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Creating an Icon in Photoshop

I recently started working through Nathan Barry’s Photoshop for Web Design course, and it’s been a lot of fun. I’ll have a full review coming soon, once I finish up, but in the meantime I thought it’d be fun to make a video using some of the stuff I’ve learned.

If you’ve used Photoshop’s Pen Tool before, you might have found it a bit annoying to use, to say the least. It takes a bit of practice to get proficient at it, and it can be baffling when it doesn’t work. Nathan’s course inspired me to try making some icons, and I think creating icons can be great pen tool practice.

Check out the video, and follow along!

When you’re done, if you want to practice some more, head over to Font Awesome’s icon set, pick one, and try to duplicate it yourself. You’ll get the hang of the pen tool a lot faster if you’re designing something real, and personally, creating an icon seems a lot more fun than tracing out some sort of nondescript practice shape.

Have fun with it!


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