Yesterday I was looking for a way to create some nice buttons for a website of mine. I needed people to pay attention to that button, and make it stick out so that it would not be overlooked.
Instead of downloading a utility for that purpose, I found a fine online button generator that let's you create original buttons for your website, or for other purposes as well. Of course it is possible to create buttons in Photoshop or similar programs but I bet it would take you much longer if you're not a pro. And beyond that, not everyone can afford such programs.
This online service let's you create shiny buttons to look just the way it's "cool" now. Each part of the button is customizable, including the size, background, all colors and roundness of your unique piece. It's good to set rendering speed to "zippy" for preview and "wicked slow" for the final rendering. At the end you simply download the result as a zip that includes jpg, png and gif files. When putting the button on a website it looks best along with a hover effect achieved by using CSS.
The example button on their site doesn't show the best of this service in my opinion, for another example take a look at the button I've made for a friend website.
The original button generator is still online, and while its buttons may appear outdated in today's world, you can still use it to create buttons for your websites or projects. You find lots of different switches and settings available on the site that you can customize the way you want.
Update: The button generator site is no longer available. You can use the free Glassy Buttons online button generator instead to create these type of buttons.Advertisement
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