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Tom Masters
reflective 3D buttons & graphics
on Feb 12, 2008 at 1:56:20 am

I have a number of flat logo's that I need to make look more 3 dimensional. Not true 3D but more reflective shading, like the type of buttons you see, on Apple's website etc..

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore

also

http://abcnews.go.com/

essentially I guess these are just overlays, added, multiplied or screened over the graphic.

Is there a stock image source for this type of thing?
or perhaps a set of plugins that does this?

Thanks!


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Vincent Rosati
Re: reflective 3D buttons & graphics
on Feb 12, 2008 at 6:36:41 pm

If you're referring to the shiny buttons, it's often referred to as the 'aqua technique', or 'apple aqua technique', or 'aqua buttons'. It can be accomplished in raster and vector!
Just do a search and you will find a ton of tut's covering the subject. :)

Vince


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Tom Masters
Re: reflective 3D buttons & graphics
on Feb 12, 2008 at 8:17:36 pm

hate to sound lazy (more like busy) but..
are there any PS plugins (or maybe PS macro's) that can accomplish this?



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Vincent Rosati
Re: reflective 3D buttons & graphics
on Feb 13, 2008 at 12:47:25 am

Maybe this'll do...
http://www.web--templates.org/buttons/aqua-button-generator.html

I just searched for 'aqua button generator'.

Vince


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