Simple Record Button – Photoshop Tutorial

Using a few Shape Layers and a couple Layer Styles we will quickly construct a very slick looking “Click here to record” style button. Use this as a button in your website or app interface, use it as a button or list button point, change the color of the center area and use it as a color custom rollover.

Simple Record Button Photoshop Tutorial

We’re going to use Photoshop CS5 here and you will only need a basic working knowledge of the application to get started with this Photoshop tutorial! This tutorial is one in the continued series the Howard from and I are creating. Inspiration is draw from the amazing and any number of the quality, free PSD downloads they provide! Check them out now!

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Step 1:

Create a new Photoshop document sized 1280px by 720px at 72 pixel per inch.

Step 2:

Fill the Background Layer with the color #404040. Go Filter>Noise>Add Noise. Use the setting that I have in my screenshot.

Step 3:

Grab the Ellipse Tool (U) and set the tool to draw paths, look to the Tool Options Bar and use the settings I have. Drag out a small ellipse in the center of the Photoshop Document. TIP: Hold the Shift key to draw a perfect circle.

Step 4:

Go Layer>New Fill Layer>Solid Color. I’m going to name this Layer “Metal” and fill this Layer with White.

Step 5:

Set the Fill Opacity of this “Metal” Layer to 0%. Go ahead and add an Inner Shadow and Inner Glow to this shape using the settings I have.

Step 6:

Go ahead and add a Gradient Overlay and open the Gradient Editor by selecting the Gradient bar. I have placed colors stops at 0-15-30-45-60-75-100%. Check out my screen shot and try to get about the same gray colors that I have.

Step 7:

Next it’s time to add a little more depth to this button’s base. Add a Drop Shadow and a Stroke using the settings I have. Check out my zoomed in screenshot to see what changes are being made. NOTE: We’re using the Stroke only to place that little gap between that Drop Shadow and the bottom edge of the button. Reducing it to 0% Opacity will make the line disappear, but the Layer Style will still behave as if the Stroke is visible and cut that nice channel for us.

Step 8:

We need to create a pattern to lay over this button to give the metal a touch more texture. Create a new Photoshop Document sized 5px by 5 px at 72 pixels per inch. Grab the Pencil Tool (B). Hit the (D) key to set Black as our Foreground color. Use the Pencil to draw a small plus (+) sign in the middle of that document. Go Edit>Define Pattern and save the Pattern.

Step 9:

Jump back over to our button and duplicate our button Layer by going Layer>Duplicate Layer. Then right click on the Layer name in the Layers Panel and hit “Clear Layer Style.” Again, reduce the Fill Opacity to 0%. Not much will change, but you will have a second Shape Layer now.

Step 10:

Go Layer>Layer Style>Pattern Overlay and select the Pattern Thumbnail and choose our (+) pattern. Use the settings I have used in the screenshot.

Step 11:

Duplicate this Layer just like we did a moment ago and clear the Layer Style as well. Free Transform this Layer (Cmd/ Ctrl + T) and hold down the Shift + Alt/Opt button and scale the shape toward the center until you have a smaller ellipse in the center of our button shape.

Step 12:

Reduce the Fill Opacity of this Layer to 0% and apply a Gradient Overlay Layer Style using the settings I have in the screenshot(s) below.

Step 13:

Go ahead and apply the Inner Shadow and Outer Glow that I have.

Step 14:

Drop in a Curves Adjustment Layer and set its Blending Mode to “Screen” and use a 500px, soft brush at 30% Opacity to “dust in” a nice spot light effect. Link those three Layers together to ensure that they’ll always drag together and I resized my button a little smaller for the final effect. Enjoy!