Saturday, April 11, 2009

Photoshop CS3 Style Icon

In this Photoshop tutorial I will show you how to create the Adobe CS3 style icons using some basic gradients and layer styles. Without question, this gonna be full of clear and concise instructions, instead of telling you to blindly perform this and then that step, I'm gonna explain WHY the action is required.

This is revolutionary. This is educational and well worth the investment of your time and effort, because we are all... learning.

Enuf with that chit-chat... :)


Create a new blank 500x500px layer by hitting the Ctrl + N or simply clicking the
New Layer icon
at the bottom of the layers palette and name it Background Square
then select the Rectangular Marquee tool (M) and drag out a nice square for the
icon’s background.

(*note: By holding the Shift key while you drag you can constrain your selection to a
perfect square. My square is 300×300 pixels).

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Press the D key to reset the foreground and background colors to black and white,
then fill the selection with black by pressing Alt + Backspace.

Deselect it by pressing Ctrl + D and lock the layers transparency by clicking the
Lock Layer Transparency
button at the top of the layers palette.

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PppsssSSttTTt... by clicking the Lock Layer Transparency icon at the top of layers
palette with our Background Square layer selected, we can effectively lock only the pixel
area that actually contains information. This makes it easy to change color or add gradients
without effecting the rest of the image.


Lets go ahead and setup for the blue background gradient by changing the foreground color
to #0b88cb and the background color to #004068.

Press the G key to choose the Gradient tool, then from the options bar across the top
choose Foreground to Background from the color picker and Radial Gradient for
the gradient type. Now simply click a spot in the upper left hand corner of the box and
drag at a 45 degree angle toward the bottom left corner to create a gradient that looks
similar to the example.

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We’ll add a drop shadow to the layer by Right-Clicking on the layer and choose
Blending Options. Click on the Drop Shadow link in the left column and add the
following settings then click OK.

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Your file should now look something like the one below.

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is it???


Press the T key to call up the Text tool and lets go ahead and add our text with the
following settings.

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The text also has a slight gradient but instead of using the gradient tool directly we are
going to use the layer style called Gradient Overlay as shown below.

Before I called up the Layer Styles dialog box though, I changed my foreground color to
#d6dfe5 so that it would already be there for the layer style application.

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Technically now we are finished as far as a correctly built PS3 icon.

Try all the variations or make up your own! Allow your own damn self to get excellent
results even though you have no idea what you're doing.

Well thats enough smoke up your ass for one day. Guys... My ass thanks you!!! Keep up
the great work.

And Enjoy!!!

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    1. Good morning, thank you for the visit, good afternoon with happiness, happy Easter. Hugs Valter.

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    7. Heyy there genial!
      U r really into photography yep.

    8. Wualah kang abot tenan halamane....
      But is very good tutor for my self...
      Nice post

    9. pengenya sih belajar photoshop tapi kalo pake teori alias buku malah kagak mudeng. hihihi

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      Guys... My ass thanks you!!!

    11. hell yeah.. that's right... cool :)


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