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In this tutorial we will create a clean Twitter app interface in Photoshop using layer styles and basic vector shapes. Let's get started!
This tutorial was a collaboration with Syarip Yunus
Step 1: Make New File
Start by making a new file with canvas size 1,050 x 700 pixel. You can simply set its resolution to 72 ppi.
Step 2: Preparing The Canvas
Click View > Ruler or hit Ctrl + R to reveal ruler. Right click the ruler and select Pixels to change active unit to pixels.
Drag from ruler to canvas area to make a vertical or horizontal guide. We need an area that is 362 px wide by 589 px tall. On its inner left and right side add margin 7 px.
Our design needs to be pixel perfect. To do this, we need to activate Snap to Pixels feature on rounded rectangle and rectangle tool. Activate the tool and select this option on the Option Bar.
Draw a rounded rectangle with radius 5 px and color #e2e4e7.
Add Drop Shadow and Stroke with following settings.
Step 7: Title Bar
Activate rounded rectangle tool with radius 5 px. Draw a black rounded rectangle with same width on top of the interface. Add rectangle path and set its mode to Intersect.
Double click its layer and add Layer Style Inner Glow, Gradient Overlay, and Stroke with following settings.
Draw a small circle shape with color #e43c22. We are going to use it for close button.
Add Inner Glow, Gradient Overlay, and Stroke.
Activate Move tool and then Alt-drag to duplicate the button. Change their colors to yellow and green. Make sure to change the color on Stroke to match the button's color.
We need to add contrast to close button. We want to make sure that the user understands that this button can do dangerous action, closing the whole interface. To do this, draw small circle on top the close button with darker color.
Draw rounded rectangle with same width and radius. Place it under the title bar. Set its color to #d2d8df.
Add a rectangle path on top and set its mode to Intersect.
Add Layer Style Inner Glow and Gradient Overlay.
Activate line tool and from Option Bar set its width to 1 px. Draw a line with color #808f9e right on bottom of the shape.
Add Letterpress effect by giving it a Drop Shadow with 1 px white shadow.
Step 19: User Profile
Let's add user's profile picture container. Draw a white rounded rectangle with radius 5 px. Make to sure to snap it to the guides we have created earlier.
Double click the layer and add Gradient Overlay and Stroke.
Draw smaller rounded rectangle with radius 3 px right on center of the previous shape. You can use any color.
Add Inner Shadow and Stroke with following settings.
Paste your profile picture on top of the small rounded rectangle shape. Hit Ctrl + Alt + G to convert the layer into Clipping Mask. This way, the picture will goes inside the shape. You can transform the size using Ctrl + T and modify its position using Move tool.
Add Twitter user name. Add letterpress effect by giving it a Drop Shadow with 1 px size and white color.
Add user's short bio. Give it same letterpress effect.
Draw 1 px line with color #afbac4 right under the bio. Add Layer Style Drop Shadow to give it letterpress effect.
Add tweets counts using Armata font. Add letterpress effect onto the texts.
Step 28: Update Button
Draw a small rounded rectangle with radius 2 px and color #eef1f4. Place it on top right corner right nest to the guide. Add following Layer Styles.
Draw a black rectangle shape on center of the previous shape. Next, draw smaller rectangle path and set its mode to Subtract from Shape. Make sure both rectangle paths are inside the same layer.
Draw a simple pencil icon made from simple rectangle shape. First, draw a big rectangle with mode Subtract from path. Second, draw a tall rectangle for pencil main body. Third, draw a rectangle and rotate it 45°. Finally, draw a rectangle with mode Subtract from Shape to cut the pencil body.
Rotate pencil icon we have just created and place it above previous rectangle shape.
Draw another rectangle under the profile area with color #e2e4e7.
Add Inner Glow and Gradient Overlay with following settings.
Draw 1 px line on bottom of the shape with color: #a8b1ba. Add 1 px white Drop Shadow.
Step 35: Icons
Use Pen tool to manually draw a bubble icon. Set its color to #adb9c4. Add Layer Style Inner Shadow, Outer Glow, and Gradient Overlay.
We also need to differentiate the button for hover condition. Duplicate the bubble shape and then change its color to #3c8cf8.
Add Drop Shadow, Outer Glow, Inner Glow, and Gradient Overlay.
Draw a black rectangle behind the bubble speech icon. Add Gradient Overlay.
Reduce Fill to 27%.
Add layer mask and paint its upper shape with black.
