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45 Apple-Inspired Photoshop Tutorials

For years, Apple has had a huge impact on designers and graphic artists across the globe. The simplicity and sharpness of the Aqua interface in Mac OS X strongly influenced the way new products were being presented and designed. It’s not only the design of products that makes Apple’s products different, it’s also their appearance on the Web and in print.

No other company has managed to come up with such a crisp and brilliant style of presenting its recent designs as a new breakthrough innovation that will change our lives for a long time. Apple has found an extremely effective way to deliver its message to a wide audience, and Apple’s look and feel has played a major role in shaping that way.

In this post, we present a collection of beautiful Apple-inspired Adobe Photoshop tutorials. We collected them not because we are religiously in love with Apple, but because you may find these tutorials useful; for instance, if you are developing a new Mac or iPhone application or designing a concept for a new product. In these cases, you may want to consider the article on A Designer’s Guide To Icon Design For Mac OS X1. Please feel free to suggest further tutorials in the comments to this post.

Mac Photoshop Tutorials Link

Creating a Vector-Style MacBook from Scratch
A long tutorial on making a MacBook Pro in Photoshop using shapes and different blending techniques.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot

Create a Slick Black iMac2
What would a black iMac look like? Being a Photoshopper, you can see for yourself.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot3

Creating the Apple Mouse
Simple and elegant: the Apple mouse. Create the mouse in Adobe Photoshop.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot

iPhone Link

Apple iPhone Mobile Phone Design4
Design the modern mobile phone using these easy-to-follow steps.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot5

iPhone-Style Icon Tutorial
Apple has posted some guidelines for making Web applications. Learn how to make an iPhone icon.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot

How to Create an iPod Touch6
The easiest way to create an iPod Touch.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot7

iPhone Tutorial
This tutorial describes in detail how to create the shapes, apply the effects, and make your own iPhone in Adobe Photoshop.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot

iPhone GUI PSD8
A Photoshop file that has a fairly comprehensive library of elements, all fully editable. More iPhone GUI source files at iPhone PSD Vector Kit (Photoshop)9.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot10

Designing for the iPhone: Resources11
Here are some resources to get you going with your iPhone design project.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot12

iCons and the Web Link

Create the Glass-Shelf Dock in Leopard OS13
In the new MAC OS X Leopard operating system, the application bar has a new sleek look. This tutorial shows you how to create the glass-shelf dock used in the OS.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot14

Apple Leopard Text Effects15
The Apple operating system’s GUI for Leopard shows an “inset” effect for text, along with a new chrome finish for windows.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot16

Design the iTunes Icon
This tutorial shows you how to create the iTunes icon.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot

iTune Icon17
Use various blending modes and techniques to replicate the iTune icon.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot18

Jaguar Style Folder19
In this tutorial, you will learn how to cover an object in a jaguar fur pattern.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot20

iPod Link

iPod Shuffle from Scratch21
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create the Apple iPod Shuffle by using an original image as a reference.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot22

Apple Remote23
In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a shiny Apple remote.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot24

Realistic iPod25
Learn how to create a realistic fourth-generation iPod.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot26

iPod in Photoshop27
The black version of the iPod.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot28

Creating an Apple iPod29
Save yourself some money and create an iPod-style image in Photoshop.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot30

Logo and Wallpaper Link

Green Apple Design31
Learn in this tutorial how to create Apple-esque wallpaper.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot32

Apple Wallpaper33
Learn how to design an Apple desktop theme in this tutorial.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot34

Apple’s Brushed Aluminum35
Create a brushed aluminum texture similar to that of Apple’s products.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot36

Mac – Colorful Design37
Learn in this tutorial how to design wallpaper with the Mac logo.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot38

Lighting Effect39
Learn how to create that effect we saw on the screen at Macworld San Francisco.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot40

60 Most Beautiful Apple Wallpapers41
Showcase of 60 most beautiful Apple-related wallpapers, including the Apple logo, the Mac OS X, time machine, iPods and more.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot42

Video Tutorials Link

How to Make iPhone Icons43
A five-minute tutorial on how to make icons like the ones displayed on iPhones and iPod Touches.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot44

iPhone45
A video tutorial on how to create an iPhone.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot46

Coldplay/Apple Commercial47
This is a tutorial on how to make the new Apple/Coldplay commercial in Adobe Photoshop.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot48

iMac49
Create the new iMac completely in Photoshop.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot50

