How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

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creating wacom bambooIn this tutorial, we will create a highly realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo. The process on creating this image is quite complicated but I’ll try to explain it as clear as I can. Each step will be accompanied with screenshots and sometimes I will add notes for better understanding.

Before we start, let’s see what we’ll be creating below. Notice that you can even see the USB symbol on its cable. As I said, highly realistic.

Our Final Output

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 1-Creating Wacom’s Base

Start by creating a new file, 512×512 px, RGB, 72 dpi, white background. Create a rounded rectangle with 5 px radius. Add some drop shadow. This will be our Wacom’s main body.

Tutorial highly realistic wacom bamboo

Step 2

Create new layer above it. Fill the layer with white. Click Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Give a small amount of monochromatic noise.

Tutorial Photoshop Create Wacom Bamboo

Step 3

Hit ctrl+alt+G to turn layer into a clipping mask. Change blend mode to Multiply and lower its opacity to 50%. This way, our Wacom will have a bit of texture on it.

Tutorial Photoshop Create Wacom Bamboo

Step 4-Add 3D Look

Currently, our Wacom looks very flat. It’s just a 2D rectangle. To turn it to a 3D shape we can’t just use a bevel and emboss style. We’ll play with lights and shading to do that. In new layer, create a transparent to white gradient in lower part of wacom. Change its opacity to 20%.

Tutorial Photoshop Create Wacom Bamboo

Step 5

Draw another gradient to the other side. See picture below to see light direction for each side.

Tutorial Photoshop Create Wacom Bamboo

Step 6

Draw a black rectangle with 20% opacity. Add layer styles Bevel and Emboss and Outer Glow.

Tutorial Photoshop Create Wacom Bamboo

Tutorial Photoshop Create Wacom Bamboo

Step 7-Separating Buttons

Now, we need to create gap between Wacom’s panel and its body. The trick here is using thin line in white and black. Together, these two lines create depth and make our brain thinks “It’s a 3D shape!”

Create new layer. With pencil tool, diameter 1 px, opacity 70%, draw a black line. Underneath it, draw another line, this time white with 50% opacity.

Tutorial Photoshop Create Wacom Bamboo

Step 8

Draw another black and white line to separate other panels.

Tutorial Photoshop Create Wacom Bamboo

Step 9-Scroll Area

Next, creating big scroll area. Using ellipse tool, shit+drag to draw a perfect circle. Add some layer styles.

Tutorial Photoshop Create Wacom Bamboo

Tutorial Photoshop Create Wacom Bamboo

Step 10

Draw smaller circle inside previous one. Add another layer style.

Tutorial Photoshop Create Wacom Bamboo

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 11

Use polygon tool with 3 sides to draw two triangles.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 12

Inside the scroll area, draw a circle. Select the path circle, hit ctrl+C and ctrl+V. Press right and down arrow few times to move it. In the option bar select subtract to create a crescent shape. Next, draw path to remove top part of the crescent.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 13

Duplicate crescent layer. Move it to other side of the scroll area. Hit ctrl+T and right-click choose Flip Vertical.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 14

Write FN1 and FN2 in lower button. I use a bold italic Helvetica here. If you don’t have Helvetica, you can use similar sans-serif font like Arial. Add layer styles shown below.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 15

Next step is creating arrow for next and previous button. Draw arrow directly using pen tool is not recommended. It’s just too hard.

Here’s what I prefer to do, create a blue rectangle then using pen tool click one of its top corner. We have a triangle now.

Select the path and duplicate it. Move it by pressing left and top arrow a few times. Choose subtract from the option bar.

Last thing to do is select both path and rotate it -45 degree.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 16

Duplicate the arrow and flip it vertically to create arrow for opposite direction. Give both arrow these layer styles to make them glow.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 17

Wacom put a small light under the button and it make the indicator really glow. So, create a new layer. Activate brush tool and choose star shape brush. With foreground set to light blue, click once on top of every button indicator to give them subtle sparkle.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 18

Upper part of bamboo and its lower are different. The upper part is very slick and glossy. Select the upper part and add adjustment layer Curves. In the Curves dialog box create a small S curves and hit OK This will increase its contrast and give it a glossy look.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 19

To make it looks more glossy, we’ll add some reflections. Again, select the upper part and add a transparent to white gradient.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 20

Don’t forget the brand. Here, i just use a light italic helvetica and wrote BAMBOO. Then I add a layer mask and paint the line inside B with black.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 21

So far, here’s what we have.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 22-Creating Cable

Move on to the detail. Draw a black rectangle in top right corner. This will our cable’s head.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 23

Draw a smaller rectangle. Use gray color and add Inner Shadow.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 24

Inside the gray rectangle draw a USB symbol.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 25

Duplicate the gray rectangle.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 26

Add a bold B. Hit ctrl+T and flip it vertical and horizontal. Add Drop Shadow and Outer Glow.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 27

Finally, draw a triangle shape. With tool brush hardness 95% draw a black cable. Underneath it draw the shadow manually.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 28-Drawing Pen

