Photoshop Tutorial: How To Create Flat Vector Forrst Icon from Scratch

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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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Step 1.

Create new file with Open menu ‘File’ -> ‘New’, and set Width:600px, Height: 600px.
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Flat Icon Tutorial

Step 2.

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%
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Flat Icon Tutorial

Do it again and fill with this:
‘Vertical’: 44px, 54px, 64px, 536px, 546px, 556px.
‘Horizontal’: 44px, 54px, 64px, 536px, 546px, 556px.
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Flat Icon Tutorial

It would look like this one
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Don’t forget to lock the guide so we can’t move it letter when we resize the object .
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Step 3.

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.
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Then, create object and put on the center of canvas.
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Step 4.

Now refine the angle with Pen Tool. Do it like the image below
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Rotate it and refine again the angle
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Flat Icon Tutorial

And it will be like this
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Step 5.

Resize the object
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Flat Icon Tutorial

Create a new Guide
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Resize again
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Step 6.

Create 3D effect with duplicate the shape layer
First, chose ‘Layer’ -> ‘Duplicate Layer…’ and give it a name
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Flat Icon Tutorial

Move the duplicated one to the bottom guide line and change the colour to #0A8047
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Flat Icon Tutorial

And it would look like this
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Step 7.

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.
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After that, make the screenshoot and we will recreate the symbol in vector form.
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For icon, we don’t need to create long symbol so eliminate the text
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Set the Foreground colour to #FFFFFF, pick ‘Polygon Tool’. And on the Top Toolbar, Fill ‘Sides’ to 3
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Create triangle object and ‘Fill’ with 50%
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Fit it with the image from background
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Pick ‘Rectangle Tool’ and choose ‘Subtract from shape area’ on Top Toolbar.
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And subtract area with click and drag the mouse from the bottom to the center of triangle like image below
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Subtract again
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Step 8.

Now, convert the layer into the shape with select edit from top menu, ‘Edit’ -> ‘Define Custom Shape…’
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Give it a name
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Step 9.

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
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Click and drag the mouse on canvas
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Resize it
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Step 10.

Create 3D effect with duplicate the shape layer.
First, on top menu choose ‘Layer’ -> ‘Duplicate Layer…’ and give it a name
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Move the duplicated one to the bottom guide line and change the color to #0A8047
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Resize layer ‘Shape 2’ & layer ‘back logo’
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Put on the center
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Hide the layer ‘Shape 2’ with click on the eye
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Step 11.

Now we will create long shadow. first create rectangular object on canvas with Set the Foreground colour to #000000, pick ‘Rectangle Tool’.
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Flat Icon Tutorial

Set the fill opacity to 20%
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Rotate and resize
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Flat Icon Tutorial

With ‘Pen Tool’ add and delete some points
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Flat Icon Tutorial

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’
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Flat Icon Tutorial

Step 12.

Show again layer ‘Shape 2’ with click on the eye
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With pen tool edit layer ‘back logo’, add and delete some point
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Drag some points
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Flat Icon Tutorial

Delete some point
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Flat Icon Tutorial

Move layer ‘Shape 3’ below layer ‘back logo’
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And here the final result:
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– Written by R.Yahya –

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