Learn To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon/Illustration

Google Plus is making its presence all over the internet, so in today’s tutorial I’ll be showing you how to create your very own glowing google plus icon/illustration.

In Icon Design

What We’ll Be Creating

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Setting Up Our Canvas

Create a new document (Ctrl + N) with the dimensions 1000 x 800 pixels, fill (G) your background with any color and/or pattern just to make the icon stand out. I’ve just added a simple gradient with a diagonal lines pattern to mine as shown below.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Select the “Ellipse Tool” (U) then in the options bar at the top change the path type to “Shape Layers”.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Before we drag out our ellipse lets just setup two guides so that when we make the four sections of the icon they will all be the same. Go to “View > Rulers” (Ctrl + R) then go to “View > Snap” (Shift + Ctrl + ;). From the left side of the ruler left click and drag out a guide, drag it towards the middle of the canvas and it should snap into place. Repeat the same for the top ruler.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Drafting Out The Icon

Now drag out the ellipse onto the canvas, make the ellipse as big as you want. Once created select the “Move Tool” (V) and position the ellipse in the center, it should automatically snap into place.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

With the “Ellipse Tool” (U) once more, drag out a new smaller ellipse inside of the one you just created. When creating this ellipse hold down the “Shift” key on keyboard, holding down the shift key will simply add the new ellipse to the vector mask of the first one.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

We now need to cut away some of the ellipse to create our quarter of a circle. Select the “Rectangle Tool” (U) then change the option in the options bar to “Subtract From Shape Area”.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Now drag out a rectangle over one of the quarters of the ellipse, the rectangle should snap to your guide making a perfect cut.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Repeat the steps above until you are left with just one quarter of the ellipse.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Completing the Draft

Turn off the “Snap” option by going to “View > Snap” (Shift + Ctrl + ;) then duplicate your quarter ellipse layer, once duplicated flip the duplicated layer horizontally “Edit > Transform Path > Flip Horizontally”. Select the “Move Tool” (V) and place the duplicated layer in line with the original.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Now select both quarter ellipse layers and duplicate them, once duplicated flip them vertically “Edit > Transform Path > Flip Vertical”. Position the two new duplicated layers in line at the top.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

You should now have 4 layers in total each having a quarter of the ellipse on each layer.

Adding The Layer Styles

This is where we transform each quarter into there different colors, red, blue, green and yellow. Start off by adding the following layer styles to each one of the quarters.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

You should have something like this.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Were now going to add some additional layer styles to each section of the ellipse, we’ll start with the top left quarter which is red.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

The next quarter is the top right quarter which is the color blue.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Next quarter is the bottom right quarter which is the color green.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Finally the last quarter is the bottom left quarter which is the color yellow.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

You should have something like this.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Creating The Inner Ellipse

Select the “Ellipse Tool” (U) then drag out an ellipse inside of the colored quarters.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Once you’ve created the ellipse add the following layer styles using the settings below.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

You should have something like this.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Select the “Type Tool” (T) then add a plus symbol (+) inside of the ellipse.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Now add the following layer styles to the plus symbol using the settings below.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

You should have something like this.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Creating The Buckle’s

Select the “Rectangle Tool” (U) then drag out a small rectangle which covers the joins between each of the color’s

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Now add the following layer styles to each of the black rectangle’s.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

For the top and bottom buckle’s change the gradient angle to 90 degree’s this will ensure the gradient flow’s in the right direction. You should have something like this.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Creating The Outer Ellipse

To finish off the icon select the “Ellipse Tool” (U), then drag an ellipse around the outer side of the logo.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Now set the fill percentage to 0% and opacity to 50%, finally add the following layer styles.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

That’s it all done!

Conclusion

Thanks for taking part in this tutorial, if you managed to finish this tutorial I’d love to see some of your results. Feel free to post them up on our Facebook Fan Page.

Learn How To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon

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  1. John
    August 25, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Amazing Tut.. check my Version out and some other Results of previous Tut of you.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/64714929@N05/6079321234/in/photostream/lightbox/

  2. August 25, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    That is actually pretty awesome. Thanks for passing thing along. (bookmarked)

  3. August 28, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Its cool, nicely done, good learning experience, thanx !!!!!

  4. thirupathi
    September 15, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    hi richard thanx for gvining awesome tutorials….good learning exprience for me….thanx alot

  5. September 23, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    nice tutorial, the glossy effect looks really good!

  6. October 22, 2011 at 7:02 AM

    Nice tutorial…thanks………

  7. ratheesh
    October 22, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    nice……………………..

  8. December 19, 2011 at 5:03 AM

    Thanks for details tutorial..

  9. February 8, 2012 at 6:12 AM

    Great tutorial. Thank you.

  10. smile
    February 16, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    great!嗯~以后画图可以借鉴~特别感谢

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