Photoshop CS6: Simple Calendar Icon

Let’s take a look at how we can create a simple calendar icon in the Photoshop CS6 Beta, taking advantage of the new Stroke options within Shapes!

Simple Calendar Icon in Photoshop

Step 1

Like most of my design based tutorials, I’m starting off with a 1280 by 720 pixel document, using a simple texture I created for the background. You’re free to use any sized document and background that you wish.

Step 2

Once your document is ready to go, it’s time to start laying out our shapes, starting with our main Rounded Rectangle. A simple white Rounded Rectangle with a Radius of 40 pixels should do the trick!

Step 3

When your first shape is in place, let’s add two quick Layer Styles. A Stroke and a Drop Shadow.

This will leave you with a very subtle outline and drop shadow:

Step 4

When the first shape is complete, we want to create two duplicates, and clip them to the original Rounded Rectangle.

– Start off by duplicating the current shape with your Command/Ctrl + J shortcut.
– Once the shape has been duplicated, move it up by about 8 pixels (Press the up arrow 8 times).
– When the shape is in place, right-click on the shape’s layer in the Layers Panel and choose Create Clipping Mask. This will place our newly duplicated shape inside the original Rounded Rectangle.

Step 5

Now that the second shape is in place, repeat the last step to create an additional ‘page’.

– Duplicate the shape.
– Move it up by about 8 pixels.
– If the layer become unclipped from the duplication, right-click the layer, Create Clipping Mask.

You should now have two additional pages:

Step 6

We’re now going to create the paper that has been torn off. Create a standard Rectangle towards the top of your design. It should over about 1/3 the way up, and should be slightly darker than the other shapes.

Step 7

When the new shape is in place, we again want to make sure it’s Clipped (right-click the shape your Layers Panel, Create Clipping Mask), then we want to add two Layer Styles.

You should have something that looks like this:

Step 8

At this point, we want to add a ‘tear’ feel to this shape. As we’re not going for a realistic looking calendar, we’re going to keep the look ‘stylized’.

– If you want the option to be able to edit your shape later on, it might be a good idea to convert for smart filters. This can be done under the Filter menu at the top.
– Once converted, add a Wave filter (Filter > Distort > Wave) to give a stylized tear to your shape.

Your ‘tear’ should look something like this:

Step 9

Now that the tear is complete, let’s go ahead and add the red border at the top of the calendar. When you grab your Rectangle Tool, set a nice red color for the Fill, then look slightly to the right at the new Stroke option that’s available to you! Choose a slightly darker color for the Stroke, a size of 3 pt, and choose the Dashed line.

When you’re choosing the Stroke type, you can customize it even further in the More Options window. If you want to see see the new Strokes in action, check out this post!

When the shape has been drawn out, it should look similar to what you see below. You want to make sure to create it slightly larger than the main shape.

Step 10

Like our other shapes, we want to make sure it’s clipped to the main shape. Right-click on the new red shape, Create Clipping Mask.

Step 11

When the red border is clipped, it’s time to add a few Layer Styles! The Stroke Layer Style will allow the dashed stroke to appear insetted slightly.

Step 12

The main calendar is complete! All you need now, is text!

  • I like creating icons like this I really think they bring a bit more to my designs. As for the lines and effects that you put into it they look really good and effective, CS6 really does make things easier with the lines and I am sure I will see many more websites in the future using them as if the option is there with some practising they could be really good. The quality of this tutorial is really good, well done.

  • robsproductions

    Very nice! I learned a few techniques from this.

  • Thank you for the tut : ) really appreciate the time you take to make them. as a newbie i could have used a bit more explained but overall great job ~ thanx again!!

  • Thanks so much for this, and all you do. 🙂

  • Milan

    Thanks for tut 😉 Now I knwow what is cliping mask.

  • Gavin

    Having a problem here? when im creating the rectangle at step 6 i have a border around the rectangle every time and i cant figure how to get rid of it! can anyone help?