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Little People Icons
by Matt Kloskowski
Hi, and welcome back. For some reason, I've been infatuated with icons lately. You mayhave seen the tutorial I created in the last NAPP Newsletter on emoticons. I receivedsuch great response from it that I thought I'd take it a step further. If you're a windowsuser, you may have seen the little windows people scattered throughout the systemfolders in XP. If you're not a windows user then you most likely have seen themsomewhere anyway. Here's a quick way to create them.
Create a new 500 x 500 pixel Photoshop canvas. Fill the background with a niceblue color. I used R:111 G:146 B:250.
Create a new layer named BODY. Select the Elliptical Marquee Tool and draw anoval. Then hold down the Alt/Option key to subtract from your selection and drawanother oval at the top of the body for the head. Set the foreground color to a light gray(R:171 G:171 B:171 ) and dark gray (R:108 G:108 B:108) as your background color.Then select the radial gradient tool and drag a gradient from the top down.