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Learn How to Create a Realistic Mailbox Icon in Photoshop

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In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a realistic mailbox icon in Photoshop using basic skills and different blending options.

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Tutorial Details

Program: Photoshop CS5

Estimated Completion Time: 45 Minutes

 

Step 1

Create a new document with Width 1000px and Height 800px.

Learn How to Create a Realistic Mailbox Icon in Photoshop

Step 2

First of all, we’ll draw the basic shape of the mailbox and then we’ll create other details. Select the ‘pen tool’ and click on the ‘shape layers’ option on the top options bar. This will preserve the path you draw and you can edit it anytime to modify it. You can use any color at the moment as we will adjust it later on. Now draw the shape as shown below.

Learn How to Create a Realistic Mailbox Icon in Photoshop

Keep on drawing different parts of mailbox using ‘pen tool’ to get the sketch as shown below.

Learn How to Create a Realistic Mailbox Icon in Photoshop

Step 3

Next we’ll add character to each part by blending options. Click on the first shape layer to select it and go to Layer> Layer style and use the following settings.

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Step 4

Click on the 2nd shape layer and use the same values for inner glow, bevel and emboss as in step 3. However, we’ll use a darker gradient here, so use the following values for gradient overlay.

Learn How to Create a Realistic Mailbox Icon in Photoshop

Step 5

Next click on the 3rd shape layer and use the following values for blending options.

Learn How to Create a Realistic Mailbox Icon in Photoshop Learn How to Create a Realistic Mailbox Icon in Photoshop

Step 6

Press 4th shape layers ‘a’ and ‘b’ one by one and use the following layer style settings.

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Step 7

Next, click on 5th shape layer and use the below displayed settings.

Learn How to Create a Realistic Mailbox Icon in Photoshop

Use the same settings for the inner circle except gradient overlay, here use color overlay option and select #158fb6 color.

Learn How to Create a Realistic Mailbox Icon in Photoshop

Step 8

Select the 6th shape layer now and use the following blending options settings.

Learn How to Create a Realistic Mailbox Icon in Photoshop Learn How to Create a Realistic Mailbox Icon in Photoshop

Step 9

Click on shape layer 7 and use the below given layer style settings for it.

Learn How to Create a Realistic Mailbox Icon in Photoshop

For 8th shape layer, settings used are displayed below.

 9b

For 9th and 10th shape layers just use the option of ‘color overlay’ to change color. Use #000000 color for 9th and # da2e09 for 10th shape.

Learn How to Create a Realistic Mailbox Icon in Photoshop

Step 10

Select the 11th shape layer and use the following blending options settings. Use the same settings for shape 12 also.

Learn How to Create a Realistic Mailbox Icon in Photoshop

Lastly, create shadows for some parts using ‘pen tool’ as shown below.

Learn How to Create a Realistic Mailbox Icon in Photoshop

Step 11

We are done with the mailbox so far, next we’ll move on to create letters. Create a new layer; select the ‘rectangle tool’ to draw a rectangle. Then select the ‘pen tool’ and create a triangular shape with one angle a bit rounded as shown below. After that, duplicate the triangular layer by going to Layer> Duplicate layer. Then go to Edit> Transform> Flip vertical and drag this triangle to the top of rectangle to form this basic letter shape.

Learn How to Create a Realistic Mailbox Icon in Photoshop

Step 12

Use the following layer style settings for the rectangle.

Learn How to Create a Realistic Mailbox Icon in Photoshop

Use the below displayed settings for the upper triangle.

Learn How to Create a Realistic Mailbox Icon in Photoshop

Step 13

Click on the letter layers while pressing ‘Shift key’ to select them and collect these in a group. Duplicate this group 2-3 times and change color of each duplicated group to form different colored letters. You can arrange and resize these letters by pressing Ctrl+ T.

Learn How to Create a Realistic Mailbox Icon in Photoshop

After that, collect all the letters groups in a new group and then go to Layer> Merge group to have all letters in a single layer. Next, click on this merged layer and press Ctrl+ thumbnail of the first shape layer, then go to Select> Inverse. Finally, press ‘add layer mask’ icon, which is present at the bottom of the layers palette. By doing so, letters would appear inside the mailbox. That’s it.

Learn How to Create a Realistic Mailbox Icon in Photoshop

Hope you enjoyed learning this tutorial. We’ll be waiting for your response.

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