Have you ever wondered how to make a glossy web button? In this Quick Tip you will learn how to create a simple button with recessed text, in just 11 easy steps. The best thing is, once you've made the first one, you can make an entire set in no time!
Use the Type Tool (T) and select a font to your liking. I've used Qlassik Bold, which can be downloaded for free here.
Select the text and set the fill to "None".
In the Appearance Palette click the Flyout menu and go to Add New Fill.
Your text will be filled with a black fill, this fill is more robust than the default fill. Adding a new fill in this manner will allow you to add gradients to your text and have it retain the character editing properties.
Select a gradient from the Swatches Palette to apply it to the text.
Drag the gradient vertically with the Gradient Tool (G).
To add an inner glow go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Select Multiply for Mode and choose a brown color so the shadow blends seamlessly with the yellow. Enter an Opacity and Blur of your choosing.
Using the Rounded Corner Rectangle Tool draw a rectangle as shown below. Holding the up or down arrow while you draw the rectangle allows you to control the radius of the corners.
Apply a gradient to the button. Notice that my button has an abrupt color change to simulate a highlight. You can make this by placing two points of color very close to each other in the gradient slider.
Give your button a drop shadow by going to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow.
Apply a 1pt white stroke to the button.
Final Image Preview
Position the text ontop of the button, and that's it, your button is complete!