Apple TV Background51
Learn how to make an Apple TV-style background.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot52

Creating the iTunes Icon53
Create the iTunes iPhone icon in Photoshop.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot54

Mac Advertisement Link

Create an iPhone Advertisement55
Learn how to create an iPhone advertisement similar to this Nano ad with dripping paint.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot56

iPod-Style Brushes57
We’ve all seen the iPod commercials: trendy and just about cliché by now. Here is a great way to simulate the silhouette style with a brush.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot58

I See iPod People59
It is easy to simulate the iPod ads. The first thing you’ll need is an image of someone you can extract from the background without too much work.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot60

Design a Coldplay/Apple-Inspired Portrait61
Simulate the beautiful effect shown in the latest Coldplay/Apple ad.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot62

Creating an Apple-Style Advert63
A simple tutorial that shows how to make an Apple-style advert. It uses only a couple of effects. The source pack is included here if you want all the material.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot64

Make Your Own iPod-Style Photo65
The Apple iPod commercials on TV: crazy silhouetted people dancing around with white iPod’s. Learn how to create your own crazy ad.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot66

Attack of the iPod People67
Another silhouette-style ad tutorial, with the somewhat-semi-official iPod poster palette of colors.

Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot68

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/04/mac-os-x-leopard-designers-guide-to-icons/
  2. 2 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials-effects/create-a-slick-black-imac-in-photoshop/
  3. 3 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials-effects/create-a-slick-black-imac-in-photoshop/
  4. 4 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2783/1/Apple-iPhone-Mobile-Phone-Design
  5. 5 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2783/1/Apple-iPhone-Mobile-Phone-Design
  6. 6 http://forum.crystalxp.net/index.php?showtopic=37215
  7. 7 http://forum.crystalxp.net/index.php?showtopic=37215
  8. 8 http://www.teehanlax.com/blog/?p=447
  9. 9 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/26/iphone-psd-vector-kit/
  10. 10 http://www.teehanlax.com/blog/?p=447
  11. 11 http://tutorialblog.org/designing-for-the-iphone-resources/
  12. 12 http://tutorialblog.org/designing-for-the-iphone-resources/
  13. 13 http://www.tutorial9.net/photoshop/create-the-glass-shelf-dock-from-leopard-os-in-photoshop/
  14. 14 http://www.tutorial9.net/photoshop/create-the-glass-shelf-dock-from-leopard-os-in-photoshop/
  15. 15 http://veerle.duoh.com/blog/comments/apple_leopard_text_effects/
  16. 16 http://veerle.duoh.com/blog/comments/apple_leopard_text_effects/
  17. 17 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/resources/tutorials/itune-icon/
  18. 18 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/resources/tutorials/itune-icon/
  19. 19 http://psdtuts.com/designing-tutorials/create-a-jaguar-style-folder-icon/
  20. 20 http://psdtuts.com/designing-tutorials/create-a-jaguar-style-folder-icon/
  21. 21 http://pshero.com/archives/ipod-shuffle-from-scratch
  22. 22 http://pshero.com/archives/ipod-shuffle-from-scratch
  23. 23 http://psdtuts.com/designing-tutorials/design-a-shiny-photorealistic-apple-remote/
  24. 24 http://psdtuts.com/designing-tutorials/design-a-shiny-photorealistic-apple-remote/
  25. 25 http://www.depiction.net/tutorials/photoshop/realisticipod.php
  26. 26 http://www.depiction.net/tutorials/photoshop/realisticipod.php
  27. 27 http://www.webdesign.org/web/photoshop/drawing-techniques/ipod-in-photoshop.15597.html
  28. 28 http://www.webdesign.org/web/photoshop/drawing-techniques/ipod-in-photoshop.15597.html
  29. 29 http://www.biorust.com/tutorials/detail/172/us/
  30. 30 http://www.biorust.com/tutorials/detail/172/us/
  31. 31 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2970/1/Green-Apple-Style-Design
  32. 32 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2970/1/Green-Apple-Style-Design
  33. 33 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2855/1/Apple-Wallpaper
  34. 34 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2855/1/Apple-Wallpaper
  35. 35 http://abduzeedo.com/apple-brushed-aluminum-photoshop-tutorial
  36. 36 http://abduzeedo.com/apple-brushed-aluminum-photoshop-tutorial
  37. 37 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/3003/1/Mac---Colorful-Design
  38. 38 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/3003/1/Mac---Colorful-Design
  39. 39 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials-effects/a-cool-lighting-effect-in-photoshop/
  40. 40 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials-effects/a-cool-lighting-effect-in-photoshop/
  41. 41 http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/60-most-beautiful-apple-mac-os-x-leopard-wallpapers/
  42. 42 http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/60-most-beautiful-apple-mac-os-x-leopard-wallpapers/
  43. 43 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbVr3SNmud8
  44. 44 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbVr3SNmud8
  45. 45 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVT8UUZQPNM
  46. 46 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVT8UUZQPNM
  47. 47 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztEyIvx2xxc
  48. 48 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztEyIvx2xxc
  49. 49 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11SACGYkf4s
  50. 50 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11SACGYkf4s
  51. 51 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arK41CUMfWc
  52. 52 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arK41CUMfWc
  53. 53 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4CwZnkeVSs
  54. 54 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4CwZnkeVSs
  55. 55 http://www.idotutorials.com/2008/09/29/create-an-iphone-advertisement/
  56. 56 http://www.idotutorials.com/2008/09/29/create-an-iphone-advertisement/
  57. 57 http://www.solidoxygen.com/ipodbrush.php
  58. 58 http://www.solidoxygen.com/ipodbrush.php
  59. 59 http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tutorials/jennifer/ipod.html
  60. 60 http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tutorials/jennifer/ipod.html
  61. 61 http://www.tutorial9.net/photoshop/design-a-coldplayapple-inspired-portrait-in-photoshop/
  62. 62 http://www.tutorial9.net/photoshop/design-a-coldplayapple-inspired-portrait-in-photoshop/
  63. 63 http://great-design.blogspot.com/2008/02/creating-apple-style-advert.html
  64. 64 http://great-design.blogspot.com/2008/02/creating-apple-style-advert.html
  65. 65 http://www.photoshoplab.com/make-your-own-ipod-style-photo.html
  66. 66 http://www.photoshoplab.com/make-your-own-ipod-style-photo.html
  67. 67 http://www.macmerc.com/articles/Graphics_Tips/260
  68. 68 http://www.macmerc.com/articles/Graphics_Tips/260
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Dirk Metzmacher is a professional Photoshop trainer and book author with over 10 years of experience. He is also the creative mind behind (Photoshop-Weblog), a blog about techniques, tutorials and resources related to Adobe Photoshop.

