Old techniques pay off again.
Published on February 8, 2005
A Icon a day Keeps the Creative
|Icon 35 (WAV File)
I don't want to get to the end of this series of tutorials and only have
File icons to do; I think we would end up pretty board. Yesterday we did
the JPG file, today I want to do another, this time the Wave file. This
should be pretty easy since we have a few conventions already set up
when it comes to music and media files. Mostly from the
MIDI file, way back at Icon #6. Like I said, this one will be easy.
So I am going to spend a little more time explaining some of the simpler
First thing we do is make a copy of our
Now I move the note, and its shadows and reflections and move it aside
for the moment. I change the tile to WAV. and then I place a Black
Transparent Box over the bottom of our file. Making sure our glare gets
placed back on top.
Now we will use one of the oldest techniques in the Graphics world to
make a "Neon" like wave form. I start by drawing the form with the line
tool and give it a thin green Outline.
Now I copy my existing Wave form, and give it a thicker outline in a
darker green and place it behind our original.
Now we select both of our lines and blend them together with the Blend
Just to fancy up our wave a bit, I give it a green halo, by pulling a
drop shadow off it, and setting it to green.
Now I go ahead and convert our completed wave form to a bitmap and Crop it down
to fit in the black portion of our file.
At this point I make a quick reflection of our file using the Reflection
The last step is to move our Note and its shadows and reflections back
into place in front of the file.
Finished Icon image
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You will note, I have begun to make the reflections go
straight down from the file. I realized that the having it slant off like
the shadow looked pretty bad, and was somewhat unrealistic, so I decided
to make the change. I will have to fix all File icons we have done
already, but it should be pretty simple. You can keep the existing ones
as "Originals" if you want.
Tomorrow I am thinking we should do another File icon.
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