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Let us take a brake from folders.
Published on February 7, 2005 By mormegil In Icons
A Icon a day Keeps the Creative
Icon 34 (JPG File)

    Today we will take a bit a break from the folder icons, and do one of the File Type icons. I am still not quite set in my ways on the File icons and hope this one will go a bit further in establishing the style that will carry thru the entire pack.
Step 1:

We will start by, copying our Default document and My Pictures folder.
Step 2:

I want to have the color band of all the Graphics file types to have a kind of RGB fade. So I mess with the band until I like what I see.
Step 3:

Now I copy the Picture out of one of the Photos in the My Pictures folder, and crop it down to fit on the white portion of our file.

Step 4:

I am going make the entire file area show a transparent version of the photo, so I use the Interactive Transparency tool and give it a gradient.
Step 5:

Now we copy the photo from the folder and place it in front of the file. I skew it a bit to make it look like it is leaning a bit more on the file.

Step 5:

Then I copy the paint brush from our Shared Pictures folder, and set it in front of the picture.
Using the Reflection techniques I give our file and picture a reflection.
Step 7:
The last thing I do is give the picture a shadow.

Finished Icon image


Click here to download the finished icon.

Well, I am still not 100% sold on the underlining style of the file icons, but we will move on to another tomorrow and see if it grows on me.

Read the other Icon-A-Day Articles: (Icon-A-Day Index)

CorelDRAW for Skinners.
Part 1: Mesh Tool 101 & Gloss 101
Part 2: Drop Shadows 101 & Reflections 101
Part 3: Exporting 101, Contour & Line 101
Part 4: Transparency 101 & Transparency 102

And don't forget to check for all the Icon-A-Day icons as they get made, in the Miscellaneous Icons Gallery at

on Feb 08, 2005
Very nifty, Paul.

The RGB definitely gives a nice feel to the image file thing.

Thanks, Teach.
on Feb 09, 2005
3 weeks ago you started some Office icons and you stopped and didn't continue it up to now.
Will you finish the rest of Office icons, or they will be dropped from the tutorial (I hope they won't)?
By the way, nice tutorial again.
on Feb 09, 2005
I will do the office Icon for sure, they will mostly be bonus Icons.