Button Tutorial

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This tutorial will show you how to create a stylish looking button using patterns and the gradient tool. This tutorial written by Cameron ray.

  1. First, make a new image 500*500px, with a white background.
  2. Make a square selection.
  3. Move to center of screen.
  4. Make a new layer.
  5. Fill the square with with black.

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Hold CTRL and select the bottom half of the square. It should remove half of the selection. Fill with a white to transparent gradient, like this:

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Ctrl+shift+a to deselect all, then right click on the topmost layer, with the square, and click "Alpha to selection." This should select the whole square.

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Make a new layer, name it "Glow"

9.

Open the paintbrush tool, and select "Circle (19)" raise the "scale" to 5 and change the color to "#ab2020" Next, do as the image shows:

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Go to "Filters, blur, gaussian blur" and raise the blur to 25px.

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Next, click the rectangle select button, check "feather edges" and raise the slider to 20.0

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Hold CTRL and select the bottom half of the image. then erase the selected portion. You should have this.

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For this next part, you have to download the attached pattern file. Once you do that, create a new layer, and paste that on. Make sure only the square is still selected. Then lower the layer opacity to 6%. You should have this:

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Now, to make it look cool, find your favourite stock image, I chose this one, for the cool looks.

15.

Open it, resize it to about 25% of what it was, then gaussian blur that image 5px to make the button stand out.

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Next, we're going to make the drop shadow of the button.

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Alpha to selection the base of the button, then create a new layer. Color the selection black, and deselect.

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Next, gaussian blur the shadow 5px, it should look like this.

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Looks good, eh? Lets make it look better. Click the 2nd box from the left, next to the layers, it makes a chain link image. This links those layers together. Link all the images that are in the button together.

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Move to the bottom right corner of the image, all the layers should move together.

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Now, add some cool looking details, and BAM, you got yourself a button. (I didn't add this, but I made a mistake that I'm too lazy to fix atm, make the white to transparent gradient on a new layer, that is on the top, to make it look more glassy.)

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