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Design a Vintage Radio Icon in Photoshop

In this Photoshop Tutorial, you’ll learn how to design an old vintage radio using simple shapes, gradients, patterns and textures.

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Step 1

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Start by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) 700×700 in dimension.

Step 2

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Make a radial gradient backround from center to any corner, using colors #d2934c and #38240d.

Step 3

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Create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N). Using the Rounded Rectangle Tool (U) with 10px radius, draw a rectangle. Then go to layer’s Blending options and use gradient overlay from #161616 to #3a3a3a.

Step 4

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Now let’s use our paper texture. Copy it above all the other layers. Be sure it covers the rectangle. Then Ctrl+click the rectangle layer’s thumbnail. Then inverse the selection (Ctrl+Shift+I) and press delete. Change blending mode to overlay. You should have something like this now.

Step 5

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Create a new layer. Again use the Rounded Rectangle tool but this time make a smaller rectangle with 5px radius. In layer’s blending options use the linear gradient overlay with these colors: #563a1c; #61442b; #563a1c; #c18c5f.

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Repeat Step 4 but this time Ctrl+click the previous made 5px rectangle’s thumbnail and set the paper texture’s blending mode to Soft Light.

Step 7

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Create a new layer. Take the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and draw a few pixels smaller rectangle than the previous one. Use gradient from #c18c5f to #563a1c.

Step 8

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Repeat Step 4 – Ctrl+click the previous made rectangle’s thumbnail and set the paper texture’s blending mode to Soft Light.

Step 9

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Create a new layer. Draw a few pixels smaller rectangle than the previous one. Go to it’s blending options and set an inner shadow and the wooden pattern as shown in the picture.

Step 10

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Let’s make the wooden panel shine a little bit. Create a new layer. Ctrl+click the rectangle layer we created before (so that you select the entire rectangle we will be adding the highlight to). Then take the Elliptical Marquee tool and while holding Shift+Alt, drag it over to make a selection like in the picture. Then use a white to transparent gradient from right to left and change the opacity to 13%.

Step 11

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Create a new layer. Draw a smaller rectangle and change the blending options as in the picture. Use the pattern from source files. Use colors #7b4f28 and #b27d52 for the gradient.

Step 12

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Create a new layer. Using pencil tool, draw two 1px lines using #120c04 for the dark one and #67482c for the light one.

Step 13

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Now let’s make the radio knobs. It’s basically gonna be just a bunch of circles with different gradients and blending options. For each of the circle create a new layer. Then group all these layers (select the layers and press Ctrl+G) and duplicate the group. Place them as in picture.

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Now we’ll add a few more details. Create a new layer. Draw a thin rectangle, fill it with #3b260f and above it in a new layer a smaller one, fill it with #d9a15b. Add inner shadow to both of them.

Step 15

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Duplicate the previous 2 layers 2 times and slightly change the position of the smaller rectangle.

Step 16

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Let’s make the radio shine a little bit. Create a new layer. Using the pen tool, draw a shape like in the picture. Then left click-make selection and fill it with white. Change the opacity to 35%. Duplicate this layer and make it 2 times smaller (Press Ctrl+T and scale it down). Then duplicate both of these layers and put them on the other side of the radio.

Step 17

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Let’s add a base for the radio. Create a new layer. Using 10px rounded rectangle tool, draw a rectangle, fill it with #1e1209 and place below all the other layers.

Step 18

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Next let’s add some pixel-perfect details. Take the pencil tool and draw 1px white lines around the radio. Use a large, soft eraser to erase the ends of the lines. Change the opacity to 27%

Step 19

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Let’s make the background more interesting. Create a new layer above background layer and with the Rectangular Marquee Tool select a bit more than half of the whole image and fill it with gradient from black to transparent. Lower the opacity to 31%.

Final Result

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Now to finish the thing, let’s make a nice reflection. Merge all of the radio layers, except background. Press Ctrl+A then Copy (Ctrl+C). Press Alt+Ctrl+Z till all the radio layers come back and then paste (Ctrl+V). Flip the layer vertically and Using a round soft brush, erase it’s bottom. Lower the opacity to 20%.


Well, I hope you learned something new from this tutorial. Using these simple techniques you can make great looking icons. Here are a few other examples.

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    hey thanks for this. VERY well done, thorough, and really detailed.

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    Mohammad Raihan Mazumder (1 Point) October 14, 2010 at 4:45 am

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    Step 10 was usefull for me, tnx

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    โหลดเพลง mp3 ฟรี (1 Point) October 1, 2010 at 3:24 am

    thank you for technic

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    Overall I like it a lot but I’d suggest doing the knobs in a different way and adding some distress in random spots. Nice though!

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    โหลดเพลง mp3 (1 Point) June 9, 2010 at 5:02 am

    Thank , Tips for share

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    โหลดเพลงฟรี (1 Point) June 5, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Thank , Tips for share

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    โหลดเพลงฟรี (1 Point) May 29, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Thank so much for tutorial.

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    space ghost (1 Point) May 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Great tutorial! Thanks for taking the time to do this.

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    Web Design (1 Point) April 26, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Exactly what i was looking for. Thanks

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    โหลดเพลง (1 Point) March 29, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Thank you for your information.

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    This is a very good tutorial.

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    This is a very godd tutorial.

