It’s been a while since I posted some Photoshop files here, so I’ll add two this time, as they go hand in hand. First up is a 350 pixel Xbox jewel logo found on game covers and packaging. In hindsight, I should have created it much larger, but this is as big as it gets. It’s made up of tons of layers, but they’re all labeled well enough so you can figure out what each accomplishes. The only part of this file I didn’t create from scratch is the actual Xbox “X” symbol in the middle.
The second Photoshop file is a 256×256 pixel image representing a game cover, originally created for Xbox Media Center usage (which makes use of the jewel logo above). The Halo 2 cover is a scan of the game jacket itself, and the header and Xbox Live strip are also separate layers. Under the cover layer is a “Place Game Cover Here” drop zone-looking area, possibly for a drag-and-drop style cover creation program.
You can see both images in the preview JPEG image, or download both Photoshop files as a zip archive (1.2 MB). Feel free to modify either however you see fit — all I ask is that you drop me an email if you do end up using them in a project. Both files were created in Adobe Creative Suite 2 with compatibility mode on. While I haven’t tested it, these files should open with at least Photoshop 7.0 or greater.
Continuing in my Photoshop file giveaway category, I present you with some Apple advertising in layered Photoshop format. While I didn’t come up with the advertisement idea, I did make the file from scratch (except for the AirPort Expess photo). Apple’s advertising is a vital part of their brand, especially the music parts of it, and I think it’s interesting to study how they make it. I have left my original screenshot inside the Photoshop file in a layer titled “reference” so that you can compare. You can explore how Apple’s advertising is created by poking through the layers in this file and hopefully learn something from it. Creating this kind of thing keeps my Photoshop skills fresh, as well. Just as for the others, this is a Photoshop CS2 file saved with compatibility mode on.
In the hopes that developers will use this to promote their Tiger-ready projects, I present you with a gigantic Tiger logo layered Photoshop file. The dimensions of this thing are huge — 2576 x 3067! It includes the OS X logo, drop shadow, grey spotlight, and black background, all on their own layer (or as layer effects). I’m sure Apple has some guidelines on all logos and branding, so in the interest of channel guidelines, please use it tastefully. Enjoy (7.7 MB zipped).
I created these RSS and XML badges for a project, and I was happy with how they turned out. I’ve seen bunch of tutorials on the web about how to create aqua-looking images, so I thought I would add this to the list. You can obtain the original layered Photoshop files here, for RSS and XML. They were saved in Photoshop CS2 with compatibility mode on, so they should open with past versions just as easily. Feel free to use them for whatever you want.
Update: By request: CSS (green) and xHTML (gray) badges as well.