This tutorial will show you how to create your own music interface that lets you manage songs on your device, whether it’s a phone, computer or a tablet. By learning few cool design tricks you can bring your own interface ideas to life. This tutorial will show you how to create two screens for your interface; a loading screen and the main interface with the song list.
Preview of Final Results
Alright, let’s start by creating a little bit bigger canvas than our desired final screen. Let’s set it to 1080×1920 and resolution of 72 px/inch. For the background color choose black.
Grab Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and draw a selection covering the whole top of the canvas (for around 1/3 of the whole image). Use Paint Bucket (G), then fill up the selection with black color. Next go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise.
Now go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and add the blur of around 0,4 radius.
Then go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask and sharpen it as shown below.
The whole point of this is to make that texture a little smoother than the noise is itself. If you feel that the texture could use more sharpen, then go ahead and press Ctrl+F, this will apply the last used filter (which was Unsharp Mask), this way the effect will be stronger.
Basically it doesn’t really matter how much of noise you gave in the first place, as this is adjustable. Depending on how much you want your background texture to be visible, you need to set the Opacity of our layer that contains the noise. I’m gonna go ahead and in the Layers Palette lower it to around 4%.
If you want your texture to be even more visible you can add a little bit more sharpness (as in step 4).
Now because the noise texture is seamless you can easily duplicate it (Ctrl+J) and connect each tile to create any type of background.
Try to connect them as indicated in the previous step and move them a bit to the top so the whole design has one small gap like in the screen below.
Now create new layer above, grab Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and select the whole bottom part of the background (starting from the gap ledge). Then pick Brush Tool (B), set its Opacity to 100%, Flow to 1% and Hardness to 0%. Use white color and softly paint on the new layer, inside the selection (as indicated).
Step 9 (Creating Edge Highlights)
Now please try to understand and remember following steps, as we will be repeating them many times later:
Make sure you have your selection still active, if you happen to deselect it, recreate the same selection again. Zoom up the area of the gap and create new layer above all, name it “Edge highlight”. Select Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), then right-click on the canvas and pick “Stroke…” from the dialogue box. Set it as shown below.
To deselect selection hit Ctrl+D.
After applying these settings, the line should look like this.
Step 10 (Creating Edge Highlights)
Next go to Layers Palette, add layer mask to the “Edge highlights” layer. Click on its mask and hit Ctrl+I (invert). This will invert mask making everything on that layer hidden.
Step 11 (Creating Edge Highlights)
Then to make the edge highlight we need to reveal the mask. Simply select layer mask and softly paint along the whole horizontal lenght of the gap (direction indicated by red arrows). To do this use soft white brush (brush settings: Opacity to 100%, Flow to 5% and Hardness to 0%).
Now you know how to make the edge highlight, which are very important in a design like this. They will now appear everywhere you want to insert a gap. So go ahead and using this knowledge let’s make gap for our interface logo.
Grab Pen Tool and draw a black shape layer as you see below. If you’re not quite familiar with drawing advanced shapes with Pen Tool, you can use simple Rounded Rectangle Tool (U) filled with black color or draw a sharp edged shape trapezoid.
Once you’re done refer to steps 9, 10, 11 (creating edge highlight) and add a nice highlight on the bottom of the shape along with the direction set by red arrows. Keep in mind that now you will be basing on the selection of the trapezoid (to call its selection simply hold Ctrl and leftclick on the tarpezoid layer’s thumbnail, then follow the mentioned steps: 9, 10, 11). The process is identical.
Now we will make the interface logo/name. I’ve used Sofia Pro font here, set to Bold, 80pt. You can use similar font like Futura or Century Gothic etc, even good old Helvetica will do the job, it’s just up to perosnal taste. After the font is set, position it in the center of the shape and change its color to orange #dd5316.
Go to Bleding Options (Layer Style) of that type layer and check Stroke. Set it as shown below.
Also make sure you lower layer’s Fill down to 0% in Layers Palette, so it becomes transparent.
Next, duplicate that type layer (Ctrl+J). Bring the Fill back to 100% and uncheck the Stroke option in Blending Options (Layer Style). Basically undo the previous step, so the layer is a simple orange text.
Duplicate that text layer again (the orange type). Pick Move Tool (V) and use keyboard arrows to move it 1 pixel down and 2 pixels to the right (1 hit down arrow, 2 hits right arrow). Then go to Bleding Options again and set Gradient Overlay and Drop Shadow as indicated below.
When you’re done – again go to the Layers Palette and turn this text Fill off by decreasing it to 0%. The result should look similar to the one below. As can see the layer styles gave a nice shading to the bottom the text, while the move made with keyboard resulted an awesome crisp edge highlight on the top left side of the text.
Now again duplicate the latest text layer, go to Blending Options and set it as shown below.
Again the Fill should be set to 0%.
Step 17 (Creating Gloss)
OK, next grab Pen Tool (P), make sure it’s set to drawing Shape. Then try to create a similar shape to mine. Make sure you change its color to white.
When you’re done with the shape, then the most important thing here is to go to layer Properties and set the Feather of the shape to 2,0 px – this will give the shape edges a great soft feel. If you don’t see the Properties, go to main Photoshop bar on the top and choose Window > Properties.
Step 18 (Creating Gloss)
Now go to Layers Palette and create a layer mask for this white shape layer. Grab black brush (settings: Opacity to 100%, Flow to 5% and Hardness to 0%) and paint on layer mask to create a subtle transition. Do it slowly with precision. The whole point is to make it kind of irregular. Start from the left side (make it less visible there) to the right side (make it more visible there).
To add the final touch up for the logo go to Layers Palette, hold Ctrl and leftclick on trapezoid shape layer’s thumbnail (this will recall its selection). Then go to Select > Contract, and set a proper value to the size of your shape. If it’s similar as mine, type around 25 pixels there. If not, just experiment with the value.