Photoshop CS5 Icon Tutorial in 5 Minutes

This post is about “Create Photoshop CS5 Icon” tutorial. This is very simple but extremely effective tutorial that will not only help you to understand the process of creation of Photoshop CS5 icon but will be very informative to learn the basic concepts that will help you in icon designing and other different projects.

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Here is the end result of Photoshop CS5 Icon Tutorial.

Photoshop CS5 Icon Tutorial Final Preview

Photoshop CS5 Icon

Okay, be ready to learn Photoshop CS5 icon in 5 minutes.

Step 1

Open Adobe Photoshop, and create a new Photoshop document. I am going to create a new document of 500 x 500 px with white background.

Photoshop CS5 Icon Tutorial Document

Step 2

Create a new layer. Rename this layer to “Icon Front” for easy identification. Let’s draw front of Photoshop CS5 icon.

  • Select the Rectangle Tool. Make sure it is in “Shape Layers” mode. You can use any foreground color at this step, as in my case it is #000000 color. Don’t worry about this, we will handle it later.
  • Draw a perfect square as shown in “Step 2 Preview”. You can hold “Shift Key” to accomplish this task easily.

Let’s apply the following Blending Options.

Gradient Overlay

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Gradient: #073366 (Location: 0%), #0861ba (Location: 100%)
  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 90

Step 2 Preview

Icon Front Layer Gradient Overlay

Step 3

Create a new layer above the “Icon Front” layer. Rename this layer to “Icon Side” for quick identification. Let’s draw side of Photoshop CS5 icon.

  • Select the Rectangle Tool. Make sure it is in “Shape Layers” mode. You can use any foreground color at this step, as in my case it is #000000 color. Don’t worry about this, we will handle it later.
  • Draw a side of Photoshop CS5 icon as shown in “Step 3 Preview”

You can zoom in/out for the perfect synchronization (bottom/top) of both layers as shown.

Step 3 Preview

Photoshop CS5 Icon Black Side

Step 4

This is the step, where you need a little attention to make the sidebar perfect as show in “Step 4 Preview”.

  • Enable the “Skew Transformation” by going Edit > Transform > Skew
  • Click the “Top Left” selection of Skew, and drag upwards slightly (See Step 4 Preview).
  • Click the “Bottom Left” selection of Skew, and drag upwards (See Step 4 Preview).

Step 4 Preview (Skew Selection)

Icon Sidebar Skew Selection

Step 4 Preview

Icon Sidebar Skewed

Step 5

Apply the following Blending Options on “Icon Sidebar” layer.

Gradient Overlay

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Gradient: #022a55 (Location: 0%), #044486 (Location: 100%)
  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 90

Step 5 Preview

Icon CS5 Sidebar

Step 6

Create a new layer above the “Icon Side” layer. Rename this layer to “Icon Top” for quick identification. Let’s draw top of Photoshop CS5 icon.

  • Select the Rectangle Tool. Make sure it is in “Shape Layers” mode. You can use any foreground color at this step, as in my case it is #000000 color. Don’t worry about this, we will handle it later.
  • Draw a top of Photoshop CS5 icon as shown in “Step 6 Preview”

Apply the following Blending Options on “Icon Top” layer.

Gradient Overlay

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Gradient: #43cffd (Location: 0%), #23b0e8 (Location: 100%)
  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 90

Stroke

  • Size: 2px
  • Position: Inside
  • Color: #03aaed

Step 6 Preview

CS5 Icon Top

Step 7

It is time to get a perfect look of our Photoshop CS5 icon. It is very simple as,

  • Drag the “Icon Top” layer to the bottom of “Icon Front” layer, See Step 7 Preview

Step 7 Preview

Photoshop CS5 Icon Perfection

Step 8

It is time to write “Ps” to finalize our Photoshop CS5 Icon. Adobe uses a licensed font for his icons, so we will choose another font that will resemble their licensed font (Adobe Clean). Let’s do the following settings to write “Ps”.

  • You can use any foreground color at this step, as in my case it is #ffffff color. Don’t worry about this, we will handle it later.
  • Font Family: Myriad Pro
  • Font Weight: Semibold
  • Font Size: 180pt

Open “Character and Paragraph Panels”, and make following changes in “Character” optons.

  • AV (Horizontal): -50. (Please see the Preview).

Step 8 Preview (Chracter and Paragraph Panelsl)

Chracter and Paragraph Panel

Step 8 Preview (Font)

Myriad Pro Font

Step 9

Apply the following Blending Options to complete our Photoshop CS5 Icon.

Gradient Overlay

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Gradient: #23b0e8 (Location: 0%), #43cffd (Location: 100%)
  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 90

Inner Shadow

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Angle: 60
  • Distance: 2px
  • Choke: 0%
  • Size: 1px

Step 9 Preview (Final)

Photoshop CS5 Icon

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