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Posted on January 5th, 2011
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Hi there and welcome to this Photoshop Tutorial.

 

In this Tutorial we'll be learn how to create this cool glossy button effect.

 

So let's get started!

 

Step 1: Open a new document, i'll be using 600x400 for the size.

Glossy Button

 

Step 2: Using your Gradient Tool, select Radial as the gradient option - colors I've used are #ffba00 at Location 0% and #ff7200 at Location 100%

Glossy Button

 

Step 3: Click and drag like shown below, from Point a to b

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Step 4: You must result like the below image.

Glossy Button

 

 

Step 5: Create a New Layer and select the Elipse Tool

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Step 6: Make sure you have Fill select (a) and holding your Shift key draw a Circular Shape

Glossy Button

 

Step 7: Like the below Screen shot

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Step 8: Now Duplicate the circle layer we just created

Glossy Button

 

Step 9: Switch to your Transform Tool and lower the size like shown below (some 4 pixels smaller)

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Step 10: Rename your two Circle Layers to Outer and Inner

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Step 11: Double click your Inner Layer to open up the Blending options / Layer Style, select Outer Glow and enter the settings you see below

Glossy Button

 

Step 12: Select Inner Shadow and enter the below adjustments

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Step 13: Let's fill in some color to that Inner Circle there, select Gradient Overlay and choose the same gradient we used for the background

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Step 14: Once you have all those styles applied, hold on your "Ctrl Key" and Click the thumb of your Inner layer, to make a select of that Inner Circle

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Step 15: Like so,

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Step 17: Let's chop some of that select we have, select your Pen Tool and make sure you have Paths (a) checked, draw a curve (b)

Glossy Button

 

Step 18: Draw and complete the path by going all the way from below then Rightclick and choose Make Selection

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Step 19: Match the Settings like below,

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Step 20: You must be having this Curved selection

Glossy Button

 

 

Step 21: Let's add a Shine for our Glossy Button, select the Gradient Tool (a) select Liner Gradient (b) and make sure you have white to transparent as the gradient (c)

Glossy Button

 

Step 22: Apply the gradient in the same direction as below

Glossy Button

 

Step 23: This is what you should be having so far,

Glossy Button

 

Step 24: Change the Blending Style to Overlay

Glossy Button

 

Step 25: Get into to Layer Styles of the "Shine" Layer, select Drop Shadow and match the settings below and press OK

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Step 26: Create a New Layer (a) select the Brush (b) and keep a hard thin brush (c) having 2px for the Size and 100% Hardness

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Step 27: Once thats set, select your Pen Tool and draw the curve you see below

Glossy Button

 

Step 28: Once you've done the curve, with your Pen Tool still selected Rightclick and select Stroke Path

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Step 29: Choose Brush as the tool and make sure you have Simulate Pressure checked

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Step 29: This is what you'll result in

Glossy Button

 

Step 30: I've create a few and transforming them to fit in, point a and b

Glossy Button

 

Step 31: Now, open the Blending Options/Layer Style of the Outer Layer (a) and apply the below settings to Outer Glow (b).

Glossy Button

 

Step 32: This is what I have after all these steps.

Glossy Button

 

Step 33: Let's type something in there, switch to your Text Tool and type something of your choice. I've typed P2L as in Pixel2Life :-)

Glossy Button

 

 

Step 34: Open up the Blending Options of the Text you just typed, apply some shadow to it. Not a dark one, just a neat simple and light shadow.

Glossy Button

 

Step 35: Some Inner Shadow with the bellow Settings


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Step 36: I'll be rather changing the color from a simple white to a Silver gradient kinda look. So, selecting white to light grey as my gradient color.

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Step 37: Now, let's add some reflection to the text. First of all Duplicate the text layer, by using the Shortcut Ctrl+J

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Step 38: Switch to your Transform Tool and Rightclick choose Flip Vertical, becuase we dont really want a reflection have the same angle :-)

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Step 39: I've nudged it download so that it appers right below out text P2L

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Step 40: Once thats complete, let's add a Mask Layer for the Transformed text

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Step 41: Select your Gradient Tool, make sure its a Linear Gradient and ofcourse a Black to white since we're applying Mask

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Step 42: Apply the gradient as below. From Point a to b

Glossy Button

 

Step 43: Let's lower the Opacity to 42% and set the blend to Overlay

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Step 44: Thats it! we're all done with out cool neat Shiny Glossy Button

Glossy Button

 

 

I hope you Enjoyed this tutorial,

 

Thankyou,
Ibrahim.

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