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Design a Stylish Mail Icon in Photoshop

I have worked on this new tutorial with Cucu Tudor. In this tutorial you will learn how to create a glossy mail icon that can be used for your apps or websites.

Step 1: Create a new document

Create a new document in Photoshop and fill it with white. Create a new layer and use the Pen Tool (P) to create the shape of the envelope. Then press Command + Enter to transform the path into a selection.

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Step 2: Apply Color

Fill the selection with this color #80a5c0 using the Paint Bucket Tool (G).

Step 3: Apply Gradient

Double click on the layer to activate the Blending Options and apply a Gradient Overlay like below.

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Step 4: Envelope interior

Now you need to create a new layer and create a new shape like below. Fill the shape with #738ea3.

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Double click on the layer you have just created and apply an Inner Shadow, Gradient Overlay and a Stroke to the layer.

Step 6: Add Shadow

To add the shadow below the envelope you need to use the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) and create a black shape like below. Then go to Filter Blur Gaussian Blur and use 3,8. This effect will make the envelope look like it is floating.

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Step 7

Create another new layer and create a shape like below then fill it with #4b7c9d. Next double click on the layer and add a Gradient Overlay.

Step 8

Create the lower part of the envelope and add a Gradient Overlay like below.

Step 9: Lines

Create a new layer for each line you create. You will create these lines using the Line Tool (U) set to white and different weights. Also you will change the Opacity of each as you wish.

Step 10: Sticky strip

Start creating the sticky strip of the envelope. Create a new layer then use the Pen Tool (P) to create the shape below and fill the layer with white.

Step 11: Strip texture

To create the strip texture you need to make sure you have the white strip layer selected and go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise and set the Noise to 56,56; Uniform and deselect Monochromatic. In the end set the layer to Opacity 15%.

Step 12: Elements

Now it is time to add the elements inside the envelope. Start with a piece of paper. Create a new layer and place it over the envelope like below then create the shape using the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) and fill it with white. You must create another layer above this shape and use a black brush to create the shadow that is going to be above the inside elements.

Step 13

Create another shape. This time use the Custom Shape Tool (U) and in the shape list search for the puzzle shape. When you find it place it onto the screen, use the Transform Tool to distort the element then add a simple gradient like below.

Step 14

Create another shape as you did in step 13 but this time select from the list the magnifying glass. Apply the shape and fill it with #2ea7fa. Also apply a smooth Gradient Overlay.

Step 15

Create a magnifying effect. Simply create a new layer and place it below the magnifying glass layer. The layer should be white with a soft grey gradient. Then add the text “text” and erase a part of it to make it look like it is magnified. Next you need to add a soft white gloss to make it look like a glass. In the end add the shadow by creating a new layer below all these and applying a soft black color. Then set the layer to 20% Opacity.

Step 16

Create a movie roll the same way as you did with the other elements.

Step 17

The last element is a pen. Create this shape using this color #ff7000.

Step 18: Details

Now it is time to add details and gloss to the elements. Follow the steps below as you will be taken through each modification so you can create it as well.

Step 19: Gloss

Next you need to add some gloss effect to the envelope. Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) and create 4 triangles the use a soft white brush to bring in some gloss.

Step 20: Final Shadow

Create a path like below using the Pen Tool (P) then transform it into a selection and use a black soft brush to add the shadow.

Step 21: Final Adjustment

In the end you need to darken everything a little and add more contrast. Press Command + A then copy Command + Shift + C and paste Command + V. Now that you have the image duplicated go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and increase the contrast a little.

This little icon looks pretty good when it is used on your app. Use Icon Composer to create the icon then set it to your app using Candy Bar.

Final Result

Download the PSD


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    I am a designer,it helps me lots

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    thanks for your valuable tutorial…

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    it is very good,i enjoy
    its wonderful that we can see this like tutorial
    thank you very much

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    you are Good man !

    thank you ^^

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    Thank you~It’s great,and help me a lot.

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    Nimish Patel (1 Point) September 2, 2010 at 4:27 am

    Hi I have gone through the article.It helps me lots.

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    fotowoltaika (1 Point) August 19, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Great! This is amazing what you have done! Good work!

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    pratham (1 Point) August 19, 2010 at 5:54 am

    I am a web designer.I am always searching to get something
    new inspiration from your website.
    Nice tutorials

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    sowmyabelur (1 Point) August 6, 2010 at 12:39 am

    An awesome one out here !!!

