3D Glossy Button

Today we are going to make a 3D glossy button.

So first you need to open a 500×500 document with a transparent background. I chose the 500×500 size because I like to work with a large image I can scale down later.

Next draw a 495×495 circle in the center of the document and fill it with White. Then add a Gradient Overlay in these colors (0E0E0E and 7D7E7D) and hit okay. You should now have a circle close to this:

Now go to Select > Modify > Contract and contract 10px and hit Ok. Create a new layer and fill it with white. Next add a Gradient Overlay in these colors (0E0E0E and 7D7E7D) check the reverse box and hit okay.

Again create a new layer, contract the selection by 5px this time and fill it with white. Next add a Gradient Overlay in these colors (000000 and FFFFFF) change the opacity to 62% and hit okay.

Create a new layer. Contract the selection by another 5px and fill it with white. Now add a Gradient Overlay in these colors (000000 and FFFFFF) check the reverse box. Then change the opacity to 42%, set the style to radial and hit okay.

Now create a new layer and fill the selection with white. Set the layer fill to zero. Next add a Stroke of 1px in whit to the outside of the selection and hit Ok. Then create and new layer and merge the two (CTRL+E). Finally take your eraser tool with a soft 40px width and erase a few sections. You should have something close to this now:

Select layer 3 and hit CTRL+J to duplicate it and bring it to the top of the layers. Next change the Gradient Overlay to these colors (0C6BA4 and C1DBE8) change the Blend Mode to Liner Light and hit okay. Then set the layer opacity to 80% and you should have a nice looking button:

Next we are going to add some nice reflective section to give our button a little more kick. CTRL+click the layer we just created and then make a new layer. Now we need to grab the Eliptical marquee tool and delete some of the section. So hole the ALT button as you drap from bottom right to a bit past the center of the image. You should half a partial moon section fill that section with white. Now add a Gaussian blur to the layer by Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the blur radius to 8px and hit okay. Set the layer mode to Soft Light This should be the result:

Make a new layer and make an Oval selection near the top of the buttom and fill it with White. Set the fill to zero. Next add a Gradient Overlay to these colors (FFFFFF to Tranparent) change the Blend Mode to Lighten and the opacity to 40% then hit okay.

Make a new layer the CTRL+click layer 3. We need to grab the Eliptical marquee tool again and delete some of the section. So hold the ALT button as you drap from top left to about 3/4 of the first selection. You should have a small cresent moon section fill that section with white. Now add a Gaussian blur to the layer by Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the blur radius to 8px and hit okay. Set the layer mode to Color Dodge with a 35% fill. This should be the result:

Make a new layer and make a few Oval selections near the top and buttom and fill fill them with White. Now add a Gaussian blur to the layer by Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the blur radius to 8px and hit okay. Next rotate the layer 30 degrees and hit okay. Your button should look like this now:

Finally create a new layer under the blue gradient layer and add a cool icon. I picked the Alliance Lion from World of Warcraft. Then duplicate the layer and give it a 5px Gaussian blur and drop the layer below the first lion head.

You’re done. and below are a few other versions of this button:

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