Icon-A-Day, Icon # 14, Access File.

One more Office Icon, before we move on.

Thursday, January 20, 2005 by mormegil | Discussion: Icons

Icon 14 (Access Icon)

    Today I had a big deadline to worry about at work, and after we finished up we all headed out to have a nice dinner. While this is nice for me, and was good for my overall well being, it did not leave a lot of time for my poor icon of the day blog. Luckily I have been given a chance to kill two birds with one stone tonight. I can do something very simple, as well has meet a request from yesterday. With that let's do the Access file icon.
Step 1:

Today's icon is going to be very simple; we essentially follow the same steps as in Icon #7. The first thing I do is copy the Doc File over so I can make sure my Access icon matches.
Then I import, or draw up, the Access, in simple 2d.

Step 2:

Now using the Perspective Tool I fit the Access icon in to the same perspective as the Word icon.

Step 3:

Now I give my perspective logo two contours, that I break apart form the original logo, and copy the fills from the DOC file, to make sure my bevels match.

Step 4:

Now I give the logo a maroon to red fill, as well a draw in some Glare to make it look like the face of the logo is glossy.

Step 5
Now I have the bulk of the logo done, I want to make a Database looking file. I Change the header to maroon and red, as well as change the extension text to MDB, (Microsoft Data Base). 
Also, using a series of rectangles I make myself a little spreadsheet that I can put on the file.

Step 6:

After copying the back of the logo twice, and skewing it quite a bit, I come up with two shapes to create drop shadows from. After making the shadows, I fade them out with the Interactive Transparency tool.

Step 7:

Now we have our logo, and our page. I group them separately then move them together to form our finished Icon.

Finished Icon Image.

Click here to download the finished Icon.

Now if I follow yesterdays tutorial I can quickly make an Access Folder, as well as a stand alone Access icon. I will not bother tonight. I will, however, include those icons the in the Bonus pack when we get near the end of the project.

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.

CorelDRAW for Skinners videos: Mesh Fill 101, Gloss 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

Reply #1 Thursday, January 20, 2005 11:55 PM
School is fun again!

Thanks, Teach.
Reply #2 Friday, January 21, 2005 11:24 AM
Thank You !!!
Reply #3 Friday, January 21, 2005 11:24 AM
Reply #4 Friday, January 21, 2005 12:15 PM
I may not "get" all you're trying to teach us, but I do get enough each day to teach me something each day. Plus I get to save all these tutorials and learn them at my own pace.

Thank you, mormegil!!
Reply #5 Friday, January 21, 2005 1:44 PM
I just want to say first that I've been following all the tutorials avidly, and you do an awesome job.

That said, I was curious if, since you made the color band red, are you going to do an excel file in green? If so, won't that conflict with the earlier idea to color-code the audio files green? Just thought I should mention this since I noticed it, keep up the awesome work!
Reply #6 Friday, January 21, 2005 6:47 PM
Good Point, about the excel file, will have to think about that.
Reply #7 Monday, January 24, 2005 5:00 PM
Paul... thanks to your great tutorials.......


Let me know what you think, Its my first try at an icon in Corel

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