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Illustrator Tip #23: Glossy Buttons

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.

glossy button 2

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



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  1. Gravtar for Kisan
    Kisan February 1st

    That was very simple. How about double gradient on top and bottom of the button?

  2. Gravtar for Howard
    Howard February 1st

    Really enjoy the fresh look. I really liked this article. Thank you for a marvelous write.

  3. Gravtar for Tony Soh
    Tony Soh February 3rd

    Hi Kisan, to get a double gradient you will need to change the gradient from white to black and back to white gradient.

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    Ad Design June 19th

    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

  5. Gravtar for Rene
    Rene February 24th

    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!!!

  6. Gravtar for See Gee
    See Gee August 7th

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

  7. Gravtar for See Gee
    See Gee August 7th

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

  8. Gravtar for See Gee
    See Gee August 7th

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

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