Design Magnifying / Search icon in Photoshop

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This is another simple and quick tutorial to design Magnifying / Search icon in Photoshop.

Difficulty: Easy
Completion time: 10-15 minutes.
Tools: Adobe Photoshop

Final Preview

Before I start the tutorial, lets see the final image of the search icons that we will design in this tutorial.

Step 1:

Create a new document of size 512 X 512 px and transparent background.

Step 2:

Create a new layer and name it as Search Shape. Select “Custom Shape Tool
custom shape tool

Under web section select search shape.

And draw a search shape in color #646464

Apply following layer style to this search shape.

It should look like this now.

Step 3:

Select gradient tool with with Reflected Gradient mode and foreground color set to #878686.

Now select only handle part of the search shape and apply a small gradient.

Step 4:

Create a new layer just below “Search shape” layer and name it as inner circle. Select “Ellipse Shape Tool”.
ellipse tool

With SHIFT key pressed, draw a circular shape in color #799cb9 just inside the search shape.

Apply following layer style to “Inner Circle” layer.

It should look like this now.

Step 5:

Load inner circle shape and then using marquee tool, make a selection as shown below.

Create a new layer just above “Inner Circle” layer and fill the selection with white color. Change layer mode to “Soft light” and opacity to 30%. It should look like this now.

Step 6:

In this step we will add shadow. Using elliptical shape tool draw a shape in black color as shown below.

And now apply Gaussian Blur (Filter >> Blur >> Gaussian Blur) of 4 px radius to elliptical shape. Free transform (CTRL + T) the shape and stretch to both side.

Change opacity of shadow layer to 50-60%. Our Magnifying / Search icon is ready.


Free for personal and commercial use. No attribution is necessary.

Below you can download PSD file and PNG file of the search icon in 512, 256, 128, 64, 32 px size.

I hope you licked the tutorial.

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Name: Ravi Shekhar
I love learning and sharing web stuffs.

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