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Create a set of wooden cut out icons.

  • Today, we will create a set of wooden cut out icons. This is actually very easy but useful method. Let’s get started.
  • Tutorial Resources:

  • Tree Bark

Step 1

Create a new file named ‘icons’: 600 by 300px, RGB color, 8 bit and white background.


Step 2

Now we need grid and rulers, Go to view > rulers and view > show> grid.

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Step 3

Now right-click on the background  layer.Double click the background layer and click “convert to smart object”. Than rename the layer ‘background’.

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Step 4

Create a new layer by clicking on the “Create a new layer” icon second from the right at the bottom.Rename the layer,”first icon”.

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Step 5

Using the rectangle tool,create a rectangle.

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Step 6

Click “Add a layer style “ icon in the layer panel. Use these settings:

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This is what you should get:

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Step 7

Now the text or the main object.Temporarily disable the grid.This will help to see the icon clearly.Use this stock: Tree Bark. Place it and position it over the icon.

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Step 8

Now select overlay from the blending mode and set opacity to 37%.

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Step 9

Now we have to put the text or symbol in the icon. Select the text tool and write Ps. I used Georgia font regular type,size 36 pt and black color.

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Step 10

Now go to layer style,and use following settings:

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Step 11

Now group all the layers except the background.

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Step 12

Now rename the group as “First icon” and bring back the grid.

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Step 13

Now duplicate the group by right-clicking the group and clicking duplicate group.

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Step 14

Now rename the second group as “second group”.

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Step 15

Press command+T to move the second group:

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Step 16

Now select the test tool and select the ‘Ps’ and change it to ‘Ai’.

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Step 17

It should be like this:

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Step 18

Di the third on ein the same way write flash this time,and L should be 30 pt. :

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Step 19

Now remove the grid .Go to  the background layer and apply gradient.

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Apply linear gradient this way:

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Step 20

Create new layer,naming it “The line”.Bring back the grid and draw a line over the icons.

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Step 21

Use these settings :

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Step 22

Remove the grid and you should get the following result:


Final Results



Space. Narrative. Design.

Those scant few colours of the ships disguised for warfare beyond the arctic circle lend a patterned, stylised simplicity to their purpose.  War-paint for sea-cutting hulls of steel.  Fragile shells against both the elements and Man’s violences.  Now the patterns become an aggressive form of representing dis-order; an affective means to portray an awareness of our current environment.

From pg. 33 of H.M.S. Ulysses (Maclean, 1979):

“Where the Ulysses went, there also went death.  But Death never touched her. She was a lucky ship. A lucky ship and a ghost ship and the Arctic was her home.
Illusion of course, this ghostliness, but a calculated illusion. The Ulysses was designed specifically for one task, for one ocean, and the camouflage experts had done a marvellous job.  The special Arctic camouflage, the broken, slanting diagonals of grey and white and washed-out blues merged beautifully, imperceptibly into the infinite shades of grey…

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