Creating A CD In Photoshop

MonkeyLek · June 2, 2003 2:42 pm

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. Graphic909.jpg Choose the elliptical marquee tool and holding down the Shift and alt/option key draw a circle from the center. Graphic910.jpg Create a new layer. Graphic911.jpg Choose the rainbow conical gradient tool. Graphic912.jpg Begin at the center and drag the gradient tool to the outside to create the fill. Graphic913.jpg Now choose a greenish color and fill right over the top of the gradient. Graphic914.jpg Press Edit > fade fill Graphic915.jpg I Selected color mode and lowered the opacity to 73%. Experiment to see what works best for you. Graphic916.jpg You should have something that looks similar to this. Now make a smaller selection with the elliptical marquee tool. Graphic917.jpg 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. Graphic918.jpg Using the layer styles, add a bevel to the small ring. Graphic919.jpg Lower the fill opacity to 6%. Graphic920.jpg Notice how the layer style remains and the fill is reduced. Graphic921.jpg Merge the 2 cd layers together. Graphic922.jpg Apply a bevel and a drop shadow to the layer. Graphic923.jpg Here is our final CD! Graphic924.jpg 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
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Article Comments

slinger ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 02 June 2003

What a great little tut. Thank you.

kool9 ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 03 June 2003

didn't even know about the fade fill tool. thanks very much.

Hoofdcommissaris ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 04 June 2003

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.

jez ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 09 June 2003

heeeyyy great simple

Jackson ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 09 June 2003

This stuff is great! Keep 'em coming please.