Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

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Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

 

Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

 

You’ve probably seen this effect on Instagram and wished you could do the same with your photo.  Well! you’re in luck. In this tutorial I’ll should you exactly how you can get the Glowing Icon effect and apply it to your photos. 

Download the PSD to follow along 

Before we begin, let’s break this tutorial down: 

1. Get a Photo

2. Making Color & Tonal Adjustments to the Photo

3. Get or Make the Instagram Like Icon

4. Adding the Social Media Icon Glow Effect

5. Final Touches using the Camera Raw Filter

Let’s get Glowing! 

Step 1. Getting a Photo

This technique will work on any photo. Get a photo of a guy, girl, baby, pet and open your photo in photoshop. For this tutorial I’ve chosen the picture of a college student from pexels.com

Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

Step 2. Making Color & Tonal Adjustments to the Photo

For our glows to look right we need to make a few adjustments to the photo. All glows stand out in the dark. 
We will darken the photo using a few adjustment layers. 

We’ll start by adding a Gradient Map Adjustment layer. We will use the default BLACK TO WHITE GRADIENT and set it’s BLENDING MODE to OVERLAY at an OPACITY of 70%. 

Adding OVERLAY to a black and white gradient map is a pretty cool way of darkening a photo while bringing out some strong contrast in the photo. 

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Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

This is how the photo should look. 

Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

Next I’ll want to darken the upper section of the photo. The cars are a little too bright. 

I’ll use a GRADIENT FILL ADJUSTMENT LAYER with BLACK or TRANSPARENT and make the angle 90 degrees so that the black appears at the top. With the settings box/dialog box open I’ll adjust the gradient position by moving the mouse up or down while on the photo. 

Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

I’ll then place this adjustment layer below the GRADIENT MAP. 

Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

I’ll add a VIBRANCE ADJUSTMENT LAYER and crank up the Vibrance to +70 to boost the colors a little. 

Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

Time for another BLACK & WHITE ADJUSTMENT LAYER to brighten up the scene a bit. Set the BLENDING MODE TO SCREEN with an OPACITY of 40% to 60%.  

You can always “Mask Off” the areas where you won’t want the effect of the Black & White Adjustment layer. I masked off the top area because I still wanted the cars to remain dark. 

Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

 

Finally we will add a PHOTO FILTER ADJUSTMENT LAYER with the default Warming Filter. We will increase the density to 54% to bring in those oranges & yellow tones making the scene a little more dramatic. 

Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

After all those adjustments, this is what our layers panel & Image should look like. 

Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

Step 3. Instagram Like Icon

Perhaps the easiest of all the steps is finding the Instagram Like Icon. 
One simple google search – Instagram Like Icon and you’ll find thousands of Instagram Like Icons. But for the purposes of this tutorial we’ll just use one 🙂 

You’ll have the icon in the PSD provided with this tutorial. 

Place the icon just above his head so it looks like he’s looking at it. Turn the icon into a smart object so we can apply a few effects non-destructively. 

Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

Next I’ll make it a little blurry because in reality when the glows are on top and around an object, the object will never look as sharp. It will look a little blurry. 
So, I’ll add a Gaussian Blur of 1.4px to the icon.  

I’ll also add a HUE and Saturation (Ctrl+U) and make the icon a little more reddish. Your icon may be red enough which in your case you wouldn’t need to add some Hue & Saturation. 

Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

Step 4. Adding the Social Media Icon Glow Effect

Create a new layer and call it GLOW 1 (just to be organised)

Press B on the Keyboard to bring up the BRUSH TOOL and use #e01350 and the foreground color to paint with.
Make sure the Brush Opacity and Flow are set to 100% 

Set the BLENDING MODE TO Linear Dodge (Add)

Paint on the ICON. Just left click ONE time to the icon to add the first glow. Repeat till you get a stronger glow.  

Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial 

Create a new layer and call it GLOW 2, this time repeat the same process as you did with GLOW 1 only this time you’ll be painting with WHITE instead of #e01350

Set the GLOW 2 layer blending mode to SCREEN with an OPACITY of 80%. 

Because our Model is looking at the glowing icon, it’s only natural that the light from the GLOWING ICON will FALL ON HIS HEAD & FACE.  This will make it look more natural and realistic.

Create a new layer and call it GLOW ON FACE

It’s the exact same process as we did with the other glows except we will be sampling the same color as the glow from the icon #e01350 and set the BLENDING MODE to SOFT LIGHT with a BRUSH OPACITY of 50%. We don’t want to much red on his face. 

Start painting on his face.  

Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

 Once you are satisfied with the look. We will add one more final glow. 

Create a new layer and call it GLOW 3, this time repeat the same process as you did with the other glows and we will select #fd4d80 as the color. Set the BLENDING MODE TO SCREEN and THE BRUSH OPACITY anywhere from 50% to 60%. 

Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

 

Start painting. Just a few dabs should do the trick. 

Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

Step 5. The Camera Raw Filter

The Camera Raw Filter is a great way to add polish to your composite. Here we will add a vignette and play with a few sliders. 

Before we apply the CRF (Camera Raw Filter) we will merge our composite on a new layer by clicking on any layer from the layers panel and pressing SHIFT + OPTION + COMMAND + E  (Mac) or SHIFT + ALT +CTRL + E (Win)

Name the merged layer to Composite and convert it to a smart object so we can apply the CRF non-destructively. 

Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

Go to Filter – Camera Raw Filter and use these settings or settings that you feel you like better. Remember ART IS SUBJECTIVE. 

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Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial Glowing Social Media Icon Photoshop Tutorial

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That’s all there is to it. This is a simple way to get that SOCIAL ICON GLOW EFFECT that you’ve been searching for. 

Download the PSD to follow along 

 
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