Create Media Player “Play” Button

Today I will show you how to draw a interface button in Illustrator, using the Ellipse Tool, Offset Path and gradients. This tutorial is very easy and doesn’t take so much time. Actually it’s for beginners. So, let’s start!!!

How to create media player “Play” button

Tutorial Details

  • Used Program: Adobe Illustrator CS3
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Estimated Completion Time: 30 minutes

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Step 1

Open a new document with 420 pixels by 420 pixels. Activate Smart Guides in View Menu (Ctrl+U). Draw a circle with a Ellipse Tool 400 pixels width and 400 pixels height.

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Step 2

Fill the circle with a linear gradient with colors from R=38, G=169, B=224 to R=43, G=56, B=143.

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Step 3

With Circle selected go to Object > Path > Offset to open the Offset Path dialog. Change the Offset to -30 pixels and press OK.

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Step 4

Fill the smaller circle with a linear gradient with Grayscale color 20%  to 5%. Set the angle to -90 degree.

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Step 5

Now with Smaller Circle selected go to Object > Path > Offset to open the Offset Path dialog. Change the Offset to -0 pixels and press OK.

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Step 6

Don’t change the color of the smallest circle, only change the gradient angle to 90 degree.

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Step 7

Select all circles and group them. Draw a triangle with Star Tool that is 100 pixels width Radius 1 and 100 pixels Radius 2, Points – 3, press OK.

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Step 8

Rotate the Triangle to -90 degree, press OK.

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Step 9

Place the Triangle at the center of Circles. Select Triangle and with Eyedropper Tool click on the biggest circle that is blue gradient. Change the gradient angle to 90 degree.

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Step 10

With Triangle selected go to Object > Path > Offset to open the Offset Path dialog. Change the Offset to -10 pixels and press OK.

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Step 11

Draw a rectangle that intersects the triangle. With rectangle and triangle selected press the Subtract From Shape Areas button in the Pathfinder Panel.

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Step 12

Fill it with a linear gradient with colors white and black, change the gradient angle to -90 degree. Last step, change the transparency to Screen Mode.

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Final Image

You can download .ai and .eps formats below.


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