Create an Elegant/Grunge Twitter Button

Create an Elegant Twitter Icon in Illustrator and Photoshop.

Final Result


1. Firstly sketch out your twitter bird, I've used a graphic tablet to draw out my idea to save time. 2. Get the pen tool and trace around the body using the gradient colours below. 3. Next draw the belly of the bird using the gradient colours below. 4. Next trace around the beak of your sketch with the pen tool using the gradient colours below. 5. Draw the inside of the beak next. 6. Using the same colours as the beak draw more of a beak around the inside of the mouth. 7. Next draw the eye of the bird with the circle tool. 8. Using the same gradient colours as the beak trace around the feet. 9. Next draw the tree branch with the pen tool. 10.  Now draw the leaf. 11. With the fill colour: none make the stroke colour below, using the pen tool draw the leaf features. 12. Using the colour below go back to the eye and draw the shape below. 13. With the shape selected go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and make it 2.2. 14. Create a highlight on the eye using a white circle shape. 15. Again with the shape selected go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and make it 1.2. 16. Next draw the wing of the bird, make the gradient the same as the blue body.


17. Open Photoshop, create a new document that's 200×100 px. Get the rounded rectangle shape and draw a shape like below. 18. Get a Paper Texture from here, copy and paste one of the textures you like onto the canvas. While pressing the ctrl key press the rounded rectangle box to highlight it. Go to the paper layer, copy and paste the paper so it's the shape. 19. Go into Blending options on the paper layer and create a stroke using the settings below. 20. Go into Image > Adjustments > Gradient Map and make it the colours below. 21. Next open up the bird you created and copy/paste it onto the canvas. 22. Press the rectangle layer while pressing ctrl again to highlight it. Get the Rectangle marquee tool, while holding down the alt key remove part of the square. Fill in the shape you have left with the colour below. 23. Next write 'Follow Me Please' with the font Nilland from Put a 1px stroke on the font with a dark grey colour.

Final Result

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  2. Andrei

    Nice tutorial and cute designer. But how can you possibly put “Elegant” and “Grunge” in the same sentence?

    • Ainsley

      The bird is elegant and the paper texture is grunge.

  3. Andy Reid-McGlinn

    One of the best Twitter buttons I’ve seen.

  4. Al Ahmad

    This is an awesome tutorial. It is straight to the point and very easy to follow. Thank you

  5. Matt

    I like it except the blurred white in the eye. It looks a little odd due to the complete vector bird and then a blurry eye. Otherwise, GREAT JOB. The angles on the bird really make me love to look at it.

  6. illustratorcs6

    VERY cool…

  7. Arun kumar

    Lovely :-)