Here we’re going to show you how to create the Crystal Clear Bubble Icons available on WebtreatsETC.
First you will need to download the two textures below and convert them into photoshop patterns for later. To do this simply open each image then go to EDIT >> DEFINE PATTERN in the menu. Alternatively, if you’ve downloaded the source files at the end of this post, simply install the included (.pat) pattern set by double clicking on it.)
Smoky Blue Pattern
Smoky Blue Abstract Pattern
Create a new document 600px * 600px then create a new pattern fill layerby going to LAYER >> NEW FILL LAYER >> PATTERN in the menu and selecting the smoky blue pattern you see below from the patterns you created/installed in step one.
Create another new pattern fill layer this time selecting the second abstract smoky blue pattern you see below. Then set the layer blend mode to screen as seen below.
Create a new hue/saturation layer by going to LAYER >> NEW ADJUSTMENT LAYER >> HUE/SATURATION in the menu and set Saturation = -70 and Lightness = 36.
Now lets create the square base of the icon. To do this activate the shape tool by pressing U. Make sure the oval shape tool is selected an then draw out a circle similar to the one shown below.
Activate the layer styles pallet by going to LAYER >> LAYER STYLE >> BLENDING OPTIONS in the menu. Then enter the settings below.
To create the shadow that helps give these icons their 3D look first create a new layer beneath the square layer you just created. Activate the brush tool by typeing B. Choose a simple round brush, set the opacity to 25%, the size to 50, and the sharpness to 0, then paint in a shadow around the base of the icon as seen below.
To clean up the shadow first apply a motion blur filter by going to FILTER >> BLUR >> MOTION BLUR in the menu and entering the settings below.
To clean up the shadow further apply a gaussian blur filter by going to FILTER >> BLUR >> GAUSSIAN BLUR in the menu in the menu and entering the settings below.
Now above the square layer create a new layer by going to LAYER >> NEW >> LAYER in the menu. Activate the shape tool by typeing U. This time make sure the custom shape tool is selected then choose the built in check mark shape and drag out a shape similar to the one below.
Activate the layer styles pallet by going to LAYER >> LAYER STYLE >> BLENDING OPTIONS in the menu on the check mark layer you just created. Then enter the settings below.
You should now have something like what you see below.
Didn’t get the exact same results? Want to save some time? Download the source files below.
What’s Included in the Download:
• Fully layered source PSD
• .ASL file with layer style needed to create the icons – ready to install!
• .PAT file with both patterns needed for the tutorial – ready to install!
BONUS: 36 fully layered popular icons in this style as seen in the preview.