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Social Media Icons & Image Map

Updated on May 14, 2014

Custom Buttons & Social Network Icons

One of the things I've been having a lot of fun with is making my own buttons. Specifically, social media buttons.

Making custom buttons can add a more visually appealing element to your site or blog; matching them to your color scheme, using themed icons, arranging them in a unique way, using a color scheme to make them stand out are but only some ideas when designing your buttons.

For my female themed blog I chose to use nail polish bottles as the platform for my social media logos and colored each differently.

I also made a set of handbags as a platform for the logos to use on my fashion themed blog.

The creative ideas can be endless, turning any object into button.

My Custom Social Media Share Buttons

How can I make these myself?

The gimp. The gimp is a free open source software that is most commonly used as a graphics editor.

Other things you can use GIMP for:

  • cropping
  • re-sizing
  • editing
  • free form drawing
  • re-touching
  • changing image format
  • combining images

GIMP's product vision is that GIMP is a free software graphics application for the editing and creation of original images, icons, graphical elements of web pages and art for user interface elements. -wikipedia.org

GIMP website.

How do I use my custom icons?

First, host your icons at a free online hosting site. I use photobucket.

Next insert an html widget into your site or blog where you want the icon to appear.

An example of the html code that I use to link to my Pinterest page is:

<a href="http://pinterest.com/girlfriendshoes/"><img src="http://i1082.photobucket.com/albums/j376/girlfriendshoes/My%20Homemade%20Buttons/PINTEREST-1.jpg" /></a>

The bold text is where I want my link to go to and the img src is the direct link to where I host my image (icon).

A simple Google search will give you easy instructions on how to link your icons to all the different social media sites. There are many to choose from.

Image Map

While making my own buttons I wondered how to make a single picture of my social media icons but link to all the social media sites in the image.

This is called image mapping.

An image map is so you can link various parts of your image to different destinations without having to separate the image into single image files.

There are many free online tools to make an image map. I used image map editor. It is very easy to use.

GIMP has the capability of making an image map also but I found using the image map editor was much easier.

Image Map

I used my custom image to the right to link to the different social media sites using an image map.

Now when each different logo is clicked on it will bring you to the specific destination to bookmark or follow my site.

Rather than having multiple single links, they are all in one file. Also, I get to arrange them in a flower shape :)

Ideas here area also endless, I hope to get more creative than a flower shape.


Samples of My Custom Social Media Icons

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      Thadrok 5 years ago from Portland, OR

      It's cool that you make your own social media icons like that. Nice work.

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      Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you!

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      Server247 5 years ago from Nigeria

      That's nice

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      You are very creative my dear. This is a good idea to promote anyone's blog in the most original way possible. Thank you for sharing! :)

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      Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you very much! :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Wow! I didn't even know we could do that. The image map concept is so cool. Thank you for sharing this technology with us.

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      Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

      No problem, MarleneB. I think it's pretty cool too. Have a great day!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      That is so adorable. I had no idea that could be done. I love the animal buttons. I am technologically dumb but if I build a page, I would love to use these. So cute!

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      Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Wow! This is awesome! I would love to add custom buttons too! Thanks for sharing.

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      Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks, tammyswallow! I'd love it if you use them.

      Anamika, it's really fun coming up with different ideas to try, I used the nail polish ones for quite a while on my blog. :)

      Thanks, ladies.

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      The Best SEO 4 years ago from Kathmandnu, Nepal

      Hi Kalux ! Thank you for sharing nice list. i love to get these all icons.

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      TCurtis Moore 4 years ago

      Nice, thanks for your idea with the photobucket.

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      Reyes Baez 4 years ago from NYC

      Great social icon buttons, definitely gives me a idea for making different social buttons. Thanks for the tip!

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