Draw a business icon in Photoshop

Designing icons can be quite a tough area of ​​design, because you must have the ability to design them so that they can be reduced to scale-down procedures without any problems. In order to ensure scalability, designers usually use vector graphics programs such as Illustrator.

However, in this tutorial, a medium difficulty level, I will show you how to make an amazing icon from scratch using Photoshop. You will need basic knowledge of Photoshop and familiarity with the Pen Tool (P).


Throughout the lesson, almost all the figures will be drawn using Pen Tool (Pen Tool). If you have no experience with the Pen Tool, you can refer to this wonderful lesson from Simon Hubbert entitled “Become a Master of the Pen Tool in Under 30 Minutes” on PSDFan.

Step 1: Configure Photoshop Document Options
First, create a new document in Photoshop with these settings.

For convenience, fill the background layer with a shade of gray and place a vertical guide. View> New Guide (View> New Guide) in the center of the document. It will help us keep track of the symmetry of objects.

Step 2: Start with the body

One of the easiest ways to achieve symmetry for such a figure is to make only one half of it. Select Pen Tool (P) (Pen Tool) on the toolbar and draw a shape as shown below. Before drawing a shape, make sure that Shape layers on the panel Options and set black (# 000000) as the foreground color.

After you’ve done the half shape, select Path Selection Tool (A) (Contour Selection Tool) and click on it on the canvas.

Now click Ctrl / Cmd + C and Ctrl / Cmd + V, to copy and paste a copy of the same outline on a layer.
Then go to menu Edit> Transform Path> Flip Horizontal(Edit> Contour Transform> Flip Horizontal) and move the other half to the right so that the ends of the two halves are connected.

Via Path Selection Tool (A) (Contour Selection Tool), drag the selection to both halves, then click Combine (To unite) on the panel Options. This will bring together the two halves, from which one symmetric figure will be obtained.

Name the layer with the figure “body”. We will keep our layers organized.

Step 3: Add Layer Styles To The Body.
Open up Layer Style “body” and set the following styles for it:
Inner shadow

Internal glow

Gradient overlay

Here’s how it should look after applying the styles.

Step 4: Add a shadow to the body.
Create a new layer and place it below the body layer.
Draw an oval area on it using Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) (Oval Area Tool) and reduce it Opacity up to 30%.

Next, it uses two filters. Gaussian Blur (Gaussian Blur) and Motion Blur.
Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Set the radius to 3.0px.

Filter> Blur> MotionBlur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur).
Set the angle to 0 degrees and the offset is 30px.

Create a new layer and, holding Ctrl / Cmd, Click on the “body” layer to select it completely, and fill it with black (# 000000) on a new layer.
With active selection, go to Select> Modify> Expand(Select> Modify> Expand) and select expand by 2px.
Move the selection 5 pixels up, and then click Delete, to clear the selected area.

Select Move Tool (V) and move the layer 3px down.
Finally, apply the filter Gaussian Blur (Gaussian Blur) radius 2.5px and reduce Opacity layer up to 50%. If done correctly, then you should get something like this:

Step 5: Create a shirt
Using Pen Tool (P) (Pen Tool), draw the shape as shown below and name it “shirt”.

After the figure is complete, ask it Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay) light gray tint.

Step 6: Create a neck
Select Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) (Rectangular Area Tool) and on the new layer, fill the selection with any color, as shown in the figure (we will add a style to this layer, so the color with which you fill it does not matter).

Apply style to layer Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Step 7: Create a Tie
This is followed by a tie. It will be a red tie, but I recommend you experiment with different colors of neckties and models! Create a contour tie with Pen Tool (P) (Pen Tool), using the same algorithm as before.

Next, we apply some styles to the tie:


Inner shadow

Gradient overlay

Voila! This is how our tie looks now:

Next, we need to make another shape for the node using Pen Tool (P) (Pen Tool).

Apply some styles to a tie knot.

Inner shadow

Gradient overlay

Our tie is finished.

Step 8: Make the shirt collar
It’s time to make a shirt collar. Draw a shape as shown below, you can choose a fill color arbitrarily, since it will be overlaid by the layer style in the future (just choose a color that you can easily distinguish from the background).

Name the new layer with the “collar” shape.

After creating the shape, give it these styles so that it looks in line with the shirt.

Inner shadow

Gradient overlay

It looks like the left side of the collar on completion:

To complete the collar, you must duplicate the left side of the collar and flip it horizontally. Since the collar layer contains styles, duplicate transform will not work.

Therefore, to get the desired result, create a new layer and merge the “collar” layer with it. This will affect the left side of the collar in such a way that when we transform it, the styles will not be affected.

Now click Ctrl / Cmd + J, to duplicate it.
After that go to menu Edit> Transform Path> Flip Horizontal(Edit> Contour Transform> Flip Horizontal) and move the other half to the right using Move Tool (V), to complete the collar.

Step 9: Add the lapels to the suit.
Set the foreground and background colors to default by clicking D (this will set the base color to black and the background to white).
Then draw the shape for the left lapel of the suit, as shown below.

Add the following styles to the shape layer:


Inner shadow

External glow

Gradient overlay

This is our finished left lapel.

Just like the collar in the previous step, create a copy of this shape, so that you would have something like this:

Step 10: Outline the sleeves of the costume
Take the tool Brush Tool (B) (Brush Tool) and choose a soft tip 4px thick.

Now take the tool Pen Tool (P) (Pen Tool) and select mode Paths (Ways), as it shown on the picture.

Create a new layer and draw the curve of the sleeve. Setting the foreground color to black (# 000000), right-click on the contour and select Stroke Path (Contour Stroke) from the menu.

Press the button ABOUTk, after installing the tool Brush(Brush).

Now apply these styles to the new layer:


Gradient overlay

Place a duplicate layer on the opposite side to create something like this:

Step 11: Create a Head
Draw an elliptical face shape as shown below.

Next, give it the color of skin in the following styles:


Gradient overlay

You should have something like this:

Step 12: Add Shadow To Face

Create a new layer and clamped Ctrl / Cmd Click on the face layer to select the area around it automatically.
Move the selection 4px down and fill it with color # 423820 on new

Apply filter Motion Blur (Motion Blur) Filter> Blur> Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur) with an angle of 90 degrees and an offset of 10 px.

Reapply the exact same filter by clicking Ctrl / Cmd + F.
Select a layer with a shadow, with the sandwiched Ctrl / Cmd click on the “neck” layer to select it, and then click Ctrl / Cmd + Shift + I, to invert the selection.

Press the button Delete, to clear the selected area.

Step 13: Hair Creation
The last thing you can add to the icon is the hair. You can create any hairstyle for an icon, but in this tutorial, let’s do something simple.

After creating the hair shape, ask her Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay) color from white to black.

Step 14: Add Shadow On Hair
Just as you made a shadow on your face, add a shadow to the hair, using the same colors, but with lower transparency (about 70%).

Step 15: More Hair Improvements
Create a new layer and click Ctrl / Cmd over the “hair” layer to highlight them.

Move the selection 7px up and fill it with white (#FFFFFF). Move the same selection up 5px and press Delete, to clear the selected area.

Now apply these filters on a layer:
(Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Set the radius to 1px.

Filter> Sharpen> Sharpen (Filter> Sharpness> Sharpness).
Apply this filter twice.

Then install Opacity layer 0% and give it a layer style Gradient Overlay (Gradient overlay).


Made by Thank you for your attention to this lesson, and I hope that it was useful for you.

Here is the final version of the icon design:

Source files
professional_buddy_icon (ZIP, 0.20 MB)

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