Shining button in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create an interesting glowing button in Photoshop.

Here is the final result:

Step 1. Create a new document of any size with a black background, create a new layer and draw a large soft brush (B) a dark blue spot in the center of the web:

Create a new layer and draw a yellow circle in the center of the canvas:

Now add some light and shadows to the future button. First, activate the layer with the circle, then use the soft white brush , to draw a highlight as below:

Create another layer and use soft black brush, to draw a shadow at the bottom right of the circle:

Create a new layer under the layer with a circle, use a soft black brush to draw a shadow under the button (using the CTRL + T transformation, compress the shadow):

And we get this effect:

Step 2. Now add the “Play” symbol to the button. Create a new layer and activate the tool. Polygon tool(Polygon) (U) on the toolbar:

Apply the following parameters to the tool and select a dark brown fill color:

We draw a triangle as shown below (for convenience, you can turn on the grid with the CTRL + ‘key combination):

Double click on the triangle layer and apply the following layer styles:

Inner shadow (Inner shadow)

Gradient overlay (Gradient overlap)

And we get this effect:

Now add a glow. Create a new layer under the triangle layer, use soft white brush (B) the same size as the triangle, and click it once, as shown below:

Duplicate (CTRL + J) this layer and compress it using transformation (CTRL + T). Move the glow to one of the sides of the triangle.

Duplicate this layer twice, rotate and move the copies to the other sides of the triangle:

And we get the following result:

Step 3. This step is optional. I decided to add a wire for the button.
Use the tool Pen tool (Pen) (P) to draw the outline. Create a stroke using a 5 px yellow brush (with the active option Simulate pressure (Simulate pressing)):

Then draw a rectangle at the junction of the button with the wire and transform it in perspective (CTRL + T):

After the transformation, we get the following effect:

Now we add texture to make it realistic. Apply the following layer styles:

Inner glow (Internal glow)

Bevel and Emboss (Chamfer and Emboss)

Gradient overlay (Gradient overlap)

Pattern overlay (Overlapping pattern)

And we get the following result:

Step 4. Now we will add light effects. To do this, load the selection layer with a circle, create a new layer and use soft white brush (B) to draw inside the selection, as shown below:

Remove selection (CTRL + D), move the layer a bit to the right and get this interesting effect:

Duplicate (CTRL + J) this layer, flip horizontally (CTRL + T) and move it to the left side of the button:

And we get the following result:

We can also add some shining dots around the button. To do this, take a soft brush (B) and apply the following parameters:

Shape dynamics (Dynamics of the form)

Scattering (Scattering)

Other Dynamics (Other Dynamics)

Make sure the option Smoothing (Smoothing) is active.
Now draw a brush around the button.

Step 5. We are almost done! Add some more glow around the button. Create a new layer under the layer with the main circle and use a yellow soft brush to draw the glow:

Now we will correct the colors. Add a Color Balance adjustment layer above all previous layers to add a reddish tint to the glow:

Here is the final result:

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