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    โหลดเพลงใหม่ฟรี (1 Point) February 3, 2010 at 2:39 am

    thanks for sharing. So mush126

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    เนื้อเพลง (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    thanks for sharing. So mush119

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 1:55 am

    thanks for sharing. So mush114

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (1 Point) January 30, 2010 at 9:55 am

    wow Cool tip thank for sharing.

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    Michael Wright (1 Point) January 2, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    hi nice design but how could you turn it in to a country radio station

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    John Bacon (1 Point) December 6, 2009 at 6:16 am

    Great tutorial. I followed roughly, I made mine an amp though.
    I decided I would Put on some Ry Cooder and I just started working away. Keep It Up!!

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    This looks more like an amp.. not a radio. Looks really good though. Nice tut.


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    Showpage (1 Point) November 26, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Great, great, great. I’ve finished all withput problems. Great explanation! Thanks

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    Hey, Im having a problem on step 3! I have cs4 and I’m having a hard time figuring out how to get those specific colors… There doesn’t seem to be anywhere to change it. Mine just keeps coming out white to black… HELP!

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    This is really tidy work guys.

    Very good ATD

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    This is brilliant. EXACTLY what I was looking for. Thanks so much!

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    Mustufa AYub (1 Point) October 20, 2009 at 5:01 am

    This is oooooooooooWsome…….

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    Wow! Great tutorial and you’ve explained everything so extensively. :)

    Keep up the awesome work!

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    Thanks for the comments everyone! I’m glad you found this tutorial useful. More to come! :]

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    argelia (1 Point) October 17, 2009 at 2:23 am

    thank you! this tuto is soooo cool :D

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    Heather @ PSD Tutor Roo (1 Point) October 16, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Very nicely done. This icon would make a great addition to a music or podcasting site.

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    Thanks a lot for this tutorial! I really enjoyed it and it taught me quite a few things. I used this technique to make my mp4 and it looks great :)

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    Béranger (1 Point) October 15, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Your «icon» (it’s not a real icon because it’s not square), no matter how cute it is, it’s technically wrong.

    It looks like the scale is able to tune separately for each waveband, or maybe simultaneously to 3 stations, which never happened! This kind of scale should have a single vertical line for the station indicator. And no, there were no «station bookmarks» on valve radios!

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      Who said that icon has to be square?
      Well ok, it’s not a perfect copy of an old radio. I just made it with no reference. But honestly, can’t you tell it’s a radio? I see that you love attention to details and that’s good. You can easily use these techniques to make an authentic radio icon. Thanks for the comment, I appreciate some critique too :)
      Good luck!

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    This is cool but wouldn’t is better to do it in vector? Most of the elements are basic shapes and gradients.
    It would make the image easier to enlarge if needed.

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    Nikita Hengbok (1 Point) October 15, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Great work! Thanks.

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    TimHolmesDesign (1 Point) October 13, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Nice design tutorial.. very good…

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    Amazing result, thanks for this useful tutorial!

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    Inside the Webb (1 Point) October 11, 2009 at 11:50 am

    This is an awesome tutorial, easy to follow and amazing results! Hopefully I can use this on my upcoming blog project…

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    James Hemphill (1 Point) October 10, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Good Stuff. I got to step 14 and my laptop ran out of juice! Got the general idea though… good shortcuts and gradient coloring…

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    öğrenme nesneleri (1 Point) October 9, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Thanks, cool work.

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    Very nice tutorial, just love it!

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    Great tutorial
    thank you very much
    ” Peace be upon you “

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    Thank you for a great tutorial. I made a similar post but with real vintage radios taken from flickr. Check them out :)

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    good , but when i click on the “visit jurgis site” the link takes me to “Lapa uz laiku ir slēgta! Ja rodas kādas neskaidrības, lūdzu, zvanīt 29606700! ” not good , i dont know what that means ?

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    Jan Cavan (1 Point) October 7, 2009 at 2:36 am

    Really cool tut! Love it!

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    clippingimages (1 Point) October 6, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Awesome Tutorial. Thanks for Sharing this.

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    Ian G. Lang (1 Point) October 6, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Great (and timely) tutorial! Love the attention to the little details.

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    Sneh Roy (-1 Points) October 6, 2009 at 7:25 am

    woah! This is seriously cool! Thanks guys!

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    Jason Cho (1 Point) October 5, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Wow, this tutorial is great :) classic and modern.

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    Great tutorial Jurgis! Looking forward to some more posts from you, you have a talent with interface design :)

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    Awesome, this could be handy one day.

    Side question: what font did you use for the word “Vintage” in the title banner? I definitely want to incorporate it into a motion graphics piece I’m doing.

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    Cucu Tudor I. (1 Point) October 5, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Sincerly,i congratulate you for the great tutorial ;) Nice idea

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    martynj (1 Point) October 5, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Yet another awesome tutorial form the T9 folks! Ta

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    In step 10, after i have created new layer and then try to click with Ctrl + Click on its thumbnail. Then it says “Warning: No pixels were selected”..

    Can you help me with this ? Thanks for this tutorial.

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    Tim Smith (1 Point) October 5, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Awesome tut! Cool final result ;-)

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    Very very nice tutorial Jurgis. Love the icon. Can`t wait for more of them.

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    Hakan Nural (2 Points) October 5, 2009 at 9:59 am

    lovely vintage icon:) great tut. Thans Jurgis.

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