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    Glossy-Style Carbon Fibre Navigation Buttons

    I really love this kind of style, so I thought just I’d share another tutorial with you guys (and girls, of course) on how to design something like what I’ve shown below, a kind of glossy, carbon fiber navigation set

    1. Grungy Background Creation

    I know this navigation set will most likely be going on a clan website design or something like that, but I really love designing really cool, grungy backgrounds for my tutorials anyway, so if you would like to learn how to design the background I’ve shown in the image below, continue with this step, if not you can just skip to the next step.

    Start by creating a new document in Photoshop – I used a small document size of 400 x 400 pixels (as usual), but you may want to use something a bit bigger, as it’s always a good thing having plenty of space to work with. After creating your new document, find and get out the Gradient Tool, set the gradient type to Radial and drag a gradient in the background.

    If you want your background to come out the same as mine shown above, then you’ll want to change your foreground and background colors to the ones I’ve shown above!

    After making your gradient apply Filter > Noise > Add Noise with a fairly low amount.

    Try some other Filter effects to give the background a nice look. The filters under the Artistic and Brush Strokes categories are usually pretty cool. Well, we’re done with the main background, now it’s time to add some more details – textures and grunge brushing!

    So, are you more interesting in adding texture to your background, or just grunge brushing hanging off of the corners? The quickest is probably just putting a texture over the top and changing the layer modes/opacities, so let’s give that a go. Start by downloading this texture of moss on rocks, then copying it into your document.

    After pasting the texture on your canvas, change the layer mode to something like Multiply, Overlay or Soft Light, I personally used Multiply. After changing the layer mode, lower the opacity to whatever looks suitable to you. (I used 20%)

    Personally, I prefer the random brushing, so I simply hid the texture layer and did a little bit of brushing. I’ve got a small page dedicated to free Photoshop brush resources, or you can use one of the following:

    1. Brusheezy
    2. MisprintedType
    3. DeviantART
    4. PS Brushes

    Download some free brushes and install them, then do a little bit of brushing in the corners, remember to mess around with different layer modes and opacities.

    The main brushes that were used there were:

    1. Large Retro Brushes (background)
    2. Random Grunge Brushes (from Misprinted Type)

    To get a good outcome, you’ll want to use different colors for your brushing (the colors used in the background gradient as well as black and white) and also play around with the layer modes, this is very important for a good outcome. And remember, the download link for the PSD file is available at the bottom of this tutorial, so don’t get distressed because I’m not giving specific details!

    After finishing with your brushing, there are some other things you can add to the background, for example, a cutout render from the game that this design is for, in this case I used a cutout render of the MasterChief from Halo After pasting the render on your background, change the layer mode to something like Color Dodge and lower the opacity if you feel it needs it.

    Looks pretty nice now, don’t you think?

    You can finish the background off by flattening the image, duplicating the remaining layer, applying some layer styles then messing with the layer modes, this gives the whole background a bit of a nicer contrast, I think

    Looks to me like the background creation was the highlight of this tutorial! Anyway, continue on with the tutorial, if you want anyway!

    2. Creating the Buttons

    As I’ve said once before, there’s two ways of making rounded buttons… well, three. The first way (and the worst, but easiest) is making a square selection then using the smooth feature to smooth out the selection (Select > Modify > Smooth) this will make the corners of your button very sharp though…

    The second and most common way of making rounded buttons is using the Rounded Rectangle Tool, where you just set up the settings then drag a button onto the canvas, which is what you should do, but make sure you get it the size you want, as you’ll have to chop it up and move it around if you want to resize it later on.

    The third way (and the way I usually use) is using Photoshop channels and Gaussian Blur to make rounded edges. You can view a few tutorials on how to use this method below:

    1. Interface Basics Tutorial from ethicsdesign
    2. Smooth out Jaggies from Heatherowe

    So, basically, just make a rounded button on your canvas (in a new layer) using any method you know. This is what I came up with:

    Right-click your button layer in the layer’s palette and go into the Blending Options, click and apply the following layer styles/settings:

    1. Inner Shadow
    2. Gradient Overlay
    3. Pattern Overlay (for the pattern overlay, you need to create a simple carbon fiber texture, you can find two good tutorials on how to make carbon fiber here, and here, or download my pattern from here.)

    And now I’ve got this after applying the layer styles:

    Looks pretty nice, if you can’t see it very well though, up the opacity for the Pattern Overlay.

