Today I’ve started working on the Adobe creative suite after yesterday’s Creative Cloud icon. As you might expect, the icon I’ve started with is Photoshop – certainly Adobe’s most well-known app. While I have started with the latest Creative Cloud icons as a basis for the design, the finished icon really could work with any version of the app.
My first mission was to find a way to make a blue square look more like an iOS 7 icon. The two obvious answers were the use of colour and the font. The strong gradients used in iOS 7 had to be represented here, and after some experimentation I dropped the dark blue colour from the current icon design and opted for a brighter tone. The result looks a little similar to the gradient used in Mail in iOS 7.
The other important choice was the font, and I chose Helvetica Neue in Ultralight. It’s the font Apple used when it was promoting iOS 7, and it looks really nice here. I also thinned the line around the edge of the icon, as it looked much too heavy with the lighter font.