If you’ve been on the internet for longer than 10 minutes, chances are you already know about Twitter. Twitter is a social networking site that allows you to stalk your favorite people. Likewise, people can stalk you. If you’re looking for a fresh way to entice your stalkers to follow you on Twitter, continue reading this tutorial. You’ll have a one-of-a-kind Twitter icon that will only take minutes to make!
1. Create a new 1000 x 1000 pixel document named “twitter-bird.”
2. Create a new layer. Turn on the grid by pressing Ctrl + ; on your keyboard. The grid will help you draw accurate shapes. Change the foreground color to #6AB7E4. Select the ellipse shape tool (U on your keyboard), and draw a circle. Name this layer “head.”
3. Right click on the circle and select “fill path.” Choose the foreground color as your fill. Go to the Paths tab in the Layer box, and delete the path.
4. Create a new layer under “head.” Use the ellipse tool to draw a bigger circle for the bird’s body. Name this layer “body.”
5. Create another layer for the bird’s wings. Use the ellipse tool again to draw a feather. Go to Edit > Transform > Rotate to move the feather slightly to the left.
Duplicate the wing layer twice, and each each shape to create a three-fold wing.
Right click on the first wing layer and select “Blending Options.” Choose Inner Shadow, and change the color to #4E8AAD, and the angle to -45 degrees. Click on Outer Glow, and keep the default settings. Go to Stroke, and change the color to #5381CC.
6. Link together all three wing layers and select Layer > Merge Linked (Ctrl + E). Name this layer “left wing.” Make a duplicate of “left wing.” Go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Move this duplicated wing to the right of the image. Change the layer’s name to “right wing.”
7. Make a duplicate of the “left wing.” Rotate it and arrange it behind the head.
8. Create a new layer above the “background” layer. Take the ellipse tool and draw two slender ovals for legs. Change the foreground color to #A8A23D. Right click and fill path with this color. Delete the path. Name this layer “legs.”
9. Select the burn tool with a 300 px soft round brush under the midtones range at 50% exposure. Go to the “body” layer, and begin burning around the edges, to create a shadow. Add a burn to the “head” and “wings” layers.
10. Use the ellipse tool to create an eye and pupil and eye highlight on three separate layers. Remember to erase the work path. Use #275375 for the pupil color, and #ffffff for the eye base and highlight.
11. Move all the layers except background into a folder. Name the folder “Bird.” Next, right click on the “Bird” folder and select “Duplicate layer set.” Hide the “Bird” folder and the background layer. Next, go to Layer > Merge Visible (Shift + Ctrl + E). Name this layer “Multiply” and change the blending mode to “multiply.”
Next go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Change the radius to 8 pixels.
12. Delete the white background and save your image as a .png to maintain transparency. You’re done!