Create a Pixel-Perfect Social Icon Using Vectors

Create a Pixel-Perfect Social Icon Using Vectors
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Step 8

Using the Type Tool add the "Share" piece of text and place it as shown in the first image. Use the Lobster font with the size set at 15pt and the color at #414141. Open the Layer Style window for this little piece of text and enter the properties shown in the following images.
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Step 9

For the following steps you need a grid every 1px. Simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides, Grid & Slices and enter 1 in the Gridline Every box. Set the foreground color at black, pick the Rectangle Tool, create a 1 by 38px vector shape and place it as shown in the first image. Make a copy of this thin rectangle, move it 1px to the right and replace the black used for the color with a white.
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Step 10

Focus on the Layers panel and open the Layer Style window for the black rectangle made in the previous step. Enter the properties shown in the second image and click OK. Move to the white rectangle made in the previous step, open the Layer Style window and enter the properties shown in the third image.
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Step 11

Set the foreground color at #4865a7, pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, set the radius at 3px and create a 9 by 19px vector shape. Make sure that this new shape stays selected and switch to the Rectangle Tool. Check the Subtract button from the top bar and draw a 6 by 16px vector shape as shown in the second image.
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Step 12

Reselect the vector shape made in the previous step and continue with the Rectangle Tool. Check the Subtract button from the top bar and draw two, 3px squares as shown in the first image. Get back to the top bar, check the Add button then add an 8 by 3px vector path as shown in the second image.
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Step 13

Select the vector shape made in the previous step, place it as shown below then open Layer Style window and enter the properties shown in the following images.
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Step 14

For the Twitter logo we'll use a simple png file which you can find here . Open it in Photoshop, hit Control + A to select the entire piece then hit Control + C to copy it.
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Step 15

Get back to your main Ps file and hit Control + V to paste that Twitter logo from the previous step. Focus on the Layers panel, right click on this new layer and go to Convert to Smart Object. Make sure that this new smart object is selected and hit Control + T to resize it. Hold the Shift button from your keyboard and resize your Twitter logo as shown in the second image. Open the Layer Style window for this little smart object and enter the properties shown in the following images.
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Step 16

Duplicate the vector shape made in the fifth step (Control + J). Focus on the Layers panel, bring this copy to front (Shift + Control + ] ) and clear its layer style. Make sure that the copy is selected, lower its Fill to 0% then open the Layer Style window and enter the properties shown in the following images.
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Step 17

Finally, here are the Layer Style properties that you should use for the "hover" instance of the Facebook logo.
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Here are the Layer Style properties that you will need for the "hover" instance of the Twitter logo.
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Final Results

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Download the PSD

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Authors Comment

profileNow your work is done. Thank you for following this tutorial! I hope you've enjoyed it and can apply these techniques in your future projects. Fell free to try a different set of colors for your button. I would like to see your take on it. If you enjoy working with vectors you can always go a step forward and try Illustrator. At VforVectors.com, my own website dedicated to Ai, you can find over two hundred detailed tutorials. If you prefer to stick with Ps, here and here you can find more tutorial that focus on Ps's vector tools and techniques.

All the best, Andrei Marius

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14 comments on “Create a Pixel-Perfect Social Icon Using Vectors”

  1. Rubbish tutorial. I don't know at which level this tutorial is aimed at, but the author is assuming that anyone having a go at this tutorial knows exactly where all the tools, and facilities, in photoshop are. In short very hard to follow, not very good in fact

    1. I agree, im struggling to understand how they got the second vector shape (subtraction) perfectly centered inside the other vector shape. This is step 1 and 2!
      Needs a better breakdown.

  2. Thank you dear for this wonderful article. I use Pixelmator but this is turning me gung ho for Photoshop.

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