Create a Nokia Splash Poster in Photoshop

March 1, 2010 • By

In this tutorial, we’re going to create the Nokia 7610 mobile phone which is also known as the Supernova. This process will include the use of the least opaque gradients in the aim of replicating the 7610’s characteristic translucency. In the other part of the tutorial, we’re going to create a theme poster for the phone that reflects a supernova.

The difficulty with creating a phone is its 3d posture. Since we’re not creating a flat image, it will be a bit cumbersome to mark out the shape with rulers or guidelines to position the various elements of the Nokia phone.

Step 1

We start off by setting up a 900 by 780 pixel document with a white background and a resolution of about 200 dpi. Drawing a rounded rectangle, on the Tools bar, select the Rounded Rectangle Tool (U) and set its corners to 32 px on the Tool Presets. Right click, and enter its Fill Colour as #575b5f

Step 2

Clear the new shape’s outline by selecting it with the Marquee Tool and pressing Delete. Go to Edit > Transform > Skew or press Ctrl+T  and then right click to select Skew.

Step 3

Not done yet with the shape, right click again (while still in the Free Transform mode) and choose Distort. Duplicate the layer to use for later.

Step 4

Select the Magnetic Lasso Tool (L) and use the edges of the rectangle.You can
press the Delete key when it appears your line is off the path.

Step 5

Select the Gradient Tool (G) and on the Gradient Tool Presets, set its
Opacity to about 87%.

The Colours of the Stops are shown below:

Step 6

Now within the select, drag from right to left with the Gradient Tool. Then clear the Marquee selection. Name this layer “front bevel.”

Step 7

The shape of the Nokia 7610 is a little bit of that of a candy bar. So, hit Ctrl+T and select Warp and add a slight curve to the top, right and bottom parts of the rectangle.

Step 8

Place the previously duplicated layer over the “front bevel” layer and scale to fit within the bevel.

Step 9

Set the Foreground Color to #f2f2f5 and select the Paint Bucket Tool (G). Click within the rounded rectangle duplicate and name it “front 1,” if you’ve got a better name.

Step 10

Duplicate the “front 1” layer and go to Filter > Blur > Guassian Blur and set the Blur Radius to 5.0 pixels.

Here’s the result. Also resize the blurred rectangle within the rectangle and name it “front 2.”

Step 11

Create a new layer  “front shade” and with the Rounded Rectangle Tool at 34 px, draw a narrow rectangle somewhat to the left. Fill colour: #2e2e35.

Step 12

We’ll now blur the rectangle at about 40.1 pixels (Filter > Blur > Gaussian).

Step 13

Select “front 1” layer and add a Bevel and Emboss Layer Style to it with the following parameters below:

For Contour, select Linear and reduce its Range to 45%.

Step 14

Still on the “front 1” layer, apply an Inner Shadow Layer Style with the parameters below:

The resulting effects gives the front bevel a lifted appearance.

Step 15

For a new layer, select the Polygonal Lasso Tool and shape the selection as shown below.

Step 16

Select the Gradient Tool and edit the Gradient by setting its Color Stops from the left as: 1. #eff0f1 2. #e8e3e3 3. #645567 4. #27272a 5. #7b7b7d. The Opacity Stops from the left are: 9%, 9% and 95% consecutively.

Step 17

Drag the Gradient Tool within the selection.

Step 18

Go to Filter > Blur > Guassian Blur and set the Radius to 6.4 pixels. This creates a shade on the right-hand side.

Step 19

Within the Free Transform mode, select the Distort Tool and adjust to the left and bottom of the side shade. Name the layer “side shade2.”

Step 20

Create a new layer “screen” and draw a Rounded Rectangle with 2 px rounded corners. Pressing Ctrl+T, use the Skew Tool to adjust the shape accordingly.

Fill with colour: #7e9ab2.

For the following layers, we’ll be drawing circles. Starting with a “circle 1” layer, select the Ellipse Tool (U) to draw a circle while holding down the shift key to constraint the circle to a perfect shape.

Fill with colour #bccbd8 and reduce Opacity to 68%.

For the “circle 2” reduce its Opacity to 90%.

For “circle 3”, reduce its Opacity to 50%.

