Looking to design some glossy looking Web 2.0 button? Here’s a simple Photoshop tutorial that gives you step by step how to get a nice looking red glossy button.
Step 1 – Creating the base
Fire up a new canvas and adjust the following settings (marked in yellow) according to the image below. The rest should come as default. You might want to double check with the defaults too.
Create a new layer call ‘Button’
On layer ‘Button’, select the Rounded rectangle tool
give it a radius of 7px
and draw a rectangle similar to the image below.
Step 2 – Red button
Right click on the Blending Options for ‘Button’ layer
and tweak the following settings for
Bevel and Emboss
Your button should look something like this
Step 3 – Create glossy effect
Create a new layer call ‘Glass’
Select Retangular marquee tool, make sure you are selecting ‘Button’ layer. HOLD your <ctrl> key and click on layer ‘Buttons”s layer thumbnail. Your button should now be highlighted.
Select ‘Glass’ button now, hold the <Alt> key with Retangular marquee tool selected. Draw(cut) across the lower half of the button like the image below.
Fill the selected area with white color #ffffff using Paint Bucket Tool
Adjust the opacity to 18%
and you should have glossy button looking like this.
Step 4 – Pattern Overlay
Let’s give the button some slight pattern overlay. I’ll be using the custom stripe5px created earlier. Click here to read “How to create custom pattern“. Create a new layer call ‘Pattern’ in between ‘Button’ and ‘Glass’ and proceed with Blending Options.
Select Pattern Overlay, choose Stripe5px (or any pattern you’ve created) and click OK then close the dialogue.
Make sure you are still on Rectangular Marquee tool, hold <ctrl> and click on Button’s layer thumbnail to get the buttons shape. Fill up the selected area in ‘Pattern’ layer with Paint Bucket tool and adjust the layer opacity to 5%
Step 5 – Inserting Text
I’ll throw in some random text in white #ffffff color with the following settings
and the following blending effects on my text’s layer.
Step 6 – Final Output
You should get an image like this.