How To Make An Icon Tutorial

This is par 2 of making icons Tutorial. So let’s start by creating a mere document. This time it will be square.

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Use custom shape tool to create basic form.

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Make a copy of the layer and transform it to be a little bit smaller than the original layer.

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Use Layer styles on Upper layer.

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And here is our result for this moment.

Steps:
Using color range tool select the BLUE color tone.

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Further IT.

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Create anew later (when the selection is still on).

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Fill it with gradient.

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Use Layer styles.

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Use layer mask and black to white gradient to blend the lower border.

Here is layer order results.

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Now, make another selection. Further it (CREATE a NEW Layer before Filling it) and use White to transparency gradient on it.

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Result:

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And layer order:

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I want to use some color correction:
So create a new adjustment layer on the top of the layer box.

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Use Gaussian Blur on this layer.

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Make a selection using rectangle tool.

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Copy this Square layer and make one of them smaller that the other using CTRL+T keystroke.

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Here is what we got:
I’ve changed the color.

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Layer 1 settings:

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RESULT:

It’s actually hard to see, but there is difference.

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Layer 2 settings:

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Result:

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Now it is time to put some text here:

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And use a little style on the text:

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Good result:

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Now I want to put a reflection. But first merge all visible layers.
Turn the background off visible.

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And we have only 2 layers.

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Now transform the object like it is going to perspective. Use Perspective transform.

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Good. Now let’s create the reflection-just create anew temporary doc and follow my steps.

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Copy the layer back to original doc.

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Use layer mask to hide a part of the reflection. We don’t see object’s reflection as clear as the object it self.

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And we are done here. Turn the background off Visible and save it in PNG. Format if you want to use it like an icon.

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And here it is. I have my own icon as a part of my messy desktop. Looks quite Ok among Apple’s? Leopard OS icons.

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