We are visual creatures. As much as we like to think we appreciate the inner quality of things, the reality is that we start off judging every book by its cover. It comes as no surprise then that icons have an enormous impact on how we experience the digital world. So as a web designer, the ability to create quality icons is critical to your ability to breathe life into people’s online experiences.
In this post, we have a vast collection of 50 icon design Photoshop tutorials that will help teach you the skills needed to create your own.
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In this tutorial they explain how to design an icon for your mobile device’s home screen.
In this tutorial you’ll be creating a semi-realistic, sci-fi icon that could be used as a battery or dock icon.
With this tutorial you’ll be walked through the process of creating the takeout coffee cup above from start to finish, exploring a wide variety of techniques in Photoshop that can be applied to almost any type of design and drawing.
Learn To Create A Padlock Icon
Simple icons are relatively easy to create but more realistic icons can be quite challenging. In this tutorial they’ll demonstrate how to create a detailed Fuji X100 camera icon in Photoshop.
In this tutorial they’ll be showing you how to make your very own pen tool icon from scratch, using Photoshop CS5.
In this Photoshop tutorial, they show you how to make a cardboard box that can be used for a number of purposes, such as for icons or for other design purposes.
Here they’ll show you how to create a detailed audio receiver icon using Photoshop’s vector editing capabilities.
How to Draw a Shopping Bag Icon
Learn to draw a red shopping bag icon with this tut, covering the basic techniques of drawing, including creating the shape, shading, and adding shadows.
Create a Leatherback Book Icon
Learn how to create this leatherback book design in Photoshop. This tutorial will show you how to draw a book and apply textures and layer styles.
In this tutorial they’ll demonstrate how to create a download folder icon using different shapes and reflections.
Create a Mac Style Home Icon in Photoshop
In this tutorial you are going to create a Flash Drive image which can be used as an icon or added to your design project.
How to Create a Beautiful Printer Icon
Learn how to create this beautiful printer icon with reflections and shadows. A detailed PSD is included with this tutorial.
Google Plus is making its presence known all over the internet, so in this tutorial you’ll be shown you how to create your very own glowing Google plus icon/illustration.
In this tutorial they’ll create a paint brush icon, complete with wooden palette and paint dollops. Employing textures, layer styles and a good sense of lighting to create a fun looking icon.
In this tutorial you’re going to explore how easy it is to illustrate a guitar in Photoshop using tiny shapes, gradients and subtle shadows. Using these techniques and a good reference photo you can create an amazing amount of detail and realism.
Blog Writing Professional Icon
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a Blog Writing Professional Icon.
In this tutorial they’ll demonstrate how to create a completely unique UFO inspired social media icon based on a theme.
Draw a Realistic Steam Iron
This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to create a realistic Steam Iron from scratch, learning how to create realistic shadows & highlights on plastic and metal.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a Polaroid camera icon using lots of layer styles and draw manually with the brush tool to achieve the realistic appearance.
Create A Nintendo DS
In this tutorial, using basic layer styling and some basic tools, you will learn how to create the Nintendo DS below.
Design An iPod Shuffle Icon
For this tutorial you’ll be dipping into a little bit of icon design for iOS applications.
Creating an Alarm
Creating still life objects in Photoshop is great practice for learning how to create other objects. In this tutorial they’ll demonstrate how to create an alarm using layer styles, dodge and the burn Tool.
In this detailed tutorial you’ll be shown how to create a cool camera lens in Photoshop. The camera lens later could be used as an icon or illustration.
Stock photo vector portable media player interface
In this detailed tutorial you’ll be shown how to create a cool camera lens in Photoshop.
Stock Photo Vector Portable Meter Interface
In this tutorial, you’ll go through the easy steps for creating this nice envelope icon. There’s a light use of the Pen Tool in the tutorial, but most of it uses Selection Tools to create this icon.
Create a 3D Industrial-Style Download Icon
This tutorial teaches you how to create a unique 3D download folder icon with textures. It also explains some useful techniques for creating more visually impressive 3D icons.
In this tutorial they’ll demonstrate how to create a roll of camera film using Photoshop.
In this tutorial, they’ll show you how to create a detailed vintage TV from scratch using Photoshop’s vector editing capabilities. The detailed step by step guide will help you to understand the process of its creation.
In this tutorial you’ll create a pen tablet icon from scratch, specifically the Wacom 12" Cintiq tablet. This model combines touch and pressure sensitivity, which allows users to draw directly on the screen. These capabilities make it a favorite for illustrators.
This design tutorial explains how to draw a 3D book icon from scratch with the help of Photoshop, using the Pen Tool, Polygonal Lasso Tool, and Gradient Tool, among other things. A strong proficiency in drawing shapes is needed to complete this tutorial.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create this iconic piece of furniture from scratch in Photoshop.
Draw a Globe Icon
In this intermediate-level tutorial, they’ll show you how to make this awesome icon from scratch using Photoshop. You will need basic knowledge of Photoshop and familiarity with the Pen Tool.
USB Stick Tutorial
In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to create a beautiful USB Stick icon.
In this tutorial, you’ll be making use of vector masks and layer styles in Photoshop to create the high quality electrical outlet icon below.
In this tutorial you’ll be shown how to create a Mac style radar icon in Photoshop. This could also be achieved easily in Fireworks or Illustrator.
How to Create a Battery Icon
In this Awesome Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to show you how to create a isometric microchip icon using basic drawing tools and transformations.
In this tutorial they’ll demonstrate how to create a cute Twitter bird icon in Photoshop.
Create A Green Button Isolated
In this tutorial they’ll demonstrate how to create a green button isolated, using layer styles, dodge and the burn Tool.
In this tutorial, they’ll draw a retro Star Trek style communicator. they’ll combine layer styles and lots of manual drawing. So, prepare your Wacom to boldly go where no Photoshop tutorial has gone before.
Stock Royalty Vector Digital Clock
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create an illustration of a digital clock using the pen, dodge and burn tools.
Follow this step by step guide to create the below briefcase icon in Photoshop. You’ll build the rough outline with basic shapes, then add depth and definition with various layer styles such as Inner Glow and Stroke.