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> [-Graphics-]Creating an Abstract Download Button, Makes links easier to spot. :P
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rgangsta
post Dec 25 2011, 06:52 PM
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Abstract Download Button!

Download the PSD HERE!


In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a download button.
Download buttons make links more stylish and also makes the link easy to see rather than small text.

First, you'll need a few things.
  • Photoshop: Photoshop CS5 - I prefer the latest (CS5) but either one will do.
  • This Stock Render: Beneath Me
  • This Stock Render: Abstract Storm and Light
  • This Photoshop Pattern: Techie - Put the pattern in "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Presets\Patterns"


Procedure

1) Begin by making a standard sized canvas. I usually use 200x100.
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2) Make a new layer by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+N and call it "border".
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3) Select the "Background" layer and press CTRL+I to invert the color.
Inverting the color to black helps us see individual pixels rather than a white background.

4) Now, use the "Rectangular Marquee" tool to select everything except the edge pixels.
Then Right Click and select "Select Inverse"
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5) Go back to the "border" layer and use the "Paint Bucket" tool to paint inside the selection you made.
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After using the "Paint Bucket", you can invert the background back to white.
It should look like this when finished:
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6) Open the "Beneath Me" stock in a new tab. Use the "Rectangular Marquee" tool
to select any part of the picture. Press CTRL+C to copy the selection.
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7) Go back to the "Download Button" tab and press CTRL+V to paste the image as a new layer.
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8) Repeat steps 6 and 7 with the "Abstract Storm and Light"stock.
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.:NOTE:. If your images ever turn out to be too big, use the "Free Transform" tool to make them smaller.
The shortcut is CTRL+T. Holding down SHIFT while expanding or contracting the corners will keep the image in proportion.
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9) Rename the "Beneath Me" layer to "base1" and the "Abstract Storm and Light" layer to "base2".
Then, change the layer effect of "base2" to "Screen".
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10) Make a new layer and call it "bars".
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11) With the "Paint Bucket", choose the "Pattern" setting and select the pattern "Techie".
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12) Select the vertical lines and use it on the new "bars" layer.
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13) Changed the layer effect on the "bars" layer to "Overlay".
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14) Go back to the "border" layer and put these settings as its layer effect.
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15)Add some text and then you're finished! Learn HERE on logo making and text effects!
It should look like this:


Also, add a gradient and "RTP" text to make a separate download for games with RTP included.


16) Enter this code in your downloads section:
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[url="download_link"][IMG]http://i43.tinypic.com/35n10e0.jpg[/IMG][/url]


Go and experiment to make your own unique download buttons! Here's mine for my project.

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Don't forget to support!

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[url=http://www.rpgmakervx.net/index.php?showtopic=52216&pid=495329&st=0&#entry495329][IMG]http://i43.tinypic.com/2ufrqj7.jpg[/IMG][/url]


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FireLupine
post Dec 26 2011, 01:32 AM
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I see what you did there~...
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Gotta say rgangsta, this is a pretty nice tutorial! Simple and straightforward.

I'll keep this handy. :3


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rgangsta
post Dec 26 2011, 02:15 AM
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I just got another request to make another download button tutorial but without images. I'll make it a "part 2" kind of tutorial.


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EvilEagles
post Dec 26 2011, 03:58 AM
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Awesome tutorial is awesome.

Glad to see another how-to-make-it-look-so-badass tutorial from you, rgangsta laugh.gif

Too bad I don't use/don't know how to use Photoshop OTL
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rgangsta
post Dec 26 2011, 04:22 AM
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lol Thanks, EE. I'm actually bored out of my mind right now so I might just make another tutorial on making Bokeh backgrounds.


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Shadonn
post Dec 26 2011, 06:52 AM
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Both of your tutorials really helped me out man. I just got photoshop not to long ago and just didn't what the hell half the buttons would do. Really really helpful. Thank you smile.gif


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rgangsta
post Dec 26 2011, 02:46 PM
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Glad I could help, Shadonn. It's what I do best.

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wala
post Jan 6 2012, 10:50 AM
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Where did you get the stock images?


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rgangsta
post Jan 6 2012, 01:37 PM
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Whenever I try to search for Beneath Me, I get no results. Just used Google Image search feature and found the source of Beneath Me is HERE. As for Abstract Storm and Light, once you Google it, there's a ton of sources.

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pjcr
post Jan 8 2012, 05:37 AM
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Wow, you made the tutorial. This is great! This also applies to other graphical stuff, not just download buttons, you know.

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