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Create Social Networking Chicklets in Photoshop

Part Two: the Chicklet

  1. Create a new layer above the Background layer. Name it “rim”.
New layer named rim
New layer named rim
  1. Select the Rectangle Tool. Up in the Control panel, click the radio button for Paths.
  2. Set the Radius for the corners to 40px.
Rounded Rectangle tool settings
Rounded Rectangle tool settings
  1. Draw a round-corner square just inside the edges of your document. Hold the Shift key to get a perfect square.
Draw the rounded square
Draw the rounded square
  1. In the Paths panel, double-click the words “Work Path” and rename the path as “chicklet”.
Rename the path
Rename the path
  1. Load the rounded square as a selection: with the “chicklet” path selected in the Paths panel, click on the “Load path as selection icon” at the bottom of the panel.
Load path as selection
Load path as selection
  1. Add a layer mask to the “rim” layer: in the Layers panel, click on the “Add vector mask” icon at the bottom.
Add vector mask
Add vector mask
  1. Select the Gradient tool, set it to Linear Gradient and open the Gradient Editor from the Control panel (Options bar).
Open Gradient Editor
Open Gradient Editor
  1. Set the first color stop as the same blue as Facebook logo: R-59, G-89, B-151. Click OK to return to the Gradient Editor.
First color stop: R-59, G-89, B-151
First color stop: R-59, G-89, B-151
  1. Set the second color stop to a lighter blue like: R-120, G-150, B-212. Click OK twice to leave the Gradient Editor.
Second color stop: R-120, G-150, B-212
Second color stop: R-120, G-150, B-212
  1. Click on the thumbnail for the “rim” layer. Make sure you are not on the layer mask.
  2. Drag a gradient from the top to the bottom of the image window.
Drag a gradient
Drag a gradient
  1. Add a new layer above the “rim” layer and name it “surface”.
  2. Load the “chicklet” path as a selection again (repeat step 6).
  3. Select > Modify > Contract
  4. Enter 7 pixels and click OK.
  5. Add a layer mask to the “surface” layer (repeat step 7).
Add layer mask to surface layer
Add layer mask to surface layer
  1. Click on the thumbnail for the “surface” layer.
  2. Drag the blue-light blue gradient from bottom to the top of the “surface” layer.
Surface gradient
Surface gradient

 

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16 replies on “Create Social Networking Chicklets in Photoshop”

Thanks much for the various tutorials. I was wondering if you could put options to print and/or download a tutorial since I find it easier for follow a hardcopy when following the tutorials.

Hi, you got a nice & cool tutorial 🙂
I have a small problem, everything is correct until step 15. In my photoshop (CS4) the modify is inactive. How can I solve this problem?
Cheers
Keep up the good work

This tutorial is just what i need! Thank you! I really want to learn how to do this! I got stuck at the rounded corner though, my PS version is probably too old so I was unable to follow your guide through. Oh well, I still learned a lot by reading the guide 🙂 Thank you!

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