Hello photoshoppers! We occasionally need a home icon for our design project. Commonly, a designer draw with Illustrator, but this time let’s create a mac style home icon with Photoshop. The techniques used will be about making shape and playing with layer style. It’s not difficult to make this sweet icon. I hope you will get inspiration after following this tutorial.


Preview of Final Results

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Mac Style Home Icon Photoshop Tutorials


Tutorial Details

  • Program: Adobe Photoshop CS4
  • Difficulty: Beginner – Intermediate

Step 1 – Creating New Document.

Create a new document (Cmd/Ctrl +N) with these setting:.

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Step 2 – Creating Shape For Roof.

Activate rounded rectangle tool . On the option bar, set to shape layer, with 20 px radius, set color to #a2a2a2. Create a shape.

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Step 3 – Modifying Path.

Activate Convert Point Tool. And click on these points shown below to convert them into angles.

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Step 4 – Modifying Path Again.

With pen tool and its “Auto Add/Delete”, delete the anchor points below.

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Look at this. There are two points we have to delete.

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And our image should like this.

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Step 5 – Duplicating Path.

Use “Ctrl/Cmd + C” to copy path, then paste path “Ctrl/Cmd + V”.

Now we have two path in one layer. And then we’ll make them into a 90 degree angle. Use “Ctrl/Cmd + T”, and move the center of transform control to top right corner.

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Rotate it 90º CCW, press enter to apply. Activate Path Selection Tool (A), nudge the path to left like this.

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Step 6 – Preparing for Highlight (Duplicating Path and Scaling Down).

Now, we need to duplicate the layer with “Cmd/Ctrl + J”. And name it “highlight”. Then transform the paths on this new layer. Hit “Cmd/Ctrl + T” to show transform control. To get easier transforming, we can use Alt and Shift key. Scale down horizontally first, an then scale down vertically. Just like this.

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Repeat the transforming onto another subpath.

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Step 7 – Rasterizing.

On the layer pallette, right click on “highlight” and select “Rasterize Layer”. Or we can access it on Menu Layer > Rasterize > Shape.

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Step 8 – Selection

On layer palette, Ctrl + Click on “highlight” layer thumbnail to load selection. Then click menu Select > Modify > Feather or use “Shift + F6”. Give 10 pixels radius.

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Step 9 – Filling with White.

Hit “D” on keyboard to set default color. “Cmd/Ctrl + Delete” to fill the selection with background color (white).

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Step 10 – Make it Smoother.

Hit “Cmd/Ctrl + D” to deselect. Then add “Gaussian Blur” onto this highlight. Click Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and give 5 pixels. Then reduce the opacity layer to 50%. So it become smoother. But, the Gaussian Blur may increase its size. So make it into clipping mask to the lower layer. Just hit “Cmd + Opt + G” / “Ctrl + Alt + G”. The highlight will be inside the shape of roof.

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Step 11 – Rotating -45º

Select both layers at once (“highlight” and “shape 1”). Press “Cmd/Ctrl + T” and rotate -45º. Use “Shift” for easier rotating.

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Step 12 – Adding Layer Style.

Add layer style onto shape layer.

Inner Shadow

  • Blend Mode : Multiply
  • Set the shadow color to #515252
  • Opacity : 100%
  • Angle : 90º
  • Distance : 5 px
  • Choke : 0%
  • Size : 10 px

Bevel An Emboss

  • Style : Inner Bevel
  • Technique : Smooth
  • Depth : 100%
  • Direction : Up
  • Size : 24 px
  • Soften : 16 px
  • Shadow Mode : Multiply
  • Set the shadow color to #515252
  • Shadow opacity : 100%

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