Graphic and web designers often use glass effects to give buttons a sophisticated look. This glassy design has become synonymous with second generation Web applications, known as Web 2.0, so much so that designers often refer to "Web 2.0" as a graphic style. The secret behind the glassy effect is to manipulate lighting direction, reflection, light intensity, focus and colour to create the illusion of a smooth surface. In several Corel applications, you can apply this effect using the software's fill and transparency tools.
Official CorelDRAW Tutorial
Corel's official website features a tutorial by Steve Bain on how to create glassy buttons. Steve Bain is an award-winning illustrator and designer, and also the author of CorelDRAW's official guide. His tutorial describes step by step how to create a glass effect in a round button, as well as a rounded rectangle button. Bain also explains the difference in shading between round and rectangular buttons and how to use radial and linear fills. He concludes the tutorial with instructions on how to create button rollover states to use on interactive buttons, and how to preview the rollover effect.
Designer Today's Corel Paint Tutorial
Some people prefer to create buttons in bitmap editing programs such as Photosop, Gimp or Corel Paint instead of vector programs such as Illustrator, Corel Draw and Inkscape. The website Designer Today published a tutorial by Vicky Olds on how to create a round, depressed orb-like glassy button. In her tutorial, she doesn't only manipulate lighting and shading, but also blends real photos with the button to create a realistic reflection. Her tutorial includes tips on using masks, gaussian blur and brushes to create the glossy effect.
Calamus Design's Corel Draw Tutorial
The Calamus Design website features a tutorial on how to create glass buttons in Corel Draw, while creating your own shapes for the reflection. The tutorial instructs you on how to use several blending effects and transparency settings. It also gives visual instructions on how to draw custom shapes for the reflection. One of the buttons in this tutorial has a "cross" reflection, which could work well for exit or cancel buttons. You should be able to work through the whole tutorial in 15 to 20 minutes.
Pixel2Life's Brushed Steel Interface with Glass button in Corel Paint
Pixel2Life published a tutorial on how to create a brushed-steel interface with a glass button in Corel Paint V12. You can, however also follow this tutorial in later versions of Corel Paint. The creator of the tutorial likes to translate effects created in Photoshop to Corel Paint tutorials. The end result of the tutorial is a smooth glassy button, lodged in a brushed steel background. The tutorial will give you a good idea on how to create both the brushed steel texture, and a smooth glass surface using, blur, shading and other Corel Paint tools.
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