How to Create a Vinyl Record Graphic in Photoshop

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How to Create a Vinyl Record Graphic in Photoshop
Create your own vinyl record in Photoshop. (record image by Pefkos from

Though known primarily for its photographic editing and enhancement functions and capabilities, Adobe Photoshop can also be used to create realistic-looking graphic art objects from scratch. Using the program's shape tools, layering capabilities and filter capabilities, you can create a vinyl record graphic that you can apply to a web site or another digital image. Aside from leaving you with an interesting graphic to use and share, this project is also a good way to familiarise yourself with many of the versatile capabilities of Photoshop.

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Things you need

  • Computer loaded with Adobe Photoshop

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    Create a new Photoshop project with squared dimensions. Open the "Layers" palette to the right of your canvas and create a new group by clicking the folder icon at the bottom of the palette. Double-click on the "Group 1" text in the palette to edit the name and type "Record group." Create a new layer within the group by clicking the turning page icon at the bottom of the "Layers" palette. Name this layer "record."

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    Select "Edit," then "Fill" from the control menu and set the "Use" drop-down menu to "Color." Select a dark grey colour from the colour picker dialogue box and click "OK." Click "OK" once more in the "Fill" dialogue box to fill your canvas with your dark grey colour. Create a noise effect over the grey by choosing the "Filter" menu and selecting "Noise," then "Add Noise." Set your amount to 15 per cent and the distribution to "Gaussian," and make sure the "Monochromatic" option is checked in the "Add Noise" dialogue box.

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    Reselect the "Filter" menu and choose "Blur," then "Radial Blur." Set the amount slider to 70 per cent, the blur method to "Spin" and the quality to "Best." Click "OK." Duplicate this layer by selecting the "Layers" menu and then "Duplicate Layer." Set the layer mode drop-down menu at the upper right corner of the "Layers" palette to "Overlay." You should begin to see the texture of circular record grooves on your canvas. Open the "Image" menu atop your screen and select "Adjustments," then "Brightness/Contrast." Set the brightness slider to between 20 and 25, and set the contrast slider to between -25 and -20.

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    Select the "Ellipse Tool," nested below the "Rectangle Tool" in the tools panel at the left of your screen. Make sure the tool is set to shape layer mode by clicking the leftmost icon in the tool options panel above your canvas. The icon is a square with anchor points on each corner. In the following order, click and drag from the centre of your canvas to one of its corners, press the "Shift" and "alt" ("option" on a Mac) keys simultaneously, and release your mouse button once you have a circle that fits just inside the borders of the canvas.

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    "Ctrl + click" ("command + click" on a Mac) the "Shape 1" layer in the "Layers" palette to select your circle. Click the eye icon to the left of the layer to hide it and select your "Record group." Click the mask icon, which looks like a rectangle with a circle inside of it, at the bottom of the palette. The edges outside of your circle will be gone, leaving an image with a circular shape and a record-like grooved texture.

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    Duplicate your "Shape 1" layer using the "Duplicate Layer" command in the "Layer" menu and select "Edit," then "Transform," "Scale." Enter three per cent in the width and height fields of the tool options panel above your canvas and press "enter" ("return" on a Mac). "Ctrl + click" your "Shape 1 copy" layer in the "Layers" palette and select your "Record group" layer group. Select the "Brush Tool" from the tools panel. Press the "D" key to set your colours to their defaults and make sure that your foreground colour is black. Click and drag over the small circle at the centre to expose the background, giving the appearance of the small hole in the centre of the record.

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    Save your vinyl record by selecting "File," then "Save As."

Tips and warnings

  • You can also create a label for your record using the "Ellipse Tool" and the "Type Tool." You can create this on a separate canvas and use the "File," "Place" command to append it to your vinyl record.

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