Learn To Create A Safe Illustration

In this tutorial I’ll be walking you through the process of creating a Safe Illustration. We’ll be using a number of tools in this tutorial so there’s plenty to be learned. Lets get going…

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What We’ll Be Creating

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Let’s Get Started

Create a new document 800×600 pixels with a transparent background, Fill (G) your background layer with any color then add a “Gradient Overlay” using the settings below.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

You should have something like this.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Creating The Safe Front

Select the “Rounded Rectangle Tool” (U) with a radius of 5px. In the options part of the tool bar change your path type to “Shape Layers”.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Now drag out a rectangle about 400×370 pixels.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Once you’ve dragged out your rectangle change the the perspective by going to “Edit > Transform > Perspective”. Select one of the bottom corner anchor points then drag them inwards until you have something like this.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Now add a “Gradient Overlay” to your shape using the settings below.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Now right click your layer and go to “Convert To Smart Object”.

Quick Tip:

Smart Objects are layers that contain image data from raster or vector images, such as Photoshop or Illustrator files. Smart Objects preserve an image’s source content with all its original characteristics, enabling you to perform nondestructive editing to the layer.

Once the layer has been converted add some noise using the noise filter “Filter > Noise > Add Noise”. Use the settings below.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Finally label your layer “Safe Main” then add a “Inner Shadow” and “Stroke” using the settings below.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Safe Illustration Tutorial

You should have something like this.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Creating The Safe Top

Select the “Rounded Rectangle Tool” (U) then using the same settings as before create a rectangle above your first rectangle. Once you’ve created the rectangle drag the layer in the layers window underneath the “Safe Main” layer.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Adjust the perspective of the rectangle by going to “Edit > Transform > Perspective”, now drag one of the top corner anchor points inwards.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Label your layer “Safe Top” then add a “Gradient Overlay” using the settings below.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

You should have something like this.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Now right click your “Safe Top” layer and go to “Convert To Smart Object”.

Quick Tip:

Smart Objects are layers that contain image data from raster or vector images, such as Photoshop or Illustrator files. Smart Objects preserve an image’s source content with all its original characteristics, enabling you to perform nondestructive editing to the layer.

Now that the “Safe Top” layer is a smart object we can add our noise filter like we did the first time round to our “Safe Main” layer. When adding the noise filter “Filter > Noise > Add Noise” use the same settings as before.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Now add the following layer styles to your “Safe Top” layer using the settings below.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Safe Illustration Tutorial

You should have something like this.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Creating The Safe Door

Duplicate your “Safe Main” layer then rename the duplicated layer “Safe Door”. Press “Ctrl + T” or “Edit > Free Transform” then drag one of the corner anchor points whilst holding down the “Shift & Alt” keys on the keyboard. Resize the shape down by about 15px – 20px.

Quick Tip:

Holding down SHIFT and ALT keys whilst dragging will resize the element from the middle anchor, instead of resizing from the corner anchor you are dragging from.

Once you’ve resized the shape you should have something like this.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Double click your “Safe Door” layer to access the layer styles window. Remove the current layer styles by unticking the ticked styles, then add the following layer styles.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Safe Illustration Tutorial

You should have something like this.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Creating The Safe Screw Fixings

Select the “Ellipse Tool” (U) the create 4 small circles in each corner of the safe.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Now add the following layer styles to each of the circles.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Safe Illustration Tutorial

You should have something like this.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Select the “Zoom Tool” (Z) then zoom into one of the screws. Select the “Rectangular Marquee Tool” (M) then create two 1px lines next to each other roughly the same height as the screw. Fill (G) the first line in black #000000 and the second line in white #ffffff.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Now set the lines blend mode to “Overlay” and “Opacity” to 50%.

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Creating The Safe Rivets

Select the “Pen Tool” (P), then change path type to “Paths”. Inside your safe area create a path from each corner of the safe, trying your best to keep the lines in shape with the contours of the safe.

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Select the “Brush Tool” (B) with a brush size of 4px. Open the brush window (F5) then apply the following settings.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Create a new layer at the top of your layer stack then label it “Rivets”. Select the “Pen Tool” (P) then right click your mouse button on the canvas and select “Stroke Path” from the menu.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Once the path has been stroked right click once more and go to “Delete Path”, you should have something like this.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Now add the following layer styles to your rivets layer.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Creating The Safe Combination Dial

Select the “Ellipse Tool” (U) then create a circle in the middle of the safe door.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Once you’ve created the ellipse label your new layer “Outer Dial” then add the following layer styles.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Safe Illustration Tutorial

You should have something like this.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Now create a 2nd ellipse inside of the one you just created, only this time about 20px-30px smaller.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Label your new ellipse layer “Inner Dial” then add a “Color Overlay” using the settings below.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Repeat the same process again only this time make the ellipse only about 10px smaller. Once you’ve created the ellipse label your layer “Knob Rim”.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Now add the following layer styles to your new layer.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Safe Illustration Tutorial

