Creating a Glass Button
Photoshop CS6 Tutorial
How to Create a Glass Button in Photoshop
Glass buttons can be found throughout the web. Creating a glass button requires a little knowledge of Layer Styles, Gradients and the Styles panel.
Open a new 512 pixel by 512 pixel Photoshop document (File > New).
Set the Foreground and Background colors to a dark and light version of your new button color. The dark version should be the Foreground color.
Select the Ellipse Shape tool. Make sure it is set to Shape with no stroke in the tool options.
Click-drag to add an oval shape to the document.
Double-click just to the right of the shape layer name in the Layers palette to open the Layer Style panel.
Click Gradient Overlay to add a gradient and view it's options. From the gradient options, choose Foreground to Background.
Click Stroke to apply a stroke around the button. Set the stroke Size, then change the color to a lighter shade of the button color.
Click Inner Glow and set the color to a light shade of your button color. Adjust the Size and Opacity to enhance the button.
Click Drop Shadow to apply a drop shadow to the button. Adjust the Opacity, Distance and Size.
Click Inner Shadow to add the button reflection. Deselect Use Global Light and set the light angle to 90.
Set the Color to white and the Blend Mode to Screen.
Adjust the Distance to add a reflection to the button. In our case the Distance was set to 36. You may need to decrease the Opacity to soften the effect.
Open the Styles menu (Window > Styles). Make sure the button shape layer is selected, then click the Create New Style icon at the bottom of the Styles panel. A new style now appears in the panel.
To apply your style to a new button, draw a new Rounded Rectangle Shape in your document.
With the new rectangle shape layer selected, click the new style icon in the Styles panel.
Now the Quick Way
Another way to create a glass button is to use an existing Layer Style. There are several glass textures available in the Layer Styles libraries. From the Styles panel pull-down menu, choose Web Styles. Click OK to accept the new library and view your new texture presets.
Try Your New Style with Other Shapes
In addition to ovals and circles, you should find that your new style also works with rounded rectangles, custom shapes and text objects.
Editing a Style
To edit a style, apply the style to a shape layer. Open the Layer Styles for the shape layer and make your changes, then save your new Style in the Styles panel.