In this first post, I decided to join 2 things I love: icons and Fireworks! And as I’m a big fan of Bjango’s work (check it out bjango.com) I’ll start with a very simples tutorial to show you how to create a very cool icon using Fireworks.
THE FINAL RESULT
Open Fireworks and create a new document. I’m using 640×640 pixels. Using Elipse Tool (U) create a circle. Fill it with a linear gradient. I’m using the following colors sequence #F5F5F5 (top), #BEBEBE (medium) and#DCDCDC (down).
Add Noise filter with amount 1 to make it more realistic.
After that, create a new circle. I’m using linear gradient fill with the following colors sequence: #1A242F,#2C3D4E, #384C61, #5A6B82 and #818993.
Apply 2 filters to this circle: Drop-shadow with distance 2, opacity 100%, softness 0, angle 270º and color #ffffff. And the second filter is Noise with amount 2.
Create another circle with linear gradient fill using the following colors sequence #0A0A1E and #0A0A28.
Create another circle, with radial gradient fill using this colors sequence: #004C95 and #00102D.
Now we’re going to create the odometer’s markers. I’m adding 4 rectangles as you can see in the image bellow;
Now, combine the rectangles in a unique path using Union Paths on Path Tab.
Create another circle in front of the path. Select both and click Punch Paths.
I decided to delete some markers using Subselection Tool (A). Feel free to do it as you want.
Repeat steps 7 to 10 to create new markers. I’m using lighter markers with the #21D1F7 color fill and darker markers with #00163E color fill.
Create the alert bar using the same technique. Use 2 circles, and click Punch Paths. Use the image bellow as reference:
Now, create a square, turn it 45º and position it over the path created on step 12. Click Intersect Path.
Select the markers and use Glow Filter with width 0, opacity 35%, softness 10, offset 0 and color #00FFFF.
Apply radial gradient to the markers using the following colors sequence #B1EDFD and #82C5FF.
Create a new small circle. I’m using solid color #000000 with opacity 85% and Blend mode Overlay.
Create a triangle. Use linear gradient fill with the following colors sequence #F05258, #BA011C, #7A0222and #D50019.
Create another circle. I’m using linear gradient fill with the colors #A6A6A6, #333333 and #787878. Add Photoshop Live Effects, apply Bevel and Emboss using the setup bellow:
Use your creativity to add new effects to make it more realistic. The final image will be something like this:
Hope you enjoy it!
Want to use this for your next project? Download the source file to play with.