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Design a Cool Chat Icon Using Photoshop

Design a Cool Chat Icon Using Photoshop

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to use the custom shape tools and pen tools to make a nice, infinitely resizable icon.

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These icons are ideal for various things such as a forum icon, a chat client of some sort. At the moment I have a smaller version set as my MSN display picture!

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Step 1:

Firstly start by making a new document in Photoshop, use a document size of 300 x 200 pixels. Leave the background as white.
Next thing to do is find the Ellipse Tool, you can see where to find it in the below image.

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Be sure you have the following settings for your Ellipse tool set, then draw a lob-sided ellipse on your canvas.

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Create a new layer then brush some black over your path.

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Find and get out the Pen Tool, right-click your path and click Create Vector Mask.

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In your layers pallate go back into the path and add in a little triangular shape to make it look like one of those chat bubbles.

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I lastly add this Drop Shadow to my black layer.

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Step 2:

Duplicate your main black layer and brush a bright orange in the layer area.

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Using the Add Anchor Point Tool select your path/points, press Ctrl+T to go into the Free Transform area.
Change the Width and Height to about 84.0% each. You might need to move the whole thing over to the left slightly.

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Step 3:

Apply the following layer styles to your inner orange layer:

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And now you should have something that looks like this:

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Step 4:

On a new layer create another ellipse at the top, fill the selection with black. Now apply the following layer styles/settings:

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And that should leave you with a nice glossy highlight like this:

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Step 5:

Duplicate your layers then flip them horizontally (Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal).
Now you just have to resize slightly and change the color layer with a different color. The color I used was #3381d7.

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Thanks for reading the tutorial, we hope you enjoyed it. If you want, you can download the PSD file for this tutorial from here.

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About Iggy Ko

I am the owner and main person behind WebDesignDev. I blog about all kinds of web design topics.

8 comments

  1. Ryan W

    Thats cool, you could also use this for a live chat support feature. Keep up all the great tutorials

  2. XTREMEGFX.NET

    Thank’s i will try this latter looks cool and easy

  3. Jonas Lejon

    Wow thanks Andy! :)

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  4. gina michel

    Nice and informative site. Keep up the good work.

  5. huwaw69

    how did you make the shiny circle/oblong thing above the ellipse?

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  6. Anonymous

    Looks like it would be a nice tutorial but not of the icons show up in IE8.

  7. Wallpapers

    Thanks for sharing psd files , can i use these icons on my website

  8. chupatop

    Thank’s i will try this.

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Design a Cool Chat Icon Using Photoshop