Create a Flat Download Button

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a styled download button using Graphic's tools and effects.

Step 1

Open Graphic and simply click on the Create New Document button. Choose the Grid document style, set pixels as unit of measure, enter 600 in the Width and Height boxes then simply hit the Choose button to create your new document. At the beginning, you will need a grid every 5px and in order to set these properties you willl have to open the Properties pane. Focus on the top, right corner and simply click on that orange, ruler icon. Activate the Grid section from your Properties pane and make sure that the Snap to Grid box is checked. Now, enter "5px" in the X and Y Spacing boxes and 0px in the Subdivisions box.

Step 2

Focus on the Toolbar and you will notice that by default your fill color is set at white while the stroke color is set at black. Simply click on the fill color and replace the existing color code with R=255 G=215 B=0 then click on the stroke color and drag the Alpha slider at 0% which will simply remove the color. Pick the Ellipse Tool (O), focus on your canvas and create a 30px circle. The grid and the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work.

Step 3

Set the fill color at R=238 G=102 B=0 and make sure that the Ellipse Tool (O) is still active. Create a second, 30px circle and place it exactly as shown in the following image.

Step 4

Set the fill color at R=44 G=164 B=15, make sure that the Ellipse Tool (O) is still active, create a 20px circle and place it exactly as shown in the following image.

Step 5

Set the fill color at R=148 G=6 B=178, make sure that the Ellipse Tool (O) is still active, create a 35px circle and place it exactly as shown in the following image.

Step 6

Set the fill color at R=44 G=164 B=15, grab the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 35 x 15px shape and place it exactly as shown in the following image.

Step 7

Using the Move Tool (V), select all the shapes made so far and focus on the Properties pane. Go to the Path Tools section and simply click the Union button.

Step 8

For the following steps you will need a grid every 1px. This simply means that you need to return to the Grid section of your Properties pane and simply enter "1px" in the X and Y Spacing boxes. You will also need the Appearance pane. It can can be easily opened by clicking on that round, blue icon next to the ruler icon. Return to your Toolbar, remove the color from the fill then select the stroke and set its color at R=0 G=125 B=215. Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 12 x 8px shape. Make sure that this new rectangle stays selected and focus on the Stroke section from the Appearance pane. Set the Line Weight at 1pt and the Position at Outside then simply check the Round Join button. In the end your blue path should look like in the following image.

Step 9

Pick the Path Selection Tool (A) and focus on the bottom side of your blue rectangle. Select the right anchor point and simply hit the Delete button from your keyboard to remove it. Select the remaining, bottom anchor point and simply drag it 6px to the right as shown in the second image. In the end your rectangle should turn into a simple triangle as shown in the second image.

Step 10

Make sure that your triangle is still selected and click the Outline Stroke button from the Properties: Path Tools pane.

Step 11

Keep focusing on your blue path and reselect the Path Selection Tool (A). Select the anchor point highlighted by the red circle in the first image (or any inner acnhor point) and simply hit the Delete button from your keyboard. Once you did this your blue shape will look like in the second image.

Step 12

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M), focus on the top bar and simply set the Corner Radius at 1pt. Move to your canvas, create a 6 x 10px shape and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Select this rounded rectangle along with the triangle and simply click the Union button from the Path Tools section of the Properties pane.

Step 13

Select your blue arrow and place it roughly as shown in the following image.

Step 14

Reslect your blue arrow along with the yellow cloud and simply click the Subtract button from the Path Tools section of the Properties pane. Select the resulting shape and make it yellow (R=255 G=201 B=0).

Step 15

For the following steps you will need a grid every 5px. Return to the Grid section of your Properties pane and simply enter "5px" in the X and Y Spacing boxes. Focus on your Toolbar, remove the color from the stroke then select the fill and set the color at R=1 G=125 B=215. Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Shift + M), set the Corner Radius at 10pt then focus on your canvas and create a 270 x 85px shape.

Step 16

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected and focus on the Appearance pane. Go to the Effects section and select the existing stroke. Set the Width at 2pt and the Position at Inside then simply click on that color box. Make it white (R=255 G=255 B=255) and drag the Alpha slider at 15%.

Step 17

Make sure that your rounded rectangle stays selected and keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Simply click on the plus icon from the bottom, left corner of your pane and add a second stroke for your shape. Select this new stroke, and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 18

Select your cloud icon and place it as shown in the first image. Make sure that this shape stays selected and replace the yellow with R=235 G=235 B=235.

Step 19

Make sure that your cloud icon stays selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow, select it and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light. Enter -2pt in the Y: box and 0pt in the other two boxes. Finally, click on that color box, make it black and drag the Alpha slider at 40%.

Step 20

Make sure that your cloud icon stays selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second Inner Shadow effect using that same plus button from the bottom, left corner of your pane. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 21

Make sure that your cloud icon stays selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow, select it and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light. Enter 3pt in the Y: box and 0pt in the other two boxes. Finally, click on that color box, make it black and drag the Alpha slider at 10%.

Step 22

Using the Ellipse Tool (O), create a 30px circle and place it exactly as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new shape stays selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Disable the Fill and the Stroke then enable the Inner Shadow and select it. Enter 1pt in the X: and Y: boxes, set the size at 0pt then open the Color box and make it white.

Step 23

Using the Ellipse Tool (O), create another 30px circle and place it exactly as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new shape stays selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Disable the Fill and the Stroke then enable the Inner Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 24

Using the Ellipse Tool (O), create a 20px circle and place it exactly as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new shape stays selected and focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane. Disable the Fill and the Stroke then enable the Inner Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 25

Pick the Text Tool (T), simply click on your canvas and add the "Download" piece of text. Make sure that it stays selected and focus on the Text section from the Appearance pane. Set the size at 30pt and select the Arial Rounded MT Bold font. Move to the Effects section from the Appearance pane and set the Text color at R=235 G=235 B=235. Right click on one of those effects and go to Remove. Use the same techniques to get rid of the remaining fill, stroke and effect. It' not something that will change the look of your text, but it will help you keep the effects to come a bit more organised.

Step 26

Make sure that your piece of text is still selected, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add an Inner Shadow using that same plus button. Select this effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 27

Make sure that your piece of text is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second Inner Shadow. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 28

Make sure that your piece of text is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a Drop Shadow. Select this effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 29

Make sure that your piece of text is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a second Drop Shadow. Select this effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 30

Finally, feel free to try different colors for your button. Select the blue rounded rectangle, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and simply replace that blue used for the fill and the stroke with the colors shown in the following images or another color that you like.

Finished Design

Congratulations, you've finished the tutorial!

Graphic File: DownloadButton.idraw