  • Opacity: 65%
  • Shadow Mode: Color Dodge
  • Shadow Color: #ffffff
  • Opacity: 87%
Add Bevel

Step 18

Add an Inner Glow:

  • Blend Mode: Overlay 
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Technique: Softer
  • Source: Edge
  • Choke: 4%
  • Size: 8 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Uncheck the Anti-aliased
  • Range: 55%
  • Jitter: 0%
Add Inner Glow

Step 19

Now add a Satin style:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 36%
  • Angle:
  • Distance: 6 px
  • Size: 16 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Uncheck the Anti-aliased and Invert
Add Satin

Step 20

Add a Color Overlay:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 100%
Add Color Overlay

Step 21

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Blending Mode: Normal
  • Color#ffffff
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box before setting an Angle: 90°
  • Distance: 6 px
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 5 px
Add Drop Shadow

Step 22

Double-click on the Light layer to apply the Layer Styles. Add a Stroke:

  • Size: 2 px
  • Position: Inside
  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Fill Type: Color
  • Color: #f8f6d2
Add Stroke

Step 23

Add an Inner Glow:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #f7f394
  • Technique: Softer
  • Source: Edge
  • Choke: 0%
  • Size: 15 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Uncheck the Anti-aliased
  • Range: 30%
  • Jitter: 0%
Add Inner Glow

Step 24

Now add a Color Overlay:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Opacity: 100%
Add Color Overlay

Step 25

Add an Outer Glow:

  • Blend Mode: Hard Light
  • Opacity: 96%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #fff754
  • Technique: Softer
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 54 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Uncheck Anti-aliased
  • Range: 40%
  • Jitter: 0%
Add Outer Glow

That's all. We will create colored sectors in the next part of the tutorial.

2. How to Make Sectors

Step 1

Close the Back group. Go to Layer > New > Group to create a new Group with the name Sectors.

New Group Sectors

Step 2

Pick the Ellipse Tool (U) and create a rounded shape which size is 1520 x 1520 px. The center of the shape should match the center of the document. Pick the Rectangle Tool to draw a new rectangle shape which overlaps the right side of the circle. Select both layers and merge them. You get one layer with two paths. Pick the Path Selection Tool (A) and select the rectangle shape. Go to Path Selection Tool panel, click on the Path Operations icon, and set Subtract Front Shape.

Subtract Front Shape

Step 3

Go back to Path Operations and choose Merge Shape Components. Rename the layer to Half Circle.

Merge Shapes

Step 4

Pick the Rectangle Tool (U) and create the same rectangle shape (it's optional, but this one must be higher than a half of the circle). It should be centered vertically (press Control-A to select the document, and then pick the Move Tool (V) and click on the Align Vertical Center icon). The right side of the shape should align with the vertical guide.

New Red Shape

Step 5

Go to Edit > Free Transform (or press Control-T), change the Reference Point Location to the middle left, and set Rotation to -36°. Press Enter to apply the transformation.

Transform Shape

Step 6

Select the transformed and Half Circle layers. Merge them (go to Layers > Merge Shapes or press Control-E). Pick the Path Selection Tool (A) and select the rectangle shape. Go to Path Selection Tool panel, click on Path Operations icon, and set Intersect Shape Areas. Go back to Path Operations and choose Merge Shape Components. Rename the layer to Sector1.

Intersect Shape Areas

Step 7

Duplicate the Sector 1 layer, select New Layer, go to Edit > Free Transform to transform this one. Change the Reference Point Location to bottom right and set Rotation to 36°. Apply the transformation. Rename the layer to Sector2. Repeat this step 8 times (the Reference Point Location should match with the center of the document) and rename each layer with a unique name. You will get a full circle divided into ten sectors. Group all layers together and rename the new one to Sectors Solid.

Circle divided by sectors

Step 8

Change the color of each sector according to the image.

