By default the modal will have a close button in the top right. Clicking that will close the modal.
Also, you can close the modal by clicking on the grey website overlay, so anywhere outside the modal window.
And thirdly, hitting the Esc key on the keyboard will close the modal.

But there are other ways to close the modal too.

Custom close button

You can include a close button inside your content by triggering the Modals javascript close() function.

<button onclick="parent.jQuery.rl_modals.close();">Close this Modal</button>

When you are using the button inside Inline Content, you should not add the prepending parent. part. So:

<button onclick="jQuery.rl_modals.close();">Close this Modal</button>

You can also trigger that javascript function in other ways, like when submitting a form.

You might want to disable the other closing methods: the little close button in the top right, clicking on the overlay and closing via the Esc key.
You can do that by either disabling these in the Modals plugin settings or by adding attributes to the {modal} tag.

{modal content="close-my-modal" closebutton="false" overlayclose="false" esckey="false"}Modal with a custom Close Button{/modal}
{modalcontent close-my-modal}
<p>You can only close this modal with this button:</p>
<p><a class="btn btn-danger" onclick="jQuery.rl_modals.close();">Close this Modal</a></p>
{/modalcontent}

Auto-Close PRO

You can make a modal window auto-close after a given amount of time using the autoclose attribute.

To make the modal close after a default time of 5 seconds, simply add the autoclose="true" attribute:

{modal url="my/url" autoclose="true"}...{/modal}

But you can also set a different time in milliseconds. So if you want to auto-close the modal after only 2 seconds, do:

{modal url="my/url" autoclose="2000"}...{/modal}

As you can see in above examples, Modals shows a countdown bar (blue line) at the top of the modal popup.

If you don't want that countdown to show, you can switch off the global "Enable Countdown Bar" setting in the Modals plugin settings, or you can override it for an individual modal by adding a countdown="false" attribute.