I love iPhone as it is my favorite gadget. Today i am going to share a Photoshop button tutorial inspired by iPhone. We will together design a beautiful iPhone like buttons. Let’s start,

Final Preview

This will be our learning at the end of this tutorial.

Photoshop Button Tutorial - iPhone Inspiration

Step 1

Open Adobe Photoshop, and create a new Photoshop document. I am going to create a new document of 500 x 600 px with white background.

iPhone Like Button 500x600

Step 2

Let’s fill our background layer with some dark color like #000000

iPhone Like Button Black Background

Step 3

Take a first “New Guide” in view menu. Select Horizontal orientation, enter 180px and click ok. Similarly take a second “New Guide” in view menu. Select Horizontal orientation, enter 380px and click ok. You will be at,

Step 4

Take a new layer and name it “gradient_back”. Make a selection with available guides and fill it with any color. Do the following steps,

Apply this Blending Option

Drop Shadow

  • Angle: 90
  • Distance: 2
  • Size: 1

Inner Glow

  • Color: White (#FFFFFF)
  • Size: 2

Gradient Overlay

  • Style: Linear
  • Color 1: #CCCCCC
  • Color 2: #FFFFFF

Gradient Overlay

Output will like this,

Gradient Back

Step 5

Take a new layer and name it “shine”. Make a selection like this,

Layer Shine

Do these simple steps,

  • Fill “shine” layer with white (#FFFFFF) color
  • Blend it with Soft Light
  • Set Opacity to 75%

Output is like this,

Step 6

Create a new folder and name it “iPhone Button”,

  • Select Rounded Rectangle Tool
  • Set the Radius 5px
  • Draw a new layer in iPhone Button folder like that, I am going to name it “button_back”

Step 7

Duplicate the “button_back” layer, name it “button_shine” and do as follows,

  • Right Click button_shine and click “Rasterize Layer” in the menu.
  • Ctrl+Click to make the selection of button_shine layer
  • Select Rectangle Marquee Tool
  • Select Intersect with Selection

By the above selected settings, you will be able to draw following selection very easily,

Now do the following steps,

  • Fill the “button_shine” layer with white (#FFFFFF) color
  • Make the Opacity 20%

You will have the following effect.

Step 8

Label the button with white color, I am using,

  • Arial Font Style
  • Regular
  • 18 pt
  • Smooth
iPhone Home Button

Step 9

Apply This Blending Option


  • Size: 1px
  • Color: Black (#000000)
iPhone Like Button Final

Step 10

Let’s Duplicate “Button” folder and make two more buttons,

Photoshop Button Tutorial - iPhone Inspiration

I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial. Don’t forget to write your valuable comments.

One thought

  1. Really nice! thanks for sharing and email me when ever you do some cool design stuff like this.


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