Last Saturday I was checking Dribbble for some inspiration when I came across this beautiful design created by a Portuguese designer called Emanuel Sa. It was an icon with some beautiful metal effects, so I decided to learn how to do that in Photoshop.

So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a nice metallic button using Layer Styles in Photoshop.

Step 1

Open Photoshop and create a new document, the size I am using is 2560x1440 pixels because it's a nice HD wallpaper size. After that with the Ellipse Tool (U), create a circle in black.

Stylish Metallic Button in Photoshop

Step 2

Create another circle, smaller and align both in the center of the document, after that, create a marquee selection of the smaller circle. To do that is super simple, just hold the Command (MAC)/ Control (PC) key and click on the thumb of the layer of the circle.

Stylish Metallic Button in Photoshop

Step 3

Select the big circle and go to Layer>Layer Mask>Hide Selection. You will have a nice ring ready to add some chrome effects.

Stylish Metallic Button in Photoshop

Step 4

Go to Layer>Layer Styles>Color Overlay. Use a dark grey for the color.

Stylish Metallic Button in Photoshop

Step 5

Select Bevel and Emboss, then for the values use Inner Bevel for the Style, 550% for the Depth, 32 pixels for the Size, 2 pixesl for the Soften, 100º for the Angle, 30º for the Altitude. Also change the Gloss Contour for the one I am using in the image below as well as the values for the Highlight and Shadow mode.

Stylish Metallic Button in Photoshop

Step 6

Select Inner Glow and use Color Dodge for the Blend Mode, 75% for the Opacity, white for the color. Then for the Choke use 0% and the Size 6 pixels.

Stylish Metallic Button in Photoshop

Step 7

Select Drop Shadow and use the values below, make sure that the angle is 90º and that you didn't mark Use Global light.

Stylish Metallic Button in Photoshop

Step 8

Create a black circle in the middle and then add another one a little smaller to create the center part of the button

Stylish Metallic Button in Photoshop

Step 9

With the small circle of the center selected, go to Layer>Layer Style> Gradient Overlay. Use Normal for the Blend Mode, 100% for the Opacity, and for the Gradient use a dark grey to black and Linear. Also for the Angle use 90º and Scale it to 75%.

Stylish Metallic Button in Photoshop

Step 10

Select Bevel and Emboss. Use Inner Bevel for the Style, 80% for the Depth, 3 pixels for the Size and 0 for the Soften. For the Shading options use the image below.

Stylish Metallic Button in Photoshop

Step 11

Add another circle using the Ellipse Tool (U), the with the Direct Selection Tool (A) edit the points and also with the Pen Tool (P) add 2 points and delete other 2 that were the horizontal center ones. The image below shows how this shape will look like.

Stylish Metallic Button in Photoshop

Step 12

Go to Layer>Layer Styles>Gradient Overlay. Use Screen for the Blend Mode use Screen. For the Opacity use 100% and for the Gradient use white and black for the colors, for the Angle use 90º and for the Scale use 140%.

Stylish Metallic Button in Photoshop

Step 13

Here is the final result of our button/badge. Now it's time to add your logo. I used the Abduzeedo symbol I created in Illustrator and pasted in Photoshop so I could apply some layer styles.

Stylish Metallic Button in Photoshop

Step 14

With the logo selected go to Layer>Layer Styles>Gradient Overlay. Use the image below for values and the gradient colors. Then apply a bevel and emboss.

Stylish Metallic Button in Photoshop

Step 15

Here is the final result of our logo with the metal symbol.

Stylish Metallic Button in Photoshop

Step 16

Let's create a nice texture for the background, to do that just select the background layer and go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise. Use 5% for the Amount, Gaussian for the Distribution and select Monochromatic.

Stylish Metallic Button in Photoshop

Step 17

Go to Filter>Blur>Motion Blur. Use 0º for the Angle and 20 pixels for the Distance.

Stylish Metallic Button in Photoshop

Step 18

Go to Layer>Layer Styles>Gradient Overlay. Use Multiply for the Blend Mode, 100% for the Opacity, black and white for the gradient color, Radial for the Style and 90º for the Angle.

Stylish Metallic Button in Photoshop

Conclusion

As you could see the whole process was super simple, we just played with Layer Styles to create an amazing metal effect in Photoshop. This effect is perfect for icons or if you want to create a logo for an automobile company! Now it's all about practicing and trying different variations.

Stylish Metallic Button in Photoshop

Version 2

Just playing with some light effects to create a nice Start button.

Stylish Metallic Button in Photoshop

Download the Photoshop File

Download the Photoshop file used for this tutorials

About the author of this post

Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. Also you will find very useful tutorials for the most used applications out there, with a special selection of Photoshop Tutorials and Illustrator Tutorials. Of course there are other softwares conteplated like Pixelmator, Fireworks, and web design tutorials.