Create an Awesome Looking Glossy Button in GIMP


How to make an awesome looking button in GIMP.
Series: Gimp101

Source file: http://www.mediafire.com/?9sye7ri0z1swf

Hello and welcome. In this tutorial I will show you how you can make a glossy button like this one:

Ok, so let’s get started.
Create a new image, mine will be 640×400 px. Grab the “Bucket Fill Tool”, set the Foreground Color on “#3d3d3d” and fill the background with it.
Now create a new layer by going to Layer-New Layer.
Then, grab the “Rectangle Select Tool”, and in the Rectangle Select box, check “Rounded Corners” and set the Radius to about 50.

Now drag and create a box like I did.

Now take the “Gradient Tool”, set the Foreground Color on “#009cff” and the Background Color on “#005dae”, set the Shape of the gradient on “Radial”, and stroke from the top, to down left like I did:

Now go to “Select-None” to get rid of that selection. Now you should have something like this:

Now make a new layer, above this gradient layer, select the “Rectangle select Tool” again, don’t mess with the rounded corners settings, leave everything as it is, and make a box at the top like I did:

Now grab the “Gradient Tool”, set the Foreground Color on White, set the Gradient to “FG to Transparency”, and the Shape back on “Linear”.

Now stroke from the top to bottom like I did(hold Ctrl for a perfectly straight stroke):

Now go to “Select-None”, set the Layer Mode on “Addition” and turn the opacity down to about 80-75%. Now you should have something like this:

Now make a new layer, grab the “Rectangle Select Tool” again, and make a smaller selection inside the previous one like in the next picture:

Now grab the “Gradient Tool” again and stroke just like before only that is smaller, just like I did:

Now go to “Select-None” and turn the opacity to about 45%. Now you should have something like this:

Ok now right click on the blue gradient layer and slect “Alpha to selection” so it will make a selection around the button.

Now make a new layer, grab the “Rectangle Select Tool`, set it`s mode to “Subtract from the Current Selection”. and make a selection like mine:

Now get the “Gradient Tool” again and make a stroke like this one:

Now go to “Select-None” and turn the opacity down to about 45%. Now you should have something like this:

Now uncheck the visibility of the Background Layer and go to “Image-Merge Visible Layers” and click Merge.

Now go to “Layer-Autocrop Layer”, and then grab the “Alignment Tool” and align it to the center it by clicking on the image, and then clicking on the two buttons “Align Center of Target” and “Align middle of target”.
Now make a new layer, grab the “Rectangle select Tool”, set the mode of the Select tool back on “Replace the Current Selection” and make a selection like I did:

Now take the “Gradient Tool” and Stroke from down to up like I did:

Now go to “Select-None” and turn the opacity to around 35-39%. Now you should have something like this:

Now go to “Filters-Blur-Gaussian Blur” set the Horizontal and Vertical to 11 and click OK. Now merge this layer down so you will have 2 layers: the button and the background. Now duplicate the button layer, and then click on the top one of there two and go to “Filters-Light and Shadow-Lighting Effects” and use move the light like I did:

Now you should have something like this:

Now set this layer mode to “Grain Merge”, then go to “Colors-Desaturate” and click OK.
Now select the bottom layer with the button and go to “Colors-Brighness-Contrast” and turn the Brighness down to about -55.
Ok now duplicate this layer, right click on it and click “Alpha to Selection”. Now take the “Bucket Fill tool”, make the foreground Color Black, and down, at “Affected Area” choose “Fill whole selection” and fill the button. Then, move this layer above the Background layer and bellow all the other layers.

Now go to “Filters-Blur-Gaussian Blur” and set both values to about 25 and click OK. Now you should have something like this:

Now duplicate this black layer, and then go to “Filter-Blur-Gaussian Blur” and increase values to about 45 and click OK.

Now select the first layer which must be the white one, then grab the “Text Tool” and write whatever you want. I will use the font “Tahoma Bold”. So write your text with what font you want, center it into the button and you should have something like this:
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Now go to “Layer-Autocrop Layer” and then grab the “Alignment Tool” and align the text in the center by pressing the “Align center of target” and “Align middle of target” buttons unde the First item thing.
So now you should have something like this:

Now set the layer mode to “Overlay”. Then go to “Filters-Light and Shadow-Drop Shadow” and use the following settings:

Now you should have something like this:

Now right click on the text layer and click “Alpha to Selection”, select the “Drop Shadow” layer that is bellow the text layer and go to “Edit-Cut” and then “Select-None”. Now turn the opacity of this white layer to about 65%.
Now select the text layer and go to “Filters-Light and Shadow-Drop Shadow” and use the following settings:

Now right click on the text layer again and select “Alpha to Selection”. Now select the black layer that says “Drop Shadow”, the one bellow the text layer and go to “Edit-Cut” and then “Select-None”. Now turn the opacity down a little bit to about 75%. Now you should have something like this:

Now select the last layer which is the Background one and go to “Filters-Render-Clouds-Plasma”, turn the Turbulence to max and click OK. Now you should have something like this:

Now go to “Colors-Desaturate” and click OK. Then, go to “Filters-Blur-Motion Blur” and use the following settings:

Now go to “Colors-Curves” and curve the settings like this:

Now select this layer and co to “Colors-Brightness-Contrast” and turn the Brighness down to about -70. And you’re done!!!

Thank you for reading, this was a pretty hard to make tutorial. Spent some good hours for this. Thank you and see you next time with a ne Gimp101 tutorial. Don’t forget to subscribe to my rss so you will be aware when the next tutorial comes. Bye.

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One Response to Create an Awesome Looking Glossy Button in GIMP

  1. Matt Goffrey says:

    This has been an ENORMOUSLY helpful tutorial, thanks a million for doing it.

    What I do, is that since I like black buttons, is that I just turn off the blue button layer and you end up with a killer looking black glossy button. When I have an app (I use these in mobile apps) with a black ground I just throw a layer underneath the button (above background) and make a rectangle that is just 3 pixels larger than the rest of the button and slap a highlight color there. Because it’s at the bottom, all you see is the 3 extra pixels and even on a black background app the button still stands out.

    Anyway, just wanted to say thanks!

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