This is my first try at Mac icon design. I tried to use as few layers as possible, but you can be the judge of that.
I've included the icon in the 400 X 300 .psd as a Smart Object, you can get it here.
9 months ago
That looks pretty sweet. I think maybe the borders could use a bit more love, they are always tricky. Everything else looks good. But then again I'm no @Louie Mantia ;)
It's nice. Looks a little dark, and the highlight line on the gloss extends too far down the sides, I think. The glyph itself could use some alterations, the point on the pencil doesn't seem centered. The cutouts of the ruler from the tools dont seem even, and various spots seem rough. The floor shadow might not be as appropriate since the Dock gives it one anyway. It would also be nice to see a treatment on the glyph and a dark blue shadow instead of a black shadow coming from it.
@Louie Mantia Thanks for the feedback, Louie! The floor shadow is there to give the shot some depth.
@Ari To add on/concur with what Louie said:
• Definitely work on getting the space between shapes consistent. Right now the space between, say, the tip and body of the pencil, is a different thickness than the space between the body and the eraser segments. I made a similar glyph a while back– I ended up making paths for all of the "gaps", stroking them, and then tracing over that to get the distance perfect.
• I think keeping the blue part dark is fine, but shading the glyph slightly is a good idea. To get the shadow colors right, I'd use two shadow layers–a top one on soft light, the bottom on multiply–and tweak the opacities to get something that preserves the blue color.
• Speaking of colors, I feel like there can be some improvement on the blue color. Right now it is tealish at the bottom, grey at the top, and altogether not that inviting. It's a good idea to try and get your colors consistent. You can use muted colors while still keeping them cohesive and beautiful.
• You definitely need a shadow [The ones the dock adds are insufficient], but a floor shadow like this makes less sense than a drop shadow.
Hope that helps! Louie hit a lot of the main points for me :D
As is my custom, here are my edits applied to your icon! Let me know what you think.
@Ollin Thanks for the great feedback, your edit adds that final polish I need. The tutorials on your site are also quite helpful. :)
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