Introduction

In the following tutorial I will tech you how to make a Vinyl Record. The process is fairly straight forward and the final result is very impressive. With the knowledge gained from this tutorial, besides records you will be also able to make various metallic and plastic buttons.

Note: If You Are Just Starting Out With Adobe Photoshop, And Have A Hard Time Following The Basics Presented In This Tutorial. Consider Going Through Our Adobe Photoshop Essentials Series, Before You Dive In To More Advanced Material.

Preview

Vinyl Record

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Step 1

Start out by creating a New Document, whit canvas size 570 pixels by 300 pixels set at 72 dpi. After you are all set, download the texture from the Download Assets section above, or from the following link and paste it just above your background layer.

Step 2

Now lets start making the Vinyl Record by creating a new layer first (Vinyl) and fill it with #141414. After that fill the layer with noise with uniform distribution and amount 15. (Filter > Noise > Add Noise)

Step 3

The noise we added in the previous step, is needed in order to create the circular carvings of the Vinyl Record. We will achieve this by radially blurring the layer, set it to quality best, method spin, and amount 100. (Filter > Blur > Radial Blur)

Step 4

As you can see, our layer is starting to reassemble a texture of a real Vinyl Record, now its time to shape it like one. In order to do this, i suggest you use the Elipse Tool (U). Start out by placing your cursor as close as you can to the center of the Radial Blur, then then click and hold down Shift + Alt (This Way You Will Create A Perfect Circle From The Middle Outwards)

Note: If You First Hold Shift + Alt And Then Click, The Alt Command Might Override Our Intention, Which Will Result In Giving Us The Color Picker Tool. In Order To Achieve What You Initially Desired, First Click And Hold Then Hit Shift + Alt.

Step 5

Now activate (Click) the Vinyl layer first, then Ctrl + Click on the shape layer. As you can see now you have a perfect circular outline on the Vinyl layer. All you are left to do now is delete the excess, you can do that by inverting the selection (Ctrl + Shift + I) and hit delete. Since you no longer need the circle shape layer, feel free to delete it. Finally repeat the last two steps, in order to make a small cut out in the center of the Vinyl.

Step 6

Since our Vinyl has taken its final shape, now its time to add a little shine on it. Start out by outlining the Vinyl layer (Ctrl + Click), then create a new layer above the Vinyl (Highlight). Now hit D, in order to reset your foreground and background colors to the default black and white, and fill the selection with either black or white. Now render difference clouds inside the selection, you will do this by going to Filter > Render > Difference Clouds, reapply this filter until it gives you a good balance between black and white.

Render Difference Clouds

Step 7

Once again we will use the Radial Blur filter with the same settings as earlier, but this time instead of spin we will use Zoom.

Radial Zoom

Step 8

As it currently stands, our Highlight layer is hiding the finer details of the Vinyl below, what we need to do is change the blending mode of the Highlight layer. A good blending solution for our current task is Soft Light. As you can see our record is now too dark, and almost none of the finer details are visible. What you need to do now is go to Image > Adjustment > Brightest / Contrast and fiddle with the options a bit.

Highlight Options

I can not give you exact specifications, since the clouds you have rendered are different from mine. But a good rule of thumb is, if you had more darker clouds than lighter, you will need to crank the brightness up, if this doesn’t help, lower the opacity and crank the brightest up again. Rinse and repeat until you are satisfied with the final look.

Step 9

Now select the Gradient Tool with white to transparent color, and use a reflected gradient. Create a new layer above the Highlight layer (Shine), and create a gradient similar to the one presented below.

Reflected Gradient Example

Now go to Edit > Transform > Perspective, click on the top left corner and hold shift, then flip the two vertical points until they reassemble something like the image below.

Perspective Transform

Step 10

First Ctrl + Click the Vinyl layer, then Ctrl + Shift + I in order to invert the selection, now activate (Click) the Shine layer and hit delete. You might have already guessed what you need to do now, change the Blending Mode of the layer to Soft Light. If you want you can duplicate (Ctrl + J) this layer, and rotate it a bit in order to get a larger highlight.

Step 11

What you need to do now is add one smaller black circle (Empty) between the Vinyl and Highlight layer. The blending mode for this layer will be Multiply, and the Opacity 65%.

Empty Space

Step 12

Finally, add a sticker on your Vinyl Record above the Highlight and Shine layers, and your Vinyl Record is done.

Final Product

Vinyl Record

Conclusion

With the knowledge gained in this tutorial, you can apply the same process in order to create various metallic and plastic knobs and buttons. If you want to create a metallic record all you need to do is use a light gray color in the first step.