You should have something like this.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Lastly create another ellipse about 10px smaller than the last one then label your new layer “Knob”.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Now add a “Gradient Overlay” to your last ellipse using the settings below.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

You should have something like this.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

All that’s left to do now is add some detail to the knob and add the dial indicator lines. We’ll start with the knob detail, select the “Zoom Tool” (Z) and zoom in on the knob. Once zoomed in select the “Rectangular Marquee Tool” and create two 1px lines next to each other. Fill (G) Your first line in white #ffffff and your second line in black #000000, then set the layer blend mode to “Soft Light” and opacity to “75%”.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Now select the “Type Tool” (T) and your “Inner Dial” layer, move your cursor over the vector path until the cursor changes to indicate “Text On A Path”. Apply the “Text On A Path” then type out some vertical bars (||||||) followed by some full stops (…) keep going until you have a pattern like this (|…..|…..|…..|).

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Once your happy add the following layer styles to your text layer.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Safe Illustration Tutorial

You should have something like this.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Creating The Safe Feet

Select the “Polygonal Lasso Tool” (L) then create two shapes like the image below at the bottom of your safe. Make sure these shapes are on new layers at the bottom of your stack.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Now add a “Gradient Overlay” to your two shapes using the settings below.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Still with the “Polygonal Lasso Tool” (L) create yet another shape like the image below, making sure these shapes are on a layer above your last shapes.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Now add a “Gradient Overlay” to your new shapes using the settings below.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Creating The Safe Reflection

Highlight all your safe layers “Excluding” the background layer then go to “Edit > Copy Merged” (Shift + Ctrl + C). Once everything has been copied to the clipboard go ahead and select “Edit > Paste” (Ctrl + V). With your new image flip it vertically “Edit > Transform > Flip Vertically” then select the “Move Tool” (V) and place it directly underneath your safe.

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Add a layer mask to your flipped layer then drag a “Linear Gradient” from the bottom of the reflection upwards.

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Creating The Safe Shadow

Select the “Rectangular Marquee Tool” (M) then create a black #000000 square underneath your safe, make sure the rectangle is about the same width as the bottom of the safe. Once you’ve created the square blur it using the guassian blur filter “Filter > Blur > Guassian Blur”. Finally set the layers opacity to about 32%.

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Adding The Shiny Bits

Select the “Ellipse Tool” (U) then drag out a really thin ellipse over one of the edges of the safe.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Add a “Outer Glow” to your ellipse using the following settings.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Now add a layer mask to your shape, set the foreground color to white #ffffff and background to black #000000. Drag a reflected gradient from the middle of the shape and drag outwards towards either side of the canvas.

Safe Illustration Tutorial

Repeat the last couple of steps and build up your shininess to your taste.

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Conclusion

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  1. January 26, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Nice create new tutorial host desing new version or wordpress theme :)

  2. January 26, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Great tutorial, Richard. Your posts have inspired me to make my own tutorial blog.

  3. January 26, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Thanks for your comments! Much appreciated.

    @Duca: hook me up if you make one.

  4. January 27, 2011 at 7:43 AM

    this cool.

  5. Bryan
    January 27, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Wow this tut is ctually pretty awesome Richard.
    Good work mate, and thanks!

  6. January 27, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Thanks

  7. shikha rathi
    January 29, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    really liked this tutorial…..
    m surely gona do it…
    thnks…

  8. January 29, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Nice one. I have a similar tutorial for Illustrator. I’m planning to publish it in the next month.

  9. January 31, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Great tutorial and techniques, explained well… Thanks for sharing…
    Featured in Tutorials of the Week at http://www.hangaroundtheweb.com

  10. February 1, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Nice tutorial, but there are some major things wrong with the design. The reflections of the safe is made as if were paper-thin, take a look at object in real life and se how reflections work. The underside of the safe would be visible in the reflection. The second big thing is that the combination-lock is made as if you look at it straight on, but you make the safe at an angle then you would see a bit of the top of the combination-lock.

    These two things together f-cks up the perspective of the image.
    But you do have some great tips regarding layer-styles and the tutorial is well written.

    So no hate just some pointers, please delete this comment if you feel it is over the line. I just think the only way to get better is to get constructive criticism.

  11. February 1, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Thanks for the feedback

    @GORM, il take on board everything you said and agree with you totally. as for deleting your comment, that would never happen. Photoshop Plus likes comments like yours and welcomes any other comments wether it be bad or good.

  12. February 2, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    @Richard Carpenter glad you took it that way! I wish you all the best and I´m looking forward for the next tutorial!

  13. none
    February 8, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    amazing! could you do something similar for the GIMP?

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