How to Draw A Very Detailed RadioTape From The 80’s

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Remember the old days where cassette tape and FM radio still rules? The Rolling Stones, Beatles, and Ozzy Osborne was the king! Great memory isn’t it? And of course you’ll remember the gadget we use at that time. It’s much bigger than iPad, but no one complains! Radio tape. In this tutorial, we’ll recreate a radio tape from the 80’s using only Photoshop.

First, let’s take a look at the image we’ll be creating. Click here or click on the image to see it in full resolution.

Every shape in this radiotape is made from vector shape. So, if I say “Draw a circle”, it means circle from shape not from elliptical marquee. Because every shape made from vector shape, the final outcome is scalable. We can resize it to any size we want. Sound good? Let’s move on!

Source Needed

Spiderman Pattern

Vector Metal Pattern

Grunge Paper Texture

Step 1-Base

We’ll start by creating base for this radiotape’s body. Create a rounded rectangle with radius 20 px. In both side, draw two rectangle and choose subtract. Add Bevel and Emboss to this shape.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 2

Using rounded rectangle tool draw two base for speaker. For its feet, just draw two small rectangle on the bottom.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 3

Ctrl+click the base. Create new layer, fill it with white, and changee blend mode to Multiply. Click Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Use small Amount and select Monochromatic. This small step will add a bit of texture to the body.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 4

Draw a rectangle in the middle. This will be the base for tape deck. Add some layer styles.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 5-Create Tape Deck

For tape deck, draw a rectangle. Duplicate the rectangle and make it smaller, from the option bar choose subtract to create hole on the bigger rectangle.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 6

Under tape deck, draw another rectangle and add a poligon.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 7

Manually draw shadow inside the tape deck. Create circle shape and add these layer styles.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 8

Draw smaller circle and add some rectangles. Duplicate these shape until we have the tape inside.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 9

Draw a reounded rectangle behind the tape’s circle. Between the two circles draw a rectangle.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 10

Draw a circle shape, change it to clipping mask until it gos inside the rectangle. Add gradient overlay with type Noise and use blend mode Luminosity. This circle with gradient will be the magnetic tape.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 11

Duplicate the magnetic tape and resize it. Add some detail like the tape side (A or B) and Auto Stop System sign.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 12-Create Tape Control

Now, we’ll create the tape’s controller. Draw a rectangle under the tape deck. Add these layer styles.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 13-Create Tape Controller

Draw a rectangle and a poligon behind it. Add some detail like record symbol, text.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 14

Duplicate this tape controller for other function. Move the play button down to add a realistic look.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 15-Draw Battery Indicator and Counter

For battery indicator draw a red rectangle with red outer glow.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 16

Next, create a rectangle with dark inner glow.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 17

Inside the rectangle draw small box. Using pen tool draw some polygons as shown below.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 18

For the equalizer indicator, draw some black rectangles. Duplicate all and change its color to red. Add red Outer Glow and delete some of them so only a few lights is on.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 19

Add some details.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 20

I hope you’re still with me. Here’s what we have so far.

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Step 21-Small Speakers

Draw a ring by creating a big circle. Duplicate it and make it smaller. Select subtract from the option bar.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 22

Dulicate the ring and resize it. Create some rectangles surrounding both rings.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 23

Create new layer. Click Edit > Fill. Load spiderman pattern from brusheezy. Resize the pattern.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 24

Add layer mask and paint pattern outside the speaker with black to hide it. Duplicate the small speaker and put it on the other side.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 25-Big Speakers

Start by creating a big rounded rectangle for the speaker’s base. Add outer glow styles to give it a 3D look.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 26

Draw a big circle. Hit ctrl+alt+G to convert layer to Clipping Mask.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 27

Add smaller circle.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 28

Paint some white on top of the circle and give it Gaussian Blur with big radius.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 29

Create smaller circle. Add these layer styles.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 30

Create ring shape above this circle and some layer styles.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 31

Create bigger ring shape with these layer styles.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 32

Create a smaller ring above the previous ring.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 33

We need to add some reflection on center of the speaker. Paint with white and add Gaussian Blur.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 34

We need another pattern to cover the big speaker. Create new file, 800×600 px, background transparent, and fill it with metal pattern from bittbox.

We need bigger hole in this pattern. To do this, ctrl+click the pattern to select it. Click Select > Modify > Contract and select 2 px. Hit ctrl+shift+I to invert the selection and hit Delete.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 35

Paste the pattern on top of our big speaker. Resize it and add layer mask to hide unneeded pattern. Add layer styles shown below to give the pattern a metalic look.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 36-Input Selector

Draw a rounded rectangle for the selector’s base. Add smaller rectangle with these layer styles.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 37

Again, draw smaller rectangle inside the previous one.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 38

Create the selector by drawing a small rectangle first then add poligons behind it.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 39

Duplicate the selector and add some details.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 40-Another Selector

We’ll add a circle shape selector. Draw a small circle and add inner shadow.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 41

Draw smaller circle and inside it draw small rectangle. From the option bar select subtract.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 42

Duplicate circle and resize it. Draw another rectangle and choose subtract. We’re done with the first selector. Duplicate it and add some details.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 43-Radio

Draw a big rectangle.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 44

Inside the rectangle draw rounded rectangle.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 45

Add shadow and some text.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 46

Now for the radio frequency selector, draw big circle.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 47

Inside the circle draw another smaller circle.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 48

Ctrl+click the frequency selector to select it. Create new layer, click Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Click Filter > Blur > Radial Blur. Change layer’s blend mode to Multiply.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 49

To add reflection to the selector, draw a poligon and fill it with. Add Gaussian Blur and change its opacity to 30%.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 50-Top Button

Add button on top of the radiotape by drawing a small rounded rectangle and add these layer styles.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 51

For push button, draw a rectangle and a Gradient Overlay.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 52-Add 3D Look

Create this shape behind the radiotape and add gradient overlay. This will add depth to the radiotape’s body and make it looks 3D.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 53-Handle

Draw a rounded rectangle on top. Draw another rectangle inside it and choose subtract.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 54

Draw black rounded rectangle for hand handle.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 55

Next to the handle draw a rectangle and add Gradient Overlay.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 56

Draw smaller rectangle inside previous rectangle.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 57

Add few small rectangles with these layer styles. Duplicate all this handle and put it on the other side.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 58-Adding Shadow

Create new layer underneath every layers. Create elliptical selection and fill it with black. Add Gaussian Blur to soften it. Don’t forget to add small shadow on the feet.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Step 59

This radiotape is too clean. I want to make it looks olsd. So, I download a grunge texture and put it on top of this radiotape and change its blend mode to Multiply.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

Conclusions

Click here or click on the image to see our final image in full resolution. I hope you like it.

Tutorial Photoshop Draw RadioTape

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