How about creating your own trendy gadget icons? Sound like something you would be interested in? Well I have just the pefect tutorial that is actually too easy to follow.
This tutorial calls your Abode Photoshop skillset into action and generates some truly wicked results. So here is the low down and skinny on how it is done. If you cannot read the annotations, I have supplied a transcript so that you are clued in.
Step 1 - You need to start off with a shape that looks like this, Adobe Illustrator's rounded rectangle is ideal so just import it from there and you will be good to go.
Step 2 - You now need to make a tough decision. Are you going to go with a textured icon or one with a simple dark-to-light gradient? If you go with the textured option, remember to duplicate the shape, drop the opacity so that the texture shines through. The texture can be wrapped to the original shape using a simple clipping mask.
Step 3 - This is where the fun begins. You now have to add all the fluff and frills to really make this pop. Add a drop shadow, with a 28% opacity, a 21px distance and a 25px size. Mix in a black outer glow with a 20% opacity and a normal blend mode. Pour in an inner glow that must be darker than the back color of the icon. It also needs to be at 75% opacity and have a normal blend mode.
Step 4 - You now need to create a white layer with an opacity of 10% that will act as the glint on the top of the icon. Hint use the marquee tool, it is your friend
Step 5 - If you want to really take this to a whole new level, add a couple of vector graphics below the light layer. Your friends will be jealous.
You see you have just create icons in 5 steps without breaking a sweat. Remember to spread the word and keep on designing