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In the following tutorial I will tech you how to make a Vinyl Record. The process is fairly straight forward and the final result is very impressive. With the knowledge gained from this tutorial, besides records you will be also able to make various metallic and plastic buttons.

Note: If you are just starting out with Adobe Photoshop, and have a hard time following the basics presented in this tutorial. Consider going through our Adobe Photoshop Essentials series, before you dive in to more advanced material.

Step 1

Start out by creating a New Document, whit canvas size 570 pixels by 300 pixels set at 72 dpi. After you are all set, download the following texture and paste it just above your background layer.

Step 2

Now lets start making the Vinyl Record by creating a new layer first (Vinyl) and fill it with #141414. After that fill the layer with noise with uniform distribution and amount 15. (Filter > Noise > Add Noise)

Step 3

The noise we added in the previous step, is needed in order to create the circular carvings of the Vinyl Record. We will achieve this by radially blurring the layer, set it to quality best, method spin, and amount 100. (Filter > Blur > Radial Blur)

Step 4

As you can see, our layer is starting to reassemble a texture of a real Vinyl Record, now its time to shape it like one. In order to do this, i suggest you use the Elipse Tool (U). Start out by placing your cursor as close as you can to the center of the Radial Blur, then then click and hold down Shift + Alt (this way you will create a perfect circle from the middle outwards)

Note: If you first hold Shift + Alt and then click, the alt command might override our intention, which will result in giving us the color picker tool. In order to achieve what you initially desired, first click and hold then hit shift + alt.

Step 5

Now activate (click) the Vinyl layer first, then Ctrl + Click on the shape layer. As you can see now you have a perfect circular outline on the Vinyl layer. All you are left to do now is delete the excess, you can do that by inverting the selection (Ctrl + Shift + I) and hit delete. Since you no longer need the circle shape layer, feel free to delete it. Finally repeat the last two steps, in order to make a small cut out in the center of the Vinyl.

Step 6

Since our Vinyl has taken its final shape, now its time to add a little shine on it. Start out by outlining the Vinyl layer (Ctrl + Click), then create a new layer above the Vinyl (Highlight). Now hit D, in order to reset your foreground and background colors to the default black and white, and fill the selection with either black or white. Now render difference clouds inside the selection, you will do this by going to Filter > Render > Difference Clouds, reapply this filter until it gives you a good balance between black and white.

Render Difference Clouds

Step 7

Once again we will use the Radial Blur filter with the same settings as earlier, but this time instead of spin we will use Zoom.

Radial Zoom

Step 8

As it currently stands, our Highlight layer is hiding the finer details of the Vinyl below, what we need to do is change the blending mode of the Highlight layer. A good blending solution for our current task is Soft Light. As you can see our record is now too dark, and almost none of the finer details are visible. What you need to do now is go to Image > Adjustment > Brightest / Contrast and fiddle with the options a bit.

Highlight Options

I can not give you exact specifications, since the clouds you have rendered are different from mine. But a good rule of thumb is, if you had more darker clouds than lighter, you will need to crank the brightness up, if this doesn’t help, lower the opacity and crank the brightest up again. Rinse and repeat until you are satisfied with the final look.

Step 9

Now select the Gradient Tool with white to transparent color, and use a reflected gradient. Create a new layer above the Highlight layer (Shine), and create a gradient similar to the one presented below.

Reflected Gradient Example

Now go to Edit > Transform > Perspective, click on the top left corner and hold shift, then flip the two vertical points until they reassemble something like the image below.

Perspective Transform

Step 10

First Ctrl + Click the Vinyl layer, then Ctrl + Shift + I in order to invert the selection, now activate (click) the Shine layer and hit delete. You might have already guessed what you need to do now, change the Blending Mode of the layer to Soft Light. If you want you can duplicate (Ctrl + J) this layer, and rotate it a bit in order to get a larger highlight.

Step 11

What you need to do now is add one smaller black circle (Empty) between the Vinyl and Highlight layer. The blending mode for this layer will be Multiply, and the Opacity 65%.

Empty Space

Step 12

Finally, add a sticker on your Vinyl Record above the Highlight and Shine layers, and your Vinyl Record is done.

Final Product

Vinyl Record

Conclusion

With the knowledge gained in this tutorial, you can apply the same process in order to create various metallic and plastic knobs and buttons. If you want to create a metallic record all you need to do is use a light gray color in the first step.

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