Glossy buttons in Adobe Illustrator CS5

I have come across many clients who want a Web 2.0 style buttons, icons and logos. Though I haven’t found any specific features in a Web 2.0 button or logo but the objects are usually elegant, clean, with lots of gradients, shiny and they stand out. In this tutorial we are creating a Web 2.0 button (if it falls in that category) or should I say a glossy button like this:

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1. Draw an Ellipse. Hold down SHIFT as you draw to create a perfect circle.

2. Fill it with a gradient of your choice. I have used a gradient of green.

1st ellipse

3. Copy this ellipse and ‘Paste in Front’ (Edit > Paste in Front or CTRL + F) of the earlier ellipse. Then with the new ellipse selected, hold down SHIFT + ALT + drag the corners to shrink it a bit. See image below:

2nd ellipse

4. Then apply the same gradient to it from the Gradients panel. And reverse the gradient using the ‘Reverse Gradient’ button Reverse Gradient button . The ellipses will now look like:

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5. Now we will draw an ellipse that is smaller than the second one. To do that, choose the Ellipse Tool, hold down SHIFT (to draw a perfect round) and ALT (to begin drawing from the center) and draw an ellipse as shown below. Fill this third ellipse with a simple gradient using the same shades of green you used earlier. This way the colors will blend well into each other. I have used a Radial Gradient. But you can always experiment with colors and gradients.

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6. Next draw another perfect circle from the center (by holding down SHIFT and ALT while drawing). This is the forth ellipse.

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7. To add a nice effect, we want a variation of elongated circle out of the forth ellipse. So choose the Pen Tool , hold down the cursor to open the fly out menu and choose ‘Delete Anchor Point Tool’.

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8. Place the pen on the anchor point on the bottom of the ellipse and click to delete it. The result would be like this:

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9. Fill it with a yellowish green shade (as shown below).

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10. Draw a fifth (the last one) ellipse in the center of all the circles and fill it with a light shade of yellow.

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11. Then select the forth and the fifth ellipse, go to Object > Blend > Make. Your button is ready and this is how it will look:

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NOTE: While we are using the Blend feature to achieve this effect. You can also achieve a similar effect by adding a radial gradient to the fourth ellipse. But I somehow like to use Blend to get this effect.

12. To add a mirror effect we will create an Opacity Mask. First we will replicate the entire button and flip it below the button. Select the entire button using the Selection tool. Right click and choose Transform > Reflect… In the Reflect dialog box, switch on the Preview, choose Horizontal Axis and click on Copy. Now move this copy to the bottom of the original button. Holding down SHIFT while moving will help you maintain the vertical axis.

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13. Draw a rectangle over the mirrored copy and fill it with a gradient of grey-black.

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Adjust the sliders to get the desired effect.

14. Now select the rectangle and the mirrored image (placed below the rectangle) using the Selection tool. Open the Transparency Panel. If not visible go to Window > Transparency. Click on the double arrows on the top of the panel and from the menu choose ‘Make Opacity Mask’.

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15. If you are not satisfied with the result, then open out the Transparency panel, and edit the Opacity Mask.

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NOTE: When you click on the Opacity Mask thumbnail, only the mask becomes editable and all other objects on the art board are locked. To get out of this mode, click on the first thumbnail that shows the original image.

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About the Author: Minal is a freelance web and graphics designer. She specializes in designing Logos, Stationery, Graphics and Icons as well as website templates using graphical tools like Photoshop, Illustrator and Expression Web. Twitter @saffronstroke

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  3. Atasözleri says:

    Thanks you very much! Wonderful icons!

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