iMac style buttons

iMac style buttons

Posted By: missionsix on Jun 02, 2004

Create a iMac styled button.

Step 1:
Open a new document, with a transparent background. Mine is 200px by 200px.

Step 2

Press D to reset your colors. now you want to set you forground color and background color so we can create a nice gradient fill.
i used:

Foreground: #F4F4F4
Background: #E7E7E7



Step 3
Next step is grab the ROUNDED RECTANGLE TOOL and we want to make a rounded rectangle with these settings.

Radius: 15px




Step 4:
Now, using the rounded rectangle tool, we want to create the main size of our button. i made it about 65 px wide, and 20 px tall.

You should have something like this:




Step 4:
Then next step is to make a selection of the path by using the load path as selection tool.
To do this:


In your layers pallet, click on the PATHS tab.
Click on the Path layer that your button is on
Click on the "Load path as selection" button

Here is the load path as selection button:



Step 5.a:
Now that we have the path as a selection, click back onto the LAYERS tab, and next grab the Gradient tool.

Here is the load path as selection button:



Step 5.b:
Now that we have the gradient tool, we want to fill that path we just selected. With your button path still selected, Start at near the bottom of the button, and pull your mouse upwards to the top of the the

button.
This will create a good gradient and give our button a 3-d look.



Step 5.b:
Now that we have the gradient tool, we want to fill that path we just selected. With your button path still selected, Start at near the bottom of the button, and pull your mouse upwards to the top of the the

button.
This will create a good gradient and give our button a 3-d look.



Step 6.a:
Next, we need to add the layer styles. Right click on your layer and select blending options.



Step 6.b
Fist, in the blending options, click on Inner Shadow and set it to these settings:



Step 6.c

Next, in the blending options, click on Inner Glow and set it to these settings:



Step 6.d

click on Stroke and set it to these settings:



Now, press okay and return to your button.


Step 7:
Now, make a New Layer and then select your button once again if it is not selected. Do this, by holding CONTROL (ctrl, for mac its the flower thing) and clicking on the button

layer.

Step 8:
Go to Select > Modify > Contract and input a value of 1-2 px. Now grab your RECTANGULAR MARQUEE TOOL (selection tool) and deselect half of the new selection. It shoudl look like this:



Step 9: Fill the new selection with WHITE (#ffffff)
Set the opacity down to about 50%

Add some text onto the button, add a white glow (if your using image slices without transparency), and you have yourself a nice button.

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Here is what i came up with:

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