Here is what we should get:
Icons are an important part of interactive and web design. Although the icons are small, they can be very difficult to create. In today’s lesson we will demonstrate how to create a folder icon using various shapes and reflexes in Photoshop. Let’s start!
The author used: Adobe Photoshop CS4
Step 1 – New File / Technician Pen
Open Photoshop and create a new document (Ctrl + N). Use the following settings:
Color Mode: RGB color
Dimensions: 600? 600 pixels
Create the next shape with the tool Pen Tool(P) (Feather). Color: # 3da1e2
Step 2 – Creating shapes with the Pen
Draw the back of the folder with Pen tool (Pen) using the same drawing technique. Then draw a strip as shown.
Color classification: # 003658 # 3da1e2 # 08517e
Step 3 – Finish the Form
Once you have finished drawing the folder, you need to add a sheet of paper and an arrow, as shown in the figure. You should now have 5 layers. Each form will be on a separate layer. Name each layer.
Color classification: # ffffff # 32e732
Step 4 – Adding Color Effects
Add the following layer styles to the front of the folder. Lower opacity to 90%.
Add the following layer styles for the paper. Lower the opacity of the layer to about 90-95%.
Add the following layer styles for the strip.
Add the following layer styles to the back of the folder.
Add the following layer styles for the arrow.
Now your icon looks like this.
Step 5 – Adding Reflexes
Add a new group called “Reflexes”. Use Pen tool (Pen) to draw a reflection, as shown. Make sure you only draw the outline, not the shape. After you have closed the path, right-click on the workspace and select make selection (Create selection) (feathering (feather) 0). Take a large brush (about 470 in diameter, hardness 0) and paint over the right part of the selection, as shown, to create a white reflection. Change the blending mode to Overlay (Overlap) and reduce the opacity to 63%.
Step 6 – Edges
Create a new group called “Edges”, create a new layer in it (Ctrl + Shift + N or click on the icon to create a new layer). Adding highlights at the edges gives the icon a 3D effect. Use Pen tool (Pen) to create stroke lines around corners and all fields of a folder, paper, and arrow. Then right-click on the workspace and select Stroke path (Run a stroke) – Brush (Brush). The brush settings should be changed in advance, master diameter (diameter) 8 pixels and hardness (hardness) 0.
Step 7 – Shadows
Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) for the shadows and place it in a new group (Ctrl + G). Make a selection, as you did in step 5, to create reflections. Fill the selection with black and then blur the margins with the tool. Blur tool (Blur). If the shadows look too dark, lower the layer opacity to 40%.
Step 8 – Adding Text
Add text using any font you like. I chose “Agency FB”. Font size: 40, layer opacity: 75%.
Step 9 – Final reflex and shadow addition
Add a few more reflexes to the paper using the same methods as shown in Step 5.
Add shadow using Ellipse tool (E) (Ellipse). Draw an ellipse as shown in the picture and add a little Filter – Blur – Motion blur (Filter – Blur – Blur in motion). Reduce the opacity to your liking.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I added some additional icons that I created using the same methods.
Author: Cucu Tudor-Ionel