|Icon 50 (iPod Mini)|
Yesterday I said I would be doing another File Type icon, however I have decided to take a little detour out of the default icon pack icons and do something purely for the fun of it.
About a month ago, I finally cracked under the pressure and bought an iPod. I went in to by a 512 iPod Shuffle, but somehow walked out with a 4G iPod Mini. This has, however, worked out quite well for me and I have become a big iPod Fan, mostly for its Audible.com support. The long and short of this story is that my iPod is almost always attached to my computer these days, and when it is it shows up as a removable drive. Since I am me, when a new Drive shows up on my computer I have to make an icon for it.
I was holding my mini the other day, and thought, it would be pretty easy to make an icon for this. As it turns out I was right. The only problem is that the final image ended up looking a bit too realistic, and I could have probably just used one of the many bitmap images from the Apple site and saved myself a bunch of time. However this dose make a nice tutorial on what you can easily do with techniques we have already established. So off we go...
Now if you have ever seen an iPod you will know they are pretty simple. our entire Icon can be made with just a few shapes.
The most difficult part of or image with be the main back of the pod. This I will do with the Mesh Tool. You can see here how I rounded the corners a bit. And placed some nodes where my shadows and highlights will be.
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Now I simply change of the Mesh node colors. We do a light grey for the center 4 nodes, a dark grey on the left, and a light grey on the right.
You can see here our how our mesh created the illusion of dimension.
Now using the techniques from the Transparency 201 Class, I give the iPod a bit of texture. Very subtle.
For our touch wheel we simply use a series of 6 circles with gradient fills.
To finish of the touch pad I put the controls on using the Text Tool and some simple shapes.
Now for our display I use 3 boxes, 2 for the outside of it to give it a slight lip and fill them with gradients.
The main part of the display is a Mesh Rectangle, with some darkened and lighted areas to make the display seem set back.
It might not really need it, but for consistency with the rest of our pack I go ahead and give the display a bit of gloss.
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Lastly I draw a little Apple logo and place it in the display behind the gloss. I also use our Shadow and Reflection techniques to give us our Icon-A-Day style reflections and shadow.
|Finished Icon Image
Click here to download the finished icon.
Well, that was fun, tomorrow we will start back into our supported icon pack icons.
Read the other Icon-A-Day Articles: (Icon-A-Day Index)
Check out the CorelDRAW for Skinner Index, for links to all the related Video Tutorials.
And don't forget to check for all the Icon-A-Day icons as they get made, in the Miscellaneous Icons Gallery at Wincustomize.com
All Images and Text in this tutorial are © Paul Boyer, and may not be reused without written permission.