Monday, January 12, 2009

Transparent Glass Button

This tutorial teaches you to create interesting transparent glass button. Final output of the tutorial can be seen below :

Transparent Glass Button Tutorial: Final Result

Select Rounded Rectangle tool ( image 2 ). Set the radius to 3 px ( image 3 ). Set the background to any color you want. Draw the shape as shown :

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Press control+j to duplicate the layer. Hide the original layer. Select eraser tool and set the brush size to 27 px.

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Erase the part of the shape as shown:

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Now, unhide the original or the base layer.

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Control+click on its layer name in layer palette to select it. Go to select>Modify>Contract and contract the selection by 1 pixels. Press control+i to invert the selection. Press shift+control+alt together and click on its layer name in layer palette to select a border of 1 pixel.

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Hide the original layer again. We will not use it again, if you want you can safely delete this layer. Now, create this gradient.

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Create another layer. Select Gradient tool. Select Linear gradient and fill the selection as shown:

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Now, erase the left and right border of the layer.

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Select the upper border with rectangular marquee tool. Copy and paste it twice. Place the two layers as shown. Also, reduce the layer opacity to 30%.

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Group and merge all layers and add drop shadow as shown:

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Our final step is to add some text. Also add little drop shadow in it. Transparent glass button is ready :)

Transparent Glass Button Tutorial: Final Result