Create in Photoshop buttons for social networks

In this tutorial you will learn how to create simple social networking buttons. You will learn how to create pixel vector shapes, work with vector tools and add color using layer styles.
Final image:

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Materials for the lesson:

Step 1

Open Photoshop and create a new document (Ctrl + N). Set the document parameters that you see in the screenshot and click OK. Now add a grid to the document via the menu View – Show – Grid (View> Show> Grid) and enable snapping to it: View – Snap – Grid (View> Snap To> Grid). To get started, you need to put a grid every 5 pixels.

To do this, enter the menu Editing – Settings – Guides (Edit> Preferences> Guides), go to the Guides, Grid, and others tab. (Grid Slices) and in the Grid section in the Lines item, set the value to 5 pixels, and in the Inner division set the value to 1. Also, set the grid color to # a7a7a7. After the changes are made, click OK.

To preview the size and position of the drawn forms, use the Info palette: Window – Info (Window> Info).

Step 2

For foreground, set the color to #dcdcdc, select the tool Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle Tool) and in the property bar at the top of the screen, set the radius to 25 pixels. Draw a vector shape of 90×50 pixels.
On the property bar, turn on the Subtract button from the shape area and draw a vector shape of 80×40 pixels.

Step 3

Select the layers with the shapes you drew in the previous step and activate the tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool). In the property panel, enable the button Add to the shape area and draw a vector shape of 20×15 pixels, as shown in the screenshot.

Choose a tool Delete anchor point (Delete Anchor Point Tool) and click on the lower right corner point of the rectangle you just drawn to remove it. Now tool Arrow (Direct Selection Tool) click on the bottom point (it is marked with the number 10 in the image) and move it 10 pixels to the right.

Step 4

To the vector shape you drew in the previous step, add a few layer styles. After adding styles, your image will look like the one you see in the screenshot:

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow):

Internal glow (Inner Glow):

Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

Stroke (Stroke):

Step 5

For foreground color, set # a1d8ff and select the tool Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle Tool). Make sure that the rounding radius is 25 pixels and draw a shape measuring 80×40 pixels. Add layer styles to the newly drawn shape. Inner shadow (Inner Shadow) and Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay).

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow):

Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

Step 6

Duplicate the shape created in the previous step (Ctrl + J) and in the Layers palette, click on the layer with the right mouse button and select the option Clear layer styles (Clear Layer Style). Switch to the copy you just created, reduce the Fill parameter to 0% and add layer styles.

Shadow (DropShadow):

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow):

External glow (Outer Glow):

Stroke (Stroke):

Step 7

For the foreground color, set #dcdcdc and select the tool Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle Tool). For this tool, set a radius of 5 pixels. Draw a 70×40 pixel shape and place it as shown in the first image. Add several layer styles to this shape.

Shadow (DropShadow):

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow):

Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

Stroke (Stroke):

Step 8

With the tool Text (Type Tool) write the word “Share” and place it as shown in the screenshot. To create text, use the font Lobster font – size 15 points, color # 414141.

Add some styles to the text layer:

Shadow (DropShadow):

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow):

Step 9

For further work, we need a grid of 1 pixel. Adjust the grid as you did at the very beginning of the lesson and select black for the foreground color. Activate the tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool) and draw a shape 1 pixel wide, 38 pixels long. Copy this layer (Ctrl + J) and move the copy 1 pixel to the right and change the color of the shape to white.

Step 10

To the black line created in the previous step, add layer styles. Then, move aside the layer with the white line and apply to it the layer styles shown in the third screenshot:

Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

Step 11

For foreground color, select # 4865a7, and also activate the tool. Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle Tool) with a radius of 3 pixels. Draw a 9×19 pixel shape. Now tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool) in subtraction mode (Subtract) draw a 6×16 pixel shape, as shown in the second screenshot:

Step 12

Keep drawing with the tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool) in Subtract mode. Draw two squares of 3 pixels in size, turn on the Add button on the property bar to the selected area and add an 8×3 pixel curve, as shown in the second image:

Step 13

Make the active shape that you drew in the previous step, place it as shown below and apply layer styles to it.

Shadow (DropShadow):

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow):

Internal glow (Inner Glow):

Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

Step 14

To create a Twitter logo, use this picture. Open this image, copy it (Ctrl + A), and then copy (Ctrl + C).

Step 15

Paste the copied logo (Ctrl + V) into your working document, click on the layer with it with the right mouse button and select the item Convert to smart object (Convert to Smart Object). Shrink this layer (Ctrl + T) while holding down the Shift key to maintain the proportions. Add some layer styles to the logo layer.

Shadow (DropShadow):

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow):

Internal glow (Inner Glow):

Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

Step 16

Duplicate the shape created in step 5 (Ctrl + J), move the copy to the front (Shift + Control +]) and remove the layer styles from it. Reduce the Fill parameter of this layer to 0% and add layer styles to it.

Internal glow (Inner Glow):

Step 17

In the final, change the color of the shape with the Facebook logo, if you want the website to change its color when you hover the mouse over it.

Shadow (DropShadow):

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow):

External glow (Outer Glow):

Internal glow (Inner Glow):

If you want the site to change the color of the Twitter logo when you hover over it, add layer styles to it.

Shadow (DropShadow):

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow):

External glow (Outer Glow):

Internal glow (Inner Glow):

Final image:

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