From this: to this:
This tutorial assumes you're familiar with photoshop 7 and it's tools.
Step 1 is the same regardless of what icon your making. Always spend a few minutes getting the foundations right.
1. Copy, paste and resize. Sharpen once. If the image looks too sharp fade it (Shift+Ctrl+F - handy tool, remember it!) and adjust as desired. This is your base layer.
2. Ctrl+L (opens level adustments).
10, 1.67 and 136
3. Add a new layer and fill it with #002241. Set the layer to exclusion and 63%.
4. Duplicate the base layer and move it to the top. Set it to soft light 100%.
5. To finish off this icon I flattened it (Layer>Flatten Image) and duplicated it. Using transform (Ctrl+T) I shrunk it down and rotated it slightly. Then I added a stroke (Layer>Layer Style>Stroke) ...
(colour: #FFF4EA / position: inside / size: 2 / blend mode: normal / opacity: 100%)
and a drop shadow (Layer>Layer Style>Drop Shadow)... (default settings). You should end up with something like this:
Here are some examples of other icons that used this tutorial:
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