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For everyone with a PDA, we need this one.
Published on April 20, 2005 By mormegil In Icons
Icon 75 (Mobile Device)

Today we well continue on through the folder icons. Today's icon is one of the specialty folders; the "Mobile Devices" folder. If you don't have a PDA then you most likely have never seen this one, but it is supported in the IP format, so I want to make sure we do it. Plus I have a Pocket PC and need it for myself.
Step 1:

Like yesterday, we start with a few mesh rectangles, blocking out our PDA's shape.

Step 2:

Now we start editing our meshes, giving some shape to the body of the PDA and a nice gradient to the screen.

Step 3:
Now to polish up the screen, we copy our Internet globe, crop it a bit and give it some transparency to make it look like it is on the display. I also give the screen a bit of
Gloss, making sure it is above the picture.

Step 4:

Now with some standard circles and some gradients I make the buttons for the bottom of the PDA. To give them some dimension I also give each button a slight drop shadow.

Step 5:

To make sure that our PDA matches the other icons I go in and do some more detail editing to the main PDA object, giving it some bevels and some darker panels.

Step 6:

The last major mesh editing I have to do is go in and flesh out the stylus lying in front of the PDA.

Step 7:

Quickly I give the PDA and the stylus some texture using our
Texture Transparency techniques.

Step 8:

Now with our
Drop Shadow techniques we give the PDA and the stylus some shadows.

Step 9:

Lastly we give it the obligatory Reflection. See the
Reflection Tutorial for more.

Finished Icon Image

Click here to download the finished icon.

Tomorrow we will do another Folder icon. Only a few more to go, then we will have to brush up for more of the obscure icons.

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on Apr 20, 2005
Looks good!

I like how you make the globe match.
on Apr 20, 2005
Now that is a mobile device icon!

Thanks, Teach.