Paint Palette icon

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Create your own Paint Palette icon in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial we will show you how you can create your own Paint Palette Icon. This is perfect for your cover designs and other graphical aid elements when booklet printingbrochure printing and designing for posters and magazines. The great thing is that this will be totally original and you will not have to rely on those boring and often used clip-arts common in other desktop publishing applications.

So just review the step by step process below and discover how you can easily create your own paint palette icon yourself using Adobe Photoshop. It should be easy, and even beginners should be able to handle it.

1. Open a new document in Adobe Photoshop using your preferred dimensions. Make sure you pay attention to your resolution. Make it a bit large(300 dpi) if you are planning to place this icon on a printed medium.

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2. With our new document open, click on the Pen tool in your tools panel.

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3. Now, slowly draw the shape of your palette.


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4. Next, create a new layer by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+N. Afterwards, go to the paths panel and right click on the current work path. Select the option to Fill Path... Use the a placeholder color for your palette for now.

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5. Now you should have a good base palette to work with.

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6. Now, create a smaller circle where usually the paintbrush should be. Just use the pen tool again. Make sure you select the “Subtract path” option on top so that you are subtracting from your original larger shape.

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7. You should have something like this already on the new layer that you created.


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8. Duplicate this as our base layer. Just right click on it and select “duplicate layer”. Hide the original as the backup just in case you make a mistake. We will work on the duplicate.

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9. Now, paste a wood texture unto your document. Place it on top of all other layers. Make sure you scale it correctly so that it matches our painter’s palette. Use the free transform mode (CTRL+T) rotate and scale your wood texture to specifications.

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10.  Once you are done orienting the wood texture. First select your wood texture layer the press and hold the CTRL key. Click on the palette thumbnail picture and then click on the button to “Add Layer Mask”.


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11. Now, you should have a basic wood looking palette.

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12.  Make the wood a little bit lighter looking for a true painter’s palette look. Just press CTRL+M and then adjust the curve a bit as you see it below. This should help you lighten the colours while maintaining some of their intensity.


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13.  It will be now time to merge our wood texture and the palette shape path itself. Just select our mask layer and then right click on them. Select the item “Apply mask” to merge them together.

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14.  Let us make things look a bit solid by using a little bit of blending options. Just right click on our palette layer and click on “Blending options”.


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15.  On the layer options, tick on the option for “Bevel and Emboss”. Use a value of 3 for the size and a value of 3 for soften. Also, click on the “Shadow Mode” color and change it to brown.

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16.  Next, tick off the gradient overlay option and then just reduce the opacity of the overlay to around 30%. This will add some extra shading to our color palette.

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17.  Finally, tick off the option for “Drop Shadow” and then use a 10 value for distance, spread and size.

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18.  Once you press OK, we should have our nice wood palette. We are now ready to add some paint.

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19.  Using the brush tool, just brush in different palette colours into our wood color palette. To make them easier to manipulate, it would be better for you to create a new layer for each brush color you add. (Shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+N)

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20.  Now, on one of those color layers, adjust its blending options. Tick of Bevel and emboss. Adjust the depth to 1000%. Use a value of 10 for the size, and soften it up to 16 pixels.

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21.  Once done, just press “OK”. Your first color blotch should be ready.


22.  Next, right click on the layer of our first color blotch and click on the option to “copy layer style”.

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23.  Then select all the other color blotch layers.

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24.  Right click on them and select the option to “Paste Layer Style”.

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25.  You should then have applied your base layer style to all those color layers. You now have your painter’s palette with color paints added.

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