Create a shiny round button in Photoshop

Oh hello guys! Today we will go through the accessories of web interfaces. That is, we will learn to decorate our sites with cute glossy spheres.
Here is what we will create:

So, take a package of chips with a drink and get to work!

Step 1. Start by creating a new one. Canvas (Canvas), say, 400×400 pixels. Fill it with a dark gray color, I chose # 09192a. Create New layer (New Layer) and then install Main color (Foreground Color) at # 751900.

Step 2. Take the tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee) and hold down the Shift key and draw a perfect circle on the new layer for about half of the canvas. Take the tool Fill (Paint Bucket) and fill in the selection you just created, Main color (Foreground color) set to # 751900. Press Ctrl (Cmd on Mac) + D to deselect. Name the layer “Orb Base”.

Step 3. Let’s move on. Now create another layer above the “Orb Base” layer (Base Sphere) and name it “Shadow”. Right click and select Create clipping mask (Create Clipping Mask).
Once you do this, hold down the Ctrl (Cmd) key + click on the thumbnail of the “Orb Base” layer (Sphere Base) in the layers panel to get its selection. Then take the tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee) and set it to Subtract from selected area (Subtract from Selection).

Iaaaak, now to start, click somewhere in the upper left side of your existing selection, then hold down the Shift key and draw a perfect circle with the tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee) on top of the existing selection of the “Orb Base” layer (Base Sphere), you should end up with something like a half moon, a crescent. For starters, this can be a bit tricky, but don’t give up!
Now, as soon as you made the crescent (make sure it’s positioned like mine, okay?), Remember that we called this layer “Shadow”. So make sure you have this layer active, and then set Main color (Foreground Color) at # 49230f, and Background color (Background color) on # 160d07.

Step 4. Now take the tool Gradient (Gradient) and make sure it is set to From main to background (Foreground to Background), and the parameter Inversion (Reverse) is not checked, set Radial gradient (Radial Gradient) and click inside the selection, approximately in the middle, swipe for a short distance, and then release the mouse button. Now your gradient should fill the selected area with the main color (lighter) in the center and background (darker) color in the area of ​​the “horns” of the crescent.
Press Ctrl (Cmd) + D to deselect …

Step 5. Iiii … this is where the fun begins!
Now you should have: 1 background layer, 1 layer “Orb Base” (Base sphere), 1 layer “Shadow” (which we created as Clipping mask (Clipping Mask) for the “Orb Base” layer (Base Sphere)).

Now I need a second to explain to you what is Clipping mask (Clipping Mask) for those who do not know. Simply put, they are the “employee” for the layer below. If we have a circle on the main layer, then whatever we draw in Clipping mask (Clipping mask), it never goes beyond the boundaries of the main layer (i.e. beyond the circle). Any filled pixel of the base layer will also be visible on the serving layer, and nothing else.

We now return to our area. Click on the “Orb Base” layer (Base sphere), and then click on the icon New layer (New Layer) to create a new layer between the main and employee layers. As you noticed, the layer that was just created inherits the characteristics of the layer above it (“Shadow”) and becomes not an ordinary layer, but Clipping mask (Clipping Mask).
Good. Here, in general, what we want to get! Take the tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee) and draw a perfect circle right around the orange you see.
It should not be clearly along the contour, so do not worry if it is slightly offset, as in my screenshot.

Now make sure that you have created a new layer, and it is called “Bottom Glow” … So, it has a name by which we can easily find it, but we don’t want to leave the poor layers in obscurity, isn’t it ?
So now .. Install Main color (Foreground Color) on # eb460f, and Background color (Background Color) at # 8b2c0b. Tool Gradient (Gradient) click on the lowest selection point and hold down the Shift key and pull up a little. Only a little. Thus, in the lower part of the border colors are visible. Do not deselect!

