Photoshop is a standard name in graphic design for web use, print layout, and more. Recognized world-wide as the industry-standard, Photoshop offers one of the most robust graphics editing experiences available.

Today I’m going to show you how to create a stylish, reflected button in simple 8 steps. At the end of this tutorial, you will have the confidence to show the world an awesome button.

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Reflected Button

Let’s start our Photoshop button tutorial.

Step 1

Open Adobe Photoshop, and create a new Photoshop document (Ctrl+N). I am going to create a new document of 500 x 500 px with white background.

Step 1 500 x 500

Step 2

Fill this background layer with #3e3d3d color.

Step 3

Create a new layer and name it “Button Skin”. Use the rounded rectangle tool and make a fixed shape of 300 x 50 pixels in the middle of the document.

Now right click the shape and click make selection.

Step 4

Select the gradient tool and set the style to reflected gradient.

  • Set Foreground Color: #1c3f47
  • Set Background Color: #2a6976

Now click in the middle of the selection and drag to the bottom of the selection and release. Try to achieve the following effect.

Step 5

Now we are going to add some blending option to our button to make it beautiful.

Outer Glow

Layer > Layer Styles > Outer Glow

Inner Glow

Layer > Layer Styles > Inner Glow

Gradient Overlay

Layer > Layer Styles > Gradient Overlay

Now your button should be look like this.

Step 6

Use text tool ( T ) and type any text on the button in white color.

Now right click on text layer and make a duplicate layer. Now you have two text layers. Make the text color of bottom text layer black.

Move the bottom text layer 1 pixel down in order to achieve the following effect.

Step 7

Do the following steps,

  • Select all three layers ( “Button Skin”, Both of Text layers )
  • Duplicate these layers: Layer > Duplicate Layers
  • Merge all these Duplicate Layers: Layer > Merge Layers (Ctrl+E)
  • Name this layer: Reflected Button
  • Move the “Reflected Button” layer as shown in preview
  • Flip this layer: Transform > Flip Vertical

Now you have the button as show in Step 7 preview.

Step 8

Do the following steps,

  • Add “Vector Mask” to the “Reflected Button” layer.
  • Press “D” to bring Foreground and Background color in its default form: Foreground Color: #000000, Background Color: #ffffff
  • Choose Gradient Tool: Linear Gradient
  • Make sure the Vector Mask of Reflected Button layer has been selected, and apply the gradient tool in order to achieve the effect as shown in Step 8 preview.
  • Set the Opacity of this layer: 20%

Waooo, we have created a beautiful button in simple 8 steps.

Final Preview

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