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Andrei Marius On July - 8 - 2010

Hi there. In this tutorial you can learn to create a glossy power button. For starters you’ll only need the Ellipse Tool to create some simple circles. To create the power sign you’ll have to play a little with some anchor points and strokes. Finally you’ll need some Warp effects to create the glowing details.

Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate
Estimated Completion Time: 30 minutes
Number of Steps: 9


This is what you’ll be creating:

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Step 01

Create a 700 by 700px document. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L), hold Shift and create a 500x500px shape. First, fill it with the radial gradient shown in image #1 and add a 1px aligned to outside stroke (R=204 G=204 B=204). Next, add a new fill for this shape (from the fly-out menu of the Appearance panel) and use the radial gradient shown in image #2. Reselect this circle and add the Drop Shadow effect (Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow) shown in the final image.

Step 02

Select the shape made in the previous step. Go to Object > Path > Offset Path, enter a “-50px” Offset and click OK. Select the resulting shape. Delete the second fill and the Drop Shadow effect then fill with the linear gradient shown in image #1 and use a 0.5px aligned to outside stroke (R=179 G=179 B=179). Select this shape, go again to Object > Path > Offset Path, enter a “-5px” Offset and click OK. Fill the resulting shape with the second linear gradient shown below (no stroke). Select this new shape, once again go to Object > Path > Offset Path, enter a “-5px” Offset and click OK. Fill this last circle with the radial gradient shown in image #3 then add the Inner Glow effect (Effects > Stylize > Inner Glow).

Step 03

Let’s continue with the power sign. First, turn on the Grid (View > Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Now, you need a grid every 10px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid, enter “10″ in the “Gridline every :” box and “1″ in the “Subdivisions” box. Next, select the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a 180x180px shape. Fill it with none but add a 35px aligned to center stroke (any color). Turn off the Snap to Grid, reselect this circle, pick the Add Anchor Point Tool(+) and add two new anchor points (like in image #2). Finally, pick the Direct Selection Tool(A) select the anchor point highlighted in image #3 and hit the delete key. Now your shape should look like in image #4.

Step 04

Pick the Pen Tool(P) and create a vertical path like in image #1. Fill it with none and add a 35px aligned to center stroke (any color). Select this new path and the one made in the previous step, go to the Appearance panel, click on Stroke (the text) and click on the Round Cap button. Reselect these two paths and go to Object > Expand. Select the resulting shapes and go to Object > Compound Path > Make.

Step 05

Select the power shape, resize it and place as shown in image #1. Fill it with R=102 G=102 B=102 and add a 1pt aligned to outside stroke (R=133 G=29 B=30). Continue with the Inner Glow (Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow) and the Outer Glow (Effect > Stylize > Outer Glow) effects.

Step 06

Select the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a squeezed shape like the one shown in image #1 (approximately 300 by 7px). Select this shape, pick the Convert Anchor Point Tool (Shift+C) and click on the anchor points highlighted in image #1. Your new shape should look like in image #2. Place it like in image #3, add the Arc effect (Effect > Warp > Arc) then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Fill the resulting shape with the radial gradient then lower its opacity to 50%.

Step 07

Reselect the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a squeezed shape like the one shown in image #1 (approximately 220 by 5px). Once again select the Convert Anchor Point Tool (Shift+C) and click on the anchor points highlighted in image #1. Place thin new shape as shown in image #3, add the Arc effect (Effect > Warp > Arc) then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Fill the resulting shape with the radial gradient then lower its opacity to 50%.

Step 08

Turn back on the Snap to Grid. Select the Rectangle Tool(M) and create a 30 by 80px shape. Make three copies and place them like in image #1. Turn off the Snap to Grid then select these four shapes and group them (Ctrl+G). Select this group, add the Arc effect then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Fill the resulting shapes with white then lower the opacity to 5%. Rotate and resize these shapes then place them like in image #3.

