3D Switch Icon – Photoshop Tutorial

This tutorial will teach you how to create a “3D Switch Icon” for your projects. The original design can be found over at 365PSD.com.

3D Switch Icon Photoshop Tutorial

This is another tutorial from the series that Nathaniel from Tutvid.com and I are doing, which is inspired by 365PSD.com, a site where you can download completely free Photoshop files for you to use in your projects.

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We’re not going to cover how the background was made, as I covered that in my last tutorial, which was posted exclusively on Nathaniel’s website, Tutvid.com.

Our first step is to create the hole that the switch will be sitting in. For the shape, you can use the regular Rectangle Tool, or to give is some style, a Rounded Rectangle. The corner Radius is up to you, but to keep things subtle, a Radius of 10 pixels should do the trick. As for the color, we’re looking for a fairly dark color, which will give the impression that the switch is sitting inside this shape. The color I chose to use was: #121213. Once that’s set, drag out your first shape.


When that shape is in place, we’re going to add a single Drop Shadow Layer Style to add some extra depth to the shape.

Our next shape will be another Rounded Rectangle to act as the left side of the switch. Again, a Radius of 10px should work well, make sure to lighten up the color a bit. This time,  #26282d. Now drag out this shape to about the half-way point inside the shape we initially created. While you’re dragging out your shape, holding down the Spacebar will allow you to move it before accepting it’s final location.

When that shape is in place, we’re going to again, add a single Layer Style. This time, an Inner Shadow which will also act as a highlight.

Now that the left side is complete, let’s move on to the right. To make things simple, we can duplicate our left shape over to the right. Holding down your Alt/Option key, along with your Shift key, drag the left shape to the right. When placing this shape, you want to make sure to leave a little bit of room on the right for the 3D element, which we’re going to be adding shortly.

If you chose to use Rounded Rectangles, the left side of this shape shouldn’t have rounded corners. To deal with this, in your Layers Panel, add a Layer Mask on the duplicated shape (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All). Now using your Rectangular Marquee Tool, create a selection that covers the rounded corners.

Once the selection has been made, filling it with black will hide that area. If black is your background color, which you can set by pressing D on your keyboard, Command+Delete, or Ctrl+Backspace will fill your selection with black.


At this point, we need to add a bit of perspective to the right side of this shape. Head up to the Edit menu, down to Transform, then select Perspective. Once the Transform Box is visible, hold down your Command/Ctrl key, then the top right cover up.

Press Return or Enter once you’re happy with the perspective of the shape. Now it’s time for Layer Styles.

Our last shape will be the piece adds the 3rd dimension to our design. This time, instead of using a Rounded Rectangle, drag the regular Rectangle Tool and drag out a rectangle from the top of the shape on the right, to the bottom. Again, if you need to move it, hold down your Spacebar.

Now just like we added perspective to the previous shape, we want to add it to this shape as well. Edit > Transform > Perspective. This time, holding down Command/Ctrl, drag the top right corner down.

To finish it off, let’s add a Gradient Overlay.

Move this shape behind the previous layer and add your text of choice!