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Create a Vector-Based Zune with Photoshop

What We’re Making

Zune Vector Graphic

Step 1: Creating the Background

Since our Zune is going to be a nice sleek back, let’s setup a light blue background that will compliment the black.
Create a new document that is 400x600px. Set your foreground color to a nice light blue (#b5efff) and your background color to a darker blue (#00bef3). Grab your Gradient Tool and drag a radial gradient starting at the top right corner and ending at the bottom left corner of the document.


Make a selection about 125px high starting at the bottom of your document using the Rectangle Marquee Tool. Set your foreground color to white and create a Foreground to Transparent gradient starting at the top of the selection running to the bottom. Then set the layer blending mode to Soft Light.


Step 2: Creating the Body of the Zune

Set your foreground color to black. Grab your Rounded Rectangle Tool which is located underneath the rectangle tool. When a shape is made with the rounded rectangle tool, it is made with a path. The path around the object is what makes the shape a vector. Set the Radius of your tool to 7px and then draw a rectangle that nearly covers your canvas. Then apply the following Gradient Overlay.


Duplicate your rounded rectangle by right clicking on it and selecting Duplicate Layer. Change the color of the rectangle to #1e1e1e by double clicking the color thumbnail in the layer. Enter free transform by going to Edit > Free Transform. Then drag the top, left, and right sides about 10px into the body (each done separately). Now drag the bottom side a good 120px up from the bottom and complete your transform.


Then apply the following layer styles:

Outer Glow


Inner Glow




Duplicate your newest rectangle. Go to free transform, and while holding alt+shift, drag the one of the corners inward. Drag it so it is about 10-15px smaller than the previous rectangle. Holding alt makes the transform go to the center of the object and holding shift makes the object maintain its proportions. Change the color to #0f0f0f. Then apply the following Inner Shadow.


Step 3: Adding Highlights to the Body

Since we want our Zune to have a shiny more reflective appearance, like a real one, we are going to add a nice highlight layer. Duplicate your bottom most rectangle, this should be your largest one. Drag it above all of your layers and set the Fill of the layer to 0%.


Step 4: Creating the Pad

Alright, we now have the main body of our Zune complete! The only problem now is that it doesn’t have any buttons on it. We need to add the touch sensitive pad and the buttons that fall on each side.

Set your foreground to black and grab the Rounded Rectangle Tool with a radius of 30-40px. While holding shift, drag a rounded rectangle onto the Zune until it appears to be the correct size. Place it in the horizontal center at the bottom of the pad, but make sure it is closer to the screen than it is to the bottom of the Zune, since it is like that on the real thing. Then apply the following Outer Glow.


Duplicate your previous rectangle. Right click the layer and select Clear Layer Style, which will remove the out glow. Change the color to #070707. Then start a transform on it and hold alt+shift and make it about 2px smaller.


Now apply the following layer styles:

Inner Glow




Duplicate your latest rectangle and clear the layer styles like we did before. Change the color to black and make it about 2px smaller.


Once again, duplicate your latest rectangle and clear the layer styles. Make it 2px smaller just like we did before. Then apply the following layer styles:

Gradient Overlay




Step 5: Creating the Circular Buttons

Only two buttons to go before we have our Zune!

Create a new layer group by clicking the folder icon at the bottom of the layers panel. Grab the Ellipse Tool underneath the rectangle tool. While holding shift, drag a new circle onto the Zune for the arrow button. Place it to the left of the pad and apply the following layer styles:

Outer Glow




Duplicate your previous layer and clear the layer styles. Make it 2-3px smaller and apply the following layer styles:

Gradient Overlay




Now that we have the actual button made, lets duplicate it for the other side. Right click your group and select Duplicate Group. Then, while holding shift, drag it to the right side of the pad. Holding shift makes it move in a straight line.


Step 6: Creating the Icons for the Buttons

Now that we have out buttons, we need to create some icons for them. Turn your grid on by going to View > Show > Grid You can change the options for your grid by going to Edit > Preferences > Guids, Grids, & Slices.

Grab your Pen Tool and create an arrow like the one shown below.


Set the fill of the layer to 0% and then add a Stroke. The fill of the layer will change the opacity of the actual pixels in the layer while leaving any layer effects applied to it alone.


Repeat the process for the right button using a triangle and two rectangles.


We Now Have a Vector Zune Graphic!

Place all of your Zune layers into a layer group. Re-size the group to be small and big so that you can see you won’t lose any quality due to the fact that everything is vectorized. Feel free to add a shadow under your final result by creating a new layer underneath your Zune and making a black oval with the Elliptical Marquee Tool and applying a Gaussian Blur.


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    cheap ipad tablet (1 Point) April 23, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Great reading! Thanks for sharing138

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    Designbeep (1 Point) February 9, 2010 at 5:21 am

    This tutorial is really amazing

    Easy to understand

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    โหลดเพลงฟรี (1 Point) February 3, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Great post . Thanks155

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Great post . Thanks148

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุดเดือนนี้ (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Great post . Thanks143

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    เพลงสากลใหม่ (1 Point) January 30, 2010 at 8:53 am

    wow Great article, thanks!

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    Nick Rooney (1 Point) August 5, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Great tutorial! T9 is quickly becoming my favorite TUT stop. The quality of the work you guys put out is top-notch!

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    retoque fotografico (1 Point) May 4, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Gracias. Muy interesante!

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    huwaw69 (1 Point) April 29, 2009 at 3:07 am

    wow good! Zune i wish to make an iPhone?

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    professional photo retouching (1 Point) March 22, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Nice tutorial, I don`t know why people have to leave nasty comments, if you don`t like it find tutorials that you like. Simple!

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    Appleislife (1 Point) March 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Really good tutorial!

    iPod FTW!

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    Zohaib (1 Point) March 4, 2009 at 7:59 am

    well i don’t have Zune but now i can design it well at least :)

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    Next, make a turd in Photoshop.
    It’s about as attractive.

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    Illustrator tutorials (1 Point) February 25, 2009 at 7:13 am

    wow, amazing tutorial.


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    Cookie Boy (1 Point) February 19, 2009 at 5:00 am

    Nice one dude! Keep it up!

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    Oh my god. This tut makes me love my black Zune so much more. :)

    Thanks a lot for the help. It’s greatly appreciated.

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    hey good man~I just want the “9″ part’s tut~thanks

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    Really Nice Tutorial. ^^ John I think he did it using paths. Am I right?

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    The 9 is probably made with a text layer then a clipping mask set to color with a gradient on it. At least that’s what i would do.

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    Great Tutorial buttttttttt how did you make that 9 at the end :D it’s pretty sick. :)

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    Jonathan (1 Point) February 13, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    that really is pretty awesome!

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    Pavel Fisher (1 Point) February 13, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Great tut, I hope you guys post a tutorial about the “9″ on the Zune ^^

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    saurabh shah (1 Point) February 13, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    this tutorial is awesome man !!! … gr8 one …

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    Nice! I think the “9″ is my favorite part :D.

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    Nice Tutorial Tyler!

    For creating the arrow, there is actually a really nifty trick you can do with the line shape tool. When it’s selected, you can setup arrows for the beginning and/or end of the line so that drawing them is very easy :)

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    This tutorial is awesome! I love how the Zune looks here, especially the screen frame and freakulicious black buttons! Thanks for this great post.

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    That’s great Tutorial.Thanks you

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    gNcWebmaster (1 Point) February 13, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Thanks for sharing . I love Tutorial9 :)

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