Here’s an excerpt from last 1,5 hours that I’ve spent designing a button for NG. This button to be exact:
I wanted to step off classic boring buttons and make something more colorful and modern, yet suitable for a medieval RTS. Something to help fill menus with beating life. Blood red and flag shape – what can be better? xD
Designed in vector, to allow to tweak all the little pieces without loss of quality.
First comes the outline and fill:
Pretty dull, heh? Okay, now we need some beveled edges:
Still boring. Next half an our is spent placing gradients on the edges and designing the highlight, and placing template text along the way:
Button needs an outline to stand out in menus and to allow nicer “push” animation:
Perhaps a little different tint, more goldish:
A bit darker tail and a little shadow between the button and the outline, it should not steal buttons thunder:
Lets make it a bit more pointy at the nose:
Tail should be a bit darker:
And that is semi-final result at which I have stopped as seen in the articles header:
Thanks for watching!