Everyone is using social media these days and Twitter and Facebook are larger than ever! When you create your website you are sure to need some great social media buttons and with Facebook and Twitter leading the social media pack, we’ll take some time today and learn how to make two great little buttons to make sure your website visitors follow your social media channels!
Learn to use Vector Shape Layers, Layer Styles, Text, and more in this in-depth and very easy-to-follow tutorial!
Tutorial Inspiration: http://365psd.com/day/2-52/
I have traced out both the Twitter ‘tweetie’ bird and a Facebook “f” for use in this tutorial as Vector Shapes.
» Download the PSD by clicking here! «
Create a new Photoshop Document sized 1280px by 720px at a resolution of 72 pixel per inch.
Double click the Background Layer to unlock it and then fill the Background Layer with #e0f3f5 and go Filter>Noise>Add Noise. Set it to Amount: 2%, Distribution: Gaussian, Monochromatic: ticked off.
Go Layer>Layer Style>Pattern Overlay. Select the pattern thumbnail and click on the little fly-out arrow in the top right corner and choose the “Artist Surfaces” pack from drop down menu. Choose the “Gauze” pattern (roll your mouse pointer over the thumbnail to see a tool tip with the pattern’s name appear).
Select the Rounded Rectangle Tool (U), set the tool to draw paths (second icon from the left) and set the “Radius” to 27px up in the Tool Options Bar. Draw out a nice pill shape (ideally you want this pill shape to be 27 pixels tall). If you open the Info panel you can see how tall your shape is as you draw it out.
The path will be selected when you draw it out. With the path selected go Layer>New Fill Layer>Solid Color. Give this Layer the name of “ButtonFill” and fill it with #628ac6.
Duplicate our “ButtonFill” Layer, double click the color thumbnail and set the color to white. Give this Layer the name “Styles”.
Next go Layer>Layer Style>Blending Options. Reduce this Layer’s Fill Opacity to 0%. Choose the “Inner Shadow and use the settings I have.
Go ahead and set an Outer Glow as well as an Inner Glow and a Stroke. Use the settings I have.
Set a Gradient Overlay using the have in the screenshot. Note: Color stops are at the 30% and 100% position.
Now you want to open the Facebook & Twitter icon PSD download. Use the Move Tool (V) and drag the Facebook icon up to the tab for our button Photoshop document, when our button document pops up, drop the Facebook icon right in.
Set the fill color of this shape to white. Hit Cmd/Ctrl + T to free transform this icon. Look to the Tool Options Bar and set the width & height to 2%. Use the Move Tool (V) to move this icon right into place.
Go Layer>Layer Style>Drop Shadow and use the settings I have to drop a nice, sharp shadow beneath this icon.
Create a new Layer and name it “Line”. Grab the Single Column Marquee Tool and click anywhere in the Photoshop Document. Fill this selection with black.
Go Layer>Layer Style>Drop Shadow and use the settings I have in my screen shot.
Cmd/Ctrl + Click the Vector Mask for the “ButtonFill” Layer and then go Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection.
Hit the letter (D) to set your colors to the default black/white and then grab the Gradient Tool (G) and Cmd/Ctrl + Click your Mask to load it as a selection. Look to the Tool Options Bar and set the Gradient Tool to “Reflected Gradient” and tick on “Reverse”. Drag a gradient from the middle of the double line we have to the bottom of the button.
Hit Cmd/Ctrl + D to deselect our selection and then set this Layer to the Blend Mode of “Overlay”.
Set your foreground color to white and grab the Text Tool (T), and choose a typeface you like. Type the phrase you would like on your button and commit those changes. Move your text into place and add the Drop Shadow I have in the screen shot below.
Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to select the anchor points on the right side of the Vector Mask of both the “Styles” and “ButtonFill” Layers and push the right side of the pill button in to make the shape a more reasonable width.
We can Group there Layers and duplicate it, make a color change, add the Twitter icon, and change the text to have a second button in under a minute! We’re done!
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