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Published on Mon, Feb-07-2011 by Pintilei

Draw Realistic Microsoft ARC Mouse in Photoshop


In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial you will learn how to create realistic and creative computer mouse design – Microsoft ARC mouse. If you compare it with the real ARC mouse, you will not find a difference from our design. Mostly we will use Pen tool and color it by shading and highlight techniques using the Burn Tool and Dodge Tool to create a 3D effect. This is a very detailed tutorial which is used more than 70 images to help you easily learn drawing basics in Photoshop. So, lets start to draw.

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Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 1

Begin by creating a new file (File->New) with next settings:

  • Width: 420 pixels
  • Height: 300 pixels
  • Resolution: 72 pixels/inch
  • Background Contents: White

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 2

Make a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N or you can go to Layer->New->Layer or you can press the indicated button in the picture below). Rename the layer to “Base”. You can rename a layer by pressing right click on it, then selecting “Layer properties” option and in the “Name” box you can enter what name you prefer. From the Tools menu select Pen Tool (P key) and make a path like in the picture below.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Fill the path with a dark gray colour. I used #010101.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 3

Into a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N) called „Top Part” make next path using Pen Tool (P).

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Fill that path (Right click -> fill path) with a dark gray colour. I used #0b0b0b

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 4

Use any selection tool (Lasso Tool , Polygonal Lasso Tool or Pen Tool) to make a selection like in the next picture.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Pick Dodge Tool (O) with next settings:

  • Master Diameter: 145 px
  • Range: Highlights
  • Exposure: 100%

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Add some highlights using Dodge Tool (O) with the settings above like in the picture below:

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Go to Filter -> Noise -> Add noise and make same settings like in the next picture:

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 5

Make a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N or you can go to Layer->New->Layer or you can press the indicated button in the picture below ). Rename the layer to “stroke1”. You can rename a layer by pressing right click on it , then selecting “Layer properties” option and in the “Name” box you can enter what name you prefer then from the Tools menu select Pen Tool (P key) and make a path like in the picture below:

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Add a 2 pixels black stroke (Right click on the path -> stroke path):

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Duplicate the layer created above (Select it and press Ctrl+J) and rename it. Block transparent pixels and make it white then move it a little to the right:

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 6

From the Tools Menu choose Eraser Tool (E ).

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Then using Eraser Tool (E key) erase over the stroke to give a plus of realism.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Make a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N or you can go to Layer->New->Layer or you can press the indicated button in the picture below ). Rename the layer to “shape1”. Then select Pen Tool (P key) and make a shape like in the picture below:

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 7

Make another new layer, rename it „shape strokes” and using Pen Tool (P) make a path like in the next picture:

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Add a 1 pixel white stroke (Right click->stroke path).

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Change the Blending mode for the “Shape strokes” layer to Soft Light and decrease the opacity of it to ~ 50%.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 8

With the “Top part” layer selected, make next selection using Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) with a Feather Radius: 2 pixels (Right click on the selection -> Feather ).

Microsoft ARC Mouse

From the Tools Menu, select Burn Tool (O key) with the settings below:

  • Master Diameter: 8 pixels
  • Range: Midtones
  • Exposure: 6%

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Add some subtle shadows in the selection:

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 9

Then, choose Dodge Tool (O) with the settings below:

  • Master Diameter: 56 pixels;
  • Range: Highlights;
  • Exposure: 31%;

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Again, add some subtle highlights using Dodge Tool (O) in the indicated place.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Into the “Top Part” layer, add more highlights in the indicated place.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 10

Make a new layer, rename the layer to “scroll”. From the Tools menu select Pen Tool (P key) and make a shape using a grey colour #979694.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Add some highlights using Dodge Tool (O) at the top of our “scroll” layer like in the picture below:

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Create another new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N), rename it into “Strokes” and using Pen Tool (P) add some strokes like in the picture below:

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Decrease the opacity of the “strokes” layer to about 50%.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 11

Duplicate the “strokes” layer (Ctrl+J) and make it white.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Move a little above the duplicated layer to obtain a 3D look

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 12

Make a new layer, rename the layer to “Highlight1”. From the Tools menu select Pen Tool (P key) and make a path like in the picture below:

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Fill the created path with the white colour #FFFFFF.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 13

From the Tools Menu select Blur Tool with next settings:

  • Master Diameter:31 pixels
  • Mode: Normal
  • Strength: 50%

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Use Blur Tool in the indicated places from the picture below:

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 14

With the “Base” layer selected, make next selection using Polygonal Lasso Tool (L).

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Fill the selection with a dark gray colour. I used #101113.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Now go to Filter -> Noise -> Add Noise and make the settings from the picture below:

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 15

Pick Dodge Tool(O) with the settings below:

  • Master Diameter:16 px
  • Range:Highlights
  • Exposure:100%

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Add some highlights over the selection from the precedent step.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Make a new layer, rename the layer to “Highlight2” and add a small white shape in the selection from the step 14.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 16

Again, make another new layer and using Pen Tool (P) make a path like in the picture below:

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Add a 2 pixels white stroke (Right click on the path->stoke path).

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Use Eraser Tool (E) and erase a little to give a plus of realism.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 17

Make a new layer, rename it “Highlight5” and make next path over the stroke we created at the step 16.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Fill the path with the white colour (Right click->Fill Path).

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 18

Now, we are going to create the bottom part. Start by making a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N) and rename it “Bottom part” then using Pen Tool (P) create a path like in the next picture:

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Fill the path with a gray colour. I used #b6babd.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Go to Filter -> Noise -> Add Noise and add some noise to our bottom part.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 19

With the “Bottom part” layer selected, using Dodge Tool (O) add some highlights in the indicated place just like in the next picture.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Using a selection tool (I used Pen Tool) make next selection:

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Use Burn Tool (O) to add some subtle shadows in the indicated places.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 20

Again, make a selection like next using Polygonal Lasso Tool (L).

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Use Burn Tool (O) and add some shadows there.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 21

Pick Brush Tool (B) with a gray colour #575757 and make next setting for it:

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Then into a new layer called “Bottom stroke” make next path using Pen Tool (P).

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Add 1 pixel grey stroke (using the setting from picture above).

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Erase using Eraser Tool (E) over the stroke to make it look more real.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 22

Make a new layer, rename the layer to “stroke3”.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Add a 2 pixels white stroke like in the next picture.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Again use Eraser Tool (E) to make it look fine.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 23

With the “Bottom part” layer selected make next selection using Polygonal Lasso Tool (L).

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Use Burn Tool (O) to add some shadow in the selection.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 24

Create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N), rename it “Black stroke” and make a path like in the next picture using Pen Tool (P).

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Add a 2 pixels black stroke (Right click on path->stroke path).

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Duplicate the layer created above (Ctrl+J). Fill it with white and move a little upper like in the next picture.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Set the Blending mode for the white stroke layer to “Soft Light” and you should obtain something like in the picture below.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 25

Using Pen Tool (P) create next path.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Into a new layer called “Shadow” fill the previous path with black colour #000000 (Important: The “Shadow” layer should be placed under all the layer but over the background layer).

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 26

Go to Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur and make the settings from the picture below.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Now pick Smudge Tool and smudge in the indicated direction.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Step 27

Now from the Tools Menu select Eraser Tool (E) and make the shadow look more real using eraser, then create and the other shadow in the top part and that’s all.

Microsoft ARC Mouse

Final Result: Realistic Microsoft ARC Mouse

Microsoft ARC Mouse

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