Create weather icons in Photoshop

Hello. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a set of icons with weather conditions in Photoshop. You will learn about the technique of working with the basic tools to create icons for vector shapes, and also learn how to align icons using the function Snap to Grid Lines (Snap to Grid). Next, we will create effects using layer styles. In conclusion, you will learn how to create your own icons with weather conditions using these techniques, and if you experiment with the settings for layer styles, you can easily create your own unique icon design. So let’s get started!

Final result

Step 1

Create a new document 600 x 600px, then go View – Show – Grid (View> Show> Grid) to activate the grid, and then go Preview – Snap To – Grid Lines (View> Snap To> Grid) to snap to the grid. Press the keys (Ctrl + K) to bring up the window Installations (Preferences), then select the setting Guides, mesh, etc. (Guides, Grid Slices) and set the settings that are shown in the screenshot below. The grid will facilitate your work when creating shapes.

Step 2

Set the foreground color to # 02C0D1, and then select the tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool). With the Fill tool, fill the background with foreground color.

Step 3

Set the foreground color to #FFFFFF and use the tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool), create 4 circles: 30x30px, 30x30px, 35x35px, 20x20px.

Arrange the circles as shown in the screenshot below.

Hint: while working, hold down the (Shift) key to create the perfect circle.

Step 4

Next, select the tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool) to create a rectangular shape 15x35px. Position the rectangle as shown in the screenshot below.

Now, in the layers panel, select the layer with the vector figure that you created in this step, and also select the layers with the figures that you created in the previous step, then right-click on the selected layers and in the appeared window, select the option Combine Shapes (Merge Shapes).

Step 5

In the Layers panel, double-click on the name of the vector shape you created in the previous step, to rename the layer, name this layer with the “Cloudy” shape.

Now, double click on the layer with the cloud shape to apply the layer styles. Apply the settings shown in the screenshots below.

At the end of this step, place the “Cloudy” icon in the upper left corner of our working document, approximately as shown below in the last screenshot of this step.

Step 6

Change the foreground color to # FCD524. Using tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool), create a circle of 35? 35 px.

Step 7

Name the layer with the yellow vector shape you created in the previous step, “Sunny”.

Apply layer styles to the layer with the sun figurine. Apply the settings shown in the screenshots below.

Step 8

Now, make sure the “Sunny” layer is active, then position the sun, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 9

Select the “Cloudy” and “Sunny” layers to duplicate them (Ctrl + J).

In the layers palette, make sure that the duplicate of the “Sunny” layer is located below the duplicate of the “Cloudy” layer.

Now, select the duplicates of the created layers to arrange them, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 10

Create another duplicate of the “Cloudy” layer. Arrange the duplicate layer as shown in the screenshot below.

Name this duplicate layer “Overcast. Rain”.

Step 11

To simplify the work, you must set the grid lines every 1px. Let’s go Editing – Settings – Guides, mesh, etc. (Edit> Preferences> Guides, Grid Slices) and then in the window Lines every (Gridline Every), install 1.

Set the foreground color to # 57DAFF, focus on the “Overcast. Rain “and with the tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool), create a small 4x4px circle.

Position the created circle, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 12

Make sure that the layer with the small circle that you created in the previous step is active, then select the tool Arrow (Direct Selection Tool).

Select the upper anchor point, and then press the direction key with the ‘Top’ arrow twice.

Next, rename this layer, name this layer “Rain Drop”.

Step 13

Duplicate the layer (Ctrl + J) “Raindrop” several times. Arrange duplicate layers as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 14

Make sure the “Raindrop” layer is active. Double click on this layer to apply layer styles. Apply the settings shown in the screenshots below.

Once you have applied the layer styles, then right-click on the layer and in the window that appears, select the option Copy layer styles (Copy Layer Style), and then select all layers with raindrops, then, right-click again on the selected layers and in the window that appears, select the option Paste layer styles (Paste Layer Style).

Step 15

Duplicate the “Cloudy” layer. Name the duplicate layer “Snow”, arrange this layer, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 16

Make sure the “Snow” layer is active. Change the foreground color to #FFFFFF. Choose a tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool).

Create a 5x5px circle. Position the circle as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 17

Choose a tool Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle Tool). In the settings of this tool, set Radius (Radius) 1px.

Next, draw an elongated 1x3px rectangle, positioning it exactly as shown in the first screenshot below.

Duplicate the layer with the drawn rectangle (Ctrl + J), positioning the duplicate layer exactly as shown in the second screenshot below.

Step 18

In the layers palette, select the layers with the drawn rectangles that you created in the previous step, then right-click on the selected layers and in the window that appears, select the option Combine figures(Merge Shapes).

Duplicate the resulting merged layer, make sure that the duplicate merged layer is active, then press the keys (Ctrl + T).

Rotate the duplicate layer 45 degrees, and then press (Enter). Repeat this action twice.

Hint: Holding down the (Shift) key during the transformation will help you to rotate the selected shape perfectly.

Step 19

Select the layers that make up the snowflake, then follow the steps. Combine shapes (Merge Shapes).

For the snowflake layer, apply layer styles. Apply the settings shown in the screenshots below.

Step 20

Duplicate the snowflake layer you created in the previous step. Arrange the duplicate layer as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 21

Duplicate the “Cloudy” layer again. Name the duplicate layer “Overcast. Thunderstorm”. Arrange the duplicate layer as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 22

In the layers palette, go to the “Rain Drop” layer. Duplicate this layer twice.

Highlight duplicate layers with raindrops, focusing on the “Overcast. Thunderstorm ”, arrange the raindrops, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 23

Change the foreground color to # FFDF45 and use the tool Pen (Pen Tool), create a shape as shown in the screenshot below (follow the order of the numbers, and also try to use the grid as a guide).

Step 24

To the layer with the drawn zipper, add layer styles. Apply the settings shown in the screenshots below.

Step 25

Change the foreground color to #FFFFFF, select the tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) .

Draw a circle of 36 x36 px, and then a circle smaller than 30 x30 px. Make sure that the circles are arranged as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 26

Make sure the circles are selected and then Combine shapes (Merge Shapes).

Choose a tool Outline selection (Path Selection Tool), click inside the small circle (30 x30), then, in the top settings panel of this tool, select the option Subtract front figure (Subtract Front Shape).

Step 27

In the layers palette, right-click on the “Cloudy” layer and in the window that appears, select the option Copy layer styles (Copy Layer Style).

Next, go to the layer with the painted Moon and right-click again on the specified layer and in the appeared window, select the option To paste styles layer(Paste Layer Style).

Step 28

Duplicate the Moon layer (Ctrl + J). Arrange the duplicate layer as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 29

Now, select the tool Polygon (Polygon Tool), and then click on the working document to display the settings window for this tool. Create polygon (Create Polygon).

Apply the settings that are listed on the first screenshot, click OK. Now, draw the first asterisk.

Using the same tool, apply the settings that are shown on the other two screenshots, click OK. Now, draw two more stars.

Next, select the layers with asterisks, and then, perform the action Paste layer styles (Paste Layer Style).

We have completed the lesson! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Thank you for being with me!

Final result

Author: Razvan Gabriel

Translator: Sadigaliyev Marat

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