Draw a database icon in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will draw a database icon using vector shapes and layer styles.

Final result:

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop (Ctrl + N) with the parameters specified in the screenshots. In order to make it easier to draw and arrange shapes, we need a grid. Turn it on through the menu View> Show> Grid (View> Show> Grid). Turn on snap to grid via menu View> Snap to> Grid(View> Snap to> Grid).

Open the grid options menu (Editing> Settings> Guides, Grid, and Fragments / Edit> Preferences> Guides, Grid Slices). In the Grid section, in the Line every field (Gridline Every), enter the number 5, and in the Internal division (Subdivision) field – the number 1. Select the color # a7a7a7 for the grid and click OK.

To turn off / on the grid, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + “. Open the Info panel (Window> Info / Window> Info) to see the size and location of the shapes.

Step 2

Choose a tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) and create an oval with the size of 100×30 pixels using the color # 39b54a. Choose a tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool), hold down the Shift key and add a rectangle 100×30 pixels to the oval. Select tool again Ellipse (Ellipse Tool), hold down the Alt key and create an oval with a size of 100×30 pixels, as shown in screenshot 3. The cut will be at the top.

Step 3

Double click on the layer with the resulting shape to open the style window. Adjust the styles like this:

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow): Mode – Soft light.

Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay): Mode – Normal, Style – Linear.

Result:

Step 4

Create a copy of our shape (Ctrl + J). Delete copy styles via the context menu – item Clear layer style (Clear Layer Style). Reduce the fill to 0% and then apply other styles:

Stamping (Bevel Emboss): Style – Internal bevel, Method – Smooth, Backlight Mode – Normal, Color – # 506372, Shadow Mode – Overlap, Color – # 000000.

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow): Backlight Mode – Soft Light.

Step 5

Tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) (U) create an oval with the size of 100×300 pixels. Apply the styles shown below.

Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay): Mode – Normal, Style – Linear.

Casting a shadow (Drop Shadow): Mode – Soft light.

Step 6

Now we need to reduce the distance between the grid lines to 1 pixel. Go to menu Editing> Settings> Guides, Grid, and Fragments (Edit> Preferences> Guides, Grid Slices) and in the field Line every (Gridline Every) enter the number 1.
Tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) (U) create an oval 94×24 pixels in size. Apply several styles.

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow): Mode – Normal, Color – # 7a8b99.

Internal glow (Inner Glow): Mode – Soft light.

Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay): Mode – Normal, Style – Angular.

Step 7

Increase the distance between the grid lines to 5 pixels. Create a 90×20 pixel oval using the color # 354654. Convert layer to smart object (Filter> Convert for smart filters / Filter> Convert for Smart Filters). Then apply a Gaussian Blur filter (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur / Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) with a value of 3.5 pixels.

Step 8

Merge all the layers we created into a group (Ctrl + G). Create a copy of the group and tool Move (Move Tool) (V) lift it by 35 pixels.

Step 9

Create another copy and raise it 70 pixels from the original. In the upper group, delete the smart object.

Step 10

Create a circle with a diameter of 60 pixels in color # 39b54a. Create a copy of the circle (Ctrl + J) and drop it under the original. Change the color of the lower circle to # 0070be and move it 3 pixels to the right.

Step 11

Choose green and blue circles. Create a copy of them and convert them into one smart object. Drop the smart object under both circles, reduce the fill to 0% and apply the style Casting a shadow (Drop Shadow): Mode – Multiplication, Color – # 208a34.

Step 12

Create a copy of the smart object of the previous step (Ctrl + J), open the styles and change the shadow style:

Casting a shadow (Drop Shadow): Mode – Normal, Color – # 39b54a.

Step 13

Apply the following styles to the blue circle layer:

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow): Mode – Soft light.

Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay): Mode – Normal, Style – Linear.

Step 14

Apply the following styles to the green circle layer:

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow): Mode – Soft light.

Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay): Mode – Normal, Style – Linear.

Step 15

Create a copy of the green circle (Ctrl + J) and delete styles from it. Reduce the fill to 0% and change the styles:

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow): Mode – Soft light.

Internal glow (Inner Glow): Mode – Soft light, Method – Soft.

Step 16

Choose a tool Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle Tool) (U) and in the settings, set the Radius (Radius) – 2 pixels. Create a white figure with a size of 30×10 pixels and place it in the center of the green circle. Hold key Shift and add one more same rectangle in vertical orientation.

Step 17

Apply the following styles:

Stroke (Stroke): Position – Outside, Mode – Normal, Stroke Type – Gradient, Style – Linear.

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow): Mode – Normal, Color – # 25a140.

Internal glow (Inner Glow): Mode – Normal, Color – # 25a140.

Casting a shadow (Drop Shadow): Mode – Soft light.

Step 18

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N) and send it to the background (Shift + Control + [). Fill it with # aab3b8.

Step 19

Create an oval with the size of 100×30 pixels using the color # 8495a3 at the bottom of the icon. Drop this layer under all layers of the icon. Apply the following styles:

External glow (Outer Glow): Mode – Blackout base, Method – Soft.

Casting a shadow (Drop Shadow): Mode – Blackout base.

Final result:

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