Create an iPod Touch in GIMP

Today I’d like to show you how to design iPod Touch in Gimp. First of all I should say that iPod Touch doesn’t look exactly the same as the iPhone. There are some differences in the appearance. Let’s try to make it!
1) Open up Gimp and create a new document. It depends on the size of the picture because the iPod has some proportions and we don’t want to break them. I chose 350×580.You should get a blank white picture.
2) Select all (shortcut: ctrl+a) go to the menu and shrink the selection by 30px. Go to the selection menu and press the Rounded rectangle (30%).
3) Now you have still a blank picture but with a rounded selection in the middle. In this step we will fill it with a gradient. Create a new layer (call it Outer Border) and pick the gradient tool (shorcut: L). Use the default colors (black as the foreground and white as the background) and change the gradient shape to ‘Radial’. Start in the middle and drag out of the picture. You should get something like this:

4) I hope you didn’t cancel the rounded selection, otherwise you can delete the image and start again. Or you can also right-click the ‘Outer Border’ layer and select ‘Alpha to selection’ 🙂
5) Create a new layer and call it Dark Border. Go to the menu and shrink the selection by 2px. Fill it with black (shortcut: shift+b)

6) Right-click the Dark Border layer and select ‘Alpha to selection’. Shrink the selection by 2px and create a new layer called Light Gray. We are going to fill it with a gradient so pick the gradient tool (shortcut: L). Don’t change the shape, it will be radial again.
7) Now pick some light gray colors and again as in the 4th step, start in the middle and drag out of the canvas. I used #dcdcdc as the foreground color and #c6c6c6 as the background color. The result should look like this:

8) Right-click the Light Gray layer and select the ‘Alpha to selection’ option. Shrink it by 1px. That’s not all, we will play with the selection a little in this step. Pick the Rectangle select tool (shortcut: r) and click into the selection. Four handles should now appear (one in each corner); that means we can modify the selection. We will adjust the height of the picture (1px on the top and 1px on the bottom). This picture should say more:

9) After the modification go to Select – Rounded Rectangle (30%) and fill it with black. This should you get:

10) At this point we will make the Home button. Pick the Elipse select tool (shortcut: e) and make the selection in the bottom of the image, in the place where the home button should be. While making the selection I advice you to hold Shift ‘cos it will make a circle not an elipse.
11) After that create a new layer and call it Home Button. I prefer to fill it with white and than adjust the opacity but you can fill it directly with some gray color, that’s up to you.
12) The grey circle is fine but there is also a white square on the iPod. Same procedure as in the 10th step. I made another layer (Home Button #1) which isn’t necessary. Pick the Rectangle select tool (shorcut: r), go to select – rounded rectangle (I used 50%) and fill it with white or whatever color you like. Than go to select, shrink it by 1px and click the delete button. Here is what I got:

13) Attentive readers noticed that we forgot one necessary thing, it’s the power button. There is nothing difficult about that. Create a new layer called Power button and move down under all layers (but above the Background layer).
14) Make a little rectangle selection (shortcut: r) and fill it with black (shortcut: shift+b). Than move it (shortcut: m) wherever you want.
15) In the final step we will draw the display. Right-click the Inner Background layer and select ‘Alpha to selection’. Pick the Rectangle select tool (shortcut: r). Hold ctrl+shift and select the area where the display should be, like on the picture below. Select a bit larger area, we will shrink it in the next step.

16) As I said, we will shrink the area to get some distance between the display and the edge. Go to the menu Select and shrink it by 10px. I think 10px is ok, but again, it’s up to you. Even at this point you can adjust the area how you want.
17) After that create a new layer and call it Display. Fill it with white and adjust the opacity.

And that’s it. I know it’s not 100% real but the first association should be the iPod. Here is my result:

And here is the same result with the background image:

And here is the result with some additional adjustments. That means I added some gradients, shadows, lights and brushes:

Thanks for reading, I hope it was useful.


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