In this tutorial we're going to create rounded 3d buttons that look like they're popping right off of the screen. First off l'd like to point out that this is a re-write of a tutorial that was originally created for paintshop pro by a man named Brian Zimmer. This tutorial was made, with his complete consent. If you'd like to see the paintshop pro version of this tutorial, please visit his site: ZimmerTech.com. Trust me, he's got lots of great stuff to check out!
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Start off by creating a new document that is 200 x 200, and fill the background with #6598CB.
Create a new layer and name it 'button'. Get out the elliptical marquee tool, now hold down the SHIFT key on your keyboard (this will draw a perfect circle) and draw a circle in the middle of the canvas:
Fill the selection with #F5F5F5.
go to "select->modify->contract" with a setting of: 20
Here's what you should have on your screen:
Now fill this selection with #6598CB, and press CTRL + D on your keyboard to de-select.
Next double click this layer, and apply the following blending options: Drop Shadow
Bevel and Emboss
The only thing left to do is add text to your button. Use -, x or >> for example. Once you have it set up like you want, scale the buttons down to around 25x25...
Here's an example l made using this technique.
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