Photoshop: how to create buttons that look "subtly pushed"?
Try using an
Inner Shadow Layer Style:
You can tweak the size and opacity to adjust how subtle you want the effect to be
Edit-- How to closely replicate the example:
Taking a very close look at the example, it "pops out" using 3 features:
- An inner shadow to give the button depth
- A white drop shadow to give the foreground depth
- A gradient stroke to give the button more depth
I used the following layer style settings to try and recreate the example as close as possible (in addition to a
Gradient Overlay of course):
This is a fairly simple CSS button being replicated in PSD. I believe what John was seeing as an inner shadow is actually just a mis-aligned pixel.
Here are the basic ingredients:
- Dark outer border
- Medium to light gradient (same hue as the border)
- Text shadow shifted down 1px using the border color
The "remove" button looking debossed in the button provides further illusion of depth.
To improve the 3D affect of the styling, I would make a change to the text shadow. If the text is empressed into the button and not sitting on it, the shadow would be shifted in the opposite direction.