Illustrator Tip #23: Glossy Buttons

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Creating vector glossy button is very simple and useful for web interface design. In this illustrator tip, I will show you how to create a quick glossy button using Screen layer blending mode.

1. The first step is to create the rounded rectangle button. Select the rounded rectangle tool and draw a button and fill it with linear gradient.

glossy button

2. Next go to Object > Path > Offset Path and enter -2px for it. It will create a smaller rectangle inside. Select it and fill it with a black to white gradient.

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3. Finally, set the transparency mode to screen and it will instantly turn into a white highlight. Add in your button text on top to finish.

glossy button

8 COMMENTS

  1. That sure is one useful tutorial and I was just following all the steps and have finally made my own button, thank you for sharing this great resource 🙂

    Ralph

  2. Hi i have a question this effect is only for rgb but if i want is do it in cmyk how is the way? thanks is a great page!!!

  3. C- article for newbies. Might as well just have said, “draw a glossy button in Illustrator”. Many steps skipped.

  4. C- article for newbies. Might as well just have said, “draw a glossy button in Illustrator”. Many steps skipped.

  5. C- article for newbies. Might as well just have said, “draw a glossy button in Illustrator”. Many steps skipped.

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