    Now it’s time to duplicate the buttons. Right-click the layer and click ‘Duplicate Layer…’ then move the button downwards until there’s about 2 pixels spacing between them, repeat this as many times as you want until you have enough buttons. I ended up with 5 buttons:

    Pretty much done for this part, except I added in a container area for the buttons, using the color #3f5c7a and layer mode Multiply and opacity 50%.

    3. Button Details – Glossy Shine

    Start by selecting all of your buttons, do this by holding ctrl then clicking the first button layer, then you’ll have to hold ctrl and shift and click all of the other button layers.

    After selecting your buttons, contract the selection by about 2 pixels, you can do this by going to Select > Modify > Contract in the Photoshop menus. Good, now, create a new layer and draw a white to transparent gradient from the left of the selection to the middle area, like the one shown below:

    Going good so far, now, make a nice, curbed path using the Pen Tool on top of the gradient area, like mine shown below:

    After completing your path, turn it into a selection by right-clicking the path and going to Make Selection, now press delete so that it deletes the gradient in the area of your selection.

    To finish this side off, add a layer mask and drag a black gradient from the top of the buttons down to the bottom, so you get a result like this one:

    Looking good. Now you need to do the other side of the buttons, again, select all of the buttons and contract the selection, then make a white gradient from the right to the left on a new layer.

    Again, create a path over the white gradient on the right using the Pen Tool, just copy the shape of mine if you want:

    Again, make your path into a selection and press delete to remove the selected area. Finish off by erasing the bottom part of the shine.

    Finish off by adding text. Since this is for a clan website, you’ll probably want to use either an eroded, grungy-style font, or a pixel/bitmap font, I ended up using the pixel/bitmap font called ‘PF Ronda Seven,’ which you can download for free from DaFont. Write out your text in white, 8 px.

    I also applied this (Drop Shadow) to my each of my navigation text layers.

    Well, I think we’re just about done! Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!


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  • Nice ‘n’ Simple Subscribe Badges

    There have already been quite a few tutorials around documenting the making of these sleek, supermarket-style badges, but none of them have made them into subscribe badges! Well I actually have no proof of that assumption, but anyway.

    In this Photoshop tutorial we’ll be making those cool supermarket-style badges, then we’ll be turning them into subscribe buttons for your website, a must-have for any blog!

    1. Background

    Well, the background obviously isn’t very important, but we’ll make something nice and simple for our badges anyway. Otherwise you could open up a blog template you have been working on, so you can implement the badge there.

    I’ll be using a document size of 800 x 600 pixels for this, pretty small easy to work with size. After you’ve made a new document, fill the background with a dark color. In this case I used a dark brown (#2e1f13).

    OK, after you’ve got the background color set, you might be happy with that, or you can find a nice wood texture and put it on the background as well.

    OK, so if you want some nice wooden board textures, you should check out CG Textures. Now, if you’ve got a texture, copy it onto the canvas and resize it. After this, lower the opacity and mess with the layer modes to blend it in with the color a little more.

    You may need to repeat this step a few times using different layer modes and opacities.

    2. Badge Base

    Let’s create the base of our badge now. Firstly, find and get out the elliptical marquee tool, then make a selection in the middle-area of your canvas. Create a new layer, then fill your selection with an appropriate color.

    Alright, now you have the shape, we need to cut away a small corner and rotate it. To do this, first get out the polygonal lasso tool, then select a corner of your shape like so:

    Right-click your selection and go to layer via cut, this will cut the selected pixels and place them in a new layer. Rotate your peel effect layer (edit > transform > rotate 180) then you may need to move it slightly so it’s exactly on the corner.

    Lastly, fill your little shape with white or another very light color, so it contrasts well against the base layer.

    Now we’ve got a cool peeling effect. I’m hoping I’ve been explaining thoroughly enough so far!

    3. Effects (Layer Styles)

    Now, how about we give the badge a little more depth? What we want to do is apply a Gradient Overlay layer style for each of our layers, so right-click your layer and go into the Blending Options.

    Gradient Overlay (base badge)
    Gradient Overlay (white peeling)

    Note: You may have to move the gradient around a little bit, do this by dragging your mouse around below the blending options box.

    Much nicer.

    4. Add Text

    Now let’s add some text. Get out the horizontal type tool (just the regular one) and write out something like ‘Subscribe Today!’ on two lines.