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    sowmyabelur (1 Point) August 6, 2010 at 12:38 am

    An Awesome one out here !!

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    Penang Web Design (1 Point) August 3, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    nice job…thanks…i learn a lot…

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    very nice tutorial…………..
    nice inspiration………..

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    Roxana (1 Point) July 16, 2010 at 10:48 am

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    ปั๊ก (1 Point) July 1, 2010 at 3:11 am


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    Angie (2 Points) June 25, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Do you know of a similar program like Icon Composer but not for a Mac or can you use it on a non Mac as well?

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    โหลดเพลง mp3 (1 Point) June 9, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Fun Tut! Love the icon.

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    โหลดเพลงฟรี (2 Points) May 29, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Thank you , tutorial.

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    Web Design (1 Point) April 26, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Love the mail icon now i can pimp mine out Thanks for sharing

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    kavyasudah34 (1 Point) April 5, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    This is really good! thanks !! post to webmaster “legitimate work at home jobs”

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    โหลดเพลง (2 Points) March 29, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Great tip, Thank you for your share!

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    Roncarrmusic (1 Point) March 17, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Great Tutor! Amazing, Thanks.

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    ดาวน์โหลดเพลงฟรี (1 Point) February 3, 2010 at 2:34 am

    Excellent post. Thanks26

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    ฟังเพลง (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Excellent post. Thanks19

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    ฟังเพลงออนไลน์ (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Excellent post. Thanks14

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    โหลดเพลงฟรี (1 Point) January 30, 2010 at 9:45 am

    its very nice. Great post

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    Berita aceh terkini (1 Point) December 31, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Artikelnya sangat bagus. Terima kasih sudah berbagi.

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    Rameexgfx (1 Point) September 28, 2009 at 9:36 am

    very nice I have learned more tips from this tutorial!

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    I think I’ve done it, look:

    It’s my first work in photoshop :>
    Unfortunately, I created too small workspace so it was a bit more difficult to finish it. But I’m proud of myself anyway xD

    Thank you for this tutorial Constantin!

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    Seu Pet Shop (1 Point) August 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Uau, it’s perfect. I’ll try to do it by myself!

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    Design Wannabe (1 Point) August 14, 2009 at 7:39 am

    very clean tutorial

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    Coji Lee (2 Points) August 14, 2009 at 12:41 am

    It’s amazing~!! It’s so detailed and well-orgnized~~Thanx alot for sharing

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    First, Good work. But why wasn’t it send to my email. Oh let me guess, because maybe it has no new tricks to show right..

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    After years I learn something really usefull about photoshop in the web!

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    nice job . huge man love it

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    Aria Ardania (2 Points) August 2, 2009 at 5:59 am

    Thank’s for the tutorial, I want to try it..

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    SALMAN (2 Points) July 25, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    It is nice but think i would be better in video format any ways
    it is also goog like this

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    Ricardo (2 Points) July 24, 2009 at 8:13 am


    great tut!


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    Hannah (1 Point) July 22, 2009 at 2:36 am

    Very nice, I really like it :-) It’s so cute hehe.

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    Willem-Alexander (1 Point) July 21, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    THX, for the great tutto..!!

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    Paul Endaya (1 Point) July 15, 2009 at 10:01 am

    I like all your tutorials. Thank you for sharing your skills. I’m not a web or graphic designer but when i saw your designs, it made me feel that i can be a good designer too with the help of your tutorials.

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    Ashley Adams : Postcard Printing (1 Point) July 6, 2009 at 1:58 am

    More than the outcome, I liked the detailed steps. Quite a few nice and smart things to learn here. Don’t get me wrong though. I think the icon is pretty cool. Would love to turn all my OS icons into something similar.

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    Helen Hunt (1 Point) June 28, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Thanks for this post again – as a software developer, I think I can now have a go at creating icons for my apps before outsourcing it to the pros :)

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    _electro_ (1 Point) June 19, 2009 at 3:31 am

    Thank youuuu….


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    Francki (1 Point) June 18, 2009 at 5:13 am

    Gracias desde Méxicoooooo

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    Quirijn (0 Points) June 16, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Very nice and easy tut, thank you very much. Would you mind to share us the font of ‘Stylish’ in the header as well? Thanks again!

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    momo (1 Point) June 9, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    thanks alot for ur effort :)

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    Web developer (1 Point) June 9, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Very easy to follow tutorial. One of the best I have ever seen. Thank you.

