I have created app named i am poor for learning purpose I was trying to create icon the background colour of icon i chosen same as whatsapp icon colour but now I'm seeing difference WhatsApp had applied lighting very properly my problem is that i can see difference but difficult to understand the difference what is that is it gradients or something else? How we can achieve this effect? screenshot


Thanks for the answer @sabineR this how my icon look like nowenter image description here

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    Yep, looks like a gradient to me. Commented Jul 8, 2019 at 20:11
  • How can we achieve this type of gradient in illustrator or photoshop? Commented Jul 8, 2019 at 20:12
  • @DrxSalimAnsari - both applications have a gradient tool.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Jul 8, 2019 at 20:55
  • I know both have gradient tool but see the WhatsApp icon its has only one colour and colours are balanced all corner Commented Jul 9, 2019 at 4:19
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    @DrxSalimAnsari - no, the whatsapp icon has a gradient of two distinct colours. You can use the eydropper to sample the colours, add them as swatches, and make a similar gradient using the gradient tool.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Jul 9, 2019 at 5:45

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It's just a simple gradient of two colors. I replicated it in photoshop by using the eye dropper tool to get the top and bottom color (put them as foreground and background colors) and then used the gradient tool as a straight vertical line from the very top of the icon to the very bottom.

Although I would recommend to not use the exact same colors as a big company that could sue you for copyright infrigement... Or at least first look up the legal stuff about that.

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  • Thank you for answer and advise madam this personal project just for learning android app development i will never upload it on play store i wonder big company have copyright to the colours too which is freely available in nature 😁 Commented Jul 9, 2019 at 16:55
  • Well the colors it self shouldn't but the combination of them in a similar environment might. But I think it's still possible to licence colors in a way. For exhample I heard that one newspaper website licenced the link color they used. I'm not sure how the rights work, though.
    – SabineR
    Commented Jul 10, 2019 at 6:36

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