    Note: The font used above is called Delicious, and it’s a free font that you can download from here.

    Alright, now you’ve got some nice text done, you’ll want to rotate and situate it on top of your badge. While rotating (ctrl+t) you may want to size it down so it’s more of a snug fit.

    Alright, looking nice! Lastly to make the text stand out a little more, you should add a slight Drop Shadow layer style.

    Additional

    To finish off, you should merge all of your badge layers together then size the whole thing down to about 25% of it’s original size (depending on what size you made the original).

    You should also try different things with the badges, such as adding a grungy layer mask, or going with the traditional style of the RSS icon.

    Thanks for reading everyone, if you have a question, a suggestion or a comment, please leave a comment below using the form, or send me an email.

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  • Professional Menu Button

    Professional Menu Button

    In this easy, step-by-step tutorial I’m going to show you how to design an interesting professional menu button by using some simple filters, for example Gaussian Blur & Motion Blur.

     

    So, the first step what you need to do is create a new document sized 500×300 pixels and fill the background with a gradient. For this select some appropriate colors, for example colors of #000000 and #1b2c3e.

    Now, select the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Radius: 10 px) and draw out your button onto the canvas in whatever color you want (it doesn’t matter what color you use).

    Then rasterize this layer with Layer > Rasterize > Shape and apply the following layer styles:

    Drop Shadow
    Gradient Overlay

     

     

    Your button should look like this:

    Now, start by making a selection around your button (Select > Load Selection) then contract your selection by about 1 px (Select > Modify > Contract) now you should be left with a selection like this one below. After that create a new layer and fill it with color of #1b1b1d. Then remove selection with Ctrl+D.

    Time to add shining inside the button. Create a new one layer, then select the Elliptical Marquee Tool and create selection as on picture below. Fill it with blue color (#479ea5):

    Deselect chosen area with Ctrl+D and then apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur with next presets:

    Now we have a blurred spot like on picture below:

    After that apply Filter > Blur > Motion Blur with similar settings to these:

    Look at your picture now:

    Now, use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to create a new one selection similar to this and fill it with white color.

    Remove selection with Ctrl+D and apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur:

    See the difference now:

    Ok, the next step: apply another one Filter > Blur > Motion Blur with next settings:

    Then create a new one selection with Rectangular Marquee Tool:

    After that invert selection with Ctrl+Shift+I and press Delete to clear selected area. Remove selection with Ctrl+D.

    Now, I would like to add texture to the button. Create a new document sized 3×3 px, then select the Pencil Tool and draw a black grid like mine below:

    After that use Edit > Define Pattern to save this picture as pattern. Then close this document without savings and go back to your main document. Make a new selection with Rectangular Marquee Tool and fill it with white color.

    Remove the selection with Ctrl+D and apply the following blending options:

    Pattern Overlay 

     

    Set fill opacity to 7% up and you will see the result.

    Good designed button, but not finished yet. Now you need to create a new layer, then use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to create selection like on picture below and fill it with white color.

    Remove the selection with Ctrl+D and apply again Filter > Blur > Motion Blur with similar settings to these:

    See the result:

    Ok, we are almost done with button design. Now, I think we should add some design elements to our button. Ok, create a new layer, after that use the Pencil Tool to make a couple of dots using color of #e2dedf like on picture below:

    Duplicate layer with Ctrl+J and apply Filter > Blur > Motion Blur to the copied layer:

    Now we have something like this:

    Now create a new one layer again and draw three lines by Pencil Tool using color of #479ea5:

    Create one more layers and make a selection with Rectangular Marquee Tool and fill it with the same color.

    Remove the selection with Ctrl+D, then set opacity up to 30% and merge this layer with previous. After that apply Filter > Blur > Motion Blur with similar settings to these:

    Now we have something like on picture below:

    Ok, select the button (Ctrl+left click the first button Layer Thumbnail in the Layers Palette), then create a new layer and fill it with black color.

    Deselect chosen area with Ctrl+D and apply Filter > Noise > Add Noise:

    Now, time to mess with some layer modes. For this layer I used Screen with 60% opacity.

    Now it’s time to add your text to the button! Start by getting out the Horizontal Type Tool, then write out your text using color of #70ffff:

    The font I’ve used above is called Electrofied (14 pt, Crisp). And that’s pretty much it. I also created a little menu from the buttons. You also can use your own styles and presets. Good luck!


