Glossy Interface


Yet another one of my longer tutorials yet I believe, even those new to Photoshop will be able to easily finish this and learn to give depth to an interface.

So let’s begin, shall we? Here is a screenshot of the final.

To begin, create a new canvas at a size of 500 x 258 with Black as your color. Then double click the background layer in the Layers Palette and click OK. This will unlock the layer for the next step..

 

Now right click on the background layer in the Layers Palette and select, “Blending Options…“. Now click on “ Gradient Overlay“. use settings at left

 

Do not click “OK” yet. Still more to do.

 


 

 

 

 

Now click on “Pattern Overlay“.

 

 

use settings at left

 

 

You may now click OK.

 


 

You should now have the below image.

 

 


 

Next, select the “Elipse Tool“. Draw a circle as illustrated using White as the color. Name this layer “Player Frame“.

 

 


 


 


 

Next we will need to move the left anchor point of the “Player Frame” layer. To do this select the “Direct Selection Tool” and select the left anchor point as I have done below. Now, using the right arrow key and “Shift” key on your keyboard, move that anchor point to the right as indicated below.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Now right click on the “Player Frame” layer in the Layers Palette and select, “Blending Options…“. Now click on “ Drop Shadow “.

 

 

use settings at left

 

 

Do not click “OK” yet. Still more to do.

 


 

 

 

 

Now click on “Inner Glow“.

 

 

use settings at left

 

 

Do not click “OK” yet. Still more to do.

 


 

 

 

 

Now click on “Color Overlay“.

 

 

use settings at left

 

 

You may now click OK.

 


 

You should now have the below image.

 

 


 

Now “Ctrl” click the “Player Frame” layer to create a selection around it. Then, go to the main menu and click on “Select” then “Modify” and then “Contract“. Contract by 8 and click “OK“. Create a new layer, named “Display” and fill with 604a27. Now deselect the selection.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Now right click on the “Display” layer in the Layers Palette and select, “Blending Options…“. Now click on “Inner Shadow“.

 

 

use settings at left

 

 

Do not click “OK” yet. Still more to do.

 


 


 


 

 

 

 

Now click on “Inner Glow“.

 

 

use settings at left

 

 

Do not click “OK” yet. Still more to do.

 

 

 

 

Now click on “Satin “.

 

 

use settings at left

 

 

Do not click “OK” yet. Still more to do.

 


 

 

 

 

Now click on “Gradient Overlay“.

 

 

use settings at left

 

 

Do not click “OK” yet. Still more to do.

 


 

 

 

 

Now click on “Stroke“.

use settings at left

You may now click OK.

 

Select the “Text Tool” and use the below settings. Download the typeface here.


Now type your prefered text and turn the fill of the text layer down to 39%.


With the “Text Tool” still selected use the below settings:


Now type your prefered text and again turn the fill of the text layer down to 39%.


Select the “Text Tool” and use the below settings:




Now type your prefered text.


Now grab the “Line Tool” and set the weight to 2 pixels. Draw a line now while holding the “Shift” key in on your keyboard to make a straight line using Black as your color. Name this layer “Player Progress“.


Now right click on the “Player Progress layer in the Layers Palette and select, “Blending Options…“.
use settings at left

Do not click “OK” yet. Still more to do.


Now click on “ Drop Shadow“.
use settings at left

You may now click OK.


You should now have the below image.


Now choose the “Custom Shape Tool” and select the arrow shape in the Options Palette. Name this layer “Arrow“.


Now right click on the “Arrow layer and select, “Blending Options…“. Now click on “ Drop Shadow.
use settings at left

Do not click “OK” yet. Still more to do.

Now click on “Inner Glow “.
use settings at left

Do not click “OK” yet. Still more to do.


Now click on “Gradient Overlay“.
use settings at left

You may now click OK.


You should now have the below image.


Select the “Text Tool” and use the below settings:


Now type in your menu items.


