Master Photoshop: Create A 3D Security Padlock Icon
Produce a 3D Security Padlock icon like the one above: Watch the video below and check out the step by step instructions.
1 Create A New Canvas
- Create a new canvas that is 500px x 500px.
- Ensure rulers and extras are visible.
- Ensure ruler measurements are set to pixels.
2 Set The Guides
- Set up horizontal guides as shown in the above image.
- Set up vertical guides as shown in the above image.
3 Create The Padlock
- Draw 3 rectangles with the Rectangle Tool using the guides as a reference.
- Make the middle rectangle a shade darker than the other two.
- Go to Edit > Transform > Distort and adjust the corners of the first rectangle and do the same for the rectangle furthest to the right.
- Using the Pen Tool fill combine points using the guides as a reference so that the padlock has a background. Make this the lightest shade of colour on the padlock.
- Creae a new layer
- Using the polygonal lasso tool (and the shift key to draw straight lines), draw a line as showvn in the above images.
- Fill the line with white.
- Duplicate the line layer twice and place the line layers as shown above
5 Create The Lock
- Using the Horizontal Type Tool, type in the letter 'U'. I used the font, Trebuchet MS and size 200pt.
- Flip the text layer vertically, go to Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical.
- Create a new layer.
- Using the Eliptical Marquee Tool, draw an elipse where the lock will meet the base as shown in the above images.
- Fill the eliptical selection with the same colour used on the 'U'.
- Create another elipse layer below the other side of the 'U'.
6 The Metal Effect
- Apply the above blending modes to the 'U' created in step 5.
- Save the blending mode settings used for the 'U' text using the "New Style" button in the layer style dialog box.
- Apply the saved layer style to the elipse layers above.
- Ensure that the 'U' layer is places above the elipse layers in terms of layer priority.
Observe the finished 3D security padlock created in Photoshop. How easy was that?