For something different, I’m going to show you how to make a sun burst icon.The above is a simple 57 x 57 icon, the size for an iPhone application, using what I believe is called a “sun burst” effect.
I am not good at art; all of my icons are put together using Biffy Beebe’s Icon Pack which you can get for just $10 right now. (Seriously, it’s awesome stuff.)
However, if like me you think it would be cool to be able to make a simple but good looking icon yourself from time to time, you might be interested in the sunburst effect.
Here’s how to do it in Photoshop;
Step 1: Start by creating a new image 512 by 512, as we always do when making a new icon for an iPhone app.
Step 2: Fill it with the color of your choice; I’ve used black.
Step 3: Create a new layer, and make sure you are working on it.
Step 4: On your new layer make a row of vertical stripes in another color, slightly different from the first. (Or wildly different, if orange and purple are more your thing!)
Step 5: Making sure your vertical stripe layer is still the active one, click on Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates.
Step 6: Select “rectangular to polar”. (Itis is selected by default in the version of Photoshop I am currently using.)
And you’re done!
It’s simple but a nice effect and one that I hope will be of use to some of you.
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