  1. 1

    Very cool photoshop tutorials! Thanks ;)

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    SuicidalDreams

    March 25, 2009 2:22 pm

    Like it!

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  3. 3

    Very nice… Thanks…

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  4. 4

    Nice roundup Dirk…. thanks for sharing!!

    DKumar M.

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  5. 5

    nice list. thx

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  6. 6

    I stumbled across the wallpapers. There was one awesome, original wallpaper there. The starring actor in Ice Age, grabbing the Apple. What a great idea!

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    Michael RIce

    March 25, 2009 2:59 pm

    Very awesome collection!
    Might a give a few of them a go to improve some areas I am lacking!

    Cheers

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    Webanddesigners

    March 25, 2009 3:10 pm

    Create an iPhone Advertisement, Link for this tutorial is not working, think there’s something wrong with that site. None of the link on that site is working

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  9. 9

    What a fantistic photoshop resource – I have always appreciated the ‘apple’ approach to design and let’s face it they have always been design trend setters!! Thanks for an excellent list!

    Gordon
    (Twitter: @morayweb)

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  10. 10

    Yes, i have one. That all coooool

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  11. 11

    Wow, this is an awesome post! I’m so happy for this right now, I’m in the middle of an iPod themed poster and this will definitely help!

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  12. 12

    For some reason, some of the links aren’t working…

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  13. 13

    Wow ! Really nice stuff.

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    Vishal Gupta

    March 25, 2009 8:54 pm

    I believe Apple is the biggest trendsetter. Everything they create, from hardware to software, still images to video, from website to marketing collateral, everything has stunning creativity yet they all are simple.

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    Laxman Koushik

    March 25, 2009 9:00 pm

    Nice collection…Good Work Dirk:)

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  16. 16

    Incredibly useful techniques for everyday use too. Awesome.

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  17. 17

    Well, there’re some cool tuts I’m gonna use for sure… Thanks a LOT =)

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  18. 18

    Very nice selection of tutorials – thanks for compiling them.

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  19. 19

    Great collection, thanks alot. I have to create an apple styled Web interfave next time, so this collection went right into my bookmarks. :-)

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  20. 20

    nice post .. !

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