For “circle 4,” reduce Opacity to 70%. Note: I drew two purple circles here because I just wanted to work faster. But if you want, could give both circles their own respective layers.

For “circle 5,” reduce the Opacity to 55%.

For “circle 6” reduce Opacity to 50%.

Finally for both “circle 7” and “circle 8,” reduce their opacities to 50% and 70% respectively.

Step 21

On the Layers Palette, pressing Ctrl+E, merge all “circle” layers right down to the “screen” layer. Then select the Polygonal Lasso Tool and on its Presets, set Feather to 2px. Make a selection around the screen.

Step 22

Right click the selection and choose Select Inverse to invert the selection outside the screen area.

Step 23

Hit the Delete key and you’ll have the overlapping circles cropped within the screen area.

Step 24

The next couple of steps would be crucial in the enhancement of the translucent appearance of the Nokia phone. By selecting the Gradient Tool, set both the Gradient Color Stops to #f1f2f5 and #f3f4f9 respectively. For its Opacities: 40% and 85%.

Select the Polygonal Lasso Tool yet again, make a selection Feathered at 2px around the screen and thereafter, drag diagonally upwards (with a short stroke) within the selection. The layer should be named “screen gloss.”

Step 25

For the  next layer: “side gloss,” make the selection as shown below. When done, select the Gradient Tool with the same gradient colours from the previous one, except the opacities should be set to
10%and 70%. Now drag the Gradient Tool from right to left.

The result:

Step 26

On the Layers Palette, select the “screen” layer. Using the Burn Tool (O), with its Range set to Midtones and Exposure at 35, burn certain areas of the screen as shown below:

The result eventually unifies the new shade of the screen with rest of the phone.

Step 27

Create a new layer and name it “navi pad.” With the Rectangle Tool, draw a rectangle and use the Distort Tool while in Free Transform mode Ctrl+T) to set the shape diagonally.

Step 28

Still in the Free Transform mode, right click the shape and select Warp to give the rectangle a slight curve on both its width. Thus, giving it a convex shape.

Step 29

Hide the “navi pad” layer by clicking on the eye icon next to it. In a layer, draw a rounded cornered square at 30 px. Now, unhide the “navi pad” layer and have it merged with the layer containing the rounded cornered square by pressing Ctrl+E.

Step 30

On the merged “navi pad” layer, add a Gradient Overlay Layer Style to it with the parameters below:

Step 31

Follow it up with an Inner Glow style.

After applying the styles and a Gaussian Blur with a Radius of 10.5 pixels, draw another rounded square in a new layer.

Step 32

Apply a Bevel and Emboss Layer Style to the square.

Add a Contour: Contour type set to Cone and its Range increased to a 100%.

Now we’ve succeeded in creating a shiny metallic look. Name the layer “pad” if you wish.

Step 33

In another layer, draw a rounded square of the same corners with that of the pad within the pad itself. This new square will only serve as a guideline for the selection we’re about to make.

Step 34

Now select the “pad” layer and with the Magnetic Lasso Tool, make a rounded square selection. Press Delete.

And there you have it. Don’t forget to delete the layer with the previously drawn square.


Add a Drop Shadow style to the “front bevel” layer.

Step 35

For an “ear piece” layer, draw a rounded rectangle at 32px and fill with the colour # 6b6b6f.

Step 36

Add a Stroke layer Style with the Colour set to #626367.

The result:

Step 37

Draw another shape above the “earpiece” layer and fill with #303033.

Step 38

Apply a Bevel and Emboss Layer Style:

Also add a Contour with its type as Cone.

The resulting effects:

Step 39

For the left and right buttons, draw flat rectangles (with corners at 52 px) but with
the latter shorter in length than the other.

These are the Gradient Overlay Styles for both buttons:

The first Gradient’s angle should be at 180 degrees for the left button while the second, rotated at zero degrees for the right button.

Step 40

Creating a “send” button, select the Pen Tool (P) make a sketch with twelve simple points as shown below. Do the same for the “end” button and add a small circle underneath it.

Step 41

Apply a Gradient Overlay Style for both “send” and “end” buttons (green for send and red for end).

The result:

Step 42

If you wish, you could have your buttons arranged under a group. By clicking on the third icon fron the right, create a new folder named buttons. Drag all four buttons into the “Buttons” folder.

