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Glossy Orb Button

In this tutorial, we will create a shiny orb button which then can be used for things like logos and interface designs..

Start a new document about 250x250 pixels, then select your "elipse tool" shape in your toolbar and draw a perfect round circle shape.

HINT: Hold down SHIFT+while drawing your shape to get a perfect circle shape.

Now apply the following layer styles to this shape. (Layer » Layer Style...)
» Gradient Overlay
» Bevel and Emboss
Now, select your circle shape tool again, and draw another perfect circle shape on top of the previous shape, this time, slightly smaller, and center it on top of the bottom layer. See screenshot.
Now, apply these layer styles to the top layer (Layer » Layer Style...) and you should have something similar to mine.
» Gradient Overlay
» Inner Shadow
» Stroke

- Now create a new layer above the other 2 shapes
- Use the Elliptical marquee tool to make a selection like in my example. (FRAME 1)
- Then move your cursor to the layers pallete placing it just above the top shape's layer

hold down CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+CLICK on that layer. Your selection will convert to another selection like in FRAME 2.

Fill this layer in with white, then press CTRL+D to deselect.

Set the layer to SOFT LIGHT, and set it's opacity to 80%

Then use the eraser tool with a soft edge (size around 60px) and erase out the bottom portion of that layer.

You can add a hue & saturation layer above all the layers to adjust the color of this orb.
To add a hue & saturation layer, click on this icon on the bottom of the layer's pallete.

Here are some in different colors

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User Comments

SlaYeR Aug/11/2012 02:43Awesome tutorial thx!
Bababunmi j Mar/10/2012 06:37What a superb tutorial thx
Bababunmi j Mar/10/2012 06:37What a superb tutorial thx
crime Jul/17/2011 10:33i love it and is supep
GFXTut May/11/2010 15:58I've seen this effect in alot of places and iits great to finally see how it's done.
Haazy Feb/17/2010 00:38Great..simple
RAVIK Feb/16/2010 17:24IT IS VERY USEFUL FOR ME ,THANKS LOT TO U
Boox Dec/08/2009 02:30for the first part do we draw a cirle on the Origional Layer, or do we open another layer.. and if so should we unlock the Origional Layer?
moooo Dec/02/2009 23:42thats cool thou you get a discount if you bring a kid 10 years or yunger.
juan pabloooo Dec/02/2009 23:39do u think if hary gous out to eat he still gets the kids menu.
dsnub Nov/24/2009 15:04i manage to do it but didnt kno how to pur the colors? hel plz
Ramses Nov/10/2009 13:16Thanks! Really easy and handy usefull tut
MR TODD Nov/05/2009 05:44ELLAS THE SUPER COOLEST N ALL YALL ARE SO AMAZING AT THIS STUFFI WISH I COULD B LIKE YALL.
CHASE =) Sep/04/2009 23:32Y do ppl talk about weird stuff on here
Db Aug/27/2009 05:58You think you can protect it from being used by others?, the new photoshop CS4's magic eraser can easily get rid of the "ttwiz.com" on the psd image you gave us with one click and how do we save a photoshop image as an icon?
Db Aug/27/2009 05:58You think you can protect it from being used by others?, the new photoshop CS4's magic eraser can easily get rid of the "ttwiz.com" on the psd image you gave us with one click and how do we save a photoshop image as an icon?
elK7 Aug/03/2009 14:47wao genial hermano munchas gracias
Ramkrishna Jun/21/09 23:00Awasome ! I can't stop praising...toxic279@yahoo.com
Phu Jun/18/09 19:09Thank you very much for the tutorial.
ese Apr/9/09 02:28blah;
Helpful Mar/23/09 04:47Thanks for the tutorial! Guys, in order to move the white spot, while you're still in Layers > Layer Style > Gradient Overlay, simply go back to your image (with Gradient Overlay window active (open)), just click on the white spot and drag. =) Hope that helps!
shenndi Mar/17/09 09:46where can I find this shape;s layer :S:S:S:S
Bayazid Jan/27/09 20:57Bed
binxx Jan/23/09 20:34Just drag it down while the gradient tab is still open.
another cow Jan/15/09 04:04awesome
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