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Friday, July 13, 2007

Gimp Tutorial: Creating Glassy Buttons

Most Photoshop techniques make heavy use of "layer effects" when it comes to creating glassy buttons. I modified one of those techniques so that it could be applied to the Gimp environment that lacks this feature. The following tutorial shows you how to create a glassy button in 5 easy steps.
The result:

1) First, open a new document in the Gimp and create a basic button shape on a new layer. One way of creating a button shape is shown in the following image. When it is done fill it with medium gray.

2) Duplicate the button shape layer 2 times. Name the layers as shown below.

3) Create a selection similar to the one in the following picture; while still selected make the top layer as your active layer and clear the selection (Edit>Clear).

4) Next, fill the top and the bottom layers with gradient to look similar to the image below. If you want you can blur the top layer a bit (1 or 2 pixels) to make the gloss line smoother.

5) And lastly, load the selection of the base shape, go to Select>Shrink and shrink the selection about 2 pixels; invert the selection, activate the bottom and the top layers in subsequent steps and clear the selection. This creates an edge around the button.

And this basically completes the tutorial. If you want you can add text to the button as I did but this is not absolutely necessary.


Master Goodheart said...

Great guide! :)

The only thing I had trouble with was getting a nice gradient, but after that it was easy.

Anonymous said...

This tutorial wasn't good at all. The whole reason i read it was to see how go get the reflective text bit. You need to be a hell of a lot more descriptive

Jmak said...

Oh, the text was first duplicated, then flipped vertically (Layer>Transform>Flip Vertically), dragged underneath the original text and masked so that the bottom could fade into the background. You can add layer mask to the layer by right clicking its name in the layer palette and choosing the Apply Layer Mask option from the menu. Make the mask active by clicking it, choose foreground-background colors to black and white and drag a vertical linear gradient to get the fadeout effect.

Ewen said...

Thanks for the tutorial, I found some of the steps hard to follow but through some perseverance got there (and learned heaps on the way).

So great tutorial!

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