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GIMP 2.6 Cookbook by Juan Manuel Ferreyra

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Creating custom glossy buttons

In this task, you will learn how to create buttons with glossy surfaces that can be easily incorporated to any modern Web 2.0 layout for any kind of company.

How to do it...

The following steps show you how to prepare glossy buttons:

  1. In a new file—transparent file with no background—use the Rectangle Select Tool to create a shape of the dimensions you need. Enable the Rounded corners option. For my example, I used a radius of around 40 pixels.
    How to do it...

    Fill the selection with a gray shade, duplicate the layer twice, and name the layers top, bottom, and base.

  2. Use the Ellipse Select Tool, and draw a selection like the following:

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