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Glossy button with images


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This is my first tutorial, I thought I should make this tutorial as the only tutorial i found had no pictures so I thought this might help some people.

Glossy Buttons Tutorial:

Minor changes:

Layer Opacity

Make the background layer transparent, I deleted the white by highlighing it with the wand and then deleting.

Create a new Layer and put it above the background layer.

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Start by chosing a colour for your button and creating it's shape I used green (#339933) and the Rounded Rectangle tool.

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Now that you have your button create a new layer above the one that has the button.

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This new layer will be the glossy look. To create the glossy look I used the Ellipse tool to select an area on the button and filled it with white.

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Go back to the layer with your button and use the WAND tool to select the area of the button.

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With the area still highlighted go back to the glossy layer and press CTRL + I then delete this will take away the unneeded fill.

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On your glossy layer press F4 and in the blending section reduce the Layer Opacity to an amount you like, I used 79.

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This is the Glossy button.

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EXTRA EFFECTS YOU MIGHT LIKE TO TRY!

Effects used:

Feather

Gaussian Blur

Corner glow

To add a nice effect to the corner I will start by adding a new layer above all of the current layers

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On the new layer add a small white streak in the corner you want the glow I used a side 4 brush with white colour

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After adding the white streak go to Effects -> Blurs -> Gaussian Blur and add a blur that you want I put mine up to 14

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This will give you a nice glow in the end

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Smoothing the Gloss

Go to the layer you created the gloss on and use feather Effects -> Object -> Feather

I put the Feather Radius max and left the strength default

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And that is how you make the button, you can try different colours and shapes.

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Woody, thank you for sharing this tutorial.

Unfortunately we already have quite a number of tutorials on creating glossy buttons and glass buttons. A quick search with searchpaint.net and the term "glossy button" reveals this excellent tutorial: viewtopic.php?f=34&t=27100&start=0. There is also an excellent plugin which automates the button making process (viewtopic.php?f=16&t=28865).

Don't be downhearted that I'm locking your tutorial. It's just that we don't need further tutorials on the subject unless you've come up with a revolutionary new technique or effect.

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