Photoshop Tutorials To Improve Your Modeling and Design Skills


You have to use Adobe Photoshop for a really long time to understand its potential completely. There are many things you can do using its endless features. You need to discover them and decide how to use them in new and innovative ways to create the creative, beautiful and realistic digital art. In this article, we look at Photoshop in a different way: as a tool for designers to create realistic objects and 3D models.

Below you’ll find over 50 Photoshop tutorials that teach you how to create beautiful realistic objects and 3D models. Let’s see what it takes to turn Photoshop into a design workspace.

We also have a plenty of tutorials on using Photoshop to improve the quality of your images:

USB Drives

Floating USB8
This tutorial shows how to illustrate a USB key floating in the air and reflecting on a surface.


USB Stick10



MacBook Pro12
Design a MacBook Pro in Photoshop using shapes and different blending options to get a realistic look.


Slick MacBook14
Create a slick white Apple MacBook in Photoshop.


MacBook Air16
This 20-step tutorial explains how to make the MacBook Air ad.



Unique Watch18


Watch 20
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a watch from scratch in Adobe Photoshop.



Realistic LCD HDTV22
This tutorial teaches you how to create a photo-realistic wide-screen LCD HDTV from scratch.


LCD Monitor24
Learn how to create an LG-style LCD monitor icon from scratch in Photoshop.


Cellphones, PDA & Co.

HTC Touch26
Create a mobile phone styled like the HTC Touch Diamond using Adobe Photoshop.


Loox Pocket PC28
This tutorial shows you how to create an interesting pocket PC using only Photoshop.


Apple iPhone30
Designing the Apple iPhone in Adobe Photoshop.


Realistic Blackberry32
Create a realistic Blackberry-style mobile phone from scratch using Adobe Photoshop.


Sony Ericsson W80034
Very detailed tutorial that teaches you how to draw the Sony Ericsson w800 Walkman phone from scratch in Adobe Photoshop.



Bangin’ Woofer Embedded in Wood36
Create a realistic speaker, and make a simple wood texture for the background.


3D Speakers38
Designing 3D speakers in Adobe Photoshop.


Apple iMac

Apple iMac40
Create an Apple iMac in Adobe Photoshop.


Slick Black iMac42
Turn a white iMac into a black iMac in Photoshop.


Computer Mice

Designing a mouse in Adobe Photoshop.


Designing the Apple iMouse in Adobe Photoshop.


Music Players

Fantastic 3D MP3 Player46
Learn how to create a 3D MP3 player from scratch using only Photoshop.


Shiny Photo-Realistic Apple Remote48
This tutorial teaches you how to make a shiny Apple remote.


iPod Shuffle50
Learn how to create an Apple iPod Shuffle.


Black Zune 252
Designing a black Zune 2 in Photoshop.


iPod Classic54
Photoshop tutorial to create an iPod Classic or an iPod Nano.


iPod Touch56
This tutorial shows you how to create an iPod Touch from scratch in Photoshop using no source images.


4th Gen iPod Nano58
Designing a photo-realistic iPod Nano in Adobe Photoshop.



Mustang Car Illustration60
Tutorial shows how to use and organize layers in Photoshop to create a car illustration.


Quick car rendering in Photoshop62
This tutorial shows how to quickly render a car in Photoshop with a marker rendering style.


This tutorial shows how to create a Porsche illustration in Photoshop starting from a scanned hand-drawn sketch.


Game Consoles

Wii Controller66
A Photoshop tutorial on designing the Wiimote controller.


Retro Style Game Controller68
“In this tutorial, we’re going to be drawing a retro game console controller. Rather than a perspective look, this one will have an isometric look. This tutorial is extremely detailed, and will be fun for all you classic arcade lovers.”


Nintendo Wii70
This Photoshop tutorial shows you how to design the console by Nintendo.


Xbox 36072
Draw Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console in Photoshop using a reference image, simple techniques, such as the gradient tools, and the pen tool.


Sony PlayStation 374
Create a realistic-looking Sony PlayStation using Adobe Photoshop.


Other Models and 3D-Objects

Realistic 3D rack server76

This tutorial shows a very nice technique for creating 3D servers.Screenshot77

Convert 2D Image Into 3D Model Using Photoshop78
Adobe Photoshop CS3 tutorials on converting a 2D image into a 3D model.Screenshot79

Design a Detailed Compass Icon In Photoshop80
A drawing tutorial for icon lovers in which the authors explains the design of a metallic compass step-by-step.


Making a 3D scene using 3D models82
In this tutorial, create a nice 3D scene using 3D models in Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended.


Realistic Wine Bottle84
This tutorial teaches you how to create a super-realistic bottle of wine completely from scratch. You will learn how to use the pen tool effectively, as well as gradient/pattern overlays and other drawing techniques.


Tutorial for Adobe Photoshop 6 and 7 users that will teach you how to create a photo camera from scratch.

Electronic Torch Light88
This tutorial explains how to create an electronic torch light icon in Adobe Photoshop.

Vintage Film Style Video90
Photoshop CS3 Extended allows you to edit video and animations. Also, you can convert an existing video into a Smart Object and apply filters to it. This time we’re going to give a video a vintage feel and mock it up inside an old TV screen.


Dramatic 3D Wood Cup92
In this basic tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a 3D cup from scratch in Illustrator, how to apply some texture to it in Photoshop, and also how to use the Vanishing Point filter to create a mock-up and apply realistic shadows.


Super-Shiny Pencil94
This tutorial shows how to create a super-shiny pencil icon.


This tutorial consists of creating a digital illustration of a box of matches in Photoshop, creating the matchbox cover design and the striker from a pattern, placing the cardboard texture on the box and then aligning everything into a 3D perspective.


