Windows have entered the world of beautiful and aesthetic interface graphics with windows X澳门威斯尼斯人娱乐平台P. The icons styles have set a trend for designing front end elements. In this tutorial we'll try to create an iconic graphic in windows XP style.
Start by creating a rectangle using rectangle tool. Use some pastel color like shown below.
Using polygon tool and setting sides to 3 at the top bar, create a triangle. Make it same color as rectangle.
Take direct selection tool, click on any side nodes of triangle and place it exactly on top of the 澳门威斯尼斯人娱乐平台rectangle.
Using "add anchor point tool" add two nodes near the top node of triangle.
Using "convert point tool" click n drag top node to make angular node to curve node.
Adjust the nodes with direct selection tool till you achieve a nice rounded corner.
Double click triangle layer to open its layer style window. Apply gradient overlay and create gradient with two colors as shown.
In a new layer create another triangle.
Similarly apply gradient overlay but this time use a sky blue to white gradient.
a copy of this layer and from editselect transform path >> flip horizontal.
duplicate of the first rectangle layer and place it above all layers.
Using direct selection tool adjust the position of its top two nodes and move them to positions shown below.
Apply gradient overlay of skyblue to white as explained above.
Using line tool create outlines of our envelope with dark shade of skyblue.
To the triangle layer 澳门威斯尼斯人娱乐平台apply stroke of blue color with stroke width of 2.
After applying stroke to triangle right click on fx icon on triangle layer and select "create layers".
This will create a seperate layer for stroke effect for triangle. Use lasso tool and select the stroke from the bottom of the triangle.
Press delete to remove bottom stroke of the triangle..
Finally we have an envelope icon like this.
Save your file as xpicon01.psd at this step.
Now in layer window link all layers except white background and clcik Ctrl+E to merge all layers to one.
Now we have only two layers; one white background and other with an envelope.
Using custom shape tool create an arrow icon ina new layer.
Use Ctrl + T and rotate to adjust the position of arrow shape.
Double click arrow layer and apply bevel & emboss, stroke, drop shadow and gradient overlay using settings sh澳门威斯尼斯人娱乐平台own.
Link this arrow layer with envelope layer and press Ctrl+E to merge these layers. At this stage it would be wise to save as your file as xpicon02.psd
From filterselect lokas software >> 3D maker. Download plugin .
Adjust settings for 3d Maker as shown.
Using 3d mak澳门威斯尼斯人娱乐平台e we added a perspective to the envelope design.
Double click this layer to open layer style window. Apply drop shadow as shown. Save your file as xpicon03.psd
Our windows XP style iconic graphic is ready.