Step 09

Select the Ellipse Tool(L), create a shape like the red one shown in image #1 and duplicate it. Next, create a copy of the largest circle (made in step #1). Select this copy along with the copy of the red shape and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Move the resulting shape just above the largest circle (in the Layers panel) then fill it with the linear gradient shown below image #2. Lower the opacity of this shape to 15%. Create a copy of the smallest circle. Select it along with the original red shape and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the other linear gradient, lower its opacity to 20% then change the blending mode to Screen.

Final

Now your work is done. Here is how it should look like.

Categories: Web Graphics

44 Responses

  1. Awesome tutorial Marius!

  2. Richie says:

    great tutorial… looks really good.. the best power button I’ve seen so far :D

  3. Nana Yaw says:

    Great can you do one on how to create fonts?

  4. unique FONT says:

    very nice tutorial!
    thanks for sharing my friend ^^!

  5. Egzon says:

    Great tutorial, thank you for sharing it with us ;)

  6. Eko says:

    Thanks for share…a great tutorial

  7. Abby says:

    Great tutorial, thank you for sharing it with us ;)

  8. carl says:

    Hi Marius,
    Thanx again for sharing an excellent tutorial.
    Just want to comment on the gradient color numbers in step 09.
    Judging on the colors shown,I believe the first gradient should be 0;0;0 left and right, and the second gradient should be 0;0;255 left and right.
    Enjoyed it.

  9. Aci says:

    very nice!i am study

  10. N2kU says:

    simple!! and nice

  11. Ilie Ciorba says:

    Great work with this tutorial Marius! Like it, although it could be placed on something to create a device or something and a more complete tutorial. Thnx anyway, I will give it a try.

  12. Kalay says:

    Thanks for your sharing…. a good tutorial

  13. Jon says:

    What an excellent tutorial. I read it with great interest, and then used the skills and techniques to create my own custom design. Thanks ever so much for the tips, it’s helped my new logo to look fantastic!

  14. Rory says:

    I followed this step by step; however, at Step 04, expand appearance is not selectable in the Object menu. what am i missing?

  15. Boby says:

    Sorry about the stupid question, but how to get the outside stroke?

  16. Boby says:

    Huh i think i am doing something wrong but i dont know what at the first step i get http://img607.imageshack.us/i/79566801.jpg/

    • Marius says:

      Select the Gradient Tool(G) and add the radial gradient shown in the first image. Squeeze it using the little, black point located on the radius of the gradient. Next, with the gradient tool still selected click on the gradient slider and drag it up, in the top of the shapes. Add the stroke then add a second fill. Select this new fill (from the Appearance panel) and use the radial gradient shown in the second image. Pay attention at this new gradient. If you take a closer look at the image you’ll notice some yellow text above the gradient slider. It means that you need to select that slider and lower its opacity to 0% (you need at least Illustrator CS4 to perform this step). Again, squeeze this gradient and move it in the bottom of the shape.
      Here’s a video tutorial that might help you understand the Gradient Tool.

  17. phuong says:

    good job

  18. james says:

    ok i have been looking around for very good tutorials like this and i give this two thumbs up a perfect ten .. a lot better info then anyone i seen keep up the good work .. look forward to the next one you make

  19. Tomasz says:

    Great tutorial,

    Done it for the first time and looks perfect.
    Just have One question.

    I would like to resize this artwork, but if I do Scale the all kinds of effects are not resizing. It sounds probably stupid, but do I have to change all of it manualy?
    Pls help

  20. Ronaldo Moura says:

    Hi there,

    I hve a great problem with this buttom. When i try to reduce it the gradients don’t follow the others objects. How can i fix that?
    Thanks a lot,

    Ronaldo.

  21. Madworm says:

    very good, and nicely explained. Thanks mate :)

  22. chris says:

    great tutorial, thx!
    linked it here.

  23. ducsu says:

    Thanks again. Getting better and better in using AI now that I have followed several tutorials of yours. Here is mine.

  24. billH says:

    It should be said that you need at least CS4 for this tutorial. There should be larger, clearer screen shots of the dialog boxes. You lost me in step 1.

  25. Great tutorial, just waht I was looking for :)

  26. hithere says:

    NICE GOOD FOR MY STUDENTS!

  27. omsabr says:

    thanks,Great tutorial

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