How to Design a Sleek Google Plus Button

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Google Plus has rapidly gained interest of the millions. Just like Facebook’s “Like” button, G+ has a button, but G+ has stylish buttons compared to other social networks.

A couple of days ago I looked at a G+ button, it was pretty cool but I immediately thought that I can design an even better one… and not just me, you can design that as well.

Like all my tutorials, I kept the novice user in mind while creating this so you must give it a try even if you are not a Photoshop guru. And don’t forget to download the PSD download file. 

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Ground Work

We’ll begin with creating the initial shape.

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Then Press Ctrl+R for enabling the rulers and place one horizontal ruler in the center, then place one vertical ruler in the center.
Now duplicate the shape layer, we’ll need this duplicate layer in the end of the tutorial so you might wanna hide this shape for now.
Time now to Rasterize Layer. 

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Then select the Rectangular Marquee Tool and make the selection like I’m doing below. Select a quarter of the shape, and cut it using  CTRL+X then paste it on a new blank layer. Repeat the step on all four corners.

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Now we have this shape in four parts on four separate layers.

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Time for stylizing. Select a layer containing the quarter of the shape, and Go to Blending Modes. Add Inner Shadow.

Stylizing

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Some Bevel and Emboss.

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Contour as well.

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Gradient Overlay is also necessary.

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

And in the end, a bit of Stroke.

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

I’m adding the Inner shadow

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Repeat Stylizing

Now we’ll repeat everything we did in the previous step, but this time, we’ll use another color.

Here I’m Adding Bevel and Emboss

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Contour

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Gradient Overlay

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

and Stroke

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Repeat Stylizing

Orange this time.

Inner shadow

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Bevel and Emboss

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Contour

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Gradient Overlay

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Stroke

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Repeat Stylizing

This is the last one. We’ll be using red color this time.

Inner shadow

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Bevel and Emboss

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Contour

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Gradient Overlay

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Stroke

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Select the Rounded Rectangular tool, make a square and place it under all the stylized layers.

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Adding a Pattern

First, I added some Inner Shadow in this newly drawn box.

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Now I need a pattern to fill in it. Now we’ll have to make that pattern, we don’t already have it in Photoshop.
So let’s begin by opening a new blank file.

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Draw rulers in the center and create a chessboard kinda design. Now select your design with Marquee Tool.

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Go to>Edit>Define Pattern and give your pattern a name.

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Now let’s get back to our tutorial. I’m adding Pattern Overlay. 

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

The Finishing Touch

Remember the duplicated vector shape we preserved, its time for that now. Bring it on the top. Rasterize it and then strike Ctrl+Enter so you get a selection on the around the shape. Now Go to>Select>Modify>Contract and set the 15 Pixels and click OK.

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Selection is contracted by 15px. Press DELETE button. (Make sure only one layer is selected and you don’t delete anything else).

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Now we got this. A white outline around the graphic we made. If your outline is not at the right position, you can move it and even scale it. Time now to delete the outer white outline.
Make a marquee selection inside the outer outline, and hit CTRL+SHIFT+I, this will inverse the selection so now the outer outline is selected, Delete it. We are left with only the inner outline. You can use any other method to delete the outer line, this is the method I used.

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Now select the upper half of the white outline, cut it from the layer and paste it on the new layer. Then, CTRL+Click on the thumbnail of the layer containing this upper part, this will select the pixels on that layer. Now just fill black color in it.

Now we have two layers containing half the outline each. Set the blend mode of both these layers to Overlay and adjust the opacity to 50 & 35 percent. Check the result in the final screenshot.

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Make it Official

Now all this button needs is the official logo. I grabbed it from Google Plus website. You don’t need a permission to use this logo.

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Give it a little bit of drop shadow.

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

Done!

google plus button icon designing tutorial photoshop

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