Creating Apple iCloud Icon in Photoshop

iCloud is a popular application from Apple. It has a fairly simple and, at the same time, a beautiful logo. Initially, the icon was made of a metallic material with an extruded cloud shape. You may not know that creating icons of this type is quite simple. In this tutorial we will create such an icon in Photoshop.

It seems to be quite difficult, but, in reality, we will only need Layer styles (Layer Styles), basic vector shapes and a little hand-drawn. So let’s get started!

Step 1

Start by creating a new document with a size of 512×512 pixels. Activate the tool Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle). In the settings panel set Radius (Radius) 75 pixels. Click and drag to draw a rectangle. Set the color for it to # 5d5d5d.

Double click on the layer to open the dialog box. Layer styles (Layer Styles). Add a Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay) with a default gradient (from black to white (from black to white)) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 76%.

Step 2

Press Ctrl + J to duplicate the layer. Go to menu Editing (Edit)> Free transformation (Free Transform) or press Ctrl + T to trigger a transformation. In the settings panel, set the size to 98%.

In the layers panel, delete Layer styles (Layer Styles) by dragging the fx icon onto the basket icon located in the lower right corner of the layers panel. Then double click on the layer thumbnail to bring up the dialog box Layer styles (Layer Styles). Add a Shadow (Drop Shadow) and Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).

In settings Gradient overlays (Gradient overlay) change Style (Style) gradient on Angular (Angle). Click on the gradient view bar to bring up a window. Gradient Editor (Gradient Editor) and apply the color combinations # 8e8e8e, # a5a4a4, # d8d8d8. Play with the location of the markers, as long as the first and last markers have the color indicated on the image.

Here’s what happened after applying Layer styles (Layer Styles):

Step 3

Create a new layer. Fill it up Radial gradient (Radial Gradient) from white to black (from white to black).

Hold Alt and move the vector mask of the previous layer to the current one. Now the gradient is located inside the icon.

Open up Layer styles (Layer Styles) and change Blend mode (Blending mode) on Screen (Screen).

Step 4

Draw a Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle) inside the icon. Install Radius (Radius) up to 75 pixels. and color on # 2a2a2a.

Add two circles (select tool Ellipse(Ellipse), then press Shift and drag). In the settings panel set the contour mode to Combine shapes (Add to shape area).

Double click on the layer and add Inner shadow (Inner Shadow), Stamping (Bevel and Emboss) and Stroke (Stroke).

Step 5

Duplicate the cloud layer using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + J. Remove from copy Layer styles (Layer Styles) and resize (Ctrl + T) to 89%.

Change the shape color to # 5d5d5d. Change the position of the smaller circle in proportion to the position of the larger one.

Double click on the cloud layer and add the following Layer Styles (Layer Styles).

Have Gradient overlays (Gradient Overlay) the exact same settings as in Step 2.

This is what we did after adding layer styles to a small cloud:

Step 6. Add a metal texture

Our result is now pretty flat and clean. Add metal to the surface. Create a new layer. Go to menu Editing (Edit)> Fill (Fill), select black as the fill.

Go to menu Filter (Filter)> Noise (Noise)> Add noise (Add Noise).

Then go to menu Filter (Filter)> Blur (Blur) > Radial blur (Radial Blur). Choose method Annular (Spin) and quality The best (Best).

The filter will spin the noise and create ring waves.

Step 7

Go to menu Picture (Image)> Corrections (Adjustments)> Levels (Levels) or press Ctrl + L. In the dialog box that appears, move the black slider Output values (Output Levels) to the center so that the circular waves become brighter.

Hold the Alt key and move the layer vector mask with the icon to the current layer. Now the circular waves were inside the icon.

Activate the tool Outline selection (Path Selection) and select the cloud outline that we created in Step 4. Press Ctrl + C to copy the outline and Ctrl + V to paste it into the circular wave vector mask. Set the mode of this circuit to Subtract front figure (Subtract).

Finally, copy and paste the small cloud that we created in Step 5. Set the mode for it Combine shapes (Add to Shape).

That’s what happened. Circular waves are arranged inside the icon.

Change Blend mode (Blending mode) on Screen (Screen).

Step 8. Shadow

Create a new layer and place it under all layers. Using tool Ellipse (Ellipse) create an oval selection under the icon. Fill the selection with black.

Smooth shadow with filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur). Go to menu Filter (Filter)> Blur (Blur)> Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur).

Duplicate the shadow layer with Ctrl + J. Add one more Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), but this time use a larger blur radius value to get a softer shadow. If the shadow is too coarse, you can reduce Opacity (Opacity).


Here is the result of our lesson. As you can see, creating an icon is a fairly simple process. We only needed basic vector shapes and Layer styles (Layer Styles). I hope you enjoyed the lesson! If you have any questions, ask them in the comments.

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