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Create a digital icon

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General, by Adam Smith

Reproduce this futuristic effect in your web and Infographic elements

Apply the ellipse shape tool

Cmd/Ctrl-click all original shape layers and pick the Shape tool. Open the Stroke options, setting a white Fill at 0.4pt Stroke Width. Add layer masks to all the original shape layers, using a 30% Opacity black brush to the bottom of your layer masks. Select the Ellipse Shape tool, draw a circle, duplicate it, decrease its size and place it inside the original shape. Cmd/Ctrl-click the duplicate the circle layer thumbnail, make a selection, add a layer mask to the original circle and invert it.

Create a digital icon

Create a dial chart base

Delete the duplicate ellipse shape layer. Set your original circle shape layer colour to a slightly lighter variation of dark navy (1d1f21). Convert this layer to a Smart Object then apply a Rasterize layer. Add a Stroke layer style (fx), setting Size at 1px, Position to Inside and Color to dark navy. Add an Inner Shadow layer style (fx), setting Angle at 120 degrees, Opacity at 50%, Distance at 7px and Size at 29px. Apply a hot orange Outer Glow layer style (fx), setting Opacity to 60% and Blend Mode to Screen. Tweak Spread and Size values.

Create a digital icon

Add chart values

Duplicate your circle layer and apply a Rasterize layer style. Cmd/Ctrl-click the original circle layer thumbnail and erase it from the selection in your duplicate layer. Set the duplicate to Color Dodge and hit Cmd/Ctrl+U, setting Hue to 20. Duplicate your original circle shape layer, naming this ‘dial’ and placing it at the top of the stack. Delete all layer styles. Use guides to split this duplicate layer into four sections then select the Rectangle Marquee tool. Add a layer mask to the bottom-right section of your shape then invert it.

Create a digital icon

Finalise the dial chart

Add a navy-to-teal Gradient Overlay layer style to your dial layer, positioning accordingly. Also apply Bevel & Emboss, setting Style to Inner Bevel, Size at 5px, Angle at 131 degrees, Highlight Mode Opacity at 36% and an Inner Glow set to 88% Opacity Screen Blend Mode. Set Technique to Softer, Color to a lighter teal, Choke to 19%, Size to 43px and activate Edge. Finally apply a Drop Shadow, setting the Blend Mode to Multiply, Opacity to 23%, Angle to 131 degrees, Distance to 25 px and Size to 25px.

Create a digital icon

Transparent effect

Duplicate the dial layer and apply a Rasterize layer style. Set a 35% Opacity Color Dodge. Convert the original layer to a Smart Object and add a layer mask to both dials. Cmd/Ctrl-click your duplicate dial layer thumbnail, making a selection, then apply to both this and the previous duplicate layer’s mask. Use a soft black brush at 35% Opacity. Apply a Screen blending mode to your duplicate dial layer and set the Opacity to 50%.

Create a digital icon