Change the sector colors

Step 9

Double-click on the Sector1 layer to apply the following Layer Style. Add a Stroke:

  • Size: 6 px
  • Position: Inside 
  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Fill Type: Color
  • Color: #181818
Add Stroke

Apply the same style to the other sectors.

Step 10

Close the group. Create a new 1530 x 1530 px rounded shape below the Sectors Solid group and name it Shadow. Open the Layer Style dialog. Choose an Outer Glow and set the following settings:

  • Blend Mode: Screen
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #000000
  • Technique: Softer
  • Spread: 60%
  • Size: 10 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Uncheck Anti-aliased
  • Range: 50%
  • Jitter: 0%
Add Outer Glow

Step 11

Add a Drop Shadow:

  • Blending Mode: Multiply
  • Pick the color #000000
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box before setting an Angle: 90°
  • Distance: 5 px
  • Spread: 11%
  • Size: 40 px
Add Drop Shadow

Step 12

Duplicate the Shadow layer and move it above the Sections Solid group. Name it GradientRight-click on the layer and select Clear Layer Style. Double-click to apply new ones. Add an Inner Shadow with the following settings:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Color: #000000
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box before setting an Angle: 120°
  • Distance: 0 px
  • Choke: 20%
  • Size: 200 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Uncheck the Anti-aliased
  • Noise: 0%
Add Inner Shadow

Step 13

Add a Gradient Overlay:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Dodge (Add)
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Gradient: from #ffffff to #ffffff
  • Style: Radial
  • Angle: 90°
  • Scale: 87%
  • Uncheck Reverse and Dither
  • Check Align with Layer
Add Gradient Overlay

Step 14

Now we need to create metal rounded elements. Pick the Ellipse Tool (U) and create 10 rounded shapes whose sizes are 36 x 36 px. Move them manually to the end of each black line (or use the method we used for the lamps). Merge all of them.

Metal Elements

Step 15

Then double-click on the layer to open the Layer Style window. Add a Bevel & Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 103%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size: 18 px
  • Soften: 4 px
  • Uncheck Use Global Light box before setting the Angle: 90°
  • Altitude: 60°
  • Gloss Contour: Linear
  • Uncheck the Anti-aliased
  • Highlight Mode: Color Dodge
  • Highlight Color: #ffffff
  • Opacity: 65%
  • Shadow Mode: Color Dodge
  • Shadow Color: #ffffff
  • Opacity: 87%
Add Bevel

Step 16

Add a Contour:

  • Contour: Half Round
  • Uncheck Anti-aliased
  • Range: 73%
Add Contour

Step 17

Now add an Inner Shadow:

  • Blend Mode: Difference
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Opacity: 58%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box before setting an Angle: -90°
  • Distance: 7 px
  • Choke: 20 %
  • Size: 18 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Uncheck the Anti-aliased
  • Noise: 0%
Add Inner Shadow

Step 18

Add an Inner Glow:

  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Opacity: 30%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Technique: Softer 
  • Source: Edge
  • Choke: 4%
  • Size: 8 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Uncheck the Anti-aliased
  • Range: 55%
  • Jitter: 0%
Add Inner Glow

Step 19

Add a Satin style with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 36%
  • Angle: 0°
  • Distance: 6 px
  • Size: 16 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Uncheck the Anti-aliased and Invert
Add Satin

Step 20

Apply a Color Overlay:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Color: #b8b8b8
  • Opacity: 100%
Add Color Overlay

Step 21

Don't forget about an Outer Glow:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Opacity: 57%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #000000
  • Technique: Softer
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 6 px
  • Contour: Linear 
  • Uncheck Anti-aliased
  • Range: 100%
  • Jitter: 0%
Add Outer Glow

Step 22

And the final touch is a Drop Shadow:

  • Blending Mode: Multiply
  • Pick the color #000000
  • Opacity: 70%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box before setting an Angle: 120°
  • Distance: 6 px
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 6 px
Add a Drop Shadow

