A pencil is a writing implement or art medium usually constructed of a narrow, solid pigment core inside a protective casing. The case prevents the core from breaking, and also from marking the user’s hand during use.

Today, I will show you how to create a shiny pencil in Photoshop. I hope you will really enjoy this tutorial. Feel free and share your comments with us.

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Tutorial Details:

  • Program: Adobe Photoshop CS5
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Estimated Completion Time: 1 Hour 30 Mins

Pencil Icon in Photoshop – Final Preview

Final Preview

Tools and Resources

Tools and Resources

Photoshop Tools

  • Rectangle Tool
  • Brush Tool
  • Polygonal Lasso Tool
  • Gradient Tool
  • Pen Tool
  • Ellipse Marquee Tool

Lets start to  create a shiny pencil icon in Photoshop.

Step 1

Create a new file with White color #ffffff, size 600×500.

Create New Document

Step 2

Select the rectangle tool from the tool panel and create a rectangle named it body, fill it any color as you like, I fill this rectangular with this color #26c6c1.

Create a rectangle

Step 3

Now select the body layer and applying gradient overlay.

Gradient Overlay

Gradient Overlay

After applying gradient overlay we get cool background of pencil.

Get Cool Background

Step 4

To make our pencil more attractive go to Image > Adjustment > Curves, (Commend+M), now adjust it as below in image.


Step 5

Now duplicate the body layer named it color and change the blending option gradient to color overlay with this purple color #c101a8.

Duplicate The Body Layer

Now go to blend mode and decrease the opacity to 60%.

After Decrease Opacity

Step 6

Now one more time duplicate the first body layer and move it top of the layers, named it Metal and select the selection tool (M) and cut the metal layer as like show in preview.

Cut The Selection Area

Now select the Ellipse Marquee Tool (M) and draw a circle like show in picture below and cut the metal layer.

Delete Slected Area

After cut the metal layer we get some thing as like shown in preview.

After Cut Metal Layer

Step 7

Now Select the pen tool and draw a path like shown in picture below.

Use Pen Tool

After creating path and right click on path choose the Make Selection option and delete the selected path.

Get Result