Now, double click the text layer that you just created then click the “Create Warped Text” icon in the options bar and use the below settings.


Then go to the main menu and select “Edit” then “Free Transform” and angle the text as I have done below.

 

Next, choose the “Custom Shape Tool“,
and draw some more arrows for the menu icons as well as two rectangles
for the pause buttons. Turn the fill of these icon layers down to
39% as well.


Using the “Custom Shape Tool“, I added even more icons to the player.


Next, duplicate the “Display” layer and clear its layer style. To clear the layer style, right click on the duplicated layer and select “Clear Layer Style“. Now change the layer name to “Pattern“. Download the pattern here and select “Open“.


Now right click on the “Pattern ” layer and select, “Blending Options…“.
use settings at left

Do not click “OK” yet. Still more to do.


Now click on “Pattern Overlay“.
use settings at left

You may now click OK.



You should now have the below image.


Now select the “Eraser Tool” and use the below settings.


Click two or three times near the center of the “Pattern” layer to get the following.


Now “Ctrl” click the “Display” layer in the Layers Palette to create a selection around it. Then, go to the main menu and click on “Select” then “Modify” and then “Contract“. Contract by 2 and click “OK“. Then go to “Select” then “Inverse“. Be certain that you have the “Pattern” layer selected in the Layers Palette. Then “Edit” then “Cut“.


Now turn the fill of this layer down to 27%.


Next, duplicate the “Display” layer again and clear its layer style. To clear the layer style, right click on the duplicated layer and select “Clear Layer Style“. Now change the layer name to “Dark Area“.


Now choose the “Elliptical Marquee Tool” and make the following selection.



Now draw the below shape with the “Pen Tool” as I have illustrated below using the color White. Now turn the fill down to 12%.

Now draw the below shape with the “Pen Tool” as I have illustrated below using the color White. Then turn the fill down to 34%.


Next, grab the “Ellipse Tool” and draw the below shape again using White as the color. Then go to the main menu and select “Edit” then “Free Transform” and angle it as I have done below. Then turn the opacity down to 14%.


I’ve added some outer glow to the shape as well by right clicking the shape layer in the Layers Palette and selecting “Blending Options…” Choose White as the color with size of 5 and Opacity at 100%.


Now select the “Brush Tool” and use the below settings.


Then create a new layer, change its blending mode to Color Dodge and the Fill to 54%. I clicked once over the “pi” in “Empire Dezign” to get a more glossy effect. You may wish to turn the Fill down even more.


Then grab the “Rounded Rectangle Tool” and draw the below shape at a radius of 45 pixels. Name this layer “Extras” in the Layers Palette and drag so it is just above the background layer in the Layers Palette as the below image illustrates.

Now right click on the “Extras” layer in the Layers Palette and select, “Blending Options…“. Now click on “Inner Glow“.
use settings at left

Do not click “OK” yet. Still more to do.

 


Now click on “Color Overlay“.
use settings at left

Do not click “OK” yet. Still more to do.

 

Now click on “Gradient Overlay“.
use settings at left

You may now click OK.

You should now have the following:

Select the “Custom Shape Tool” and draw a Black arrow. You may have to flip the arrow horizontally. To do this, go to “Edit” then “Transform” and lastly “Flip Horizontally“.



Now right click on the arrow layer in the Layers Palette and select, “Blending Options…“.
use settings at left

Do not click “OK” yet. Still more to do.

 


Now click on “Drop Shadow “.
use settings at left

Do not click “OK” yet. Still more to do.

Now click on “Inner Shadow“.
use settings at left

You may now click OK.


Next grab the “Pen Tool” and draw the below shape in Black. It doesn’t need to be perfect.

The Results!!!

To finish it off, I turned the Fill down to 9%.
As said before, it’s just a simple interface but the techniques learned
from it should get you well on your way to creating great players. Have
fun!

the below was created in blue and was squished a bit.

 


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