We draw an icon in Photoshop

Want in your collection of icons fashionable modern furniture? Today, in this lesson we will combine the power of skill in creating a designer icon. We will create a classic coffee table in 1944 by the famous designer Isamu Noguchi. Let’s start.
Translator’s comment: From myself I want to add that this lesson is not focused on creating the table itself, but on another method for creating volume in Photoshop.

You can also watch the video lesson on the English page of the lesson.

Step 1. As artists gain experience by painting, icon designers create existing objects by studying shape, texture, and lighting. Today we will create modern furniture. For familiarization, you can find a table by typing “Isamu Noguchi’s 1944 coffee table” in a search engine. The design is very interesting. Create a new document with a height and width of 512 pixels, today it is the recommended format for operating systems. After creating a large icon, you can reduce it. Our coffee table has a symmetrical glass surface, for easy work you need to create guides.

Step 2. In the View menu, activate Binding (Shift + Ctrl +;). Select Pen tool (P) (Pen tool), Layer-shape mode, draw the right side of the glass surface, attach the points to the guides as shown in the image (2a). Right click on the layer, then Duplicate the layer. Flip the layer vertically and drag it to the left side of the document (2b). Rasterize both layers. Now select them and hold down Ctrl + E to combine. Name the layer “top”. In the layers palette, remove the layer fill (Fill 0%), then apply the following styles: Gradient overlay (Gradient overlay) Stroke (Stroke), Inner glow (Inner Glow) (2c). Surface ready (2d).

Step 3. Make a copy of the “top” layer, place a copy under the top layer and name it “bottom”. Remove style Gradient overlay (Overlay gradient), leave the rest, and Stroke (Stroke) Dim (3a). Make copies of the “top” and “bottom” layers. Click on the thumbnail of the “top copy” layer to create a selection, select the “bottom copy” layer, then click Delete, to remove excess (3b). Rename the layer to “thickness” and delete “top copy”. Now we have a curved line to fill with a dark gradient with a couple of light sections in the corners (3c).

Step 4. Now create a reflection on the surface. Create a copy of the “top” layer and rename it to “reflection”. Press on “L” to call Lasso Tool (Lasso tool) and draw a sloping line along the surface, then closing the bottom of the layer (4a). Delete the selected area. Apply Gradient overlay (Overlay gradient) in the Overlap mode and lower the layer Opacity by 60% (4b). Merge all layers into a group (4c).

Step 5. We proceed to the legs of the table. Using inclined guides, draw a leg in the Layer-shape mode (5a) on the left side. Make a copy of the layer. Click Ctrl + T, Right-click and select Flip Horizontal, then Flip Vertical. Via Direct Selection Tool (A) (Outline selection tool) tilt and edit the shape so that you get the right foot. Add a gradient overlay from dark gray to light to both figures and name them “side” (5b).

Step 6. We now turn to the difficult part. We need to thicken the legs of the table. Read the instructions, as well as refer to the images to better understand the essence of the action. Make a copy of the left leg, hide the original. Name the copy “inner thickness”. Delete unnecessary points, leaving those shown in image 6a. With the outline selected, open the Paths palette, create a new path, name it “inner profile” (6a). Create another copy of the left side layer and move it left and up (6b). Make a copy of this layer and call it “outer thickness”, then, just as before, remove unwanted points, contour call “outer profile” (6c).

Step 7. In the Paths palette, select the “outer profile” outline. Select the black arrow tools from the menu. (BUT) and select the outline in the image. Click Ctrl + C to copy to the clipboard (7a). Now select the “inner profile” in the Outlines palette and click Ctrl + V to insert the contour “outer profile” inside the previous one. Delete the “outer profile” contour in the Contours palette (7b). Select Pen tool (P) (Pen tool) and connect the two contours with a flat line (7c). Make a Ctrl + click Click on the thumbnail of the contour to create a selection. In the Layers palette, create a new layer, name it “inner thickness” and drag it above the “side” layer. Click Alt + backspace to fill the selection with background color (7d). See the result below (7e).

Step 8. Using the method of the previous step, make an external thickening of the left leg. Look at the image, which is well described sequence of steps.

Step 9. Add thickening right leg. Also perform the action, focusing on the image below.

Step 10. We finished the legs for the table. Now you can add a light blue glow under it. Coffee table is ready!

This lesson taught us that every simple object requires diligence for detailed processing. This approach gives a qualitative result.

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