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In this tutorial, you'll go through easy steps and techniques to design a simple yet attractive house icon. It's easy to follow and to play with. There are no intricate curves or complex brush work. Just simple shapes along with layer styles will do the complete job. The aim of the tutorial is to get familiar with the correct use of colors and efficient use of layer styles. I am sure you'll enjoy following it. Let's jump in!
Final Image Preview
Take a look at the image we'll be creating.
- Program: Photoshop CS and newer
- Difficulty: Beginner
- Estimated Completion Time: 30-45 mins
First of all, create a new 500px by 500px document with white background. Drag out some guides at the center of the document for convenience. Select the Pen Tool (P) and make a shape like the one shown below.
You need to add some colors and a thin-white strip to the shape. To do so, double-click on the layer and apply the following Layer Styles.
Duplicate the shape (Command + J) and go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal, move the duplicate shape rightward so that the sides join each other as shown.
Due to similar colors, the two shapes give a flat look to the roof. There's a need to fix that. Open the Layer Styles of the duplicate layer, and apply the following changes.
Set foreground color to "830F00." Draw a shape like that shown below with Pen Tool (P). Name the resulting shape "roof left".
Duplicate the shape and name it "roof-right". Go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal and move the duplicate shape rightward so that you get something like this.
With Pen Tool (P), draw another shape like the one shown below, name it "body."
Double-click on the layer and give it these Layer Styles.
You need to put the roof's shadow on the body of the house. To do so, Command-click on the "roof left" layer, then Command + Shift-click on the "roof right" layer to sum up the selections of the two layers. Move the selection down and on a new layer fill the selection with the color "5F5343."
Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, enter 10px and click OK.
You might notice that after the filter has been applied, the shadow is flowing outside the house's body, which doesn't look right. To fix it, Ctrl-click on the "body" layer, and press Command + Shift + I to invert the selection. With the "shadow" layer selected, press Delete.
You now need to add a prominent part of the house - that is the door. Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), and on a new layer fill a selection with black.
Give the door the following Layer Styles.
Now we need to add some details to the door. Select the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + U) and draw a black rectangle with a 3px radius.
Go to its Blending Options and apply these settings.
Duplicate the shape and move it down so that you have something like this.
A handle can now be added to the door. Use the Ellipse Tool (U) to make a small circle on the door.
Give the circle a Drop Shadow and a Radial Gradient.
You can add a slab above the door. Use the Pen Tool (P) to make a shape like the one shown below.
Go to its Blending Options and give it a Gradient Overlay of a similar tone as that of the roof.
With the Pen Tool (P), make another shape like the one below.
Give the shape the following Layer Styles.
Create a new layer and fill a selection with black on it. Make sure that this layer is placed below the "door" layer in the Layers Palette.
Give the black strip a Gradient Overlay of the following colors.
As a further detail, you can add a door-step to the house. Make a shape like the one below with Pen Tool (P).
Give the door-step a Gradient Overlay.
To give the door-step a 3D look, add some thickness to it. Set the foreground color to "A26431" and draw a shape like the one shown below.
It's time to add windows to the house. Start doing so by filling a selection with black on a new layer.
Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), fill a selection with white on a new layer as shown.
Go to the Blending Options of the windows cross section, and give it these styles.
Now, you need to make shutters. Just like you made the door, make a shutter and put it on one side of the window. Make a copy of it and move it to the other side, give a Drop Shadow to the shutters if you want.
Just for increasing details, add a slab to the window like you did for the door. The only difference is that you need to apply the Layer Styles of the door-step to the slab you are making for the window.
Create a layer set and put in it all layers that constitute the window. Duplicate the layer set twice and transform it to 60% of its original size. Put the smaller windows on the right side of the door.
You can now add a chimney to the house. Create a new layer and on it, fill a selection with black.
Give it a Gradient Overlay with these colors.
Make a shape like the one below to give the chimney a 3D look.
Make another shape of any color for the chimney.
Give the shape a Gradient Overlay with these colors.
Set the foreground color to "D6C08D" and make a shape like this.
It's time to give shadows to the base of the house icon. Create a new layer, then use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) to fill a selection with black.
Apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and then Filter > Blur > Motion Blur with these settings.
Make a similar shadow for the door-step. You can set the Opacity of the shadows from 80-90% or from 20-30%. I added some grass and ended up with this.
The final image is shown below! I hope you enjoyed creating this icon design!