As most of us know by now, flat design is the new trend that is taking the design world by the balls. The more recent trend to compliment flat design now, more so for icons, is long shadow. Long shadow is the process of creating a flat design and adding a shadow to it that extends off of the icon or graphic object to make the “flatness” of it “pop” (kind of counter intuitive isn’t it?).
If you’re interested in implementing this technique but don’t know where to start, you can check out this long shadow maker that makes it super easy to add long shadows to your designs.
It’s a different trend and, if done properly, can look very cool. Fortunately for us, the people at Pixeden know how to do it right and they’ve provided us with these flat long shadow social media icons for free. Included in this downloadable PSD are 16 icons including Facebook, Twitter, RSS, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, Dribbble, Behance, Vimeo, Blogger, Last FM, Skype, Pinterest, Flickr, Tumblr, and MySpace.