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Blue Circle Button Tutorial

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In this tutorial we will create a “web 2.0” (I’m sorry I had to say it) style rounded button.
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

Start with a 150×150 pixel image with white as the background. Create a new layer. Select black as your foreground color. Using the circle marquee tool, hold down the shift key and draw a perfect circle.
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

Press alt + backspace to fill the circle with black.
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

Now we will apply some layer style to the circle of course. I will be using a blue gradient that I found online in a web 2.0 gradient pack. Go to the site and download the gradient pack by clicking here.

Download the file and extract the gradient. Then simple drag the gradient file into photoshop and drop it on the background. Then open the gradient tool and youw ill see that we now have some sweet web 2.0 gradients.
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

Now we will apply the layer styles for our circle. Right click on the layer and go to blending options.
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

Apply the following drop shadow settings:
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

Next apply the gradient settings. I will be using the dark blue gradient from the gradient pack we downloaded earlier.
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

Then we will use the following settings for the gradient
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

For the final touch we will add a stroke.
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

Apply the style and your image should look like this
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

Now we are going to add a little more gloss to the picture. First we will add the ring. Create a new Layer. Then alt click the circle layer to make a select the same size as the circle.
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

Fill the new layer with white keeping your circle selected.
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

Now go to Select > Modify > Contract
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

Contract the circle by 3 pixels
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

Now your circle select is smaller. Use the arrow keys to move the circle down to off set it form the original like below. Then delete the select.
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

Now we will set the transparency for the layer to 51%.
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

Your circle should look like this now.
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

Looks good, but web 2.0 requires more gloss (lol). Using the default photshop shapes draw the shape below.
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

Blue Circle Button Tutorial

You circle should look like this now.
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

CTRL + click on the circle layer again to make a circle selection. Then go to Select > Inverse on the photshop menu. Then delete your selection.
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

Now we are going to change the layer blend mode to overlay and the opacity to 43%.
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

The circle looks like this.
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

Now we will add a circle using the default Photoshop circle shape tool.
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

Draw the circle like on a new layer.
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

Now apply a 1px stroke inside using the blending options.
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

The image should look like this.
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

To finish it off add your logo. I also changed the circle layer to be 65% opacity. Here is the final result
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

You could go back and play with some other gradients to see what you can come up with.
Blue Circle Button Tutorial
Blue Circle Button Tutorial
Blue Circle Button Tutorial

37 Comments

  1. Thanks for submitting this good tutorial to tutorial-effect.net, also submit your tutorials to tutorials-inc.com, thanks :)

  2. Simple, yet good.

    I’m not a big fan of the whole “web 2.0″ trend in web design, but this one works thanks to that simple circular line in the center.

  3. This wasn’t of big help.
    Should have let us see the gradient colors you used.
    Thanks Anyway :-j

  4. if you read the tutorial you will see that you can download the gradient :)

  5. Great tutrial, the buttons look great and the gradiant add ons for photoshop are nice!

  6. I implemented this gradient via code in flash. Perhaps others might find this useful.

    http://extralongfingers.com/wordpress/?p=15

  7. VERY GOOD TUTORIAL
    THX

  8. execelent !!!!!!

    i had no words to praise you !
    it was very nice, written in simple words , so that everyone can understands it .

    thanks ! keep writing tutorials like this !

  9. A really good tutorial. I can use it for my project. Maybe i will add some shapes on it ^_^

  10. Wo.. that’s great I wanna try it..

  11. STUMBLED!

    Great post, I have been trying to do this for a while now.

    Voted for you at:
    http://www.newsdots.com/tutorials/blue-circle-button-tutorial/

  12. Hey, on “CTRL + click on the circle layer again to make a circle selection. Then go to Select > Inverse on the photshop menu. Then delete your selection.”
    I did it but it deletes the entire layer, I just have two layers, anyone mind to explain this to me?

  13. it also says “content of layer not directly editable

  14. If u are having this problem select the circle layer and use the easer tool, try to erase this layer,you will a message pop up and click ok and now you can use the CTL + D function…

  15. This tutorial is superb.This is really very formative with excellent steps

  16. Very nice tutorial. And excellent gradients also. Thanks a lot.

  17. Thanks for the great tut(s) i’ve learned some new tricks now.I liked the tutorial so i clicked on all your Ads lol ;)

  18. This is very good tutorial and easy way to understand the process to change the color.

  19. Alberto, you will first have to rasterize the layer, else u cant del the inverse selection (since its vector).

  20. Thanke you For

  21. I’m stuck at the

    “Now we are going to add a little more gloss to the picture. First we will add the ring. Create a new Layer. Then alt click the circle layer to make a select the same size as the circle.”

    What am I supposed to do ?

  22. Hey ,
    I am not able to delete the selection . I followed the same steps, also i am not able to select the circle of same size .. plz help me out… I am using CS3.
    Kindly help me..

  23. I love this tutorial, it really looks fantastic. I will give it a try, but my end results are always sub par even when following directions. Anyhow Thanks.

  24. This is a wonderful tutorial, now I can finally have some professional buttons. thanks.

  25. Yeah! This is awesume this is very helpful keep up the good work!

  26. Looks great, clean and simple, thanks!

  27. Great tutorial and easy to follow, many thanks.

  28. I love this tutorial John, the final image looks wonderful. I will give it a try but my finished version probably won’t look as good.

  29. Thanks for this nice tutorial dude, love it awesome. And now I know.

  30. HELP – Anyone know why I’m getting stuck on…

    Create a new Layer. Then alt click the circle layer to make a select the same size as the circle.

    Using either alt keys on the circle layer 1 doesn’t do anything – I have the select tool on.

    Cheers

  31. Hey, did you try a Cool Button Designer? I think it is a best web button creator – if you dont have a photoshop or dont know how to use it. I suggest you to try it, it has bunch of features, and creates a cool looking buttons. Just google for Cool Button Designer.

    Chao.

  32. i like this button thank you …

  33. I just wanted to say i love this button and i will use it somewhere.

  34. me too!

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