3. How to Make the Central Part of the Wheel

Step 1

Pick the Ellipse Tool (U) and create a rounded shape whose size is 570 x 570 px. Name it Golden Outer. Move it to the center of the document. Double-click on the layer to apply the Layer Styles. Add a Stroke:

  • Size: 8 px
  • Position: Outside 
  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Fill Type: Color 
  • Color: #000000
Stroke Style

Step 2

Add an Inner Glow:

  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Opacity: 52%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #f5f5f6
  • Technique: Softer
  • Source: Edge
  • Choke: 100%
  • Size: 3 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Uncheck the Anti-aliased
  • Range: 50%
  • Jitter: 0%
Inner Glow Settings

Step 3

Apply a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Click on the Gradient and set: #fff64e at 0%, #e29302 at 25%, #fff64e at 50%, #e29302 at 75% and #fff64e at 100%
  • Style: Angle
  • Angle: 90°
  • Scale: 100%
  • Uncheck Reverse and Dither
  • Check Align with Layer
Add Gradient Overlay

Step 4

Add a Drop Shadow:

  • Blending Mode: Multiply
  • Pick the color #000000
  • Opacity: 40%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box before setting an Angle: 90°
  • Distance: 15 px
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 15 px
Add Drop Shadow

Here's the result of this step:

Wheel Result

Step 5

Create a rounded shape with the name Inner Bevel. Its size should be 430 x 430 px. Change a Fill to 0%. Apply Bevel & Emboss Layer Style with these settings:

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 1000%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size: 20 px
  • Soften: 0 px
  • Uncheck Use Global Light box before setting the Angle: -90°
  • Altitude: 30°
  • Gloss Contour: Linear 
  • Uncheck the Anti-aliased
  • Highlight Mode: Linear Dodge (Add)
  • Highlight Color: #e5e5e5
  • Opacity: 48%
  • Shadow Mode: Multiply
  • Shadow Color: #382f25
  • Opacity: 75%
Bevel And Emboss

The settings of the Contour should be the default. Here's the result of the step:

Result of the contour

Step 6

Now we need to create lamps on the golden inner frame. All you need to do is repeat the actions of making lamps (from the beginning of the tutorial).

Result with Lamps

Step 7

Let's make the blue inner button. Create a new 386 x 386 px ellipse shape. Double-click the layer to add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 5 px
  • Position: Outside
  • Blend Mode: Normal 
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Fill Type: Color 
  • Color: #000000
Add Stroke

Step 8

Also add an Inner Shadow:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Color: #000000
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box before setting an Angle: 120°
  • Distance: 0 px
  • Choke: 100%
  • Size: 4 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Uncheck the Anti-aliased
  • Noise: 0%
Add Inner Shadow

Step 9

Add an Inner Glow:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Light
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #79e6ff
  • Technique: Softer
  • Source: Edge
  • Choke: 0%
  • Size: 62 px
  • Uncheck the Anti-aliased
  • Range: 50%
  • Jitter: 0%
Add Inner Glow

Step 10

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Gradient: from #0fd5ff to #00227a
  • Style: Radial
  • Angle: 90°
  • Scale: 100%
  • Uncheck Reverse and Dither
  • Check Align with Layer
Add Gradient Overlay

Step 11

To create a highlight reflection, make a smaller shape, set Fill to 0%, and apply the Gradient Overlay:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Gradient: from #19e3ffto #ffffff
  • Style: Radial
  • Angle: 90°
  • Scale: 138%
  • Uncheck Reverse and Dither
  • Check Align with Layer
Add Gradient Overlay

Step 12

Pick the Path Selection Tool (A), click on the lower point of the path, and move it to the center of the document. That's all.

Create a Reflection

4. How to Make a Red Marker

Step 1

Go to Layer > New > Group to create a new Group with the name Marker.

New Group Marker

Step 2

Go to Layer > New > Layer and create a New Layer. Pick the Pen Tool (P) to draw a marker shape. Click on the Shape button.