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    venaketesh (1 Point) June 9, 2009 at 10:21 am

    great………Awesome tutorial

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    Michael (1 Point) June 7, 2009 at 6:31 am

    Very nice outcome. Thanks for sharing and plz bring some more :)

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    Ahmed Sabry (1 Point) June 5, 2009 at 10:44 am

    AWESOME Tut.
    V.good design.
    My regards to u
    keep moving forward

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    retoucher77 (1 Point) June 4, 2009 at 7:23 am

    really impressive! excellent job!

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    tasarim george (1 Point) June 2, 2009 at 6:31 am


    has worked

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    6bus (1 Point) June 2, 2009 at 5:14 am

    thanks for the great tutorial
    what’s the font use for “Stylish” in the picture tittle

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    ProjectCenter (1 Point) May 30, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    This was awesome. Very detailed.

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    WebDev (1 Point) May 30, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Wow, this is a great tutorial. It took some steps until the final result, but it looks fancy! Hope you won’t if I share a link to this tutorial on my blog :)

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    Awesome tutorial… I like it ;) thnx for sharing

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    Daniel (1 Point) May 29, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Nice tutorial.. I will try this, most sertanly.

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    Stupid Monk (1 Point) May 28, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    details like ‘adding the noise’ are the main differences between a newbie and a pro :)

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    Mayank Singhal (1 Point) May 28, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I never thought it would be so easy

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    Vivek (1 Point) May 28, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Wow! Awesome Tutorial!!!!!!

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    Absolutely great tutorial :) thanks.

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    Great tutorial with a very nice outcome.

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    Dusan (1 Point) May 26, 2009 at 6:55 am

    Great tutorial, although I think 99% of the work is to imagine such a wonderful icon in your head

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    adobe photoshop tutorial & graphic design (1 Point) May 25, 2009 at 9:33 am

    great tutorial! i like it!

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    whisky (1 Point) May 22, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Thank you, This tut is usefull for me.

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    lawrence77 (1 Point) May 22, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    not bad…..

    Not a Constantin’s stuff :(

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    colesterol (1 Point) May 22, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    very nice ttutorial!

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    Cucu Tudor Ionel (Crimzprod.) (1 Point) May 22, 2009 at 8:39 am

    I’m very glad,because you enjoy this tutorial.Thank You!

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    lupozo (1 Point) May 20, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Very nice tutorial! Thanks

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    FAQPAL (1 Point) May 20, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Excellent tutorial, thanks for compiling.

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    Fatin Pauzi (1 Point) May 20, 2009 at 6:36 am

    Thanks a lot. I’m really happy to try it. Thanks! :D

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    CgBaran Tuts (1 Point) May 20, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Great tutorial thanks

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    Seojuhyun (1 Point) May 20, 2009 at 12:16 am

    very nice tutorial :D

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  75. Add point Subtract point (1 Point) May 19, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Neat tutorial. Don’t think I’d ever have a use for it, but always fun to see new stuff. The design of the envelope still kinda looks odd to me, but all in all the tutorial part was good which is what matters.

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    Sakis (1 Point) May 19, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Nice tutorial. Not so useful, but a good exercise.

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    Symon (1 Point) May 19, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Always looking for inspiration and this will certainly help. Thx.

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    rx1 zayiflama kapsulu (1 Point) May 19, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Very nice tutorial!

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    Liam McCabe (1 Point) May 19, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Sublime, design right up my street :)

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    terrify, very good result!
    i like it
    great tutorial as well!


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    Harish (1 Point) May 19, 2009 at 4:36 am

    good tutorial as a begineer this blog was really usefull to me thanks alot

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    Marco (1 Point) May 19, 2009 at 2:42 am

    Nice one, really love the details in the outcome.

    Still, I think you should make a seperate design for the 16×16 and 32×32 version – The design isn’t very clear at those sizes.

    Anyway, keep up the great work!

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    tashfeen (1 Point) May 19, 2009 at 2:37 am

    frankly i don’t see the point of a mail icon with things sticking out from it, feels a bit overdone for my taste. but it’s a good exercise nevertheless! :o)

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    Marc Kuiper (1 Point) May 19, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Very nice tutorial!

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    Shabu Anower (1 Point) May 19, 2009 at 1:38 am

    A class tutorial, I’m sharing this tuts with my readers :)

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