16
Feb
2013

Design 3D social icons in Photoshop

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Hello, today we will design 3D social icons in Photoshop. I will explain step by step. We will transform shapes few times to give 3d look to icons.

Difficulty: Beginner
Completion time: 20-30 minutes.
Tools: Adobe Photoshop

Final Preview

Before I start the tutorial, lets see the final image of the social icons that we will design in this tutorial.

Step 1:

Create a new document of size 512 X 512px and transparent background.

Step 2:

Create a new layer and name it as “First Face“. Select “Rounded Rectangle Tool” with 15px radius.
Rounded rectangle tool

Press and hold SHIFT key and draw a rounded square shape in color #e4cf9d

Step 3:

Make a duplicate layer of First Face layer and name duplicate layer as “Second Face“. Change color of Second Face shape to #db9736 Move Second Face shape equally little right and bottom.

Step 4:

Using CRTL key select both First Face and Second Face layers. Free transform the layers using CTRL + T or (Edit >> Transform)

Now right click and select “Perspective“.

Drag middle right point to little upward.

It should look like this now.

Step 5:

With both First Face and Second Face layers selected, again free transform both layers CTRL + T and then right click and select “Perspective“.
This time drag top right point to little right side.

It should look like this now.

Step 6:

Create a new layer between First Face and Second Face layers and name new layer as “Bottom Corner“. Select “Pen Tool“.
pen-tool

Using pen tool make a triangle path in left bottom corner as shown below.


Now right click and select “Fill path”


And fill path with color #e4cf9d (Its same color we used for First face shape).

After filling, right click again and this time select “Delete Path

It should look like this now.

Step 7:

Create a new layer just above “Bottom Corner” layer and name it as “Top Corner“. Repeat step 6 to make top right corner. It should look like this now.

Step 8:

Select Second Face layer and apply following layer style to Second Face layer.





It should look like this now.

Step 9:

using CTRL key select First Face, Bottom Corner and Top Corner layers.


Now right click on any layer and select “Merge layers“.


Rename merged layer as “Back Face“.
Apply following layer style to Back Face layer.




It should look like this now.

Step 10:

Press and hold CTRL key and click on Back Face layer. This will load Back Face layer.


Set foreground color to #ad8c2b and select Gradient tool with “Foreground to Transparent“.


Press and hold SHIFT key and drag mouse from top right corner to slightly left side to apply gradient.


Similarly apply gradient in left bottom corner.

Now set foreground color to white and gradient type to “Reflected Gradient“.


Apply gradient in top left corner.


It should look like this now.

Step 11:

Create a new layer and name it as icon. Paste the icon which you want to make, like here I am pasting a RSS icon.


Apply following layer style to icon layer.




It should look like this now.

Step 12:

Create a new layer just above Background layer and name it as Shadow. Using Pen Tool make a path and fill it with black color as shown below.


Apply motion blur (Filter >> Blur >> Motion Blur) to “Shadow layer” with -27 angle.


Our one social icon, ie. RSS icon is ready.

Just change icon and make other social icons.










I hope you liked the tutorial.

License

Free to use for personal and commercial use. Everyone is free to distribute it. A kind request, please put a link back to our website as source.

Below you can download PSD file and PNG files of social icons.

About the Author

Name: Ravi Shekhar
I love learning and sharing web stuffs.

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