Create an awesome camera icon in Photoshop

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I’m going to guide you through a step-by-step process for creating an awesome camera icon in Photoshop. This is a pretty easy guide to follow along with, so don’t be taken back by the number of steps. Most of the work will focus on how to work with simple layer styles.

Let’s take a look at the end result before we get started:

final

1. Document settings the background

  • Width: 1000 pixels;
  • Height: 1000 pixels;

step1a
Drag into your project this and this image that you can find on Unsplash.com. When you place them, make sure you enlarge them substantially so they go outside your canvas, both horizontally and vertically.

step2a

Then apply a generous Gaussian Blur of 125 pixels. Repeat the process for the second image. For the layer on top, lower the opacity to 80% and change the blending mode to Overlay.

step3
If you see any white parts that means you should further enlarge your images, either directly with Ctrl+T or by going back before you applied your Gaussian Blur.

step4
Add an Hue/Saturation adjustment layer with the following values:

  • Hue: 312;
  • Saturation: 59;
  • Lightness: 0;
  • Colorize is checked.

Our background is done. Feel free to remove the initial ‘Background’ layer.

2. The icon base and texture

For the icon base we’ll use the rounded rectangle tool. Click once on the canvas and input these settings:

  • Width: 512 pixels;
  • Height: 512 pixels;
  • Radius: 90 pixels;

step5

Place the rectangle in the center of the canvas and use the following layer styles:

Bevel Emboss

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 100%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size 32 pixels;
  • Soften: 11 pixels
  • Angle: 120 degrees
  • Altitude: 30 degrees
  • Highlight mode: Screen
  • Color: #FFFFFF
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Shadow mode: Multiply
  • Color: #818181
  • Opacity: 24%

step6

Stroke

  • Size: 3 pixels
  • Position: Inside
  • Blend mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Fill type: Color #e3e3e3

step7

Gradient Overlay

  • Blend mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Gradient from: #747474 to #dddddd
  • Angle: 90 degrees

step8

For the bottom part we’ll use a nice leather texture that you can download from here. Put it above our main rectangle, hold Control and click on its thumbnail to make a selection. Then add a layer mask. Now our icon has a nice texture on its bottom half.

step9

For this layer we’ll add the following layer styles:

Bevel Emboss with Contour at 50%

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 10%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size 5 pixels;
  • Soften: 0 pixels
  • Angle: 120 degrees
  • Altitude: 30 degrees
  • Highlight mode: Screen
  • Color: #FFFFFF
  • Opacity: 45%
  • Shadow mode: Multiply
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 75%

STEP10

Inner Glow

  • Blend mode: Screen
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Color: #FFFFFF
  • Technique: Softer
  • Source: Center
  • Choke: 0%
  • Size: 207 pixels

step11

Satin

  • Blend mode: Multiply
  • Color: #000000
  • Angle: 0 degrees
  • Distance: 9 pixels
  • Size: 103 pixels

step12

Drop Shadow

  • Blend mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 43%
  • Angle: -90 degrees
  • Distance: 2 pixels
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 0 pixels

step13

3. The lens

Start out with a circle of 384 x 384 pixels, center it on the icon and apply the following layer styles:

Stroke

  • Size: 10 pixels
  • Position: Inside
  • Blend mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Fill Type: Gradient: #000000, Location 0%; #5f5e5e, Location: 34%; #000000, Location: 73%; #5f5e5e, Location 100%
  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 90 degrees

step14

Outer Glow

  • Blend mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 34%
  • Color: #FFFFFF
  • Technique: Precise
  • Spread: 100%
  • Size: 2 pixels

step15

Let’s add some text to our outer circle. I’ll write ‘Thislooksgreat.net Camera Icon” with the following settings:

  • Font: Roboto Light
  • Size: 13 pixels
  • Tracking: 60

With a Gradient Overlay from #969696 to #ffffff.

step16

  • Warp the text with these settings:
  • Style: Arc
  • Horizontal
  • Bend: -54% (it depends on the amount of text)
  • Horizontal and vertical distortion: 0%

step17

Repeat the process for the top text but change the bend to +20%.

Next we’ll create a series of circles to create more detail.

Circle 1

  • 311 x 311 pixels
  • Color: #222222

Outer Glow

  • Blend mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 34%
  • Color: #FFFFFF
  • Technique: Precise
  • Spread: 100%
  • Size: 2 pixels

step18

Circle 2

  • 304 x 304 pixels
  • Color: #222222

Stroke

  • Size: 2 pixels
  • Position: Inside
  • Blend mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Fill Type: Color #cecece

step19

Circle 3

  • 299 x 299 pixels
  • Color: #222222

Bevel Emboss

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 1000%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size 4 pixels;
  • Soften: 0 pixels
  • Angle: -90 degrees
  • Altitude: 30 degrees
  • Highlight mode: Screen
  • Color: #FFFFFF
  • Opacity: 32%
  • Shadow mode: Multiply
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 75%

