Creating A Camera From Scratch With Photoshop

Nikon A90

This tutorial is (really!) catered to intermediate and advanced users of Photoshop who are looking for new challenges. I almost pulled my hair out attempting this tutorial, especially when it came to the steps involving subtracting and/or intersecting shapes repeatedly using the shape and pen tools. At this point in time, I am still trying to figure out how this technique could be skilfully executed with minimal effort.

Nevertheless, it was fascinating to discover how the essence of a camera could be so completely captured by a combination of intricate and careful manipulation of the various blending modes. This was especially so for the camera lens, which involved a perfect blending of multiple layers of circular shapes and lens flare. The painting in of the highlights and shadows at the base of the shoot button as well as the edges of the flash component and camera body took my skills to a whole new level since it required a stable hand to control the brush strokes. Although the tutorial stated 4 to 5 hours as the time required to complete this tutorial, it took me numerous evenings of perseverance to finally reach the conclusive step number 92. The efforts paid off eventually; the camera effects were both realistic and convincing.

If you would like to attempt this challenging tutorial as well, go to ‘How to Create a Photo Realistic Camera‘ at the tuts+ website for a step-by-step guide. As for the leather texture of the camera leather holder, you could either make one yourself from scratch following the tutorial ‘Create Your Own Leather Texture Using Filters‘ or download the jpeg file directly from here.

Have fun! 😀

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