Note technology rapidly evolves and this tutorial is over 3 years old, as a result some of the practices used in this tutorial may be out of date.

Crystal Clear Bubble Icons

Here we’re going to show you how to create the Crystal Clear Bubble Social Media Icons available on WebtreatsETC.

You can also get over 2000 more icons in this style on IconsETC Black Inlay Crystal Clear Bubble Icons.

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STEP #1

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.)

Click here to download all tutorial assets in zip file.

STEP #2

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.

Step2

STEP #3

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.

Step3

STEP #4

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.

Step4

STEP #5

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.

TIP “Hold the shift key down while dragging to maintain the correct proportions and hold down spacebar to reposition”

Step5

STEP #6

Activate the layer styles pallet by going to LAYER >> LAYER STYLE >> BLENDING OPTIONS in the menu. Then enter the settings below.

bubble-blending-options bubble-inner-shadow bubble-drop-shadow bubble-bevel bubble-contour bubble-stroke

STEP #7

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.

shadow-step1

STEP #8

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.

motion-blur

STEP #9

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.

gaussian-blur

STEP #10

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.

TIP “Hold the shift key down while dragging to maintain the correct proportions and hold down spacebar to reposition”

shape

STEP #11

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.

shape-blending-options shape-inner-shadow shape-color-overlay shape-gradient-overlay

That’s it!

You should now have something like what you see below.

final-bubble-icon

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.
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25 comments on “Crystal Clear Bubble Icons

  1. Mark says:

    The blending options menu in Photoshop is so genius. Even a complete amateur can make half-decent designs in it, after gaining some basic knowledge about the different options. I can say this from experience :D.
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    November 11, 2010 12:16 pm
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  2. Slot Games City says:

    As my experience saying that The blending options menu in Photoshop is so genius. Even a complete amateur can make half-decent designs in it, after gaining some basic knowledge about the different options it is too nice . Thanks for it.

    November 16, 2010 11:34 pm
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