Step 6. While maintaining the selection, create New layer (New Layer) and name it “Highlight Bottom” (Glare below) directly above the “Bottom Glow” layer. Of course, this new layer will also be Clipping mask (Clipping Mask).
Take the tool Oval selection (Elliptical Marquee) and select the mode New selected area (New Selection) – this button is located slightly to the left of the mode Subtract from selected area (Substract from Selection), which we used earlier in
step 3.

This will shift your selection. So, move the selection a little higher .. and with the active layer “Highlight Bottom” take the tool Gradient (Gradient) and set the following settings by clicking on the gradient settings button in the top bar:

Then click Ok to return to the selection and set the beginning. Gradient (Gradient) at the lowest selection point, hold down the Shift key and drag out about a third of the selection up. Still, do not deselect.

Step 7. Create New layer (New Layer) above the “Highlight Bottom” layer (Glare below), name it “Side Shadows”. So now go to Allotment (Select) – Transformallotment (Transform Selection).

Squeeze your selection so that it looks like an oval, like this:

Step 8. Press Ctrl (Cmd) + Shift + I to invert the selection. Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient), set it in mode from Primary color to Transparent (Foreground to Transparent), then install Main color (Foreground Color) at # 672f00.
Install Gradient (Gradient) on Linear (Linear). And with the “Side Shadows” layer active, click on the left side of the sphere and hold down the Shift key and drag slightly to the right. Do the same with the right side, only in this case pull to the left. Like in my screenshot.
Set the “Side Shadows” layer to Multiplication (Multiply) and reduce it Opacity (Opacity) up to 80%.

Step 9. Now let’s start creating highlights.
Create New layer (New Layer) and name it “Highlights 1? (Glare 1) … yes, you understood correctly, we will create more layers with highlights ha ha ha ..
So call it “Highlights 1? (Glare 1) and set the main color to #ffffcb.
Once you do this, create an oval selection using the tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee), in the upper right part of the sphere, like mine:

Take the tool Gradient (Gradient) mode From basic to transparent (Foreground to Transparent) while holding the Shift key, drag diagonally on top of the outer edge of the selection to the right to the bottom edge to the left, like this:

Set the mode to Linear brightening (Linear Dodge) and reduce Fill (Fill) up to 70%.

Step 10. Now create again New layer (New Layer), name it “Highlights 2? (Glare 2), hold down the Ctrl key (Cmd) and click on the thumbnail of the layer with the flare below to load its selection.
Use the tool Oval selection (Elliptical Marquee), as previously, to move it higher until its lower part reaches about half of the entire ball.
Now when Main color (Foreground Color), set to #ffffcb, grab the tool Gradient (Gradient) set in mode From basic to transparent (Foreground to Transparent), hold down the Shift key and drag from the top of the selection to the bottom. Set the layer to mode Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge) and reduce it Fill (Fill) up to 40%.

Step 11. Create New layer (New Layer), name it “Highlights 3? (Glare 3) and instrument Oval area (Elliptical Marquee) draw a perfect circle above, covering 2/3 of the sphere, like this one:

Now change Main color (Foreground Color) at # ffff71 and with the same gradient settings as before, swipe down from top to bottom. Set the layer to Lightening Basics (Color Dodge) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 30%.
After that … we again continue to work with highlights, ha ha ha .. Well, I promise, a couple more, and we’ll finish with them :)

Create New layer (New Layer) and name it “Highlights 4? (Glare 4), and with the same selection tool, create a new selection, similar to the previous one, only of a smaller diameter. Only this time, make sure that it does not touch the top edge of the sphere, but at 15-20 pixels. below him. Using #ffffef as Primary color (Foreground Color), first drag the gradient on top of the selection down, then set Blend mode (Blending mode) on Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge) and reduce the Fill to 25%.

