Carbon Fibre Style Metallic Icon Design

Happy new year everyone! Welcome back, in todays tutorial I’ll be showing you how to create a metallic carbon fibre 3D icon.

In Icon Design

What We’ll Be Creating

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

Lets Get Started!

Create a new document (Ctrl + N) with the dimensions 800 x 600 pixels, change your background color to a color which will make the icon more visible. Select the “Rounded Rectangle Tool” (U) with a radius of 20px.

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

Drag out a small rectangle in the middle of the canvas.

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

Once you’ve created the rectangle duplicate the layer by right clicking and going to “Duplicate Layer”. The layer which is at the bottom of the stack, move down once by selecting the “Move Tool” (V) then hold down the shift key on the keyboard and press the down arrow key.

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

Adding The Metallic Surface

Select the top layer from within the layers window then add the following layer styles.

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

Your top layer should look something like this.

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

Now to the bottom layer add a gradient overlay using the settings below.

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

You should now have something like this.

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

Creating The Top 3D Part

We now need to create the top 3D part which is like a beveled edge which can be see from the inside of the rectangle. Start off with a rounded rectangle using the “Rounded Rectangle Tool” (U) this time change the radius to 15px. Create the rectangle in the middle of the first rectangle we created only this time make it about 8 pixels smaller.

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

Still with the “Rounded Rectangle Tool” (U) only this time select the “Subtract From Shape Area” button from the toolbar.

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

Now drag another rounded rectangle inside of the one we just created, make the rectangle slightly smaller height wise you should have something like this.

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

Finally select the “Rectangle Tool” (U) using the “Subtract From Shape Area” option again then drag a rectangle across the bottom of the rounded rectangle. Leaving just the top rounded part of the rectangle.

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

Now add a gradient overlay using the settings below.

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

You should have something like this.

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

Adding The Carbon Fibre

Create a new document (Ctrl+ N) 4 pixels by 4 pixels, select the the “Zoom Tool” (Z) then zoom in 1600%. Using a the “Rectangular Marquee Tool” (M) make eight 1 pixel by 2 pixel selections filling each selection with the colors listed in the image below.

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

Once you have something like the image above go to “Edit > Define Pattern”. Save your pattern pattern as “Carbon Fibre”.

Adding The Carbon Fibre To The Icon

Using the “Rounded Rectangle Tool” (U) make another rectangle inside of the icon. The rectangle should be directly underneath the 3D bevel and the area around the rectangle should be equal on all sides.

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

Add the following layer styles to the rectangle.

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

You should have something like this.

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

You now have a blank icon to add your desired logo or symbol. I went ahead an created my photoshop plus logo inside of mine.

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

The logo was created using the same layer styles and techniques explained in the tutorial.

Adding The Shadows

To give our icon a bit of depth, lets begin to add some subtle shadows. Select the “Elliptical Marquee Tool” (M) then drag out a small ellipse over the bottom of the icon.

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

On a new layer at the bottom of your stack fill (G) the marquee with the color black #000000. Once filled go to “Filter > Blur > Guassian Blur”, blur the ellipse by 2 pixels then set the layers opacity to 50%.

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

Repeat the process for the top part of the icon, only this time add a layer mask to it and drag a linear gradient from the bottom of the ellipse towards the top, making the shadow fade at the bottom.

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

Conclusion

Thanks for taking part in this tutorial, if you managed to finish this tutorial I’d love to see some of your results. Feel free to post them up on our Facebook Fan Page Or Tweet them via twitter @photoshop_plus.

Learn How To Create A Metallic Carbon Fibre Icon

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  1. kamil
    January 2, 2012 at 5:50 AM

    how to add the blue colour background colour ??? :O

  2. January 2, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    its just a normal radial gradient using the gradient tool (G) Download the PSD if you want the exact color code, i don’t know it off the top of my head.

  3. Mac
    January 3, 2012 at 6:05 AM

    w0w!! that was amazing.. thanks for this wonderful tuts..

  4. January 4, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Didn’t know about the carbon fiber pattern, learned something today! Cool icon too, thanks Richard :)

  5. January 4, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    I found this tutorial really interesting. I love tutorials like this one because I pick up little hints and tricks that I can use in other parts of my design work. I love the feel and the way you have created the metallic look. I especially like the way you have created the inner 3D part of the icon, really brings the icon to life. This tutorial will act as a constant reference for me in the future and I will be seeing how I can use these techniques in other areas of my design work. I will be experimenting with how I can use this style and techniques within my navigation design because it could add a nice effect and create something different. A great tutorial, easy to follow and great detail.

  6. January 5, 2012 at 5:58 AM

    Awesome tutorial with nice metallic icon design
    Thanks so much for making Photoshop more interesting.
    your all tutorials are unique from others which I like the most.
    keep up good work
    God Bless you :)

  7. January 6, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    wow thatss pretty cool

  8. January 8, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Thanks so much for sharing this!

  9. ambuy
    January 12, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    WOW!!!this is cool!!!thanks for sharing!!and I would love to learn more now that I am going to my frist year of college in Grafic designing. thanks again!!

  10. ambuy
    January 14, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Hi Richard

    Are you going to write anymore tutorials ? or do i need to look else where now

    Thanks again

  11. January 15, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    @Ambuy:

    Don’t worry theres plenty on the horizon, i’ve just had little time to do anything as i’ve been flooded with new jobs. Don’t worry though they will be coming, there will also be a new design and fresh tutorials for code-snippet.

    I’ll keep everyone posted with new details on upcoming projects soon!

  12. February 3, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Awesome tutorial Tanks a lot.

  13. vishwas
    February 18, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    Quit cool……….!!!!

  14. March 15, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Coooool tutorial!!! Thanks a lot

  15. AngelZxxWingZ
    March 19, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    That’s a beatiful icon .. Dynamic …

    Although you still miss an “extrusion” or 3d effect in the + sign inside the chat bubble … or is it like painted on it/engraved…. other than that it’s fantastic ..!!!

    -…AngelZxxWingZ …-

  16. shrinath
    June 6, 2012 at 4:17 AM

    very nice !

  17. August 2, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Very simple and nice tutorial thanks for sharing :)

  18. August 4, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    Good tutorial, Thanks a lot and Thanks for sharing :)

  19. congatre_ha
    September 24, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    amazing and simply tut! thank so much!

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