Repeat the steps to make more icons.
Add 1 px vertical line with color #aab6c2 between first and second icon. Add Drop Shadow to give it letterpress effect. Add layer mask and then paint its upper and lower to fade the line to its background.
Alt-drag to duplicate the line. Place them between each icon.
Step 45: Search Box
Activate rounded rectangle with very big radius. Draw a search next to the last icon. Add Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, Outer Glow, and Stroke.
Inside the search area, combine circles and rounded rectangle to draw a magnifier icon with color #8696a8.
Step 47: Tweets List
Draw a rectangle shape with color #e2e4e7. Add Inner Glow and Gradient Overlay.
Draw 1 px line on bottom of the shape with color #a8b1ba and then add letterpress effect
Draw a white rounded rectangle with radius 3 px. Add Gradient Overlay and Stroke.
Inside the shape draw smaller rounded rectangle with radius 1 px and color #202020. Add Drop Shadow and Stroke.
Paste profil picture on top of the rounded rectangle shape. Hit Ctrl + Alt + G to convert it to Clipping Mask. The picture will goes inside the shape.
Use Type tool to add user name, tweet content and time information. Make sure to add contrast to link and mentioned Twitter account.
On right lower right corner of the tweet area, draw a circle shape with color #aab7c3. Then, draw a star using Polygon tool and set its mode to Subtract. We will use this as a favorite button.
Use same techniques to draw reply button.
Place all tweets inside a group layer by selecting them and then hit Ctrl + G. The, duplicate it by Alt-dragging the group layer. Edit the picture profile and its text to change them.
Duplicate the application basic shape and then change its color to black. Add a rectangle on top of it and set its mode to Intersect. Add Inner Glow, Gradient Overlay, and Stroke.
Add API information on the bottom bar. Add letterpress effect using Drop Shadow.
Draw 12 rounded rectangles shapes in different sizes. Manually, arrange their position and then rotate them. Add letterpress effect.
Step 59: Scroll Bar
Draw a tall white rounded rectangle with radius 1 px. Place it next to the guide. Add Stroke.
Draw shorter rounded with same radius on the slider bar. Set its color to #8b9eb3 and add Layer Style Inner Glow and Stroke.
Step 61: Add More Guides
We have done with the main interface. Next step is making update status and upload photo window interface. First we need more guides to help us designing. See picture below to see the required position.
Step 62: Update Status Window
Start by drawing a rounded rectangle with radius size 5 px and color #e2e4e7.
Add rectangle path on left side of the window. Hit Ctrl + T and then rotate it 45°. Make sure the path is set to Add to Shape. Add Layer Style Drop Shadow and Stroke.
Duplicate basic shape and change its color to black. Add rectangle on top and set its mode to Intersect. Add Inner Glow, Gradient Overlay, and Stroke.
Draw a small circle shape on top right corner of the title bar. Set its color to #707070. Add two rounded rectangles on its center and set their mode to Subtract. Rotate both rounded rectangles 45°. This close button is used for normal condition.
Duplicate the button and then change its color to #a4a4a4. This one is used for hover condition.
Duplicate basic shape and change its color to black. Add rectangle path on lower area and set its mode to Intersect. Add Inner Glow, Gradient Overlay, and Stroke.
Draw a blue rounded rectangle with radius 3 px on right corner of the interface. Add Inner Glow, Gradient Overlay, and Stroke.
Add text Post on the button. Add letterpress by giving it 1 px dark Drop Shadow.
Duplicate the button and its text. We will make new one for hover condition. All we need is increase the opacity of its Gradient Overlay to 40%.
I suggest you to put each button in a separate group layer. This way, the layer structure is organized better.
Draw a | character to be used type indicator. Add remaining character on bottom left corner.
Step 73: Image Upload Window
Repeat previous step to draw image upload interface.
In center of the window, draw a rounded with radius 3 px and color #d9dde1. Next, add smaller rounded rectangle path inside previous shape. Set its mode to Subtract.
Add some horizontal rectangles and set its mode to Subtract. Select all the rectangles and then click Distribute Vertical Center and Distribute Horizontal Center icons.
Repeat same steps to add vertical rectangles.
Add letterpress effect.
Draw a rounded rectangle on center of the window with radius 3 px and color #cdd2d8. Add a rectangle inside it and set its mode to Subtract.
Add circle path and draw a polygon using pen tool. Set both mode to Add to Path.
Add Drop Shadow.
Add short instruction and give it letterpress effect.