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Long Shadow Flat Icon Photoshop Tutorial
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Today we'll learn how to create a flat long shadow effect for text, shapes, graphics. You can create your own flat icons and you can add depth with this flat long shadow effect. We'll duplicate the layers and distribute them to create a 3D effect that will become the shadow. You can easily customize the opacity of the shadow, the length of the shadow, the direction and so on.


In this tutorial I will show you how to create a long shadow effect in Photoshop that you can use to create your own flat icons and other flat design elements.

First use the Rounded Rectangle Tool to create a flat icon; use the color #f3b63c for the rectangle shape. Call this Icon Shape layer.

Convert the Icon Shape layer into a smart object

Now I will add an image for the icon and place it in the center of the rectangle. You can use a flat icon or you can use a simple custom shape ; I decided to use a clock icon from this free set of flat icons . You can also pick one of these amazing flat icons , it is up to you.

Call this layer Icon Image and convert it into a smart object like you did with the rectangle shape.

Now duplicate the Icon Image 40 times; use the CTRL+J to make the process much faster.

Move the layer Icon image copy 40 like shown in the image.

To create the long shadow effect we have to distribute layers so that we have an equal space between the layers. For that you have to select all the layers from Icon image to Icon image copy 40. To make multiple continuous selection of layers click on the first layer, keep the SHIFT key pressed and click on the last layer.

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2 comment(s) for "Long Shadow Flat Icon Photoshop Tutorial"

2:55 AM Friday, March 14, 2014
Very nice Tutorial.. reply
1:39 AM Saturday, March 15, 2014
Thanks for the tuto. I learned some new techniques. reply

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