Marker Shape

Step 3

Add an Inner Glow:

  • Blend Mode: Color Dodge
  • Opacity: 40%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #ffffbe
  • Technique: Softer
  • Source: Edge
  • Choke: 100%
  • Size: 2 px
  • Uncheck the Anti-aliased
  • Range: 50%
  • Jitter: 0%
Add Inner Glow

Step 4

Now add a Gradient Overlay:

  • Blend Mode: 
  • Opacity: 10%
  • Click on the Gradient and set: #e90001 at 0%, #c20001 at 43% and #d5002a at 100%
  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 90°
  • Scale: 100%
  • Uncheck Reverse and Dither
  • Check Align with Layer
Add Gradient Overlay

Step 5

Add an Outer Glow:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #000000
  • Technique: Softer
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 3 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Uncheck Anti-aliased
  • Range: 50%
  • Jitter: 0%
Add Outer Glow

Step 6

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Blending Mode: Normal
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 55%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box before setting an Angle: 90°
  • Distance: 5 px
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 5 px
Add Drop Shadow

Step 7

Create a rounded shape and apply these Layer Styles. Add a Bevel & Emboss using the next values:

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 103%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size: 36 px
  • Soften: 8 px
  • Uncheck Use Global Light box before setting the Angle: 90°
  • Altitude: 60°
  • Gloss Contour: Linear 
  • Uncheck the Anti-aliased
  • Highlight Mode: Color Dodge
  • Highlight Color: #ffffff
  • Opacity: 65%
  • Shadow Mode: Color Dodge
  • Shadow Color: #ffffff
  • Opacity: 87%
Add Bevel

Step 8

Add a Contour:

  • Contour: Half Round
  • Uncheck Anti-aliased
  • Range: 73%
Add Contour

Step 9

Add a Stroke:

  • Size: 12 px
  • Position: Outside 
  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Fill Type: Gradient
  • Gradient: from #980420 to #410206
  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 90°
  • Scale: 100%
  • Uncheck Reverse and Dither
  • Check Align with Layer
Add Stroke

Step 10

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Difference
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box before setting an Angle: -90°
  • Distance: 14 px
  • Choke: 20%
  • Size: 36 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Uncheck the Anti-aliased
  • Noise: 0%
Inner Shadow Settings

Step 11

Now add an Inner Glow:

  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Opacity: 30%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Technique: Softer
  • Source: Edge
  • Choke: 4%
  • Size: 16 px
  • Uncheck the Anti-aliased
  • Range: 55%
  • Jitter: 0%
Inner Glow settings

Step 12

Add a Satin style using these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 36%
  • Angle: 0°
  • Distance: 12 px
  • Size: 32 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Uncheck the Anti-aliased and Invert
Satin settings

Step 13

And the final point is a Color Overlay:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Color: #b8b8b8
  • Opacity: 100%
Add Color Overlay

5. How to Create a Label

Step 1

Go to Layer > New > Group to create a new Group with the name Labels. Move it below the Marker group.

New Group Labels

Step 2

Pick the Type Tool (T) with these settings:

  • Font: Intro
  • Font Size: 114 pt
  • Color: White
  • Set Right Align Text.
Create the labels

Step 3

Add a Stroke:

  • Size: 7 px
  • Position: Outside 
  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Fill Type: Color
  • Color: #000000
Add Stroke

Step 4

Duplicate the text layer, and place it using Free Transform (Control-T) on the opposite section with a negative height value. Select both text layers, Duplicate (Control-J), and Rotate them by 36°. Repeat the action 3 times. As a result you will get the following picture:

Placed Labels

Congratulations, You're Done!

In this tutorial we have created a nice Wheel of Fortune using shapes and layer styles.

I have also added a background glow. I used the color #0779bb and a Soft Round Brush. But you can also create a big circle shape and apply a Gaussian Blur filter (go Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur).

Don't forget to share your result with us.

Wheel of Fortune Photoshop Tutorial
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