How to Create an Infinity Icon in Photoshop

Alex Krasner
Written by 
Alex Krasner 
on 
03 November, 2010

In this article, we would like to show you the process of creating icons in Photoshop using Pen Tool and Brush. We will use an example of the ‘Infinity’ icon that was used in the design of our new WordPress Design page.

Infinity Icon in a WordPress Page

Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Completion Time: 10-15 minutes
Download a PSD file.


Step 1

Create a new 400x400px document with a white background (Ctrl+N).

A new document in Photoshop CS5


Step 2

Draw the initial shape of the Infinity sign and cut out 2 hollow shapes in the middle.

Create an infinity sign with Pen Tool in Photoshop CS5

Use the Pen Tool (P) to draw a base layer of the Infinity sign and name it simply as ‘base’. Activate the layer by left clicking the ‘base’ mask.

Make a layer mask active in Photoshop CS5

Then select the Pen Tool with the following settings and cut out the hollow spaces inside the shape area.

Cut clipping paths with the pen tool in Photoshop

Tips: You may also use ‘∞’ sign, which is included in many fonts. That will remove the need to manually draw the figure.


Step 3

Using the Pen Tool draw 5 additional layers to give a “3D” effect to the icon. Name the layers as ‘1’,’2′,’3′,’4′ and ‘5’ and fill them with the colors as shown on the image below:

Work with Pen Tool in Photoshop CS5


Step 4

Add a Gradient Overlay layer style with the following settings to the ‘base’ layer.

Gradient Overlay options in Photoshop CS5


Step 5

Now add a Gradient Overlay layer style to layers ‘2’, ‘3’, and ‘5’ .
Layer ‘2’:

Gradient Overlay options in Photoshop CS5

Layer ‘3’:

Gradient Overlay options in Photoshop CS5

Layer ‘5’:

Gradient Overlay options in Photoshop CS5

The result should look similar to this icon.

Infinity Icon in Photoshop


Step 6

Create new layers from the Gradient Overlay of the layers ‘2’, ‘3’ and ‘5’: right-click on each layer and select Create Layer option.

Create layers from the layer style in Photoshop CS5


Step 7

For layers ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘4’, ‘5’, and ‘base’ add highlights and shadows. For each of the layers, create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N) and group it with a default layer (Ctrl+Alt+G). Use a hard and soft brush to add highlights of various opacity (30-40%).

Add highlights in Photoshop with brush


Step 8

Use the Pen Tool (P) to add additional highlights to the shape.

Add highlights in Photoshop


Step 9

Merge all layers (Merge Visible Layers option or Ctrl+Shift+E) and name a new layer as “icon”. Select Hue/Saturation parameter from the Layers panel and group this new layer with the “icon”. Apply the following settings to the color: Hue = -129, Saturation and Lightness = 0.

Change color in Photoshop with Hue/Saturation


Step 10

Select Curves in the Layers options and group a new layer with the ‘icon’ layer. Add contrast using Curves.

Add contrast using Curves in Photoshop


Step 12

Finally, add a shadow effect under the icon. Create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N) under the icon layer. Using the Elliptical Marquee Tool (Shift+M) create an oval, fill it with dark blue color and apply Gaussian Blur (Filter » Blur » Gaussian Blur) with radius 1.0.

Add a shadow in Photoshop with Gaussian Blur


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