Create A Windows Vista Folder Icon in GIMP


In this guide, you’ll learn how to create a Windows Vista-style icon using Gimp. This is my initial experience with GIMP, so please excuse any incorrect tool names. For this tutorial, I used GIMP 2.2 on a Mac OS X.
Hope you find it useful!


Step 1

Navigate to File > New to start a new 250 x 250px image.

Step 2

Add a new Layer and use the Path Tool to create a shape similar to this:

Step 3

Use the “Create selection from path” option in the path tool’s settings.

Step 4

The design you created with the path tool should now be outlined and dotted.

Set your color palette to: #fff29e to ffd46f :

Apply the Gradient Tool from the top to the bottom of the folder. It should look like this:

Step 5

Highlight the folder and select Select > Grow – Increase by 1 Pixel. Then, choose Select > Border – Outline Selection by 1 Pixel. Switch the color to: #fff4db, and fill the border using the Paint Bucket (Shift + B). Finally, deselect everything with Select > None.

Step 6

Re-select the folder and grow the selection by 2 pixels. Follow this by Select > Border – Outline by 1 Pixel. Change your color to: #f4c85b, and fill the border using the Paint Bucket (Shift + B). Deselect all with Select > None. The result should look like this:

Step 7

Duplicate the layer in Layer > Duplicate Layer. Hide the original layer like so:

Step 8

On your second layer, use the “Perspective Tool” (Shift + P) to adjust like this:

9. Use the Scale Tool (Shift + T) to resize the image to:

Step 9

The folder is now complete, and it’s time to add a shadow.

Step 10

Create a New Layer and use the “Ellipse Select Tool” (E) to draw a circle like this:

Step 11

Fill the circle in the new layer with any color (the color won’t impact the final outcome). Then deselect with Select > None. The result should be:

Step 13

Adjust the layer’s opacity to 0.0 under the Layers panel.

Step 14

Go to Script-Fu > Shadow > Drop Shadow and apply these settings:

Step 15

A new layer named ‘Drop Shadow’ will appear. Position this layer between the Background and the First Layer:

Step 16

Move the shadow layer behind the folder for this final look:

Feel free to personalize the folder by adding items like papers, music notes, or movies. Enjoy your creation!

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