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  • Stylish Banner for your Website

    Stylish Banner for your Website

    Now I will show you how to create a stylish and effective banner which you may use on your website.

    First of all we need to create a new document with the size of canvas 500×300 pixels and fill it with color of #2d164d.

    Then use the Rounded Rectangle Tool and draw the form bellow with any color.

    Then we use following layer styles for this layer: Gradient Overlay and Stroke:

    And we get this:

    Then create a new layer over and merge it with the previous one to get all effects in one layer. Now we apply the Drop Shadow layer style to received layer:

    Get the effect which you may see at the picture bellow:

    Let’s add some volume to our banner. In order to do this we use the Dodge Tool (130 px, Range: Midtones, Exposure: 25%.) and make darkening on left and right side.

    After that we load selection with Select > Load Selection, then create a new layer and use the Gradient Tool to fill selected part of the layer with the gradient from white to transparent at the top and the bottom of layer.

    Then remove selection with Ctrl+D and then change layer mode to Overlay.

    And the last step for design of entire banner. We need to add some glare. In order for this we create a selection across the banner’s form (Ctrl+left click the first button Layer Thumbnail in the Layers Palette). The use the Elliptical Marque Tool, hold down Alt and cut the piece of the selected area. You have to get the same result as on picture bellow.

    After that we use the Gradient Tool and fill the gradient from white to transparent on the new layer.

    Remove the selection by using Ctrl+D and change the layer mode to Overlay. Then apply Drop Shadow layer style for current layer:

    Get this one effect:

    Now we may add some information to our banner. In the beginning we may bring the tracery to our banner. For these purposes we may use these brushes. Load selection of banner again (Ctrl+left click the first button Layer Thumbnail in the Layers Palette), create a new one layer and put the print of brush into the selected area.

    Remove this selection with Ctrl+D and change the layer mode to Overlay, then set up opacity to 30%.

    Now we adjust the sharpness by using Sharpen Tool (Brush: 200px, Mode: Normal, Strength:50%).

    Now, I would like to add a picture. Let’s use Google Pictures or sites of stock clip-arts. I found this one. Open image, separate it from background by using Polygonal Lasso Tool and copy it to our main canvas, make it a little bit smaller and rotate by using Ctrl+T.

    After that we’re going to highlight the flower. For this effect apply the Outer Glow layer style for current layer:

    Get this effect now:

    Let’s create a new layer and merge it with the previous one to get all effects in one layer. Now select the banner’s form (Ctrl+left click the first button Layer Thumbnail in the Layers Palette). After that invert the selection using keys Ctrl+Shift+I and press Delete to delete everything abroad the banner.

    Now, remove selection with Ctrl+D. It’s time to add the text information. Use the Horizontal Type Tool and type the string ‘New Spa Saloon’ with white color.

    Font we’ve used above is Avant Garde Gothic – commercial font. In this way you may use any other font if you don’t have this one. Now apply to this text layer Drop Shadow layer style:

    Now we get something like this one:

    After that, type one more string like ‘Click here to enter’ underneath with the color of #80bb00 using the same style of layer.

    And the last thing what we need to do is add the name. Type the word ‘AQUA’ using white color.

    Apply the following Blending Options for this text layer: Drop Shadow and Outer Glow:

    We should get the result of applying layer styles at the picture bellow.

    At this point our lesson is finished. I hope it was useful and interesting for you, do not feel shy to make experiments and you shall get great results. Good luck!


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  • Original Clean Style for Your Website

    Original Clean Style for Your Website

    In this lesson I will show you how to create an excellent navigation bar (menu) for your website, which you may use further as finished design.

    In the beginning let’s create a background, on which we will put our menu bar. Create a new document with size of 800×600 px and fill it with white colour.

    Then make selection with Rectangular Marquee Tool and fill selected area with colour of #78b000.

    Remove selection with Ctrl+D. At this point we start to create menu bar. Select the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Radius: 15px) and make some form with any colour:

    Set opacity fill up to 0% for this layer and apply following Blending Options for current layer:
    • Drop Shadow
    • Inner Shadow
    • Outer Glow
    • Inner Glow
    • Bevel and Emboss
    • Gradient Overlay
    • Satin
    • Stroke

    As the result we have got the following button:

    Now duplicate it five more times and locate as it shown at the picture bellow:

    Now, we need to make these buttons coloured. To do this change some Blending Options for each button:
    For second button:
    • Drop Shadow
    • Gradient Overlay

    For third button:
    • Drop Shadow
    • Gradient Overlay

    For fourth button:
    • Drop Shadow
    • Gradient Overlay

    For fifth button:
    • Drop Shadow
    • Gradient Overlay

    For sixth button:
    • Drop Shadow
    • Gradient Overlay

    We have got the following result for each button:

    After that we need to add the text to each button. Get out the Horizontal Type Tool and type the title for one button with white colour and using the Myraid Pro font. Try to get the same result as it’s shown on my picture bellow.

