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Create a Sleek Calendar Icon – Photoshop Tutorial

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Hang out with us and create this sweet little calendar icon/web graphic using shapes, pixels, Layer Styles, and more in Photoshop! Learn a bunch of little tips and tricks about snapping, working with type and text, working with Layer Styles, just a tiny bit of burning in, and we even learn how to make chrome!

Sleek Calendar Photoshop Tutorial

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Step 1:

Create a new Photoshop Document sized 1280px by 720px and drop in an Apple style linen background using this tutorial » Create a Linen Texture in Photoshop. I also masked a Levels Adjustment Layer set to the Screen Blend Mode and introduced a little color to mix up the background a little.

030212 1a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 1b Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 2:

Create a new Layer and name it “Day Holder” and grab the Rectangular Marquee Tool and look to the Tool Options Bar and set the tool to draw “Fixed Size” with a width and height of 30px. Create a selection and fill it with black. Hit Cmd/Ctrl + D to deselect your shape.

030212 2a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 2b Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 3:

Duplicate that Layer and use the Move Tool (V) to shift the shape to the left until the shape touches the edge of your first square. TIP: Go View>Snap To>Layers to ensure that those shapes “click” to each other. Nudge the shapes using your arrow keys one pixel away from your first square. Repeat this process until you have seven squares with a one pixel gutter between each of them.

030212 3a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 3b Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 4:

Look to your Layers Panel and select all seven of these Layers and hit Cmd/Ctrl + G to group them into a folder. Name this folder “5th Row”. This will be the bottom row of our calendar. Duplicate this Layer Group four times and use your Move Tool (V) to shift each row up until you have that 1 pixel gap between your rows of shapes. Rename all of your Layer Groups as I have.

030212 4a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 4b Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 4c Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 5:

Now we need to create two more shapes before we start styling our calendar. Create a new Layer and name it “Day Names”. Grab your Rectangular Marquee Tool again and set your tool to draw “Fixed Size” to draw a rectangle to 216px width and 15px height. Position the rectangle as I have in the screenshot and then fill it with black. NOTE: We have a one pixel gap between the bottom of this new shape and the day squares beneath it.

030212 5a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 5b Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 6:

Create a new Layer and name it “Month”. We need to create a similar shape to what we just created, sized 216px wide and 30px high. Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool create this shape, fill it with a dark grey, and place it just as I have WITHOUT the one pixel gap.

030212 6a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 7:

Next we want to create a selection sized 216px wide and 154px high and carefully place this selection over our small squares. Create a new Layer and drag it below all of our Layer Groups and name it “Stroke”. Fill this selection with # e7e9ea.

030212 7a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 7b Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 7c Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 8:

Now open up one of your Layer Groups and select one of our little squares. Go Layer>Layer Style>Color Overlay of #f0f4f7 and use the settings I have. Also apply an Inner Shadow using the settings I have.

030212 8a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 8b Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 8c Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 9:

Next, right-click that Layer and choose “Copy Layer Style”. Open up all 5 Layer Groups and hold down your Shift key and select all of the Layers and right-click again and choose “Paste Layer Style”. Check out the screenshot to see the results of our handiwork!

030212 9a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 10:

Select the “Day Names” Layer and add a Drop Shadow using the settings I have. Add a Gradient Overlay which runs from #ebebeb on the left to #f4f4f4 on the right.

030212 10a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 10b Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 10c Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 10d Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 11:

Select the “Month” Layer and add an Inner Shadow using the settings I have below. Also add a Gradient Overlay which runs from #8bc620 on the left to #bcde4b on the right. Bump those colors in a little bit in the Gradient Editor like I have in the screenshot.

030212 11a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 11b Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 11c Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 11d Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 12:

Let’s punch some holes into the top of our calendar! Create a new Layer and name it “Punch Out”. Grab the Elliptical Marquee Tool and, while holding down your Shift key, drag out a small ellipse and fill it with White. Place this ellipse up near one of the calendar’s corners and duplicate that Layer and move it over to the other corner. Hit Cmd/Ctrl + E to merge both of our “Punch Out” Layers together.

