In this AwesomePhotoshop tutorial, i’m going to show you how to create a isometric microchip icon using basic drawing tools and transformations. Have fun.

Here is the Final Image
Before we start lets see the final image we’ll create through out this tutorial. You can download the layered PSD document here.

Before You Start | Tutorial Details:
Software Used: Adobe Photoshop
Tutorial Time:
Difficulty Level: ★★★★

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Create a New Document
Lets start by creating a new document which is 1200 pixels wide and 900 pixels at a resolution of 300 pixels/inch, make sure Color Mode is set to RGB

Set the Grids Up
Fill the background with #1199cc. First we’ll set up the grid that will make it easy for us to draw the main parts. Go to View > Show > Grid. Go to Preferences > Guides, Grid & Slices. Set gridline every 300 pixels and set Subdivisions to 16

Start with a Rectangle
Set Foreground Color to 65% Gray. Get the Rectangle Tool, set Mode to Shape Layers. Draw a rectangle in the middle of the canvas like in the below image. Rename the shape layer "Bottom Extrude"

Top Part with a Dent
Duplicate the "Bottom Extrude" layer and name it "Top Extrude"
. Make "Bottom Extrude" layer invisible for now. Get the Ellipse Tool, click Subtract from Shape Area button, holding down the Alt key, draw a circle like in the below image. The circle will be subtracted from the rectange.

The Metal Parts
Get the Rounded Rectangle Tool, click the Create New Shape Layer button, set Radius to 8 pixels. Draw a square like in the below image, set Color of the shape layer to White.
Get the Rectangle Tool now, click the Add to Shape Area Button and draw a rectangle like in the below image. Then get the Path Selection Tool, select the second rectangle and move it down and center vertically with the rounded square.

The Metal Parts
Select both shapes using the Path Selection Tool, holding down the Alt and Shift keys, drag the selected shapes two gridlines down to duplicate and repeat this for three more times. You should have a total of five as in the below image. Rename the shape layer as "Metal Right"

The Metal Parts
Duplicate the "Metal Right"
layer and name it "Metal Left". Get the Move Tool, holding down the Shift key drag and place it on the left side as in the below image.

The Right Legs
Get the Rectangle Tool and draw the rectangle one in the below image.
Then press the Add to Shape Area button and draw the second one. Get the Path Selection Tool and select both rectangles, holding down the Alt and Shift key, again duplicate the selected shapes four times and place each as in the image below. rename the shape layer as "Right Legs".

The Left Legs
Duplicate the "Right Legs" layer and name it "Left Legs". Get the Move Tool and drag the layer to left and align it with the "Metal Left" layer as in the below image. Make both leg layers invisible for now

Let’s Rotate & Scale
Go to View > Show > Grid to hide the grid. Select all the "Extrude" and "Metal" layers in the Layers Panel, hit Command+T, rotate them 45 degrees and apply. Then hit Command+T again and set Vertical Scale to 60% and apply
What People Said About This Post:

  1. Amazing Eren…… Top quality work…. It does take a lot of time, but its worth it… This procedure can be used to create any shiny icons with the isometric perspective….

    I wonder if it is easier to create this in Illustrator? ….. but PS definitely gives more flexibility.

    The shiny gradient is very well chosen… ever step needs a pat on your back :) Bravo

    • Eren Göksel

      i’m glad you liked.
      You’re right, 30 or 45 degrees of rotation followed by a horizontal 60% scale can be used to create almost any isometric stuff.
      Thanks for your nice comment:)

  2. Ayaan

    Nice Microchip EG

    very well written and explained



  3. Lex

    Step 2 is:
    Go to Preferences > Guides, Grid & Slices.

    Should be:
    Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides, Grid & Slices.

    Very nice tut. Keep up the good work. Made some nice stuff because of this site.

  4. Terrible terrible mistake, you can’t just put the dent anywhere, it goes next to pin 1. Other than that, great work! :)

  5. that is truly stunning! inspiring! awesome site too!

  6. Very nice tuturial! )

    And how much time was spent on the lesson?

  7. Great chip Eren! Looks so futuristic and cool!

  8. very nice project. a little difficult but very beautiful.

  9. Jon

    im doing fine but the gradient bit makes no sence to me :( whenever i try to add a gradient it only apply’s on the backround and not on the “top extrude”

    • Eren Göksel

      is there any chance that you’re using the Gradient Tool instead of applying a Gradient Overlay Layer Style?

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  11. I think the shadow is not good

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  13. Wow incredible post! Fantastic tutorial dude. It�s insane how many exceptional tutes you guys publish. Absolutely love your website. Say thanks!

  14. Henrik

    First of all thank you for a great tutorial :)

    I had a bit of trouble at step 22, so I found out that you needed to move the Top Extrude copy layer down two times while holding shift..

    Pauke, pauke

  15. engin

    that is really excellent work….it is so complex and too difficult for me..however i hope one day i will do that…:) thank you for everything..

  16. Rafa

    I don’t quite understand step 14

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