    Then apply the following Blending Options to this text layer:
    • Drop Shadow

    Get a shadow from the text.

    After that copy text layer five more times using Ctrl+J and locate copied layers above all buttons. For each button type own title as on picture below:

    At this point we finished our menu. Now, I think, we should add the logo to finish off the site design.
    Select the Horizontal Type Tool and write out the name and company slogan with white colour and using the AvantGarde Md BT font.

    Time to add the logo. Select the Custom Shape Tool and choose the standard form from the palette:

    And now draw the puzzle in the left bottom corner of canvas:

    Now, rotate it a little bit using Ctrl+T:

    Add a few shapes to our logo in the same way:

    And the last step we need to do is add barely perceptible logo to the background behind the buttons. Copy three of layers with puzzle and apply the following Blending Options to each of copied layer:
    • Color Overlay

    Now, you get something like this:

    After this move all grey copies of puzzle under layers with menu and proportionally increase to the following size like on picture below:

    You will not lose the quality while increasing because all of these shapes are vectorial. Our lesson is over now. We have got excellent corporative design, haven’t we?

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  • Globe Button for Your Website

    Globe Button for Your Website

    Hungry for the new design elements for your website? I have a new one for you. Hope it will be useful in your new design.

    Let’s begin! Make a new document with the resolution 500×300 for this tutorial and fill this canvas with white color. Then select the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Radius: 30 px) and draw the next shape using the color of #d61d23.

    After that apply following layer styles to this layer:
    • Inner Shadow
    • Gradient Overlay

    Your button should look as mine:

    Now, time to bring reflection to the button. Duplicate current layer using Ctrl+J, then create a new one and flip it with copied layer to get all layer styles in one layer. After that flip it vertical with Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical as on my picture below:

    To make reflection more transparent at the bottom of the picture apply Quick Mask Mode with gradient as below:

    Then go back to Standard Mode. Now we have some selected area. Press Delete to clear image into the selected area.

    Remove selection with Ctrl+D. Go to the next step. I would like to add some glare to the button. To do this select the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Radius: 80 px) and create a new one form using white color.

    Rasterize this layer with Layer > Rasterize > Shape. After that apply Quick Mask Mode one more time and fill the next gradient:

    Go back to Standard Mode and we received selected area again. Press Delete to clear selected part of image.

    Deselect chosen area with Ctrl+D and change layer mode to Overlay for current layer.

    We are done with the button. Now, move to the next step. I think it will looks better when we will put some design elements on it. To do this get out the Ellipse Tool and create rounded shape as on my picture below using white color:

    After that apply such Blending Options to this layer:
    • Inner Shadow
    • Inner Glow
    • Gradient Overlay
    • Stroke

    See the result below:

    Time to bring some picture to our rounded design element. Find some picture of the Earth on the Google Images or use mine or find it somewhere. Open it and reduce a little bit, then place the picture as shown below.

    Good, then make it black and white using Image > Adjustments > Desaturate (Ctrl+Shift+U) and change layer mode to Overlay for this layer:

    Select the Sharpen Tool (Brush: 100 px, Mode: Normal, Strength: 40%) to make this fragment more sharpen.

    And the last one thing that we need to do. To finish off the tutorial let’s add some text. Get out the Horizontal Type Tool and write out something with white color like on my picture below.

    In the above image I’ve used Segoe UI as my font of choice, and I’ve used white color. Actually, it is commercial font, but if you don’t have it, you can easily find a good alternative, for example, Arial Black. After that apply the following layer style to this layer:
    • Drop Shadow

    Now, we have something like this.

    Great! Our work is done! Enjoy your own cool globe button. Also you can change it color.


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  • Your Own Portfolio Web Site

    Your Own Portfolio Web Site

    Here I’m going to show you how to make the website original design where you can put your portfolio.