To make things easier we’ll create pen in a separate file. We start from a simple gray rounded rectangle with 5 px radius. Select some points using white arrow tool and move it until we have basic pen shape. To give a 3D look add gradient overlay.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 29

Upper part of the pen is very slick and glossy. Draw a black shape, hit ctrl+alt+G to create clipping mask. Add gradient overlay.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 30-Creating Pen’s Button

Draw a rectangle in lower part of the pen. Add layer styles shown below.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 31

Draw smaller rectangle in the middle of the pen’s button and add a gradient overlay.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 32

Almost done! Draw a very small rectangle at the end of the pen.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 33

Draw a black rounded rectangle on top of the pen. I also draw a very small reflection on it.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 34

Our pen is done! Now, we’ll import it to our wacom picture. Select all layers and right-click choose Convert to Smart Objects.

Drag our new smart object to Wacom file. Hit ctrl+T and rotate it.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 35

Duplicate the pen, right click and choose rasterize layer. Hit ctrl+T and distort it until it seems laying on our wacom. This pen will be our shadow.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 36

Hit D and shift+alt+Delete to fill the duplicated pen with black.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 37

Give it a Gaussian blur and add a layer mask. Draw a white to black gradient until the shadow gradually fades away.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 38

Here’s our wacom right now.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Step 39

I don’t really like the plain white background. So, I found this texture and paste it under the Wacom.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

Conclusion

For final touch, i want to make Wacom really stands out from the background. I create a new layer. Fill it with a radial gradient gray to white. Change the blend mode to Overlay. That’s it! I hope you have some fun with this tutorial and learn something new.

How to Create a Realistic and Sleek Wacom Bamboo [Highly Detailed]

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10 Comments Best Comments First
  • twe4ked

    Monday, March 29th, 2010 12:05

    1

    I did one of these ages ago; was sans the usb and pen though. Great to see someone else’s technique. Cheers

    0
  • PSDDude

    Monday, March 29th, 2010 08:11

    4

    I like the result very much , very realistic ! This kind of tutorial i have never practiced …. :) maybe it is the time

    0
    • jeprie

      Monday, March 29th, 2010 16:58

      5

      You should try it. Looks hard but once you learn it, the techiques is just simple.

      0
  • Ostap

    Monday, March 29th, 2010 13:40

    3

    Tut is too complicated for me:)
    But thanks anyway!:)
    Excellent results!

    0
  • Tutorial Lounge

    Monday, March 29th, 2010 13:25

    2

    amazing work there in all tutorial, you always share ideas with tips and tricks Mohammad. thanks

    0
  • Phillipe Calmet

    Monday, March 29th, 2010 19:52

    6

    Thanks for this great tutorial. Awesome result ;)

    0
  • Jason Zuckerman

    Monday, March 29th, 2010 21:21

    9

    I love my Wacom Tablet, but I have never even thought of drawing it before. I think I may give it a go, but since I have a Cintiq, maybe it would be cool to draw it instead with something else I drew on the screen. I’m intrigued by the idea.

    0
    • Mohammad Jeprie

      Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 05:30

      10

      I also love my wacom bamboo, that’s why i draw it.

      0
  • Leon

    Monday, March 29th, 2010 19:45

    7

    Nice one, only thing is, at step 2, it isn’t possible to add noise to a blank layer?

    0
    • jeprie

      Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 01:52

      8

      oh… you’re right. before adding noise we must fill it with white. Thanks.

      0
  • Jason Zuckerman

    Monday, March 29th, 2010 21:21

    9

    I love my Wacom Tablet, but I have never even thought of drawing it before. I think I may give it a go, but since I have a Cintiq, maybe it would be cool to draw it instead with something else I drew on the screen. I’m intrigued by the idea.

    0
    • Mohammad Jeprie

      Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 05:30

      10

      I also love my wacom bamboo, that’s why i draw it.

      0
  • Leon

    Monday, March 29th, 2010 19:45

    7

    Nice one, only thing is, at step 2, it isn’t possible to add noise to a blank layer?

    0
    • jeprie

      Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 01:52

      8

      oh… you’re right. before adding noise we must fill it with white. Thanks.

      0
  • Phillipe Calmet

    Monday, March 29th, 2010 19:52

    6

    Thanks for this great tutorial. Awesome result ;)

    0
  • PSDDude

    Monday, March 29th, 2010 08:11

    4

    I like the result very much , very realistic ! This kind of tutorial i have never practiced …. :) maybe it is the time

    0
    • jeprie

      Monday, March 29th, 2010 16:58

      5

      You should try it. Looks hard but once you learn it, the techiques is just simple.

      0
  • Ostap

    Monday, March 29th, 2010 13:40

    3

    Tut is too complicated for me:)
    But thanks anyway!:)
    Excellent results!

    0
  • Tutorial Lounge

    Monday, March 29th, 2010 13:25

    2

    amazing work there in all tutorial, you always share ideas with tips and tricks Mohammad. thanks

    0
  • twe4ked

    Monday, March 29th, 2010 12:05

    1

    I did one of these ages ago; was sans the usb and pen though. Great to see someone else’s technique. Cheers

    0

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