Quick Tip #1: How to Create a Glossy Button Vector in Photoshop

This is a quick photoshop tutorial for everyone. This will show you the easiest and quickest way on how to create a glossy button vector in Adobe Photoshop in few simple steps. Here are the details that everyone should take note of. First, software or program to be used is Photoshop CS5. Second, it takes only fifteen to twenty minutes to finish this task. It might take a shorter time for experts, but it might do the same for beginners too, since this tutorial is very easy to understand and follow. Last thing to remember is to take a good look at the finished product before you start doing your own creation as to have the idea on how you would want your creation to appear. You don’t have to follow the specified color for this tutorial. You can have your own, of course.

Now, let’s tackle the steps. Illustrations are given on the provided link.
1. Create a new document in adobe Photoshop with Width 800px and Height 800px.
2. Select the ‘Ellipse tool’ to draw a circle, press ‘Shift’ key while drawing to get a perfect circle.
3. Now click on this ellipse layer and go to Layer> Layer style> Blending options.
4. Create another circle larger than the previous. Place this new circle layer just above the background layer.
5. Now click on this new circle layer to select it and go to Layer> Layer style> Blending options. Use the same settings for stroke as used in step 3.
6. Now I’ll create highlights for the glossy button. Select the ‘Hard round brush tool’ with # ffffff color. Adjust its size according to the button’s smaller circle and apply it on a new layer.
– Now select the ‘Hard round eraser tool’ of the same size and erase the circle to form a nice highlight as shown below.
– Reduce this layer opacity to 50%. Duplicate this layer by going to Layer> Duplicate layer and arrange this highlight on the bottom area using ‘Free transform tool (Ctrl+ T)’.
7. Create a new layer; select the ‘Soft round brush tool’ with # ffffff color. Size should be around 40-50px, apply it as shown below. Change the blending mode of this layer to ‘Overlay’.

There you go. Easy as ABC.

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