    Firstly, you’ll have to create a new document in which you can make this web site. For this tutorial I’m going to be using a size of 1000×700 pixels with the default resolution (DPI) of 72. Then you need to find the pattern to add on the background. I found this one. Also feel free to use your own patterns. Open up the file and apply Edit > Define Pattern to save this picture as pattern, after that go back to our main document and use Paint Bucket Tool (just use Pattern mode instead of Foreground).

    Then press Ctrl+Shift+E to desaturate pattern.

    Apply Color Overlay layer style to the background layer.

    See the result below:

    Ok, we are done with background. Move to the next step. I would like to create the window for content. Create a new layer, then select the Rectangular Marquee Tool to make selection as on my picture below and fill it with color of #f4f4f4.

    Remove selection with Ctrl+D. Then I would bring it paper view. Use the Elliptical Marquee Tool make round selection as on my picture below and press Delete to clear selected area.

    Hold Shift button and press Right Arrow button two times to move selected area 20 pixels right and press Delete again. Do the same things until u finish white paper area.

    Remove selection with Ctrl+D and move to the next step. Time to divide worksheet area on three main parts: Web Sites, Logotypes and Icons. Select the Line Tool and line weight about 4 pixels, then draw out the line with black color. After that set up opacity about 15% for this layer.

    Add two lines more.

    Time to add labels. How we can do this? Let me show you. Create a new layer and create the selection using Rectangular Marquee Tool. Fill selected area with color of #e04e21.

    Then select the Polygonal Lasso Tool to create another one selection as was shown on my picture bellow.

    Then use the Burn Tool (Brush: 45 px, Range: Midtones, Exposure: 30%) to add a dark spots to the selected label area.

    Then use the Dodge Tool (Brush: 45 px, Range: Midtones, Exposure: 30%) to bring this label volume form.

    After that invert the selection with Ctrl+Shift+I and make dodge work a little bit more.

    Remove selection with Ctrl+D and press Ctrl+T to rotate the label and then apply Edit > Transform > Warp to transform it a little bit.

    Ok, now time to add the shadow to the label. Apply Drop Shadow layer style to current layer style:

    Then right-click on the layer thumbnails panel and select Create Layer.

    Go to the layer under and apply Edit > Transform > Distort to transform it a little:

    Then I would like to add a title. Select the Horizontal Type Tool and write out the name of the label.

    I used Bernhard Modern font as my font choice. Now rotate the text a little using Ctrl+T.

    First label is ready. Add two more labels in the same way.

    Ok, move to the next step. We need to add the content. I went to Google Images and found some picture as website example there. Feel free to download it from here . Open up the picture and crop it with Crop Tool:

    Then bring it to our main canvas and reduce a little bit after.

    Apply Inner Glow layer style to this layer.

    The result should be next:

    Now I need to add the name of project with a short description. Select the Horizontal Type Tool again and write out some text in few lines using color of #45454 and Tahoma font.

    Add more content in the same way. Logo picture you can download from here and icon picture you can download from here.

    Ok, after that move to the next step. I would bring the logo to our portfolio. Select the Horizontal Type Tool gain and write out the text using the color of #b2d763 and Bernhard Modern font again.

    After that apply Drop Shadow and Gradient Overlay layer styles to the text layer.

    You can see the result on the picture below:

    And the last one th9ng that we need to add is contact text on the bottom of website.

    I used Tahoma font again and selected text colors as #f4f4f4 and #d5ea9f. Ok, we are dome with creating website for our portfolio. Hope you have the same good result as me!


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  • Create Web 2.0 Style Logo with Photoshop

    Create Web 2.0 Style Logo with Photoshop

    In this tutorial i am going to show you how you can create one logo with web 2.0 style.

    Note: This tutorial was published before on another small site some years ago. I decided to close that site but i always liked this tutorial and he got a lot of positive reviews. So i decided to update it and publish it here at Photoshop Star.

    Final Image Preview

    Step 1

    Create a new document with size of 600 x 300 pixels and fill it with white color.

    Step 2

    Create a new layer. Select the Polygon Tool, set sides to 3 and on Polygon Options select Smooth Corners.

    Set foreground color to #91D638 and draw a polygon facing up.

    Step 4

    With layer selected, go to Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options > Stroke.

    Step 5

    Create a new layer. Add a white polygon on the center, slightly smaller than the green polygon.

    Step 6

    Create a new layer. Draw another green polygon, slightly smaller than the white polygon.

