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Tutorial: Shadow Icon in Photoshop

By December 15, 2013Graphic Design, Tutorials

Learn how to create a clean and stylish shadow icon in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial you will learn how to create a nice looking shadow icon. This style is inspired by the latest Google icons and if you like it i can show you how to create your own shadow icons in Photoshop CS5+. When you create icons the most important rule is to keep your work clean but eye-catching. Usually icons come in small sizes so the final work have to look great in all sizes.

Tutorial Details and Resources

Difficulty: Beginner

Apps Used: Adobe Photoshop

Estimated Completion Time: 20′ Minutes

Resources: Twitter Logo

Step 1 > Create the Document

Create a new Photoshop document and set width to 512, height to 512 with transparent background and press OK.

 

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Step 2 > Pick the Color

Set your foreground color to #0d82c0

 

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Step 3 > Create the Shape

With Rounded Rectangle Tool (U) create a rounded shape by left clicking in your canvas with 40px radius and fill it with foreground color #0d82c0 that we used in step 2. Finally with the shape layer selected go to Select > All or press (Ctrl + A) and use the Align horizontal centers, Align vertical centers.

 

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Step 4 > Add Highlight

Create a new layer or press (Shift + Ctrl + N) and name it “Highlight”. With Highlight layer selected press (Ctrl + click) to Base shape layer. Finally use your Brush Tool (B) with large 900pt soft brush and 42% opacity and draw once to the left upper corner. Press (Ctrl + D) to deselect your layer.

 

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Step 4b > Add Another Highlight

Duplicate the Highlight layer Layer > Duplicate Layer and rename it to “Highlight 2”. Finally change the blending mode to Linear Dodge (Add).

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Step 5 > Add the Icon

Download the twitter logo and drag and drop it to your canvas. Before you confirm use 110% to both width and height. With the twitter logo selected press the Move Tool (V) and go to Select > All (Ctrl +A). Finally press Align horizontal centers, and Align vertical centers to center the twitter icon.

 

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Step 7 > Add the Shadow

With Rectangle Tool create a shape and fill it with #0d628e color. Draw the shape and transform it to fit the point 1 and point 2. Rasterize your shape layer by going to Layer > Rasterize > Shape. With the rasterized layer selected press (Ctrl + Click) to the twitter logo and hit Delete to your keyboard and (Ctrl + D) deselect it. With Eraser Tool (E) delete the rest as the image below.

 

Finally with shadow layer selected (Ctrl + click) the Base layer and go to Select > Inverse or press(Shift + Ctrl + I) and hit again Delete to your keyboard. Deselect (Ctrl + D) and change the Shadow layer opacity to 35%.

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Step 8 > Add Shadow and Highlights

With Base layer selected right-click on it and press Blending Options. Add Drop Shadow with black color and normal blend mode, 25% opacity, 90 angle, 4px distance, 0pt spread and size. Next add Inner Shadow with white color, normal blend mode, 25% opacity, 90 angle, 4pt distance, 0pt choke and size and press OK.

 

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Final Work

Experiment with other icons and colors to create beautiful shadow icons with Photoshop.

Shadow Icon Final Image

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