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Creating the iPhone icons

From: Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools

Video: Creating the iPhone icons

In the previous movie we saw how layer styles were crucial in creating the reflections that make the case of the iPhone look metallic. In this tutorial we're going to look at how layer styles were instrumental in making all the icons on the iPhone look realistic. I am going to zoom in on the main core of icons right here and we'll look at individual ones, just as they come in to view here. So right there, right off the bat we see the sun. The sun's got some nice little tones to it. Let's go look at it. I am going to click on the sun itself and you see that the sun has two layer Styles.

Creating the iPhone icons

In the previous movie we saw how layer styles were crucial in creating the reflections that make the case of the iPhone look metallic. In this tutorial we're going to look at how layer styles were instrumental in making all the icons on the iPhone look realistic. I am going to zoom in on the main core of icons right here and we'll look at individual ones, just as they come in to view here. So right there, right off the bat we see the sun. The sun's got some nice little tones to it. Let's go look at it. I am going to click on the sun itself and you see that the sun has two layer Styles.

It has an Outer Glow and has a Bevel and Emboss. Without it it's just a circle that was given a radial gradient going from a light yellow to a darker yellow. But the Outer Glow and the Bevel and Emboss made it look like the icons that we see on the phone. So if we go in there and turn these back on, you see there are the effects. If we look at the Bevel and Emboss, we see that I made some changes to it. The Screen and Highlight is still set to white, but the Shadow mode was set to a lighter yellow, lighter than the one that's in the background itself.

So I set the mode to Normal rather than Multiply, which is the shadow's mode, and by doing that we get that nice little extra yellow halo along that bottom. The Outer Glow is just set to a stronger yellow than the default. The Opacity is brought up a little bit and it was made a little larger, which gave me that glow around it. Something like the YouTube symbol right here. We'll click on that and we see that we have a few layers that make up the YouTube. We have the frame, the screen, the knobs, and the label. Every one of them has some kind of a layer style with the exception of the label.

The label is just this little piece right there. So if we look at the frame, it has a Drop Shadow, which is right in here, you could just see it in here, and it has Bevel and Emboss to make the frame look three-dimensional. I'll turn those off. There is the Drop Shadow and there's the Bevel and Emboss. And you could see that it's just a little frame without any highlights and so on. Turning those back on, you see that it starts to give it a little dimension. The same thing with the screen. It has a stroke. Turn that off and you can see that that edge around the screen is just a stroke.

The knobs also have a little Drop Shadow. Turning that off and you could see that it's just a little hint of Drop Shadow. And again, this was based on looking at an actual iPhone to see what these icons look like. Same thing like the lens right here. The lens has an Outer Glow. That's what was creating this little halo around the side there. It's just this little Outer Glow right there, which created that little edge. That little edge made the difference to make this look dimensional. Something as simple as the pin. Let's zoom in on that pin. You can see that the pin has some tones to it.

Well, that pin has a Bevel and Emboss. Without it it's just a little gray rectangle, but with the effect it becomes this three-dimensional pin that's sticking right into the map. Right here we see the Calculator. Click on that and we see that the Calculator has quite a few things. There are symbols. The symbols are those little symbols inside. They have no effect; they're just little shapes. But the Calculator itself has a Bevel and Emboss. Without it they're just rounded cornered little squares, that's it, with no other tone.

But adding that little effect makes them look like buttons that are raised from the surface. So, all these things have these tiny little layer styles, which make these buttons come to life. Every one of them has something in there that makes it come to life and these layer styles, no matter how simple they are, they will add dimension to your image.

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Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools

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  1. 6m 34s
    1. Welcome to the tools used to create "Times Square"
      57s
    2. What is "Times Square?"
      5m 37s
  2. 1h 32m
    1. Using a Cintiq to control the brushes in Photoshop
      3m 33s
    2. Making the chain brush
      8m 49s
    3. Making the single loop chain
      6m 55s
    4. Creating a brush to make furry text
      8m 13s
    5. Creating the look of stitching on cloth
      5m 46s
    6. Creating a rough brushstroke look for the Tarzan sign
      3m 3s
    7. Creating a crochet look brush
      5m 32s
    8. Creating dirt and grime
      6m 16s
    9. Using brushes to create trees in Central Park
      6m 41s
    10. Using a brush to create the look of embroidery
      3m 3s
    11. Creating the stars on the wall of the Toys"R"Us image
      6m 24s
    12. Creating a fabric design
      3m 43s
    13. Creating the look of brick
      4m 27s
    14. Weathering bricks
      8m 23s
    15. Creating light bulbs
      6m 14s
    16. Creating the effect of a fading brushstroke
      5m 36s
  3. 15m 42s
    1. Creating a paper towel
      8m 5s
    2. Creating denim
      3m 25s
    3. Creating asphalt
      4m 12s
  4. 21m 3s
    1. Layer groups
      7m 59s
    2. Making the lights in the Toys"R"Us image
      3m 12s
    3. Understanding the layers in lights
      5m 20s
    4. Creating blinds with a 3D postcard applied to layers
      4m 32s
  5. 32m 55s
    1. Creating a bottle
      8m 50s
    2. Creating an iPhone case
      3m 35s
    3. Creating the iPhone icons
      3m 34s
    4. Creating a ladder
      6m 8s
    5. Creating the effect used on the Bubba Gump sign
      5m 7s
    6. Creating realistic glasses
      5m 41s
  6. 1h 56m
    1. Creating a fabric texture
      9m 46s
    2. Creating Julianne's pants
      9m 28s
    3. Creating a checkerboard pattern on a bottle cap
      6m 16s
    4. Creating a wood texture
      8m 26s
    5. Creating concrete and marble
      3m 14s
    6. Creating a brick pattern
      7m 12s
    7. Creating ribbed metal
      5m 40s
    8. Creating ribbing on T-shirts
      11m 18s
    9. Creating a lime
      8m 29s
    10. Creating leather
      2m 33s
    11. Creating rough animal skin
      4m 0s
    12. Creating a grill on a car
      6m 4s
    13. Creating a car light
      6m 2s
    14. Creating the windshield
      10m 39s
    15. Creating a metal screen
      4m 14s
    16. Creating a quilted metal effect
      3m 18s
    17. Creating wafer quilting
      4m 41s
    18. Creating a pattern on the wall
      5m 16s
  7. 6m 57s
    1. Making the clipping group used on the manga billboard
      6m 57s
  8. 10m 36s
    1. Applying a layer mask to create a reflection
      3m 53s
    2. Linking masks
      1m 35s
    3. Applying layer masks and layer styles to create a chain link in a necklace
      5m 8s
  9. 52m 35s
    1. Explaining channels
      4m 0s
    2. Creating a license plate with channels
      6m 47s
    3. Creating shadows on the cables
      5m 50s
    4. Explaining channel calculations
      3m 46s
    5. Understanding calculations in channels
      4m 32s
    6. Creating a manhole cover with channels
      15m 31s
    7. Creating wiring on lights with channels and calculations
      12m 9s
  10. 29s
    1. Parting words
      29s

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