Last week I made a free social icon set in flat design style and today I’ll share about the process behind the scene how to create one of that icon until finished.
In this tutorial we will create the Forrst icon in vector object with Photoshop, with the time estimation is 30 minutes. Let’s get started!
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Create new file with Open menu ‘File’ -> ‘New’, and set Width:600px, Height: 600px.
Create guide with choose menu ‘View’ -> ‘New Guide’.
first we will create centre of canvas with check ‘Vertical’ and fill position: 50%, again check ‘Horizontal’ and fill Position: 50%
Do it again and fill with this:
‘Vertical’: 44px, 54px, 64px, 536px, 546px, 556px.
‘Horizontal’: 44px, 54px, 64px, 536px, 546px, 556px.
It would look like this one
Don’t forget to lock the guide so we can’t move it letter when we resize the object .
After The Guides is done, now let create icon form
Set the Foreground colour to #11CC73, pick the the ‘Polygon Tool’. And on the Top Toolbar, Fill ‘Sides’ with 6.
Then, create object and put on the center of canvas.
Now refine the angle with Pen Tool. Do it like the image below
Rotate it and refine again the angle
And it will be like this
Resize the object
Create a new Guide
Create 3D effect with duplicate the shape layer
First, chose ‘Layer’ -> ‘Duplicate Layer…’ and give it a name
Move the duplicated one to the bottom guide line and change the colour to #0A8047
And it would look like this
Now we move to the center of the icon. Here we would put Forrst symbol on the center.
First, we check the latest symbol that Forrst use.
After that, make the screenshoot and we will recreate the symbol in vector form.
For icon, we don’t need to create long symbol so eliminate the text
Set the Foreground colour to #FFFFFF, pick ‘Polygon Tool’. And on the Top Toolbar, Fill ‘Sides’ to 3
Create triangle object and ‘Fill’ with 50%
Fit it with the image from background
Pick ‘Rectangle Tool’ and choose ‘Subtract from shape area’ on Top Toolbar.
And subtract area with click and drag the mouse from the bottom to the center of triangle like image below
Now, convert the layer into the shape with select edit from top menu, ‘Edit’ -> ‘Define Custom Shape…’
Give it a name
Now back again to the green object that we create before and pick ‘Custom Shape Tool’ from side toolbar and select ‘forest shape’ from top toolbar. Set the Foreground colour to #FFFFFF
Click and drag the mouse on canvas
Create 3D effect with duplicate the shape layer.
First, on top menu choose ‘Layer’ -> ‘Duplicate Layer…’ and give it a name
Move the duplicated one to the bottom guide line and change the color to #0A8047
Resize layer ‘Shape 2’ & layer ‘back logo’
Put on the center
Hide the layer ‘Shape 2’ with click on the eye
Now we will create long shadow. first create rectangular object on canvas with Set the Foreground colour to #000000, pick ‘Rectangle Tool’.
Set the fill opacity to 20%
Rotate and resize
With ‘Pen Tool’ add and delete some points
Erase the object outside the hexagonal form with ‘Selection Tool’. With position still on layer ‘Shape 3’ press ‘command’button (or ‘control’button in windows) and click with mouse on layer ‘Shape 1’. Then click ‘Add layer mask’
Show again layer ‘Shape 2’ with click on the eye
With pen tool edit layer ‘back logo’, add and delete some point
Drag some points
Delete some point
Move layer ‘Shape 3’ below layer ‘back logo’
And here the final result:
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– Written by R.Yahya –