Create an awesome user friendly button in photoshop

Whenever creating buttons us designers often just use a gradient. But doesn’t that get old sometime? In this tutorial you will learn how to create a user friendly button using some pretty simple photoshop techniques.

Create a New Document. It can be any size.

Step 1

Select the rounded rectangle tool, radius: 5px, color:#1f1f1f and draw a rectangle in the middle of your canvas.
rounded rectangle

Right click on button layer>>blending options>>gradient overlay. Blend mode:normal, Opacity:100%, Style:linear, Angle90, Scale:54%.
Gradient settings

Now double click on the gradient bar. Left Color:#1f1f1f, Right Color:#343434.
gradient bar

Example 1

Step 2

Now were going to give our button a little of pop out technique. Ok so you know the first rectangle layer we’ve created, we are going to take that layer and duplicate it 2 times. After you have duplicated it 2 times you should now have 3 buttons in total. First Rectangle will be the gradient we’ve created in the beginning of this tutorial and the second 2 buttons will be changed from gradients to a 1 solid color.

Note: To change a layer from a gradient to 1 solid color all you would have to do is right click on the layer>>blending options>>and unselect the gradient overlay box. Then select the
color check box and change the color without making a new button over again.

First rectangle: Gradient
Middle Rectangle: #3D3D3D
Last Rectangle: #343434

layout

Now that you have all 3 buttons made with the proper colors we will now make them them close to one another. Zoom in and select the move tool. Now drag the two layers close to the gradient layer. You should now see a little pop out. If you can not then it might be because of the white canvas.

Layout closer

Example 2

Step 3

Now we will add our little gloss inside of the button. Select the rounded rectangle tool, color:#ffffff. Now draw a rectangle at the top of the button and change the opacity to 1%, and fill to 10%.

white layer

After

Step 4

Select the type tool color: #4b4b4b, font size:30px arial. Right click on the text layer>>blending options>>Inner shadow. blend mode: multiply, distance 0, choke: 0 , size: 5
inner shadow

Now select the color overlay check box and change the color to #333333.
inner shadow after

Step 5

Select the type tool color: #4b4b4b, font size:12px arial. Right click on the text layer>>blending options>>Inner shadow. blend mode: multiply, opacity: 75%, angle: 120, distance 5, choke: 0 , size: 5
inner set

Now select the color overlay check box and change the color to #ffffff. And you should now have a nice looking button.

Note: Click to Enlarge!

finish

You can change the colors of these buttons very easy without creating new buttons. Just change the gradients and background colors and you will be good to go.

Note: Click to Enlarge!
button examples

Joe Granados the author

Joe Granados is the owner of WebDevTuts. He is also a web designer & developer who loves to design and develop websites. If you're looking for him you can find him via @webdevtuts

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