In this tutorial we’re going to explore how easy it is to illustrate a guitar in Photoshop using tiny shapes, gradients and subtle shadows. Using these techniques and a good reference photo you can create an amazing amount of detail and realism. Lets jump right in.
For the first step we need to locate a good reference photo that has the right angle and amount of detail that we want to capture. I found the one below and will be using it throughout the tutorial. These techniques will work with any reference photo you prefer.
Now it’s time to start drawing. I’m going to tackle the neck of the guitar first. We’ll be using vector shapes primarily in this tutorial, so lets grab the Rectangle Tool (U), and draw a long thin rectangle shape to start the neck.