How To Create A Simple Glossy Icon

There are so many beautiful icon out there. You can download it for free. But, design your own icon is always a challenge. In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a glossy icon using Photoshop. This is a very simple tutorial, you can finish this in 10 or 15 minutes. First, take a look at the icon we’ll be creating here.

simple glossy icon

Step 1.

Create a new file, size 512×512 pixel, color mode RGB, with white background. From panel layers, create new group and name it icon. This way, our icon will be easily organized.

simple glossy icon

Step 2

Activate Rounded Rectangle tool. From option bar set radius to 30 px. Hold shift and drag to create a rectangle. You can use any color because we will change it from layer styles.

simple glossy icon

Step 3

Double click our new shape layer and add some layer styles. Use settings shown below.

simple glossy icon

simple glossy icon

simple glossy icon

simple glossy icon

simple glossy icon

While gradient overlay is selected, click and drag to upper part of the rectangle to move the light source.

simple glossy icon

Step 4

Hold ctrl and click the shape layer.

simple glossy icon

Hold shift+alt and using ellips marquee tool create another selection on top.

simple glossy icon

Both selection with intersect and create this shape.

simple glossy icon

Step 5

Create new layer. Activate gradient tool. Add a white to black gradient.

simple glossy icon
Change layer’s blending mode to Screen and opacity to 60%.

simple glossy icon

Step 6

Copy paste logo you want to add. I use the logo from my favorite site 1stwebdesigner.

simple glossy icon

Press D to change foreground color to black. Using pen tool, trace the logo manually.

simple glossy icon

After finish with the logo, we can hide the reference logo by clicking on its eye icon.

simple glossy icon

Step 7

Again, we need to add some layer styles to the logo. Use setting below.

simple glossy icon

simple glossy icon

Step 8

Last step is change knockout to Deep and move the black slider underneath it. This wil put a hole that allow us to see right into the Background layer.

simple glossy icon

Final Image

Below is our final icon.

simple glossy icon

I give some colors to the Background to assure you that our logo is really creating a hole.

simple glossy icon

I hope you like this simple tutorial. If you have any idea on creating icon, please feel free to write a comment below.

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