In this case study/icon tutorial Edward Sanchez will share with us the creative process behind one of his personal projects, a really cool icon called the Real Apple Logo. The image mixes real photography with the Apple logo in Photoshop to create this super cool icon.

I'm not quire sure why I never thought of doing this before. And I certainly never saw it done by anyone.

Step 1

I started by getting a vector version of the logo so I could make a shape layer on photoshop.

Real Apple Logo in Photoshop

Step 2

Then I found a photo of an Apple to use as my base.

Real Apple Logo in Photoshop

Step 3

Using the liquify tool I morphed the Apple close to the shape of the logo.

Real Apple Logo in Photoshop

Step 4

In order to give it an ultra realistic feel to it, I adjusted the saturation, removed the original glow, and used smart blur and the clone tool to only keep the most prominent details of the apple. Then I masked it into the shape of the logo.

Real Apple Logo in Photoshop

Step 5

With the brush tool I added highlights and shadows to the shape to accentuate the volume.

Real Apple Logo in Photoshop

Step 6

I morphed the leaf with the liquify tool to make it come close to the original logo shape. I found that if I was 100% faithful to the shape it just looked too fake, so I retained some of the original leaf shape.

Real Apple Logo in Photoshop

Step 7

Now the actual bite!

I found a picture of a bitten apple and masked it into this hand drawn shape. I also added a bit of a shadow around it and inside it to give it some contour and depth.

Real Apple Logo in Photoshop

Step 8

Finally I added the floor shadow and voila!

Real Apple Logo in Photoshop

Step 9

Here are my layers… I like to keep my highlights in separate layers so I can control individual opacity as well as the filter.

Real Apple Logo in Photoshop

Conclusion

Here is the final result. You can share your opinions by leaving a comment or visiting my Dribbble profile.

Real Apple Logo in Photoshop

About the Author

Edward Sanchez is a UI designer founder of Kohive.com. Born in Brazil to a Spanish father he moved to London when he was 18 and lived there for 10 years. He has recently relocated to Silicon Valley to start at new position.

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