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Andrei Marius On April - 11 - 2010

Hi there. In the following tutorial you’ll learn to create a simple download button. You’ll only have to deal with some basic tools like the Rectangle Tool or the Gradient Tool. Also for some discrete effect you’ll have to use the Clipping Mask and the Opacity Mask effects.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Completion Time: 30 minutes
Number of Steps: 8


This is what you’ll be creating:

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Step 01

Create a new document. First turn on the grids: View > Show Grid (Ctrl + “). Now, you need a grid every 5px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid enter “5” in the “Gridline every :” box and “1” in the “Subdivisions” box. Next, turn on the snap to grid option: View > Snap to Grid (Shift + Ctrl + “). All these options will ease your work.

Step 02

Now, let’s create the button. First, select the Rectangle Tool(M) and create a 380x60px shape. Select this rectangle add a 15px Rounded Corners effect (Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners) then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Fill the resulting shape with the color shown in image #1. Next, add five new fills (from the drop down menu of the Appearance pallete) and use the gradients shown in the images below.

Step 03

Reselect the Rectangle Tool(M), create a 60 by 70px shape, fill it with R=209 G=211 B=212 and place it as shown in image #1 (pay attention at the grids). Move it in the bottom of the Layers pallete (Shift + Ctrl + [) then duplicate it. Turn off the visibility for this copy (you’ll need it later). Reselect the original shape then go to to Object > Path > Add Anchor Points. Pick the Direct Selection Tool(A) and select the anchor point highlighted in image #2. Move the left anchor point 15px to the left and the right anchor point 15px to the right. Next, select this shape, add two new fill and use the gradients shown in images #3 and #4.

Step 04

Turn back on the visibility of the copy created in the prvious step. Move this shape in the top of the Layer pallete (Shift + Ctrl + ]) then fill it with R=225 G=242 B=243. Next, add four new fills and use the gradients shown in the images below.

Step 05

Now, let’s create the arrow. First, turn off the Snap to Grid. Select the Rectangle Tool(M) and create a shape like the one shown in image #1. Next, select the Plygon Tool, hold Shift, click& drag, hit the down arrow to decrease the number of sides (until you get a triangle) and create a shape like the one shown in image #2. Select the triangle and rotate it 180° (Object > Transform > Rotate) and place it as shown in image #3. Reselect the triangle, pick the Direct Selection Tool(A), select the bottom anchor point and move it a few pixels up (as shown in image #4). Select both shapes (the rectangle and the triangle) then click oin the Unite button from the Pathfinder pallete. Name the resulting shape “Arrow” and fill it with black. Now, you need to align your arrow. Select “Arrow” along with the shape shown in step #4. Grab to the Selection Tool(V) click on the border of the shape shown in step #4 (it should get emphasised) then click on the Horizontal Align Center button and on the Vertical Align Center button from the Align pallete. Create two copies of the “Arrow” but for the moment make them invisible. Next, select “Arrow” alogn with the shape created in step #4, click on Make Opacity Mask from the drop down menu of the Transparency pallete (Window > Transparency) and uncheck the Clip box. Your new shape should look like the one shown in image #6.

Step 06

Turn back on the visibility for the “Arrow” copies and move then in the top of the Layer pallete. Fill the first one with white (or any color) and add the Inner Glow shown below image #1. Select this shape and go to Object > Expand Appearance. From the newly created group keep only the shape with the Inner Glow (delete the other shape). Next, select the second “Arrow” copy, fill it with none and add a 2pt Stroke (Align it to Outside). Don’t forget to chage the blending mode of this shape to Multiply.

Step 07

Select the Rectangle Tool and create two shapes like those shown in image #1. Move them below the shape create din step #4 (in the Layers pallete). Fill them both with R=152 G=61 B=15 then add a 5px Gaussian Blur, lower their apacity to 30% then group them (Ctrl + G). Next, create a copy of the shape created in step #2 and move it in the top of the Layer pallete. Select this copy along with the group and go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make.

Step 08

Finally, the text. Select the Type Tool and write “DOWNLOAD”. Use the Cooper Std font with a size of 40px. Place this text as shown in image #1 then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Fill all the resulting shapes with none. Next, select the group, add a fill (from the drop down menu of the Appearance pallete) and fill it with R=238 G=136 B=34. Select this fill and add the Inner Glow shown in the image below. Reselect the group, add two new fills and move them in the bottom of the Appearance pallete (below the other fill). Fill the bottom one with R=192 G=80 B=48 and add the Transform effect (Effect > Distort& Transform > Transform) shown in the image below (make some changes only in the Move section). Fill the second one with R=238 G=182 B=23 and add the Transform effect (Effect > Distort& Transform > Transform) shown in the image below (once again make some changes only in the Move section).

Final

Now your download button is done. Here you have it in four diferent colours.

Categories: Web Graphics

7 Responses

  1. Richie says:

    Cool stuff… I’m using them right away. Also, would you think, as a designer, using Illustrator for creating such buttons and icons is a must? I am pretty novice in it and always prefer Photoshop, as it is more flexible 🙂

  2. michelle says:

    nice buttons thanks for the shar!

  3. good article, tweeted and promoted 🙂

  4. David Macy says:

    Two amazing things in CS5 that will really help with creating these buttons: 9-slice scaling now works right in Illustrator (so you can easily stretch the buttons without distortion), and Align to Pixel Grid helps your designs to look perfectly sharp even when viewed through browsers on computer screens.

  5. thanks for share that tutorial It’s very helpful for me.

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