    Step 7

    With this layer selected, go to Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options and add the following styles:

    Step 8

    Merge all visible layers into one except background layer. Duplicate layer and rotate upside down and you will have something similar to what i have.

    Final Image

    Now add some text using font Myriad Pro, Semibold, Smooth, 47px and color #888888.

    You can see now logo with different colors:


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  • Cool Dots Text Effect

    Cool Dots Text Effect

    This Photoshop tutorial explains how to design a three-dimensional text, which consists of dots and a blurred extension.


    Final Image Preview


    Resources

    Font BorisBlackBoxx


    Step 1

    Create a new document, 1600px for the width and 1000px for the height. Set the Foreground color to #8a5a01, and the Background color to #ba9145, then drag a Linear Gradient from left to right. You can choose your own colors as well, or add an adjustment layer to change the colors as shown in the end of this tutorial.

    Open the Brush panel (Window -> Brush), and modify the Brush Tip Shape settings as shown below:

    Create the text using the font BorisBlackBloxx, and the Size of 400 pt.

    Use the Pen Tool, and make sure to click the Paths icon in the Options bar, to draw a curve in the middle of the first letter. Add the main anchor points, you can modify them later.

    If you think that the curve needs more anchor (control) points, you can always add ones using the Add Anchor Point Tool.

    Then, you can use the Direct Selection Tool to click and drag the curve’s anchor points or the direction lines.


    Step 2

    Create a new layer on top of of all layers, and with the Pen Tool still active, right click on the path and choose Stroke Path.

    Choose Brush from the Tool drop down menu and make sure that the Simulate Pressure box is un-checked.

    This will stroke the path with the modified brush. Hit Enter to get rid of the path.

    Create a new path near the inner edge of the letter, and stroke the path on a new layer.

    Do the same for the outer edge as well. You will end up having three layers, one for each stroke.

    Repeat the same process for the remaining letters. You can use custom shapes instead of drawing the curves when possible (like using the Ellipse Tool, with the Paths icon in the Options bar clicked, for the O letter).

    Remeber to stroke the path on a separate layer each time.

    You can duplicate any layers for the same letters.

    Once you’re done, each letter will have 3 layers covering it with dots.


    Step 3

    Make the original text layer invisible (by clicking the eye icon next to it), because we don’t need it.

    Select all the Dots layers, then go to Layer -> Merge Layers (Ctrl + E) to merge them in one layer, and call it “Merged Dots”.

    Use the Erase Tool to get rid of any dots that are not aligned with the others.

    Make sure that the “Merged Dots” layer is active (selected), then go to Select -> Load Selection. Choose the “Merged Dots Transperancy” Channel. This will select the layer’s contents (the dots).

    Pick the Gradient Tool, and choose the Spectrum Gradient. Create a new layer on top of all layers and call it “Gradient”, then fill the selection with the gradient.

    Make the “Merged Dots” Layer invisible.


    Step 4

    Go to Edit -> Transform -> Perspective, and move the corners as shown below. You can transform the text as you like for now, and you can do that again anytime you think the text needs more perspective later on. Once you’re done hit Enter.

    Pick the Lasso Tool, and create a selection around the first letter, then press Ctrl + J to duplicate it in a separate layer. Rename that layer to the letter it contains.

    Repeat the same for the other letters. Once you have a layer for each letter, make the “Gradient” layer invisible.


    Step 5

    Duplicate the first letter’s layer.

    Go to Filter -> Blur -> Motion Blur, and set the values as shown below:

    Make four duplicates of the copy layer.

    Merge the “copy” layers, and move them below the original letter’s layer.

    Go to Edit -> Trasform -> Perspective, and transform the merged “copy” layer to make the blurred part look like an extension of the original letter.

    Erase the blurred parts to the left.

    This is what you should get. You can make the other letters layers invisible if you like.

    Pick the Blur Tool, and change the Options bar settings as shown below, then blur the lateral part of the extension.

    Use a soft brush with an Opacity value of 30% to slightly erase the end of the extension, so that it looks feathered out.

    Repeat the same steps for each letter.


    Step 6

    Merge the original letters layers in one layer and rename it to whatever text you have.

    Duplicate each one of the extension layers to make them more vivid.

    Duplicate the merged letters’ layer (cool), and drag the copy layer below the original one.

    Go to Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur, and enter 2.5 for the Raduis.


