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Old March 28th, 2010, 05:33 PM
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Icon Tut in Three Parts - Shapes,PNG + *CS2

Hi Everyone,

I thought I would work on some tutorials aimed at helping beginners get aquainted with some of the different tools and maybe even showing those with some experience something new to them. CS2 was use to create them, with some testing in PS7. To the best of my knowledge, these same tools carry though to all newer versions with the differences being more options available with the newer versions.

I am not a photoshop expert, and there maybe other/easier ways to accomplish these tasks. I hope that people feel free to ask questions about the tuts or add to the information to improve them. We can all learn something when we work together.

This first set of tuts is a three part set, making PNG (transparent background) icons, using the custom shape tool to form the shape. Part one is the basic set up of the icon and parts 2 and 3 are add-ons to play with once you have your basic icon. They are meant to follow each other. So if you are trying to do #3 before #2, you may find that you need to go back to 2 for some information.

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Old March 28th, 2010, 05:34 PM
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Old March 28th, 2010, 06:19 PM
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Thanks, Kat!
I saved the tut on my hard drive.
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Hope you have fun with it. I want to see what you come up with.

BTW. each tut is save as a PNG. You can right-click and save it as a pic in your files and open it up in photoshop to follow.
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I can see the tut in my windows picture preview (don't know if that's the right word in english) as well.
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Thanks for posting this tut, Kat!
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Old March 28th, 2010, 08:46 PM
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You are welcome Nenya Hope it is useful and I want to see what you make if you use it......BTW, what version of ps do you use, if you do?
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Old March 28th, 2010, 09:03 PM
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^ I use CS2.

This tut will definitely be useful and IŽll try it soon.
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Old March 28th, 2010, 09:05 PM
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I can't wait to see the results.

Choco, you are using CS4 right? Let me know if there are any major differences that would make a difference to how the tool works for these steps.
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Did I reduce it too much? I had to make it this size in order to fit and not be cropped. Had a little difficulty with the layer and group part. Mine has set as an option but it was hard to work. I guess I finally got it to work.

Let me know what you think.

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Bravo CD! I think it looks smaller because of the space left to keep the shadow. Did you only reduce it the minimum to keep the shadow in the 100 x 100?

If you are having trouble working with sets CD, you could try to link the layers that need to stay together. That feature does not exist in the newer versions and I forgot about it. Now that I think about it, I remember complaining about loosing that feature when I upgraded because I was having trouble working with sets/groups too.

You have an extra column in your layer pallet beside the layer visibility with the eyes. When you click on the box you get what looks like a chain link. You can hold the layers together just like in a set with these turned on.
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Thanks Kat! I tried to reduce it as little as possible but I think I had to go smaller than you did. I think the reason it eventually worked in free transform is because I locked it somehow and was able to reduce the whole thing. Before it would only do one layer or the other. Anyway, I guess I got the desired result. I'll work on part three later. Thanks!

Here is part three:

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