Create a Glossy Button in Adobe Photoshop

Level: Easy

The following tutorial will guide you create a beaty button by using Photoshop step by step. The results like the image below.

Following the steps below to create the button like above.

1. Open Adobe Photoshop program. Click menu File->New to create a new file like the image below.

2. Click the Round Rectagle Tool in the Tool box like image below (If you don't see the Tool box you can open it by using menu Windows->Tools)

Choose the Radius=5px (You can enter another value if you wish)

Click in the canvas area then draw a rectagle like below (You can choose any color, it's not important)

3. After draw rectagle. In the "Layer" panel display the new layer you just draw. (If you don't see the Layer panel you can open it by using menu Windows->Layer)

Select the new layer you just draw (By click in it). Click to the button like image below then select Gradient Overlay.

The Layer Style will display with Gradient Overlay auto selected. You click to the mouse pointer like in image below.

It will open Gradient Editor window. You click to the position like image below.

The Select stop color window will open. You will choose color for your button (If you wish your button is blue then choose blue, green then choose green,....). We choose blue here. Then click OK button.

The Select stop color will close and re-display the Gradient Editor. You click in the center of the bar like image below.

It will create the new spot. Then you will choose color for this new spot by double click to that spot or click to the color section like image below.

You will continue choose the blue color like the first spot but lighter a bit like image below. Then click OK button.

After that continue click to the position like image below to create a new spot.

It will create a new spot. Then you will choose color for the new spot by double click on it or click to the color section like image below.

Choose the blue color like it spot 2 but much lighter like image below. Then click OK button.

Continue doble click to the last spot to select color for it like below.

Select the color like spot 3 but lighter. Then click OK button.

Continue click OK button on Gradient Editor window.

Continue click OK button on Layer Style window.

The glossy button already display in the canvas area. You will enter text for this button by using Text tool like image below.

Then click the new layer button to create new layer for this text. You will enter text in this new layer.

Click to the canvas area the type the "Sample Text". The result will show as follow.

You have successful create a button by using Adobe Photoshop.

Conclusion: Create a glossy button like above is really simple. You just draw a button then apply Gradient Overlay effect in the button layer then apply 4 colors in order like image below. From left to right.

If you choose the orignal color green then.

  • The first spot is green.
  • The second spot is green like first spot but lighter a bit compare with the first spot.
  • The thirth spot is green like second spot but much lighter compare with the second spot.
  • The fourth spot is green like thirth spot but lighter a bit compare with the thirth spot.

Do the same for other color you will see the result.