I recently spotted an iPhone ad which inspired me to write this tutorial. It is a gift ribbon, consisting of various app icons, wrapped around an iPhone. This effect can be easily achieved with Photoshop Warp transform tool. Christmas is around the corner and I hope you may find this tutorial useful for upcoming projects. If you are not familar with the Warp tool, I sugest you read my Photo Strip tutorial first.

Preview of The Final Image


1. Download The Source Files

Download the zip file which includes the iPhone image, app icons, and final PSD file.

2. Place The App Icons

Open the iPhone PSD file. Paste the app icons on top of the iPhone layer. Align the icons in a vertical column as shown.

vertical icons

Now, repeat this step for the horizontal row.

horizontal icons

3. Mask The Icons

Merge the icon layers and group them. Load the iPhone selection by holding the Cmd key and clicking on the iPhone layer. With the layer group selected, click on the "Add layer mask" icon to mask the layer group.

mask the icons

4. Shadows

With the Gradient tool, apply a black gradient close to the edge of the phone, making them look like they are wrapping around the phone.

mask the icons

5. Right Loop

Select any two app icons of your choice. Merge them together in one layer. Go to menu Edit > Transform > Warp. Now you should see a overlay grid on top of the image. Drag the points, handles, or any where in the grid to warp the image.

right warp 1

Choose any 3 icons and merge them together. Again, go to Edit > Transform > Warp and repeat this step.

right warp 2

Repeat this step.

right warp 3

6. Knot

Paste the Setting icon in a new layer. Use the Warp tool to make it look like a knot.


7. Left Loop

Now, work on the left loop by repeating the warping step.

left warp 1

left warp 2

8. Shading

Create a new layer and set the Blending Mode to Multiply. Load the selection of the icon layer. Apply a light black gradient to create the shading effect.


9. Highlight

Now we need to hightlight the ribbon. Load the selection of the icon layer. Create a new layer. Fill the selection with white. Shift the selection 1px down, 2px right, and then delete the selection.


10. Repeat The Shading and Hightlighting Step

Repeat the previous step to create the highlight and shading for the bow.

highlight and shading

11. Bow Shadow

Create a new layer under the bow. Use the Lasso tool and draw a selection. Feather (Select > Modify > Feather) the selection by 10px. Fill the selection with black and mask the layer with the iPhone selection.

bow shadow


Here is the final image.

bow shadow


Dec 1, 2009 at 6:51 am

This is once again amazing :)
Keep up the great work!

Dec 1, 2009 at 6:52 am

Nice one…
reminds me not to neglect the warp tool (transform)

Dec 1, 2009 at 6:56 am

This is amazing!!! I’ll have to try it myself :D

Dec 1, 2009 at 6:56 am

great tut. Thanks share Nick!

Michael Clayton
Dec 1, 2009 at 7:06 am

Great tut Nick, great use of the warp tool :)

Dec 1, 2009 at 7:14 am

Really nice. This site is always so inspirational. Thanks. I really appreciated your iPhone App website article. Some really nice designs. Thanks again.

Dec 1, 2009 at 8:35 am

It seems so easy!

Dec 1, 2009 at 9:19 am

Nice tutorial!

Julia Altermann
Dec 1, 2009 at 9:37 am

Awesome! You came up with this just in time. I had seen the advertisement as well and wondered if I could make it myself. Thanks for your step by step tut, that will make it much easier.

Dec 1, 2009 at 10:04 am

I saw this at the mall the other week it was very inspiring.
Great job on recreating it!

Dec 1, 2009 at 10:18 am

This is a superb tutorial, and an excellent design. Many thanks!

designer graphique
Dec 1, 2009 at 10:46 am

This gives me pretty ideas … thanks for sharing, quality resides in details such shadowing and highlights….

Dec 1, 2009 at 10:55 am

looks *great*…

Min Kim
Dec 1, 2009 at 11:27 am

That is awesome!
Thank you

Design Informer
Dec 1, 2009 at 12:46 pm

WOW Nick! This is awesome. Best tutorial I’ve seen in quite a while. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial. Hope you can start writing more.

Oh, and thanks for doing the interview as well.

Mujia Liao
Dec 1, 2009 at 1:11 pm

omg that is SO AWESOME! i love the ribbon part and it’s such a good idea.
thanks ever so much for sharing this!!!

*much love* ~~~~~XD

Mike Chanter
Dec 1, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Love this tutorial – thanks Nick reTweeted it.

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Dec 1, 2009 at 3:47 pm


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Dec 1, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Fantastic stuff and great timing. Tis is season for all sorts of photoshopping. Thanks for the tutorial!

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Dec 1, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Es una herramienta en la que podemos encontar muchas ventajas.

tanto en lo personal como el de utilizar en cual quier momento….

Dec 1, 2009 at 11:13 pm

nice tutorial, thanks for sharing

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Dec 2, 2009 at 7:43 am

Fantastic, nice work. I will try it now, too.

