Flat design is trending now, up to several well-known brands use flat in their design such as Apple, Google and Microsoft. But the trend is not stopped, there are some designers had already exprimented with flat design and had added some effects like long shadow, drop shadow, and gradient effects.
In this photoshop tutorial, I’ll show you the very simple ways to create these effects (long shadow, gradient and drop shadow) so you can create it by yourself. Let’s get started!
Here, what you’ll be creating:
Creating a Basic Flat Icon
Before we create a custom for flat icon first create a basic icon, at here I create a simple play flat icon
Create new file with Open menu ‘File’ -> ‘New’, and set Width: 500px, Height: 400px. Then fill the Background with the color #e8d59b.
Create guide with choose menu ‘View’ -> ‘New Guide’.
Check ‘Vertical’ and fill position to ‘122px’ and then click ‘OK’
Do it again and fill this:
Vertical: 157px,177px,250px,323px, 343px, 378px
Horizontal: 72px, 107px, 127px, 200px, 273px, 293px, 328px
Here the result
Now, let create the basic object for this flat icon.
Set the Foreground color to #d14242, Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, choose the Shape option in the Options bar, and set the Radius to 40.
With Ellipse Tool and set the foreground color to #ffffff, create rounded object at the center
still on rounded object, click on “subtract from shape area (-)” and create another rounded area at the center
With Custom Tool and set the foreground color to #ffffff, create an object at the center
Now we have sample of a flat icon and then we will add some effects to this flat icon.
Effect I: LONG SHADOW
Here a step by step tutorial to add long shadow effect:
With Rectangle Tool and set the foreground color to #000000, create an object behind simbol layer
[CMD+T] or [CTRL+T] to free transform the object and rotate to 45°
Add Layer Mask to Rectangle object
Still at Layer Mask position press[CMD+left click on mouse] at Shape 1 and then click ‘Select’ -> ‘Inverse’ on top menu
With Paint Bucket Tool and set the foreground color to #000000, paint the selection
with Pen Tool change the poin like at the picture below
change layer Opacity to 20%
Step 2 is almost same with the Step 1
Effect II: GRADIENT
We continue with gradient effect, here the step by step:
Create a duplicate layer of “Shape 1” with [right click on the mouse] at layer “Shape 1”
and put click and drag layer to the top. Change the fill to 0%
With Pen Tool, delete some point and drag the point to the center
Add layer style with double click on Layer duplicate of “Shape 1” and apply this layer style
Add layer style on Layer “Shape 1” too!
Effect III: DROP SHADOW
And the last is drop shadow effect, since this effect is very simple. Let’s get started:
Add this layer style to every Layer
Congratulations! You’re done.
In this tutorial, I explained a very simple ways to add some trending effects on flat icon design by using Photoshop. We hope that you learned something in this tutorial and can use these tips to help create your own long shadow, gradient and drop shadow on your flat designs.
– Written by Yahya –