Icon-A-Day, Icon # 25, My Pictures Folder

The Last of the "My" Folders. 11:54pm. Made it in :)

Monday, January 31, 2005 by mormegil | Discussion: Icons

A Icon a day Keeps the Creative
Icon 25 (My Pictures Folder)

    It's a bit late tonight, but I promised the My Pictures Folder today, and I don't want to make a liar of myself. So lets get moving before time runs out.
 
Step 1:

First thing first, we copy our Open Folder icon.
Step 2:

Now I want to have some photos in the folder, and a brush in front, leaning on the folder. This should match the My Music and My Video folder and help us keep a consistent style.
I mock these up with some rectangles and the mesh tool.

Step 3:

Once I am happy with the overall layout of my elements, I go in with the mesh tool and start doing some details. See the Mesh Fill Video for more on how I do this.

 
Step 4:

Once I have my brush looking ok, I give the brush handle some gloss; (See Gloss video for more on this)

Step 5:

I want the brush to be trailing some paint, so I use the mesh tool to give myself a blob of paint trailing off the brush head.

Step 6:

Now, most people will use this folder for Photos so lets make some. I take some pictures that I stole from the Galactic Civilizations Artwork folder. Using the Node edit tool I crop them so they fit on our Photo shapes I have already done.

Step 7:

Using basic drawing techniques I make a border for the Photos, as well as corners to make them look a bit more stylized.

Step 8:

Now using the Drop Shadow Techniques we have gone over I make some drop shadows for the brush, to make it look a bit more realistic.

Step 9:

Now using the Reflection Techniques we have used before, I make a subtle reflection on the folder, and one on the floor in front of the folder.

Finished Icon Image



Click here to download the finished icon.
 

Tomorrow we will try a more obscure, but important none-the-less, folder, so check back in then.

Read the other Icon-A-Day Articles: Icon # 1, Icon # 2, Icon #3, Icon # 4, Icon #5, Icon # 6, Icon # 7, Icon # 8, Icon # 9, Icon #10, Icon # 11. Icon 12 & 13, Icon # 14, Icon # 15, Icon # 16, Icon #17, Icon #18, Icon # 19, Icon #20, Icon # 21, Icon # 22. Icon #22, Icon # 23, Icon # 24.

CorelDRAW for Skinners.
Part 1: Mesh Tool 101 & Gloss 101
Part 2: Drop Shadows 101 & Reflections 101
Part 3: Part 3: Exporting 101, Contour & Line 101

And don't forget to check for all the Icon-A-Day icons as they get made, in the Miscellaneous Icons Gallery at Wincustomize.com

Punisher The
Reply #1 Tuesday, February 01, 2005 2:33 AM
Nice icon i like it.

I've seen the CorelDRAW for skiners videos and i liked the brake apart technique.
Is there any way to brake appart the shadows from any object in Photoshop CS?
Or a way to just edit the shadow of an object?
CerebroJD
Reply #2 Tuesday, February 01, 2005 2:41 AM
Boo-yah! Loving these articles. Great work incorporating techniques used in the videos! Thanks for taking time to do these vids, and these icons. I, personally, cant wait for the complete package!
-OZZY-
Reply #3 Tuesday, February 01, 2005 4:06 AM
you're on a roll...........
Corky_O
Reply #4 Tuesday, February 01, 2005 7:23 AM
Thanks, Teach.
sssnake
Reply #5 Wednesday, February 02, 2005 4:38 PM
Another great lesson and another great icon... And everything done 'quickly'... What else to say

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