Creating A CD In Photoshop

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This week we are going to look at how to draw a CD in Photoshop 7. We will be using the new opacity options on the layer palette. We will also be using the fade fill command. Not too many people even know about this incredibly useful tool.

So without further ado let's make a CD! Create a new document 5" X 5" at 72 dpi in RGB mode.

Use the guides to define the center of the page.

Choose the elliptical marquee tool and holding down the Shift and alt/option key draw a circle from the center.

Create a new layer.

Choose the rainbow conical gradient tool.

Begin at the center and drag the gradient tool to the outside to create the fill.

Now choose a greenish color and fill right over the top of the gradient.

Press Edit > fade fill

I Selected color mode and lowered the opacity to 73%. Experiment to see what works best for you.

You should have something that looks similar to this.

Now make a smaller selection with the elliptical marquee tool.

Press the delete key to cut a hole in the CD. Don't deselect.

Create a new layer and Fill with white. Make a smaller circle and delete the center.

Your CD should now resemble the picture here.

Using the layer styles, add a bevel to the small ring.

Lower the fill opacity to 6%.

Notice how the layer style remains and the fill is reduced.

Merge the 2 cd layers together.

Apply a bevel and a drop shadow to the layer.

Here is our final CD!

I hope this little tutorial showed you how to use some handy Photoshop tools as well as give you a fun little image to play with.

Until next time...See you at the café

Special thanks to for allowing us to reprint their Photoshop tutorials here at Renderosity.

You can e-mail Colin Smith, the author of this article, at Also, be sure to check out his resource and training CD, "PhotoshopCAFE Live", now available in the Renderosity Marketplace.

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Member Opinions:
By: slinger on 6/2/03
What a great little tut. Thank you.

By: kool9 on 6/3/03
didn't even know about the fade fill tool. thanks very much.

By: Hoofdcommissaris on 6/4/03
imho the same effect can be reached with putting the fill in a new layer and playing around with layer blend styles and settings. The nice side being that it is eternally changable and reusable when one wants to make, say, a silvery cd. Which the 'fade fill' is not.
For me the conical gradient is something I tend to forget that I have in my PS toolbox, so this is still a nice little tutorial, for reminding me of it.

By: jez on 6/9/03
heeeyyy great simple

By: Jackson on 6/9/03
This stuff is great! Keep 'em coming please.

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