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How do I make this glossy look? And what the heck is it called?

Howdy - graphics noob here with a lot of points to give.

http://design.ninesided.com/concept5.png

How do I make that glossy shiney look? What's effect is it called?
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rhinez0rz
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
that's a gradient
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
locate it in your toolbar
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rhinez0rzAuthor Commented:
You're wrong. Re-read the question.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
The gradient is one of many methods to achieve this look.  Why am I wrong when you don't know what you're looking for?
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
This is an example to apply the gradient to give you that glossy effect
http://www.idigitalemotion.com/tutorials/guest/blazing_star/blazing_star.html
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rhinez0rzAuthor Commented:
"How do I make that GLOSSY SHINEY look?"

What part of GLOSSY and SHINEY do you not understand? I know what a gradient is.
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rhinez0rzAuthor Commented:
Not even close.

Are we looking at the same image? http://design.ninesided.com/concept5.png
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
Hey...you're the noob...not me.

Like I said, there are many ways to do this.

As for glossy & shiney...my linked example looks above and beyond that squat-fest you shown me.
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rhinez0rzAuthor Commented:
Could someone else more educated on the subject please reply?
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
Tell you what...

visit this link for ideas
http://www.photoshoptutorials.us

At least that will help you in the direction you want.  From the various examples, you can deduce something that will fit your needs.

In all due respect, this is already an opionionated question, therefore I will leave the q alone.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
"Could someone else more educated on the subject please reply?"

I'm going to wish them luck here....

Dude...you want people to answer you appropriately? Stay off the flippant comments and provide more detail in your question & feedback.  You're supposed to help us help you and not be so condenscending in your response.
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Ben McNellyCommented:
I apologise for irwinpks abrupt answers and shortness.... you are right there is more there.

First part is the gradient. This gives the impresion of light being stronger in one area than the other, giving a realism as to light reflecting off of it. Also you will notice the sweeping lighter (faded opacity white) across part of the top. This is not the best done "shiney look" but I get the concept.

you can use the combination of gradient and white overlay to get this effect. many ways to do this next part. Easy way would be to ctrl-click your layer icon in the layers pallet and then you will have a marqui of the outline of the object. create a new layer, fill with white then dial down the opacity. cut of the bottom half of the layer and experiment to get the look you want.

Some good links:
-> http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/win.html (nootice the gradient is highlighted on top half...
-> http://www.altuit.com/webs/altuit/GlassPhotoShopTutorial/Imusinga150x150image.htm (not exactly the same, but gives you an idea on the overlay effect..

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rhinez0rzAuthor Commented:
Beautiful, thank you for the informed response.
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Ben McNellyCommented:
No Problem.. I think you mentioned your were new at this and he jumped on the "newb waggon".. lol, thankfully most of the rest of us here are pretty eager to share our knowledge, and have over time grown acustom to actualy reading the question and understanding it before commenting.

Here are some more insightfull tutorials that I couldent pass up sending your way. :-)

- http://home.zonnet.nl/epragt/tutorials/photoshop/shapesandobjects/aquabuttonpro/index.jsp.htm
- http://home.zonnet.nl/epragt/tutorials/photoshop/shapesandobjects/macbutton/index.jsp.htm

good luck, and holler back if you have any questions.

- ben
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
@benmcnelly...there is no reason to apologize for me. I answer on average 50 questions a day...and this one was spiteful in origination by the asker. Perhaps it wasn't good to fire back....but OTHER askers show the COURTESY to the ones that are attempting to HELP them.  It's a human thing and a natural response.  In contrary to what you have just posted, I do read the content, and if something is there that is not supposed to be...positive feedback would be greatly noted.

Eager to share knowledge?
http://www.experts-exchange.com/memberRank.jsp?taid=0&year=2006&month=6&day=0&Go.x=5&Go.y=10

I think I share alot.
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Ben McNellyCommented:
irwinpks, I know you are very well respected expert here... I did not mean to offend.

- I only apologized because I empathize with you, and meerly wanted to change directions. The asker was good intentioned and did nothing wrong, and I am sure you were naturaly expecting a more detailed question.

It did seem you were coming at the situation with an air of superiority that was not making communication any easier for the question asker. We all have our moments where we are frustrated with pushy users that dont appreciate our help and are rude, so i understand. This was not the case for this user, as far as I could tell. Besides we all have our area of expertise, and perhapse me being more inclined in this field helped me see his question more clearly. (as in, I have heard this many times before, and knew exactly what he meant.. no further explination was needed)

I only wish I could claim to be an expert in half as many of the fields you are involved with here, but while your quick to jump to numbers to prove yourself, I will remind you gently that I am your superior in the design area. I am sure you could bolster those numbers if you chose to do so, but you are spread around allot of topic areas.

Alot of tiemes in this area  of the site we get users asking a question, that they dont realy know how to spit out. (not knowing the tecnical terms for things...) I think in this case, even if you dont understand, at least prod for information a little more gently, wrather than throwing out a true, but sharp and short answer.

All that to say, numbers do not matter in this game my friend. You are an expert. Enough said. My respect is not granted more or less so to anyone here because of thier status. I sure hope we can get along just fine  ;-)

peace/out
- ben
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
@benmcnelly...well said, and eloquently put.  I threw numbers out there to state a point that I've been around the block....many times...consider the prince and pauper.  In this case, I look like the pauper, but behold, it's actually the prince.  Generally, you can't tell what's in the book, by looking at the cover..so I opened my book.  The asker hit a hot button...more like my children would and whammo.

I agree, that numbers do not matter...frankly 1 point = squat, and I've got 1381239 of it.  Ultimately, by helping others, I help myself in gaining knowledge.

As for design...well, let's say I've been working at it since 1994 and your position is temporary as I havent' gotten deep into this TA yet. ;-)

Cheers.

Irwin
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Ben McNellyCommented:
lol, good deal ;-)

Look forward to working beside you my friend :-)
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
kewl
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