Dec 2, 2009 at 11:29 am

I really like your website…
Great tutorial… so simple yet so brilliant…


Dec 2, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Really nice! thanks for the tutorial.

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Dec 3, 2009 at 11:02 am

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Dec 3, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Wow! Great :)
Lovely ribbon!

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Dec 4, 2009 at 5:50 am

Cool, and very usefull!

Maicon Sobczak
Dec 4, 2009 at 8:51 am

Simple steps and professional look. Great tips.

me :D
Dec 4, 2009 at 9:01 am

good tutorial but the loop is very tricky :D

Dec 4, 2009 at 9:09 am

Nice, and useful for other projects too (film rolls, etc).

Thanks for a great tutorial.

Dec 4, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Great tip as usual… keep up the good work!

Devin Walker
Dec 4, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Awesome idea and great graphic design. Very valuable tut! :]


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Dec 6, 2009 at 3:51 am

Great tut

Dec 6, 2009 at 5:38 am

I like it.. Super Tutorial

Luca DB
Dec 6, 2009 at 9:32 am

Well done mate!

Dec 7, 2009 at 5:54 am

T-Mobile takes it for German-Ad :D


Dec 7, 2009 at 6:10 am

professional Operation

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Dec 8, 2009 at 7:20 am

Great job !!! I really adore it ! very professional , thank uuuuuuuuuuuuu for the tips .

Dec 8, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Nice. Great work!

Mark Ole Barner
Dec 9, 2009 at 9:40 am

Nice one… thanks. I would do it that way too. But i would also have made the horizontal ribbon go further out over the sides… But its nice to see a good and well illustrated tutorial :-)

Merry x-mas

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Dec 9, 2009 at 2:53 pm

This is great. I love Apple’s approach to design work its so unique and creative. This is a great replica.

Dec 10, 2009 at 7:45 am

nice work, thanks

Dec 11, 2009 at 6:02 am

Really simple and effective tut. Good work!

Dec 11, 2009 at 6:19 am

Nice job!

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Dec 11, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Very well done :)

Dec 16, 2009 at 9:43 am

wow! iPhone’s Gadgets turned to tie for ribbon!

Future Webs
Dec 16, 2009 at 10:22 am

Great Tut, Thanks

Graphic designer Sang yeon
Dec 17, 2009 at 8:05 pm

nice! good job!!! thanks

Dec 18, 2009 at 4:21 am

wow…it’s excellent..i like this ribbon effect with icons…

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Dec 19, 2009 at 9:42 am

Your version is way better <33

Michael VavnPutten
Dec 21, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Very well done tutorial. The effect is breathtaking. The icons in the bow are much easier to see — the whole look is cleaner. The screenshots and commentary really help to understand how to recreate this look. Thanks for your great, inspirational work!

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Dec 22, 2009 at 8:06 pm

thanks . Very Good
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Dec 27, 2009 at 12:56 pm

wow that is cool

Dec 28, 2009 at 2:21 am

So beautiful.

509 Media
Dec 28, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Very cool… so simple a cave man could do it. LOL seriously thanks for taking the time to post up.

Branden Silva
Dec 29, 2009 at 4:21 am

Looks great,

the only thing I’d do different would be to extend out the horizontal wrap and make it appear to be going around the iphone.Love the bow though :)

Dec 29, 2009 at 10:19 am

yea.. really freshy technique ;D

Dec 31, 2009 at 1:43 am

this is very nice for iphone and its effect

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Jan 3, 2010 at 3:14 pm

wow. very nice and simple enough to do. thanks!

Jan 4, 2010 at 2:10 am

Great Gift Ribbon Result….very good tutorial, easy to follow!

Jan 4, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Thanks for the Tut. Love the ribbon effect. I will give that a try for sure!

Jan 6, 2010 at 2:04 am

Looks great,

the only thing I’d do different would be to extend out the horizontal wrap

Jan 6, 2010 at 2:06 am

Very cool… so simple a cave man could do it. LOL seriously thanks

Jan 7, 2010 at 7:55 am

thanks for your tut, it’s very nice and helpul!

Jan 8, 2010 at 10:46 am

nice tutorial, thank fot that

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Jan 9, 2010 at 8:07 pm

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Jan 13, 2010 at 8:52 am

This is a really great tutorial, I have looking for a simplified lesson on warping in Photoshop. As a web designer I do not know what I could do without the Adobe Design Suite.

Jan 15, 2010 at 1:39 am

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Jan 30, 2010 at 4:49 pm

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Wow, That was pretty easy. Thought it would be complicated. :) Thanks!

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Feb 3, 2010 at 2:01 am

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Thank you for the tutorial!

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Mar 27, 2010 at 10:04 pm

very nice. the only thing missing is the reflection of the ribbon on top of the iphone.

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