Create another layer again and name it “Highlights 5? (Glare 5), create an oval with the selection tool, the top of which will start in the same place as the previous oval, but it should be less than its height, like this one:

Step 12. Set the layer to mode Lightening Basics (Color Dodge) and reduce it Fill (Fill) up to 30%.
Now let’s do some more work on the shadows.
Click on the “Highlight Bottom” layer (Glare below), then click on the icon Create a new layer (Create New Layer). Call it “Shadows Center 1? (Central shadows 1). Also take the tool Gradient (Gradient), save it in mode From primary to Transparent (Foreground to Transparent), but change its style in the top menu to Mirror gradient (Reflected Gradient). As Primary color (Foreground Color) use # 6c3000.
Position the cursor about a third of the bottom of the sphere and move them 30 pixels up.

Then release the mouse button and set the layer to Multiplication (Multiply) reduce it Fill (Fill) up to 5-8%.
Create again New layer (New Layer), call it “Shadows Center 2? (Central shadows 2) … or something else.
Ctrl (Cmd) + click on the thumbnail of the “Highlight Bottom” layer to create a selection, then use the selection tool to move the selection up by about 25 pixels.
Like this:

Using the same color as before, set Gradient (Gradient) to mode Linear (Linear), From Basic to transparent (Foreground to Transparent) and apply, this time from the bottom of the selection to the top. Do not deselect. Set the layer to mode Multiplication (Multiply) and reduce Fill (Fill) up to 30%.
Create one more New layer (New Layer). Call it “Shadows Center 3? (Central shadows 3). Move the selection 10px. up. Use the same gradient as before, apply it from bottom to top, so that the transparent part is at the top. Set the layer to mode Multiplication (Multiply) and reduce Fill (Fill) up to 35%.

Step 13. Now we will correct our work.
Create New layer (New Layer) above all the other layers (but make sure it is Clipping mask (Clipping Mask)), name it “Border1? (Border 1) and load the selection of the “Orb Base” layer (Sphere Base).
Install Main color (Foreground Color) at # 38180c, then go to Editing (Edit) – Stroke (Stroke), set 10 pixels and Centre (Center). Click OK, then install Fill (Fill) layer at 60%.

Now we transform a figure into an oval. To do this, press the key combination Ctrl (Cmd) + T and pull at its lower edges so that it represents a vertical oval, whose tip extends beyond the limits of the main sphere, thus remaining invisible, and the edges, on the contrary, remain visible.

Create one more New layer (New Layer), place it under the “Border1? (Border 1), load a new selection of the “Orb Base” layer (Sphere Base). As Primary color (Foreground Color) set # 160d07 and go to Editing (Edit) – Stroke (Stroke), set 12 pixels ..
Click OK, then set the layer to Line Dimmer (Linear Burn) and reduce Fill (Fill) up to 70%.
Now your sphere should look something like this:

Step 14. Create New layer (New Layer) above the other layers, but it still needs to be Clipping mask (Clipping Mask). Call it “Flare White”. Install Main color (Foreground Color) on # ffffa4, and Background color (Background color) at # ffb409.
Go to the brush palette and select a soft round Brush (Brush) size of 20 pixels .. Now, see the most brightly lit part of the lower half of the sphere? Click once on this place with a brush in the mode Airbrush (Airbrush). Now set the layer to mode Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge) and using the tool Transformation (Transform), transform it into an oval by squeezing the top and bottom edges. After that, the sphere should look like this:

Step 15. Press the X key (lat.) To swap Main color (Foreground Color) and Background color (Background color).
Create New layer (New Layer) and place it under the “Flare White” layer. Call it “Flare Orange” (Orange Flash).
Download the selection layer “Flare White” (White Flare) and go to Allotment (Select) – Modification (Modify) – To expand (Expand). Set a value of about 4 pixels.
Click OK and then fill the selection. Main color (Foreground Color), # ffb409.
Set the layer to mode Overlap (Overlay).
Now your image should look like this:

Step 16. Now let’s do the boundaries, are you ready?
Install Main color (Foreground Color) on # 6a6974.
Create New layer (New Layer) and place it under all the layers of the sphere that you have, so this layer will be located above the Background layer. Call it “Ring Small”.
Load the selection of the “Orb Base” layer (Base sphere) and go to Editing (Edit) – Stroke (Stroke), set 14 pixels. and Centre (Center).
Now click OK and go to Layer styles (Layer Style).
Add the following settings:

