Make Social Media Icon Buttons

How to Make Social Media Icon buttons

Intro

This tutorial shows you how to make social media icon buttons in Photoshop–shiny, glossy buttons.  Presented are step-by-step instructions along with a YouTube clip so you can follow along.

How to Make Social Media Icon Buttons

Things you will need

YouTube Tutorial on Shiny Glossy Buttons

**See clearly:   Adjust the YouTude setting to view in HD.

Step-by-step

Step 1:
Choose File > New: 800px width and 800px height.

Step 2:
Set white foreground/black background.
Add a new layer to the image (Layer > New > Layer).
Name layer “Base”

Step 3:
Click on the Elliptical Tool in the toolbar.

  • Hold Shift and Draw circle.
  • Reposition it (center).

Step 4:
Double click on a layer to Edit Styles for a Layer.
Change the following settings:

  • Select the Gradient Overlay panel
    • Effect Color to black.
    • Select Radial from the drop-down menu for Style.
    • Check Reverse.
    • For Angle enter “90“.
    • Double click Gradient bar.  Enter Colors for dark and light point.
  • Select the Inner Glow panel
    • Select Normal from the drop-down menu for Blend Mode.
    • Effect Color to black.
    • Set the Size slider to 51.
  • Select the Outer Glow panel
    • Select Normal from the drop-down menu for Blend Mode.
    • Set the Size slider to 29.
    • Select Linear from the drop-down menu for Contour.
  • Select the Bevel and Emboss panel.
    • Select Ring from the drop-down menu for Gloss Contour.
    • Turn off global light.
    • 90 angle.
    • size 7.
    • Change Highlight Color as desired.

Step 5:
Add a new layer to the image.
Name Layer “Top Shine”

Step 6:
Click on the Elliptical Tool.  Create an elliptical shape.

Step 7:
Select the Move Tool  (or hold down Control) and drag to position the elliptical.  Transform as needed.

Step 8:
Make layer mask and select the gradient tool.

Step 9:
Change the following settings:

  • In the Options Bar:
    • Select the “Linear” icon for Gradient Type.
    • Select Foreground to Background from the drop-down menu for Gradient Swatch.
    • White foreground, black background.
  • Drag to define the location and size of the gradient (hold shift key).

Step 10:
Set the Opacity slider to 59.

Step 11:
Select “Base” in the Layers Panel.

Step 12:
Drag logo into document, transform to size, rename layer logo (if you copy/paste logo create a new layer first, name it logo).

Step 13:
Create a new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and create a clipping mask to logo layer

  • Set the Hue slider to ?
  • Set the Saturation slider to ?
  • Set the Lightness slider to ?

Step 14:
Select Logo layer.

Step 15:
Double click on a layer to Edit Styles for a Layer.
Change the following settings:

  • Select the Inner Glow panel.
    • Select Normal from the drop-down menu for Blend Mode.
    • Make Effect Color Black.
    • Set the Size slider to 13.
  • Select the Inner Shadow panel.
    • Set the Opacity slider to 75.
    • Set the Distance slider to 15.
    • Set the Size slider to 27.
  • Select the Drop Shadow panel.
    • Select Overlay from the drop-down menu for Blend Mode.
    • Make Shadow Color White.
    • Set the Distance slider to 2.
    • Set the Size slider to 0.

Step 16:
Select “Base” in the Layers Panel.

Step 17:
Make new layer above base.
Name layer “Bottom Shine”

Step 18:
Click on the Pen Tool in the toolbar to draw a path.  First anchor above half way line. Second anchor is 2/3 down.

Step 19:
Choose Paths > Fill Path (fill white).

Step 20:
Delete Path, move to taste.

Step 21:
Set the Opacity slider to 13.

Step 22:
Choose Layer > New > Layer via Copy to create a layer from copied data.

Step 23:
Choose Edit > Transform > flip horizontally.

Step 24:
Merge those path layers.

Step 25:
Select Logo layer.

Step 26:
Choose Layer > New > Layer to add a new layer to the image. Check Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask. Click OK to apply the changes.

Step 27:
Click on the Pen Tool in the toolbar to draw a path from bottom to top at a diagonal.

Step 28:
Choose Path to top left > Fill Path to white.

Step 29:
The Delete path.

Step 30:
Set the Opacity slider to 23, move layer above hue adjustment layer.

Step 31:
Select Overlay from the drop-down menu for Blend Mode.

Step 32:
Select “Base” in the Layers Panel. Choose Layer > New > Layer to add a new layer to the image.

Step 33:
Select the Twirl brush (#400) in the Brushes Panel.

Step 34:
Set the Brush Size slider to 750.

Step 35:
Make white as foreground color, Click to apply twirl brush.

Step 36:
Select Overlay from the drop-down menu for Blend Mode.

Step 37:
Set the Opacity slider to 83.

Step 38:
Select the Move Tool  (or hold down Control) and drag to position the selected layer.

Step 39:
Select “Top Shine” in the Layers Panel.

Step 40:
Choose Layer > New > Layer to add a new layer to the image. Click OK to apply the changes.

Step 41:
Click on the Ellipse Tool in the toolbar  to create an ellipse.

Step 42:
Choose Edit > Free Transform to apply one or more transformations.  Right click and select warp.  Pull down sides of ellipse.

Step 43:
Choose Layer > Layer Style > Outer Glow.

Change the following settings:

  • Select Normal from the drop-down menu for Blend Mode.
  • Effect Color:  white.
  • Set the Spread slider to 7.
  • Set the Size slider to 21.
  • Set the Range slider to 50.

Step 44:
Set the Opacity slider to 70.

Step 45:
Add Layer Mask > Reveal All to create a solid white layer mask to bottom shine.

Step 46:
Click on the Brush Tool in the toolbar.
Select the Soft Round brush in the Brushes Panel.
Set foreground color to black.
Mask away white marks.

Related Hints

Now that you know how to make social media icon buttons, learn how to add them to your WordPress website/blog.

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