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Tutorial: Weather Icon in Photoshop

By January 23, 2014Graphic Design, Tutorials

Learn how to create a cool weather icon in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial i will show you how to create a simple weather icon using Photoshop. Simple but effective this modern icon is easy to create. No special techniques or Photoshop skills required to make your own weather icon. You can use the same technique to create the icon using Illustrator.

Tutorial Details and Resources

Difficulty: Beginner

Apps Used: Adobe Photoshop (CS5 or later)

Estimated Completion Time: 10-15′ Minutes

Resources: –

Step 1 > Create a New Document

Create a new Photoshop document. For this tutorial i used 800px width and 400px height.

 

create weather icon in photoshop step 1a

Step 2 > Background

You can go straight to the icon but i filled the empty background using Paint Bucket Tool (G) and #ebeee1 color.

 

create weather icon in photoshop step 2

Step 3 > Base

To create the icon base change foreground color to #3bc3f6 and pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool (U). Press left-click on your document and set 250px Width, 250px Height and 65pcx Radius. To align the shape press (Ctrl + A) and use “Align vertical/horizontal center” buttons from the top toolbar. Next, rename the layer to “Base”.

 

create weather icon in photoshop step 3a

create weather icon step 3b

Step 4 > Sun

To create the sun, first create a new layer and then pick  the Ellipse Tool (U). Draw a small circle with #e8db4b color.

 

create weather icon photoshop tutorial step 4a

Step 5 > Sun Rays

To create the sun rays, create a new layer and draw a small rounded line with Rounded Rectangle Tool (U). Next, go to Layer > Duplicate Layer and move the new duplicated ray on the other side of sun. Press (Ctrl + E) to merge the 2 sun rays. To create more sun rays, duplicate the sun-rays layer and go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 90° CW. Next, merge the (4) rays by selecting them using (Shift) and pressing (Ctrl +E) on your keyboard. Finally, press (Ctrl + T) on your keyboard and rotate the sun-rays 45°.

 

a) Create (2) rounded layers and merge them together.

create weather icon in photoshop step 4a

 

b) Duplicate the rays and rotate them by 90° CW.

create weathe icon in photoshop step 4b

 

c) Duplicate again the rays and rotate them by 45°.

create weather icon in photoshop step 4c

Step 6 > Cloud

To create the cloud, first press (D) on your keyboard to reset to default colors. Create a new layer and pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool (U). Draw a small circle and duplicate it several times (Layer > Duplicate Layer). Change the size and position of circles to make them look like a cloud (image b). Select all circle layers using (Shift) and press (Ctrl + E) to merge them in to 1 layer. Next, go to Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options. and add the follow settings (image c – d):

 

a) Create s small circle

create weather icon in photoshop step 5a

 

b) Duplicate the circle change the size and position several times.

create weather icon in photoshop step 5b

 

c) Add Drop shadow with the follow settings: Blend Mode: Normal, Opacity: 65%, Distance: 7px, Size and Spread: 0px, Color: #1da3c7

create weather icon in photoshop step 6c

 

d) Add Gradient Overlay with the follow settings: Blend Mode: Normal, Opacity 100%, Color: #def1f6 to #f2f2f2 gradient, Style: Radial.

create weather icon in phtoshop step 6d

Step 7 > Highlight

Create a new layer and rename it “Highlight 1”. With Highlight 1 layer active, press (Ctrl + Left click) on the “Base” layer to load the selection. Pick the Brush Tool (B) with white color, 300px Size and 0 Hardness. Paint over the selection and press (Ctrl + D) to deselect. Change the blending mode to Overlay and opacity to 90%.

 

Create weather icon in photoshop step 7

Step 8 > Another Highlight

To create the highlight reflection, first create another layer and rename it “Highlight 2”. Pick the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) and draw a rounded selection like the (image a). Fill the selection with white color using Paint Bucket Tool (G). With the “Highlight 2” layer still active press (Ctrl + Left click) on the “Base” layer icon. Next, go to Select > Inverse to inverse the selection and hit (Delete) on your keyboard. Change the blending mode to Overlay with 30% Opacity.

 

a) Draw a rounded selection and fill it with white color.

create weather icon in photoshop step 9a

 

b) Inverse the selection and press Delete on your keyboard.

create weather icon in photoshop step 9b

Step 9 > Shadow

To create the shadow pick again the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) and draw a small rounded shape under the icon (image a). Fill it with black color and press (Ctrl + D) to deselect your selection.Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur and change Distance to 100 pixels, Angle to 0. Next, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and add 2,7 pixels Radius. Move the shadow layer under the “Base” Layer and change the blending mode to Linear Burn with 25% Opacity.

 

a) Draw a small rounded shape and fill it with black color.

create weather icon in photoshop step 10a

 

b) Add Motion Blur with 100 pixels distance.

create weather icons in photoshop step 10b

 

c) Add Gaussian Blur with 2,7 pixels Radius and press OK.

cerate weather icons in photoshop step 10c

Conclusion

If you like flat icons over the glossy, then simply deactivate the Highlight 1 and Highlight 2 layers. To save the icon with transparent background deactivate the background we created. Change the base color and add more icons to create a full set of weather icons.

 

Create weather icons in photoshop

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