Introducton to Adobe Photoshop 3-D Buttons In Three Steps

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Let's make a button

It is the Corel Palette Shape again. Just follow the three steps given below.


First Step: Create the basic elements

  1. Open the Corel Draw "Palette Shape.TIF" in Photoshop.

  2. Create the Gray Background layer (Layer 1).

  3. Create layer 2.

  4. Create the Button Face color.

  5. Click on the the Foreground "Color Patch" in the Toolbox to open the "Color Picker" and reset the HSB values as follows:

  6. Fill the Button Face with the new Foreground Color.

Your Layers Palette should be looking similar to the sample to the right.

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Second Step: Add the 3D elements

  1. Duplicate the Button Face layer twice (Drag the Button Face layer to the "Create New Layer" Icon twice).

  2. Move the Button Face layer above the two copy layers (click, drag, and drop).

  3. Relabel the top copy Highlight (Double click on the layer to open the "Layers Options").

  4. Relabel the other copy Shadow (Double click on the layer to open the "Layers Options").

  5. Colorize each to their proper values.

  6. Position the Highlight and Shadow.

  7. Soften both the Highlight and Shadow for realism.

  8. Recolor the Highlight for harmony.

Your Layers Palette should be looking similar to the sample to the right.

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Third Step

Create an Intermediate Shadow and Highlight layers to add to the realism.

The final layers palette will look like this multi-layered sample to the right.

Compare this against the previous sample.

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  1. Duplicate the Button Face layer twice (Drag the Button Face layer to the "Create New Layer" Icon twice).

  2. Move the Button Face layer above the two copy layers (click, drag, and drop).

  3. Relabel the top copy Inter-Highlight (Double click on the layer to open the "Layers Options").

  4. Relabel the other copy Inter-Shadow (Double click on the layer to open the "Layers Options").

  5. Colorize each to their proper values.

  6. Position the Inter-Highlight and Inter-Shadow.

  7. Special treatment to the Inter-Highlight layer.


Notes On The Previous Action

Mixing colors using reduced Opacity is a sure fire way to make colors and images work together harmoniously.

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Click Next for Button continuation, Drop Shadow.


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