Step 43

Given the absence of the appropriate font for the Nokia logo, We’ll tweak a pre-installed font that would best represent that of Nokia’s. Select the Horizontal Type Tool (T) and its font as Micro Style Bold Extended ATT. If you don’t have the Type Tool Presets displayed, go to Window > Character. Proceed to have the width and length of the text horizontally and vertically scaled.

Step 44

This is how close we’ll come repliicating the Nokia logo.Duplicate this text layer to use later.Also have it tilted with the Rotate Tool in Free Transform mode.

Step 45

Behind the face of the phone is something like a backplate (its a slider actually). Draw a rounded rectangle with its corners set at 35 px and fill the shape with the colour #e7e6ea.

Step 46

Apply an Inner Glow style to the “backplate” Layer.

Step 47

Position the “backplate” behind the front bevel and if necessary, scale it as shown below:

Step 48

Another rounded rectangular shape (35 px) will be positioned behind the “backplate.”

Step 49

We’re almost coming to the final back of the phone.Draw a rounded rectangle at 42 px and fill with colour: #2c2c2c. This should be followed by a Stroke Style and the opacity of the layer itself reduced to 59%.

Step 50

Position the red rounded rectangle behind the plates and use the the Free Transform’s Distort Tool to extend part of it from the bottom.

Step 51

Finally for the back cover, draw a rounded rectangle.

Step 52

We now a Gradient Overlay Layer Style:

An Inner Glow style was added as well with its Colour set at #ebe6e7.

Step 53

A metal-like tag with the Nokia’s logo can replicated with a rounded rectangle with its corners set at 1 px. Pressing Ctrl+T, and right clicking for the Distort Tool, bend the edges of the shape inwards.

Step 54

These are the Bevel and Emboss Style parameters of the “tag” layer.

Step 55

Press Ctrl+T to Rotate, Scale and Skew the Nokia text to fit into the tag.

Step 56

Create a new layer “background.” Selecting the Gradient Tool (set at Radial), edit its Colours as shown below:

Step 57

With the Gradient Tool, drag downwards from the center of the workspace.

Step 58

Select the Brush Tool (B), and on its Presets choose a Soft Round Brush with its size ranging from about  42 to 180 px. Set the brush colour to #decfd9.

Step 59

For the smaller bluish and faded white circles, set the brush colour to
#cdcdf9 and #eff7f9 and sizes from 35 to 55 px respectively.

Step 60

Head on over to freephotoshop.org to download some circle shapes for free. Unzip the files to C:Program FilesAdobeAdobe Photoshop CS(x)PresetsCustom Shapes. Select the Custom Shape Tool (U) and on the Custom Shape Picker, choose the shape shown below.

Worthy of note is that the settings of the Custom Shape Tool should have ‘Fill Pixel’ selected, Mode set to Soft Light and Opacity set to 35%. Changing the foreground colour to #eff7f9, draw the selected shape around corners of the workspace-the circles get filled automatically.

Step 61

Add a few more of these circle shapes with the colour set to #f2e6fd.

Step 62

On the Custom Shape Picker, a different type of circle as shown below.
The colours used were #f2e6fd and #e2f1ed and the shape Opacity reduced to 45%.

Step 63

Select the Line Tool (U), and on tool’s Presets, choose Paths.

Step 64

Now draw a straight line across the image and use the Add Anchor Point Tool to shape the line by dragging and adjusting. Use the Delete Anchor Point Tool to remove unneeded anchor points to make the line more smooth. Then right click the line to fill with the colour #deebf6.

Step 65

Add more lines using this technique. One or two of lines should be placed at the back of the phone.

Step 66

Add an Outer Glow to the “lines” layers.

Step 67

Reduce the “lines” layer’s Opacty to 45%.

Step 68

Still on the “lines” layer, apply a Gradient Layer Style with the parameters below:

Step 69

Our ‘near-supernova’ theme poster could end at this point, but we could still offset its ‘cosmic composition” by adjusting the lighting of the “background” layer.

Step 70

Go to Filter > Render > Lighting Effects and set the Light Type to Omni. And drag the sliders to set the Properties.

It’s a wrap! It’s really a matter of preference on your choice of colours (warm and cold colours must be combined) and the intensity of light applied.

By David Ella Ella

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