030212 12a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 13:

Cmd/Ctrl + Click the “Punch Out” Layer thumbnail to load those two little ellipses as a selection and then select the “Month” Layer in the Layers Panel and go Layer>Layer Mask>Hide Selection. Then click the little eyeball next to the “Punch Out” Layer to shut it off.

030212 13a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 14:

Set your foreground color to #7e7e7e. Select the Rounded Rectangle Tool (U) and look to the Tool Options Bar and set this Tool to draw a Shape Layer and set the corner radius to 5px. Draw out a small pill shape which will act as the clasp at the top of our calendar and run into one of the holes we’ve punched into it. Grab your Move Tool (V) and hold down your Alt/Opt key and drag a second clasp over to the other punched hole.

030212 14a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 14b Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 15:

Next apply a Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, Bevel and Emboss, and Stroke using the settings I have used. Copy those Layer Styles up to the second clasp shape.

030212 15a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 15b Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 15c Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 15d Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 15e Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 16:

Set your foreground color to White and grab the Text Tool (T) and choose a font you like and type out a month name and a year. TIP: To get the arrows in the type use the hot key Alt + 174 and Alt + 175. Apply a Drop Shadow and a Color Overlay using the settings I have.

030212 16a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 16b Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 16c Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 17:

Grab the Text tool and type out small abbreviations for the names of the days of the week. Align these using Photoshop’s Move Tool within the shape we created on the “Day Names” Layer just as I have in the screenshot.

030212 17a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 18:

Apply a Color Overlay and a Drop Shadow to this text and copy it to the other 6 text Layers.

030212 18a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 18b Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 18c Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 18d Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 19:

The next step is a little tedious but it must be done! Grab your Type Tool and, using a bolder font face (I’m staying ultra-simple with Arial Bold), type out the number one for the first day of the month. I’m rolling with the layout of March, 2012. If your “Snapping” is still turned on this number should snap to the center of the square we want to align it in. Repeat this until you have all the days filled in! TIP: Align the text field CENTER for the first number, that way when you duplicate this little text field and get to double digits it will help keep you center aligned within the square without shifting to the right or left!

030212 19a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 19b Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 20:

Apply the Color Overlay and Outer Glow that I have to the first number and then copy the Layer Style to all 30 of the other numbers.

030212 20a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 20b Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

030212 20c Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 21:

Before we group all of these Text Layers together we need to dump in the “missing” days from the end of the previous month (this would also be the case for additional days running into next month). Add the text by duplicating a few of the Text Layers we already have and change the numbers to match the month you’re working on. Simply change the Color Overlay on these Layers to #bfbfbf.

030212 21a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 22:

Select all of our “Day” Text Layers and hit Cmd/Ctrl + G to group them all together.

030212 22a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 23:

To set the active/current day simply change the Color Overlay of that square and copy the Layer Style we have on our “March 2012” bit of text and paste it onto that day number Text Layer. TIP: You can quickly find the square under your number by Cmd/Ctrl + Clicking with the Move Tool (V).

030212 23a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

Step 24:

Add a few small colored ellipses using the Ellipse Tool and setting different colors or even throw a Layer Style or two onto them! That’s it! Enjoy your calendar!

030212 24a Create a Sleek Calendar Icon   Photoshop Tutorial

  • MoloneyMike

    @IceflowStudios @Tutvid really nice tutorial man! Its clean and attractive ;)

    • tutvid

      @MoloneyMike Thanks, bro!

  • http://liamwise.wordpress.com/ liamwise_

    Just WOW! @tutvid iceflowstudios 

  • Kumar Manikam

    yup he is awesome …plse do tell him to make tut short and sweet …Click the Tut “33min owww??.. fine later ” this is wat u want ????
    Detailed Explantion is totally awesome we can learn many in one tut BUT we are not prof.designers so tat makes us feel ‘ oouch’ .. plse do let him know tat
    Apart from tat he is good and u too…
    cheers:)

  • IceflowStudios

    Well that’s why we include the written tutorial as well. You can skim through the steps if you don’t want to watch the full video. Nathaniel likes to go into detail. That’s his style.

  • K3nnyblanc0