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Create a Metal Button Using GIMP

Create a Metal Button Using GIMP

Kevin Bibo


1. Open The Gimp

2. Select File>New (Ctrl+N)

3. In the Create a New Image dialogue box set:

a. Width: 110 pixels

b. Height: 55pixels

c. Under the Advanced Options

i. 72 ppi

ii. Colorspace: RGB color

iii. Fill with: Transparency

4. Click OK.

5. File>Save As… (Shift+Ctrl+S) name the file “button4.xcf” and save into your Documents>originals folder.


1. Zoom to 400%

2. Select the New Layer button in the Layers palette. Name this Layer “Button”. Set the Layer Fill Type to Transparency.

3. Click the Rectangular Marquee tool (Ctrl+M).

4. Select a rectangle selection with the height and width of the button you wish to create.

5. Click the Paintbucket tool (K) and fill the selection with a medium gray.

6. Select Filter>Noise>Scatter RGB. Deselect Independent RGB. Set the values for Red, Green and Blue to .20. Click OK.

7. Select Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. De-link the Blur Radius values. Set the Horizontal Blur Radius to 20 and the Vertical Blur Radius to 0.

8. Select Filter>Blur>Motion Blur. Set the Blur Type to Linear, the Length to 45 and the Angle to 180. Click OK.

9. Set the Button layer Opacity to 50.

10. Save (Ctrl+S)


1. Select the New Layer button and create a new layer. Name the new layer Gradient. Set the Layer Fill Type to Transparency.

2. Press D then X to reset and swap the colors so that white is the foreground color then click and drag from top to bottom of the button.

3. Select the Gradient Tool (G). Select FG to BG (RGB) for the gradient.

4. Reset the foreground and background colors to Black and White.

5. Drag your gradient tool from the top to the bottom of the selected area.

6. Set the Opacity of the Gradient layer to 60.

7. Save (Ctrl+S)


1. Set the foreground color to Black.

2. Select the Text tool (T) and type the word “HOME” using any 20-point font.

3. Use the Move tool (V) to move the layer into position.

4. You may have to tweak the transparency of the layers to make it look perfect.

5. Deselect (Shift+Ctrl+A).

6. Select Filter>Shadows>Drop-Shadow…

7. In the Script-Fu: Drop Shadow dialogue box set the X and Y Offset to 1. Set the Blur radius to 0 and the color to White. Click OK.

8. Save (Ctrl+S)


1. Click the new layer button in the layers palette. Name the new layer Lines. Set the Layer Fill Type to Transparency.

2. Set the foreground color to a medium gray.

3. Select the Pencil tool (Y). Select the Circle (01) brush.

4. Click in the upper left corner of the button. Hold down Shift and click again in the lower left corner creating a 1 pixel straight vertical line. Repeat on the right side of the button.

5. Save (Ctrl+S)


1. Select File>Save As… (Shift+Ctrl+S) and name the file home4.png, into the documents>beta_images folder. It’s important to add the .png extension.

2. At the Export File dialogue box click Export.

3. At the Save as PNG dialogue box deselect Save background color. Click OK.

4. Now open home4.png in a browser window to check your work.

5. You can return to Part 4 to add different text for different buttons. Just make sure you use a different button name when you save.

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