This one everyone sees, but not many use.
Published on February 17, 2005
|Icon 46 (Desktop)|
This is one of those icons that everyone looks at in your icon pack, but is actually rarely seen in use. Mostly as a 16x16 in your quick launch bar, but never the less I like to spend a little time on it, an make sure it looks good.
Since the Desktop is essentially just a special kind of folder, I am going to use the styles we are using for the folders, so that at least on some level they match.
I start by using the mesh fill and some rectangles, to make the basic shapes of the desktop.
Now using more rectangles I use the Mesh Fill tool to make some corner covers for our desktop.
|Step 3: |
To make it match the folders I make the corners black, and I give the Main desktop a nice Brush texture using our transparency 102 techniques.
Now I give desktop and top two corners some gloss, and make a simple shadow off the entire thing.
Now I copy the File icon off the My Documents folder, and rotate it slightly so it looks like it is sitting on our desktop. I also make a copy and change the title bar to blue. To polish them off I give both the files a slight drop shadow.
last I make a copy of our pen from the my documents folder, and set it in front of our almost completed icon.
|Finished Icon Image
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