Adobe Photoshop icons explained - new layer
Once you learn to recognize an icon, and have an idea what it does, it really doesn't matter what it looks like. But I was always inquisitive, and if you're wondering what this icon is trying to represent, here it is -
This is a piece of paper, with a turned corner (called a dog-ear) over another piece of paper. The dog-ear icon has been around for a long time to represent a piece of paper. Yes, all of these functions are available by using a text menu, and some of my students are frustrated that I don't focus on the text menu, or the names of things. This is simply because artists don't work that way. When I watch someone in Photoshop, or Illustrator, I watch how they work. If someday you are interviewed for a job, and someone watches you, they will see if you use the text menus or the icons. Artists use icons.
Posted by Brad Hall