Icon-A-Day, Icon # 67, Printers

Losts of Pictures, less talk.

Tuesday, March 8, 2005 by mormegil | Discussion: Icons

Icon 67 (Printers)

Ok I got home at a reasonable hour tonight so I thought I would make good on my plans from yesterday and do the printer icon. The good news is here it is. The bad news is it took me to long to do.

Today's tutorial is going to be big on pictures and pretty light on commentary. The problem is that it is almost entirely done with the Mesh Tool, so it is hard to say, "do this, and do this". For more on the Mesh tool check out the two Videos I have done in the
CorelDRAW for skinners series.

Ok off we go again.
Step 1:

I start with Seven Rectangles, and using the
Mesh Tool I block out my printers shape.

Step 2:

Now I start "sculpting" the printer with the mesh tool.

Step 3:

Next I start adding the colors and tuning the mesh to give it some dimension.

Step 4:

Now I start giving the mesh more details, some grooves to match our folders and other metal graphics.

Step 5:

You can see
a bit more detail here of the mesh as it starts to take shape.

Step 6:

I have to do a bit of tweaking to make sure that all mesh shapes fit together properly, or else we will get cracks between the shapes when we export.

Step 7:

Now I give the glass cover of our printer a bit of
gloss just for polish.

Step 8:

I won't bother showing more on the rest of the shapes, I will just summarize by saying I go in with the
Mesh Tool and fill and sculpt the rest of our shapes.

Step 9:

Now I create a bit of a
drop shadow for the finished printer.

Step 10:

And last we create our
reflection using our normal methods.


Finished Icon design.


Click here to download the finished icon.

I am pretty happy with this Printer, however I feel it is to monotone. Perhaps later we will give it more color, but lets go with this for now. Until tomorrow, go skinning....

Read the other Icon-A-Day Articles:
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Check out the CorelDRAW for Skinner Index, for links to all the related Video Tutorials.

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
All Images and Text in this tutorial are © Paul Boyer, and may not be reused without written permission.

Reply #1 Tuesday, March 8, 2005 11:41 PM
Getting close now...67 days and I'm still amazed at how easy you make it look.
Reply #2 Tuesday, March 8, 2005 11:46 PM
well done... im amazed that someone can do a wicked job like this in a matter of minutes... keep em coming, Paul, ur doing great!!!
Reply #3 Wednesday, March 9, 2005 12:15 AM
Reply #4 Wednesday, March 9, 2005 12:21 AM
Well, this aught to be a serious session in sculpting for us novices.

Thanks, Teach.
Reply #5 Wednesday, March 9, 2005 6:48 AM

Have to admit this one took me a few hours, but I was watching TV at the same time.

Emilio Cerra
Reply #6 Wednesday, March 9, 2005 10:18 AM
Once again, incredible work. Using meshes is definitely NOT as easy as you make it look, and yet...

...it really motivates one to try. Thanks again, Mormegil, for sharing your skills with the rest of us.
Reply #7 Wednesday, March 9, 2005 3:54 PM
This one's really good. I have to agree using meshes is not easy, it requires so much concentration, but it gives results.

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