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     Apple

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Ever wondered how Apple created their beautiful interface using such a nice plastic? Well, here is the answer!

Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac logo, Macintosh are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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Ona new channel, create a rectangle with rounded corners² the size of your future button. Load selection² from that channel.
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Create a new layer. Selectthe linear gradient¹ tool. Set foreground color to R: 204; G:204; B:204 and background color to white. Make a gradient from the top side of selection to the bottom side.
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Apply Outer Glow filter effect (Layer > Effects > Outer Glow) to the layer. Use settings as pictured to the left.

This will create a nice effect of presence for the button.

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Apply Bevel and Emboss filter effect (Layer > Effects > Bevel and Emboss) to the layer. Use settings as pictured to the left.

This effect will create a hardly noticeable bevel effect to give some depth to the button.


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Load selection² from the channel with the button. Using the Rectangular Marquee¹ substract the bottom part of the selection by holding down the Alt key as shown in the first picture. The result is a selection like that of the second picture. Create a new layer and fill selection with white using the Paint Bucket¹ tool.

This layer will play the role of light, reflected in the plastic.


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Select Edit > Transform > Numeric to display the Numeric Transform dialog window. In this window uncheck all panels but Scale. Uncheck Constrain Proportions and set Width value to 93%. Click OK.
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Apply Blur More filter (Filter > Blur > Blur More).
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Add mask² to the layer with "light".
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Create a rectangular selection around the "light" using the Rectangular Marquee¹ tool (as show in the first picture). Select the Linear Gradient¹ tool. Reset colors to black and white (press 'D'). Make a gradient from the top to the bottom as show in the second picture (make sure that layer's mask is active). The result will look like the third picture.
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Now, add some text in the middle of the button and you are done!

By changing the color set as foreground in the second step you may create buttons of any color tone. Another way to color your button is to use adjustment layers like Hue/Saturation.


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