Step 17. Now create another New layer (New Layer), place it under the “Ring Small” layer, name it “Ring Large” and go to Allotment (Select) – Modification (Modify) – To expand (Expand), set the value to 15 pixels.
Now install Main color (Foreground Color) at # 635337 and go to Editing (Edit) – Stroke (Stroke) – approximately 15-17 pixels.
Now add these settings to the layer:

Step 18. Now your ball should look like this:

Now load the selection of the “Ring Large” layer and at the bottom of the layers palette choose New adjustment layer (New Fill or Adjustment Layer) and select Photo filter (Photo Filter).
Choose # ac7a33 as Colors (Color), and Density (Density) set 60%. Make sure the option is checked. Save glow (Preserve Luminosity).

Now load the new selection of the “Ring Large” layer and go to the same Photo filter (Photo Filter), but this time select # ec8a00 as the color, Density (Density) 56% and again, the parameter Save glow (Preserve Luminosity) should be noted. Your scope should look like this:

Step 19. Soooo … rejoice, we are almost done!
Deselect. Now let’s work on the blue light, okay?
Create New layer (New Layer) above the photo filters, but under the “Ring Small” layer. Call it “Blue Glow” (Blue Glow). Select color # 277ef5 as Primary color (Foreground Color). Download the selection ring “Large Ring” and take the tool Gradient (Gradient), set it to Foreground to Transparent, Linear and apply it to the right side of the selection of a large circle from right to left at a distance of 50 pixels.
Do the same with the left side, just apply the gradient from left to right.
Set the layer to mode Hard light (Hard Light), duplicate it, and now your sphere has a blue electric contrasting glow:

Step 20. Deselect. Create New layer (New Layer) (yes … it seems that every step begins, ha ..).
So, as I said, create New layer (New Layer) and place it right below the “Orb Base” layer. Call it “Top Orange Glow” (Top Orange Glow).
Ctrl (Cmd) + click on the thumbnail of the “Ring Large” layer, then Shift + Ctrl (Cmd) + click on the thumbnail of the “Ring Small” layer (Small ring).

Thus, you have two selections of both layers should become a single selection.
Okay, now install Main color (Foreground Color) on # eaa602 and taking the tool Gradient (Gradient) with the same settings as before, click on the selection and, holding down the Shift key, draw a line down about 100 pixels.
Set the layer to mode Lightening Basics (Color Dodge) and Fill (Fill) by 30%, then duplicate it (Ctrl + J).
Your current scope:

Step 21 Tepeeeer … create New layer (New Layer)! Ha ha ha. Yes create New layer (New Layer) over the layers with the rings and name it “Bottom Shadow” and set Main color (Foreground Color) at # 53442c. Now take the tool Gradient (Gradient) and swipe it upwards by about 100 pixels. Deselect. Set the layer to mode Multiplication (Multiply). Ta-aaaa … now your sphere is as mystical and appetizing as this:

Step 22 If you want to add additional effects to the sphere, then apply a rust texture to it.
Set as Primary color (Foreground Color) # d69308, take the Spatter 46 brush from the brushes palette. Create New layer (New Layer) and position it directly above the “Ring Large” layer. Call it “Rust” (Rust). Load the selection of the “Ring Large” layer and click in some places with your brush.

Then take the tool Eraser (Eraser), set a Spatter brush for it 39 pix. and start erasing, also in arbitrary places. Leave some small textures here and there.
Set the layer to mode Multiplication (Multiply) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 81%, and Fill (Fill) to 89%.

Step 23 Now go to Layer styles (Layer Style) and apply these settings:

Dan Dan Dan Dan … done .. now go and get some sleep a week!
Oh yes, if you want to add some text to a sphere like me, then continue. Just apply to it External glow (Outer Glow) and Stroke (Stroke), that’s all, nothing supernatural!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and / or you found it useful, see you soon! Chao!

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