Create Vector Pressed Buttons with Adobe Illustrator

Create Vector Pressed Buttons with Adobe Illustrator 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to create vector pressed buttons with Adobe Illustrator. This exercise is a good example of how you can use gradients to create appearance of depth and reflective light. The buttons are illuminated with neon light to indicate whether they are on or off. I’ll be demonstrating how to create both variations.

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The following is just a brief overview of the steps we’ll be taking to create these buttons. For complete step-by-step instructions, please refer to the video tutorial at the top of the page.

Vector Pressed Buttons

To create our pressed buttons will be using a series of circles, gradients, and transparency channels. But first, we have to download the brushed steel texture to be used as the background. This helps sell the realism of the buttons.

Brushed steel texture

Credit to “adrianjoniec6” via Pixabay

To download a copy of the brushed steel texture, just click the image below to be taken to the download page.

As previously mentioned, the buttons are pretty much a series of circles and gradients. Here’s a diagram depicting the individual pieces of the vector pressed buttons. I recommend doing this on a dark background so that you can see the full effect of the white highlights as you’re creating them.

Buttons diagram

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As you can clearly see, we’ll be working with gradients quite a bit in this tutorial.

Here’s how the illuminated button looks when placed on the brushed steel texture…

Illuminated button

The texture helps make it look more realistic.

To create the unpressed version of the button, all we have to do is duplicate the pressed button and change the objects that are colored with the green gradient to black.

Both buttons side by side

And that should do it for this tutorial. That is how you can make some vector pressed buttons using Adobe Illustrator! If you have any questions just leave a comment below. As always, thanks for watching!

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