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The Tutorial of a Textured Icon

This icon is mainly used in the practice of texture and highlight skills

Step 1. Create a new canvas, draw a white circle with the Shape Tool, and add a layer style.




Step 2. Draw a dark place of specular highlights, and make a copy of the dark part with the vertical Motion Blur. The effect is shown as follows:

Step 3. Draw the dark and the light for arousing reflection, with the specific method that is to use the Shape Tool for drawing a circle, and then create a smaller circular selection and remove its middle section for getting a ring form, together with the Blur Tool and Eraser Tool to wipe the useless parts, and with the Pen Tool to trace another dark part.

Step 4. Draw a smaller circle, placed in the middle, and set its layer style.



Step 5. After adding the style, the smaller circle in the middle can have some sunken effect. Then outline a simple S-shape wave with the Pen Tool, and draw the connection part of chiaroscuro reflection on the small circle, filling it with black. The effect of the purple circle can be created with the Eraser Tool and Smudge Tool. Finally, select the part outside of the small circle, and delete the extra black.

Step 6. The outer metal part has been completed. Now continue drawing a smaller black circle for the embedded part, and set its style.



Step 7. Fill the embedded highlight part with white, and set the Opacity to 50%. Then outline the horizontal S shape with the Pen Tool, and delete its bottom half.

Step 8. Draw the middle scene with a smaller circle as a Radial Gradient going from blue to purple due to the coating effect.

Step 9. Draw the inner details of the scene, namely, the parts of highlight and shadow, and set its style.





Finally, draw a gradual transition in the inner layer, and set it as follows:


Afterwards, apply the moderate Gaussian Blur.

Step 10.Add the highlight details, as shown in the purple circle, and draw an ellipse with the application of horizontal Motion Blur and Gaussian Blur.

Step 11. Continue drawing the highlight details, and draw an ellipse with the application of horizontal Motion Blur, vertical Motion Blur and Gaussian Blur, and then set that layer’s style to Overlay.

Step 12. Finally, draw a large reflective area, and use the Shape Tool for getting the elliptical path, and then click the bottom anchor with the Path Selection Tool and drag it up for getting a squashed elliptical shape.

The bottom reflective area is also used the same method to adjust the curve and color. Then the icon is completed.

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