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Creating a Magnifying Glass graphic

Apr 14, 2012 11:58 AM

Hello Everyone,

 

Anyone know how I could create a magnifying glass graphic using Adobe Photoshop?

 

I did do a search but it mostly came up with instructions or info on how to create one that'll also actually have a "magnifying" or "glassy" look to it.

 

While just I want to create a simple one, just containing a circle and an handle attached to it.

 

Kinda like the following:

 

http://www.iconfinder.com/icondetails/42437/32/alt_glass_magnifying_ic on

 

And in case you're wondering why I don't use the above, I'd like to create one with my own colors.

 

I'd appreciate it. Thanks in advance!

 
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    Apr 14, 2012 1:41 PM   in reply to dansbanners
    1. Select the Custom Shape tool (or Press Shift + U until the Shape tool on the tool bar becomes a star)
    2. In the Options bar under the main menu, click the Shape Layer option (the first button next to the star)
    3. From the Shape menu on the Options bar select the magnifying glass, hold Shift and drag from the center of the canvas to make a magnifying grass with the desired size. It will appear with your foreground color.

     

    to change to different color, change your foreground color and press Alt + Delete.

     
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    Apr 15, 2012 2:09 AM   in reply to emil emil

    So this symbol is supposed to be a star?  I always thought of it as a running Gummy Bear that melted in the sun...

     

    star.JPG

    To dansbanners regarding the steps detailed by emil emil:  If the magnifying glass shape is not available in your palette of shapes, you can load additional shapes from the flyout menu by clicking on the tiny arrow at the top right of the shapes palette.

     
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    Apr 15, 2012 4:56 AM   in reply to acresofgreen

    acresofgreen wrote:

     

    So this symbol is supposed to be a star?  I always thought of it as a running Gummy Bear that melted in the sun...

     

    star.JPG

    ...

    What is usually in your mind affects how you see things. You should cut down on junk food

     
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    Apr 15, 2012 8:30 AM   in reply to dansbanners

    You could also combine a couple Rectangular and Elliptical Paths in a Vector Mask on a Solid Color Layer and set them to Add or Intersect as needed.

    magnifyingGlassScr.jpg

     
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    Apr 15, 2012 8:36 AM   in reply to emil emil

    emil emil wrote:

     

    What is usually in your mind affects how you see things. You should cut down on junk food

    How true!!!

     
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Apr 15, 2012 1:15 PM   in reply to dansbanners

    The advice given above is great, but I'd like to toss out another idea:  Search the web for stuff like:

     

    magnifying glass Photoshop file

     

    You turn up some very nice free PSD file downloads that you can open and see how the designers did their stuff.  The first match with the above search in Google nets you a very nice example from psdgraphics.com.

     

    -Noel

     
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    Apr 15, 2012 2:46 PM   in reply to Noel Carboni

    Noel Carboni wrote:

     

    The advice given above is great, but I'd like to toss out another idea:  Search the web for stuff like:

     

    magnifying glass Photoshop file

     

    You turn up some very nice free PSD file downloads that you can open and see how the designers did their stuff.  The first match with the above search in Google nets you a very nice example from psdgraphics.com.

     

    -Noel

     

    I'll second that. It always amazes me what you can find if you look. There must be a brush set for every contingency, for instance, and almost as many Shapes. I bet there is even a font out there that incudes a magnifying glass!

     
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    Apr 15, 2012 2:48 PM   in reply to Trevor Dennis
     
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