Swiss Army Knife98
Learn how to create a Swiss Army knife.



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  1. 1

    Great article!!

    Although, now I must admit that I’m very disappointed in Smashing Mag for having a “Vote Yes on Proposition 8″ ad on here!!! That just made me lose A LOT of respect for this site!!

    How about picking ads that relate to the content on your site, like you’ve usually done so well with???

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    November 3, 2008 3:00 pm

    @Tyler: could you be more specific? Where did you find this ad? Not in the sidebar, right?

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    @Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    At the very top of the post… ride under the post title!! I almost want to say it’s a Google Ad, because I saw one similar on another site…

    Say it ain’t so guys!!! ;) LOL!

  4. 4

    Hey Tyler, I don’t think a political ad will appear on this sort of site. Hmm…

  5. 5

    @Tyler: Quite often they don’t get to pick and choose their ads. They just serve what the ad networks provide them without having the opportunity to screen the content.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    November 3, 2008 3:06 pm

    Will Leffert is right.

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    Thanks for posting my realistic bottle of wine tutorial. This is a great list, with several tuts that I hadn’t seen before.

  8. 8

    Yeah, I just hate how these horrible ads get through!!!

    BUT, I’m over it!! I’ll blame AdSense!!! LOL!!

    Great resources SM!! Keep up the great content!!

  9. 9

    Nice collection.

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    Yeah, I love the car examples

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    I love some of those speaker and TV tutorials.
    Quite a few things here that will surely be useful for future web designs I make for clients.

    Thanks a bunch.

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    Great list of some pretty sweet tutorials.

    I saw “Yes on Prop 8″ google ads served up on several sites today, including!

    But knowing how those ads work, I don’t blame site owners.

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    I like these a lot. Bookmark it…very useful post.

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    yeah… pretty pathetic ad, and not very smart when you consider how many designers are gay.

    It should be pretty easy to start blog that says “no on smashing magazine”

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    now that it has been pointed out – the next step is REMOVING it.

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    Very nice list of tutorials!

    For the people who don’t like ads: Use firefox and install the plugin Adblock Plus, and almost no advertisement will apear on any website.

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    Nice.. but is this site turning in to a tutorial site for photoshop and illustrator? More good examples of web stuff!

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    Shine, this site provides tutorials of Photoshop + Illustrator to let the users create MORE interesting web stuff. I think, such a round-up of issues increases the richness of this site. And that’s why I’m always turning back to here. Should SmashingMagazine never close down! Well done.

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    For this kind of art I’d recommend using 3d apps like Maya or 3D Studio Max instead of Photoshop.

  21. 21

    Awesome roundup of tutorials. Thanks!!

  22. 22

    Artworks n related material are completely AWESOME…..WOW….

  23. 23

    I dont know with Photoshop, they can make many great works like that :-?

  24. 24

    HAHA, the first MP3 player says “LINKING PARK”

    nice resources, thnx.

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    There are ads on this site?!?!? I will never know…thank you adblock.

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    Real talent there – some of these almost look real.

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    Just use a hosts files, and you will hardly see any ads.
    I don’t see any on this site.

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    Awesome tutorials – I just did the pencil one – on the money, honey! :)

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    The aliasing on these images is not great. Would have thought that was pretty important for potosop / graphic design related articles?

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    great tuts… thanks

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    November 5, 2008 9:24 am

    Most of them really look great

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    nice tips. thks 4 share this.

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    Great collection, as usual! I found them very interesting!

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    Thanks for listing some of my tutorials

    much appreciated

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    The iPhone one is cool, but the first letter of the month should be capitalized, just being picky ;)

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    If those wine bottles are realistic, my drawings are pure works of art that make Da Vinci cry like a baby, and I can’t even draw a stick figure correctly.

    It just goes to show that for (semi) realistic 3D objects (the cell phones not included) one should use a 3D program (Maya, Cinema 4D, etc.) even if it’s only because getting shadows & highlights right is a huge pain for most people. Even something as simple as the matchbox looks stupid if the matches inside don’t cast/receive the right shadows and their heads are all 100% the same…

    Still, it’s a nice article.

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    RE: PROP 8 AD!

    In defense of Smashing…

    I had a similar experience the day before the election while visiting BittBox. (An AdSense advertisement promoting “Yes on Prop 8″.)

    I was equally as disgusted and sent an email to the site owner stating my intent to remove his site from my list of frequently visited resource sites.

    He was very kind and respnded to my concerns immedietly, and told me he would have never supported such an advertisement, and was not even aware that it was there.

    I certainly can’t speak for Smashing, but I would hate for this fantastic and invaluable resource to get a bad rap because Google made the choice to accept advertisement dollars from that hateful political organization that supported Prop 8.

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    web design company

    November 12, 2008 3:11 am

    You have to use Adobe Photoshop for a really long time to understand its potential completely. There are many things you can do using its endless features. You need to discover them and decide how to use them in new and innovative ways to create the creative, beautiful and realistic digital art. In this article, we look at Photoshop in a different way: as a tool for designers to create realistic objects and 3D models.

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    Nice list! Very useful. Delicioused

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    Nice tutorial on this site for designers…Thanks!

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    web design company

    December 10, 2008 5:33 am

    3d ID in PSD

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    A lot Most of these are actually really really tacky looking.

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    Nice Collection of Tutorials

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    simply rocks, awesome job

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    the site in my reply url.

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    Arun K M - 9846909408

    April 5, 2009 4:39 pm

    best of best..very good tutorials.

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    You guys are the bomb……keep the tutorials coming

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    منتديات ماى بكتشرز

    June 14, 2009 9:45 pm

    very good tutorials.

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    good , but add more pictures too

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