How to Make a Sleek Button in Photoshop

How to make a sleek button in photoshopHere’s a quick tutorial to give your buttons some pizazz. Having a sleek button can improve the click-age of your buttons, which is always good. Great for sign up, upload, buy now, or more info buttons.

First start out by making a new Photoshop document, or just apply this style to your current buttons. Create a rounded box (I used 7px edges) and add some text into it, preferably white text.

Sleek Button Tutorial Photoshop 1

Then you’ll need to apply a inner shadow, gradient overlay, and a stroke. Here are the settings I used for each, it’s important to pick similar colors for 2 ends in the gradient.
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Using a white inner shadow creates the nice glow effect while the stroke makes it visible. Doing these effect should give you a button looking like this.

Sleek Button Tutorial Photoshop 2

Then modify the text, adding a light shadow (I used a 25% shadow with 1 distance and 3 size) and a gradient that’s white with some grey on the bottom.

Sleek Button Tutorial Photoshop 3

Modifying the colors, font, gradients, and opacity of all the elements can give you many effect, here are some I tried.

Sleek Button Tutorial Photoshop Examples

Inspiration for this style of button was from 37signals’ Basecamp page.

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