Create a Glowing Power Button

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

Step 1

For this tutorial we'll create a new 600 x 600 pixel document. Choose File > New (⌘N) to bring up the New Document panel. Select the Grid document style, set the document units to pixels, and set the document dimensions to 600 pixels wide by 600 pixels high.

Next, we'll set up the document grid. Switch to the Grid pane in the Properties panel. If the Properties panel is not currently visible, you can click on the orange ruler icon above the Layers pane to show and hide the panel. Change the grid X Spacing and Y Spacing to 5px, set the Subdivisions to 0px, and enable Snap to Grid (⇧⌘').

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=65 G=85 B=115 then click on the stroke color and drag the Alpha slider at 0% which will simply make your stroke invisible. Pick the Ellipse Tool (O), focus on your canvas and create a 130px circle. Holding the Shift button from your keyboard will make it easier for you to create a perfect circle. Make sure that this blue shape stays selected, focus on the Alignment section from the Properties pane and simply click the Horizontal Centers and Vertical Centers buttons to bring your circle in the center of the canvas.

Step 3

Set the fill color at R=226 G=170 B=0 and make sure that the Ellipse Tool (O) is still active. Create a 120px circle, make sure that it stays selected then click the Horizontal Centers and Vertical Centers buttons from the Alignment section of the Properties pane. Set the fill color at R=44 G=163 B=15 and use that same Ellipse Tool (O) to create a 110px circle. Make sure that this green shape is selected and click the Horizontal Centers and Vertical Centers buttons from the Alignment section of the Properties pane.

Step 4

Set the fill color at R=20 G=20 B=25, make sure that the Ellipse Tool (O) is still active and create a 40px circle. Set a simple yellow for the fill color and switch to the Rectangle Tool (M). Create a 40 by 20px shape and place it exactly as shown in the second image. Focus on the bottom side of your yellow rectangle and grab the Path Selection Tool (A). First, select the right anchor point and simply hit the Delete button from your keyboard to remove it. Next, select the remaining, bottom anchor point and drag it 20px to the right. In the end your yellow rectangle should turn into a simple triangle. Using the Move Tool (V), reselect both shapes made in this step. Focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane, simply click the Subtract button and you will get a shape like the one shown in the fourth image.

Step 5

Make sure that your dark shape stays selected and simply hit Shift + X to transfer the color properties from the fill to the stroke. Focus above the Layers pane and simply click on that blue, info icon to open the Appearance pane. Activate the Effects section, select the stroke and simply drag that Width slider to 8pt.

Step 6

Make sure that your dark path stays selected and grab the Pen Tool (P). Focus on the Titlebar and activate the third Pen Mode, the one with the minus sign. Move to your canvas and simply double click the anchor point highlighted in the first image to get rid of it. Reselect your dark path, focus on the Stroke section from the Appearance pane and click the Round Cap button. In the end things should look like in the second image.

Step 7

Using the Pen Tool (P), create a 15px, vertical path and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that it stays selected and focus on the Stroke section from the Appearance pane. Set the color at R=20 G=20 B=25, drag the Weight slider at 8pt and click the Round Cap button.

Step 8

Reselect both dark paths made so far, focus on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and click the Outline Stroke button. Select the resulting shapes, keep focusing on the Path Tools section from the Properties pane and click the Make Compound Path button. Make sure that your compound path stays selected and center it using the Horizontal Centers and Vertical Centers buttons from the Alignment section of the Properties pane.

Step 9

Select your blue circle, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane, simply right click on one of the existing effects and click Remove. Use the same technique to get rid of the stroke and the other effects. This is not something that will change the look of your shape, but it will help you keep the effects to come a bit more organised. Select the remaining Fill and replace the existing color with R=25 G=25 B=30. Keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a Drop Shadow effect using the plus button from the bottom, left corner of the pane. Enter 1 in the Y box and 0 in the other two boxes, set the Blending Mode to Soft Light then click the color box that stands for your effect. Set it at white (R=255 G=255 B=255) and drag the Alpha slider at 15%.

Step 10

Make sure that your 130px circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane, add a second Drop Shadow and drag it in the bottom of the pane. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 11

Make sure that your 130px circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane, add an Inner Shadow and drag it in the bottom of the pane. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 12

Select your yellow circle, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and simply remove the existing stroke and effects. Focus on the remaining Fill and select Linear Gradient from the Type drop-down menu. Set the angle at 90 degreesthen move to the gradient sliders. Select the left one and set its color at R=25 G=25 B=30 then select the right one and set its color at R=35 G=35 B=40.

Step 13

Make sure that your 120px circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane, add an Inner Shadow and drag it in the bottom of the pane. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 14

Make sure that your 120px circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane, add a second Inner Shadow and drag it in the bottom of the pane. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 15

Make sure that your 120px circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane, add a third Inner Shadow and drag it in the bottom of the pane. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 16

Make sure that your 120px circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane, add a Drop Shadow and drag it in the bottom of the pane. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 17

Make sure that your 120px circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane, add a Stroke and drag it in the bottom of the pane. Select it, drag the Width slide at 1pt, set the Position and Outside and the Blending Mode at Soft Light then click the color box that stands for that stroke. Simply set the color at black and drag the Alpha slider at 10%.

Step 18

Select your green circle, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and simply remove the existing stroke and effects. Focus on the remaining Fill and select Linear Gradient from the Type drop-down menu. Set the angle at 90 degreesthen move to the gradient sliders. Select the left one and set its color at R=20 G=20 B=25 then select the right one and se its color at R=40 G=40 B=45.

Step 19

Make sure that your 110px circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a Drop Shadow. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 20

Make sure that your 110px circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane, add a second Drop Shadow and drag it in the bottom of the pane. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 21

Make sure that your 110px circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane, add a third Drop Shadow and drag it in the bottom of the pane. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 22

Make sure that your 110px circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane, add an Inner Shadow and drag it in the bottom of the pane. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 23

Select your power symbol shape, focus on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and simply remove the existing stroke and effects. Make sure that your power symbol shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane and add a Stroke. Select it and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 24

Make sure that your power symbol shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane, add an Inner Glow and drag it in the bottom of the pane. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 25

Make sure that your power symbol shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane, add an Inner Shadow and drag it in the bottom of the pane. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 26

Make sure that your power symbol shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane, add a Drop Shadow and drag it in the bottom of the pane. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 27

You can always try a different color for your power symbol. Make sure that this shape is selected and focus on the Effect section from the Appearance pane. First, select the fill and replace the existing color with R=1 G=174 B=14 then select the Inner Glow effect and replace the existing attributes with the one shown in the following image.

Step 28

Make sure that your power symbol shape stays selected, keep focusing on the Effects section from the Appearance pane, add an Outer Glow and drag it in the bottom of the pane. Select this new effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 29

Finally, you can replace the green used for your power symbol with one of the colors shown in the following images.

Feel free to try a different color if you don't like these versions.

Finished Design

Congratulations, you've finished the tutorial!

iDraw File:
PowerButton.idraw