Glossy Social Media Icons Tutorial Photoshop CS6

Having high quality Social Media Icons is essential for Designers, but sometimes it’s useful to learn how to create Glossy Social Media Icons yourself and gain more skills. In today’s tutorial, ChromeDesignsHD, will teach you how to create beautiful Glossy Social Media Icons Tutorial from scratch using Photoshop CS6. Having quality icons can help to make a site’s design look complete, and can also help with the usability of the site. Social media icons are some of the most commonly used icons, especially in blog design.

In this Tutorial you’ll learn how to create a beautiful Glossy Social Media Icon set with a Sparkly background, Glossy look and indepth effects. If you’re looking to make your own Social Media Icons set or want to impress a client, these super cute Glossy Social Media Icons Tutorial Photoshop Tutorial will teach you how!

Glossy Social Media Icons Tutorial

Tutorial Assets:

Shining Star Brush Set

Below is a quick breakdown of the Glossy Social Media Icons Tutorial Photoshop Tutorial:

1. Creating the Shape

First create the document using any size you want, using the Ellipse Tool you’ll draw a circle on the canvas while holding down the Shift Key to keep the shape perfect. On the Circle layer you’ll click into Blending Options and add in a Gradient Overlay with a Radial Style (reversed). You can make it any color.

Glossy Social Media Icons Tutorial

2. Adding in a Gloss

Using the Ellipse Tool again, you’ll draw a squashed white circle onto the Social Icon. Next you’ll add a mask to the layer and go to the Gradient Tool with a foreground color of white and background color of black. While clicked onto the Mask Layer you’ll click down using the Gradient Tool to create a nice Glossy Effect. You’ll change the opacity to a lower number to make it more see through.

Glossy Social Media Icons Tutorial

3. Social Icon

Now to bring in the social icon, copy and paste your icon onto the canvas. To make it the right color you’ll click onto the ‘Create a New Fill or Adjustment Layer icon’ and go into Hue & Saturation we’re you’ll make adjustment to the color and make it darker.

Glossy Social Media Icons Tutorial

4. Social Icon Blending Options

To make the Social Icon look more appealing you’ll go into Blending Options and be adding in the effects, Outer Glow, Inner Glow and Gradient Overlay.


5. Lighting Effects

Using the Pen Tool you’ll learn how to draw a nice white shape on the bottom of the icon and lowering the opacity. You’ll be shown how to duplicate the shape and reflect it to the opposite side.


6. Adding in a Background Pattern

To add in a nice background, using a Star brush you’ll create a new layer and click the star onto the layer using the color White and setting the Blending Mode to Darker. This will add a nice background pattern.


7. Finishing Touches

To finish off the Glossy Social Icon, you’ll add in some Blending Options to the main social icon shape. This includes Outer Glow, Inner Glow, Bevel and Emboss. To add in a final gloss you can draw a oval shaped white circle and place it in the top corner, add in a white outer glow and put down to opacity to about 70%.


In this tutorial, ChromeDesignsHD, will take you through the process of creating a Glossy Social Media Icons Tutorial Photoshop Tutorial and show you how to create a stunning Glossy Social Icon from scratch. Let’s get started!


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