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Let's make a button...

It is the Corel Palette Shape again. The steps are basically the same too. Just follow the three steps given below.


First Step: Fast Track

Create the Blue Shape layer above the Gray Background layer. The original Palette Shape layer is hidden behind the Gray Background.

  • Layer 3: Button Face
  • Layer 2: Gray Background
  • Layer 1: Palette Shape


First Step: Step-By-Step:
  1. Open the Corel Draw Palette_Shape.TIF in Photophop.
    • Relabel Background layer to Palette Shape.

  2. Create two new layer.
    • Click on the Create-New-Layer Icon twice.

  3. Relabel the two new layers.
    • Relabel layer 2 to Gray Background.
    • Relabel layer 3 to Button Face.

  4. Click on the the Foreground Color Patch in the Toolbox to open the Color Picker. Set the HSB values.
    • H: 262
    • S: 100
    • B: 90

  5. Highlight the Button Face.
    • Click on layer 3.

  6. Fill the Palette Shape with the Foreground Color.
    • Select the Magic Wand Tool from the Toolbox.
    • Click in the Palette Shape.

  7. Highlight the Gray Button layer.
    • Click on layer 2.

  8. Select the entire layer.
    • Click on the "Shift" and "A" key simultaneously

  9. Fill the Gray Background layer with middle gray.
    • Edit > Fill > Use: 50% Gray.

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


Second Step: Fast Track

Create Shadow layer #4 and Highlight layer #5 below the Button Face layer #3.

  • Layer 3: Button Face
  • Layer 5: Highlight
  • Layer 4: Shadow
  • Layer 2: Gray Background
  • Layer 1: Palette Shape


Second Step: Step-By-Step

  1. Duplicate the Button Face layer twice.
    • Drag the Button Face layer to the Create-New-Layer Icon twice.

  2. Move both copies below the Button Face layer.

  3. Color one of the copy layers to black for the shadow.
    • Image > Adjust > Hue/Saturation > Check Preview and Colorize > Lightness value -100

  4. Relabel the Black layer #4 to Shadow.

  5. Color the other copy layer to white for the highlight.
    • Image > Adjust > Hue/Saturation > Check Preview and Colorize > Lightness value +100

  6. Relabel the White layer #5 to Highlight.

  7. Nudge the Highlight up and to the left by 1 click.

  8. Highlight the Shadow layer.
    • Click in Channels layer #4.

  9. Nudge the Shadow down and to the right by 1 click.

  10. Soften both the Shadow and Highlight slightly for realism.
    • Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur > Radius: value .03 Pixel, which is very slight.
    • Do the same to the other layer.

  11. Recolor the Highlight for harmony.
    • Change the Foreground Color to H:247, S: 42, and B: 100.
    • Select the Fill Tool from the Toolbox.
    • Click in the Channels layer #5, Highlight layer.
    • Select the Fill Tool from the Toolbox.
    • Click in the Shape to Fill with the Foreground Color.

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


Third Step: Fast Track

Create an Intermediate Shadow and Highlight layers.

  • Layer 3: Button Face
  • Layer 7: Inter-Highlight
  • Layer 5: Highlight
  • Layer 6: Inter-Shadow
  • Layer 4: Shadow
  • Layer 2: Gray Background
  • Layer 1: Palette Shape


Third Step: Step-By-Step

  1. Duplicate the Button Face Layer twice.
    • Drag the Face layer to the Create-New-Layer Icon twice.

  2. Move both copies below the Button Face layer.

  3. Color one of the copy layers to black for the shadow.
    • Image > Adjust > Hue/Saturation > Check Preview and Colorize > Lightness value -100

  4. Relabel the Black Layer #6 to Inter-Shadow.

  5. Color the other copy layer to white for the highlight.
    • Image > Adjust > Hue/Saturation > Check Preview and Colorize > Lightness value +100

  6. Relabel the White Layer #7 to Inter-Highlight.

  7. Nudge the Inter-Highlight up by 1 click (no side movement).

  8. Nudge the Inter-Shadow down by 1 click (no side movement).

  9. Move the Inter-Shadow layer below the Highlight layer.

  10. Special treatment to the Inter-Highlight layer.
    • Click select the Inter-Highlight layer.
    • Go up to the Opacity gadget and reduce the setting from 100% to 39%.
    • If necessary, look at the Layers Palette sample below.


Notes On The Above, Step 9: Mixing Colors using Opacity.

Notice how the white Inter-Highlight layer interacts with the medium blue-gray Highlight layer to produce an in-between color. Bonus Image

Bonus Image Mixing Colors With Opacity:

Opacity affect the transparency of a layer.

A 39% Opacity in the Inter-Highlight layers allows 61% of the Highlight layer color to show through.

In tis case, I use the Opacity setting to mix the right in-between color and value for the intermediate layer.


Click Next for Button continuation, Drop Shadow.


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