step22

Gradient Overlay

  • Blend mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Color: #272727 to to #3e3e3e (reserve checked)
  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 90 degrees

step21

Circle 4

  • 256 x 256 pixels
  • Color: #222222

Inner Shadow

  • Blend mode: Multiply
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Angle: -90 degrees
  • Distance: 5 pixels
  • Choke: 0%
  • Size: 16 pixels

step23

Drop Shadow

  • Blend mode: Normal
  • Color: #FFFFFF
  • Opacity: 55%
  • Angle: 90 degrees
  • Distance: 1 pixel
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 3 pixels

step24

Circle 5

  • 235 x 235 pixels
  • Color: #222222

Inner Shadow

  • Blend mode: Multiply
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Angle: -90 degrees
  • Distance: 5 pixels
  • Choke: 0%
  • Size: 16 pixels

step25

 Purple Effect

  • 225 x 225 pixels
  • Color: #222222

Bevel Emboss

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 1000%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size 5 pixels;
  • Soften: 0 pixels
  • Angle: 90 degrees
  • Altitude: 30 degrees
  • Highlight mode: Screen
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 0%
  • Shadow mode: Multiply
  • Color: #8e19ba
  • Opacity: 75%

step26

Stroke

  • Size: 14 pixels
  • Position: inside
  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Fill Type: Gradient: #c011e6 Location 0%, #c259d2 Location 11%, #9c26ae Location 21%, #3c0245 Location 100%
  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 90 degrees

step27

Blue Effect 1

  • 197 x 197 pixels
  • Color: #222222

Bevel Emboss

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 1000%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size 5 pixels;
  • Soften: 10 pixels
  • Angle: 90 degrees
  • Altitude: 30 degrees
  • Highlight mode: Screen
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 0%
  • Shadow mode: Multiply
  • Color: #284ce5
  • Opacity: 75%

step28

Stroke

  • Size: 9 pixels
  • Position: Inside
  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity 100%
  • Fill Type: Gradient: #10b9f1 to #051737
  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 90 degrees

step29

Inner Shadow

  • Blend mode: Multiply
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Angle: 120 degrees
  • Distance: 5 pixels
  • Choke: 0%
  • Size: 29 pixels

step30

Satin

  • Blend mode: Multiply
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Angle: 0 degrees
  • Distance: 11 pixels
  • Size: 35 pixels

step31

Blue Effect 2

It has the same settings as the first one except the size, which is 180 x 180 pixels.

Interior circle

Size: 166 x 166 pixels

Bevel Emboss – same as for Blue Effect 2 layer

Stroke

  • Size: 15 pixels
  • Position: Inside
  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity 100%
  • Fill Type: Gradient: #02304f to #0a357b
  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 90 degrees

step32

Inner Shadow

  • Blend mode: Multiply
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Angle: 120 degrees
  • Distance: 5 pixels
  • Choke: 0%
  • Size: 29 pixels

step33

Satin – same as for Blue Effect 2 layer

Gradient Overlay

  • Blend mode: Normal
  • Color from #000a14 to #0048bf
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 90 degrees

step34

After that’s done, we’re going to convert this layer into a Smart Object and then we’ll add a Lens Flare effect: Brightness 40%, 50-300mm Zoom.

step35

Shutter

Create an octogon by using the polygonal tool and set its size to 60 x 60 pixels.

Gradient Overlay

  • Blend mode: Normal
  • Opacity 100%
  • Color from #000000 to #282828
  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 90 degrees

step36

Then use the line tool set at 1 pixel to create 8 lines around the interior circle. Once you’re happy, merge them all together, lower the opacity to 40% and change the blending mode to Soft Light. Finish up this area by adding a 25 pixel circle with a color of #090c10.

4. The finishing touches

  1. Create a 299 x 299 pixel black circle, lower the opacity to 68%, change the blending mode to Overlay and add a layer mask. Swipe a few times until you get a similar result.
  2. Create a 265 x 265 pixel white circle, lower the fill to 40%, change the blending mode to Color Dodge and add a layer mask. Swipe a few times until you get a similar result.
  3. Create a 292 x 292 pixel white circle, lower the opacity 10% and raise it up until the bottom part touches the bottom part of the octogon. Then hold Control and click on circle 3′s thumbnail to make a selection and then add a layer mask (with the original layer active)
  4. Create a rounded rectangle 524 x 27 pixels with a radius of 10 pixels. Then add a 10 pixel Gaussian blur and position it above our background layer.

And we’re done! Let’s take another look at our final result. If you want the source file make sure you visit thislooksgreat.net in the following days.

final

 

Barin Cristian Doru aka ‘thislooksgreat’ is an experienced web designer and proud member of the 99designs community: http://99designs.com/people/thislooksgreat

Besides creating awesome website designs, he is also an entrepreneur, an Android App Developer and a content creator. His work ranges from freebie PSD files to small tips tricks in Photoshop, all the way to a premium 16 hour long course on how to succeed on 99designs.

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