    Step 7

    Create a new layer right on top of the Background layer and call it “Shadow”. Set the Foreground color to #634016, and use a soft round brush (500 px) to paint a shadow below the text.

    Go to Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur and enter 20 for the Raduis.

    Change the “Shadow” layer’s Blend Mode to Multiply and its Opacity to 70%.

    If you want you can select all the visible layers (except for the Background), then go to Edit -> Transform -> Perspective, and rotate the text even more.


    Step 8

    If you’d like to change the Background colors to add more contrast, then select the Background layer, and click the Create new fill or adjustment layer down the Layers panel, then choose “Hue/Saturation”.

    Change the Values as shown below:

    Once again, click the Create new fill or adjustment layer, but choose “Levels” this time. Change the values as shown below:

    Finally, select the “Shadow” layer once again, then go to Image -> Adjustments -> Hue/Saturation, and change the Saturation value to to -100 (to match the new Background colors).


    Final Image


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  • Creating Simple Gold Text Effect

    Creating Simple Gold Text Effect

    This Photoshop tutorial explains how to make a simple gold text effect by using some layer styles, namely the Gradient Overlay layer style!


    Final Image Preview


    Resources

    9 tileable metal textures (starnetblog_tileable_metal_texture8.jpg)
    Grungy Brush package
    Highlight Glint or Star Sparkle Brush Set


    Step 1: Setting the Stage

    Let’s start by making a new document in Photoshop. I created a new document sized 500 x 500 pixels with all the default settings, RGB, 72 DPI, etc.

    After creating your document, set the Foreground color to #393943 and the Background color to #100e19, then fill the Background with a Radial Gradient.

    Duplicate the Background layer (Ctrl+J).

    Double click the “Background copy” layer to apply a Pattern Overlay layer style. Change the Blend Mode to Multiply, the Opacity to 70%, and the Scale to 25%. Use the starnetblog_tileable_metal_texture8.jpg image from the 9 tileable metal textures pack, (it is also the second pattern in the .pat file), as the Pattern.

    You can play around with the values, for example, other good layer modes to use in this case are Soft Light, Vivid Light, and Color Dodge. You can as well choose different patterns, but you might need to adjust the Scale value if you do so.

    Get out the Rectangular Marquee Tool. Click the Add to Selection icon in the Options bar at the top, and set the Style to Fixed Size, then type 50% in both the Width and Height boxes. Drag your selection onto the canvas then into the bottom right corner of your canvas, do the same but in the top left corner.

    Create a new layer on top of all layers and call it “Dark Squares”, and fill the selections with the Background color (#100e19). Go to Select -> Deselect (or press Ctrl + D) to get rid of the selections.

    Lower the Opacity for this layer to 25%.

    Use a large soft brush to erase away the center (middle area) of the squares, so you get something like this:

    Create a new layer on top of all layers and call it “Light Squares”. Repeate the previous steps to create two more selections in the empty corners, and this time use the Foreground color (#393943) to fill the selections.

    Create another new layer on top of all layers and call it “Grunge Brush”. Use the brushes from the Grungy Brush package to add a bit of grunge at the bottom of the document, using the Foreground color (#393943) as the brush color.

    Change the layer’s Blend Mode to Multiply and lower the Opacity to something around 40%.


    Step 2: Setting Up your Text

    This is the easy part. Get out the Horizontal Type Tool (T) and write your text in whatever color you want. The font used is Impact, and the size is 80px. You can use any other font you like, bolder fonts give a better result.

    Double click the text layer to apply the following Layer Styles:

    - Drop Shadow: Change the Opacity to 85%, the Distance to 2, and the Size to 15.

    - Inner Shadow: Change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge, the color to #a98e0f, the Opacity to 50%, the Distance to 1, and the Size to 0.

    - Inner Glow: Change the Blend Mode to Linear Dodge, the Opacity to 55%, the color to #fae48f, the Size to 3, and the Range to 70%.

    - Gradient Overlay: Check the Reverse box, and change the Scale to 55%.

    Click the Gradient box to create the gradient using the colors #fae48f, #ffc230 and #9f7f00. Position the color stops as shown below:

    This is how your text should look like after applying the Layer Styles:

    The last thing we’re going to do is adding some sparkles! So create a new layer on top of all layers, set the Foreground color to white, and use a sparkles brush to create some sparkles around your text.

    Final Image

    And that’s it! This is what your text should look like:


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