Create a MediaPlayer11-style Playbutton with glow

Just to show how easy it is to make a button in MediaPlayer11-style. Here’s a short HowTo on how to do this in Expression Blend:

In Blend, open a New Project…

Select Ellipse in Toolbox

Drag Ellipse 150px, Hold Shift to constrain to circle




Click Stroke, Add 3px brown stroke to the circle

Create RadialGadient Yellow, Dark Yellow, Yellow

Click Brush Transform in Toolbox (G):





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Copy And Paste Ellipse in front of existing Ellipse

Hold ALT and Shift dragging lowerleft handle to the middle of the ellipse.




Fill LinearGradient White on Top, White op bottom, with Alpha set to Zero.
Set Stroke to none




Select Object/Path/Convert to Path

Select Direct Selection Tool in ToolBox (A)




Drag bottom Controlpoint up above the middel of the lower ellipse





Finish up with characters from WingDings font and a circle with Black to White diagonal LinearGradient behind the button.





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