Create a Mac Style Home Icon in Photoshop

Create a Mac Style Home Icon in Photoshop

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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Tutorial Details

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

Step 1 - Creating New Document.

Create a new document (Cmd/Ctrl +N) with these setting:.
Step-1

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.
Step-2

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.
Step-4a
Look at this. There are two points we have to delete.
Step-4b
And our image should like this.
Step-4c

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.
Step-5a
Rotate it 90º CCW, press enter to apply. Activate Path Selection Tool (A), nudge the path to left like this.
Step-5b

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.
Step-6a
Repeat the transforming onto another subpath.
Step-6b

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.
Step-7


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.
Step-8

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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Step 13 - Creating Shape Again.

With Rectangle Tool, create shape above background. And the color setting is #677479. And don't forget to use "Shift" to make a square rectangle.

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One comment on “Create a Mac Style Home Icon in Photoshop”

  1. Hi, I am currently constructing a Christian based website. I was wondering if I could use the Mac Style Home Icon image on my site?

    Thank you

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