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An interface would never be complete without the little buttons that appear to be made of glass. This tutorial will show you how.

Round Glassy Buttons in Photoshop Photoshop Tutorial

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As always, start with a transparent layer.
Draw a circle using the circular marquee tool. Tip: Hold the alt/option key to draw from the center and hold the shift key to draw a perfect circle.

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Now we want to create a circular gradient, from bark to light blue. Use the settings here, then drag from the middle of the circle. Don’t deselect.

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Create a new layer and change the gradient setting to this: Linear, Foreground to transparent and change your foreground color to white.

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Drag the gradient tool from the top to the bottom, with the top white.

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Press Ctrl/Cmd+T for the free transform tool
Bring the bottom to almost 1/2 way. Bring the top and sides in a little bit until it looks similar to the picture.

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For added realism add a slight gaussian blur to the highlight and drop the opacity a little.

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You may also add text. Put the text layer behind the highlight and lower the opacity.

Add the buttons to your interface – Merge Visiable and drag the buttons to your interface.

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Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

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Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

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