Photoshop Tutorial – Creating Web 2.0 Styled Custom Buttons for Your Website

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Step #1

  • Create a new page by pressing the [Control + N] keys on your keyboard. Press the [Ctrl + Shift + N] keys to create a new layer.
  • Select the background layer. Double click on the layer and then press OK on the popup menu to unlock the layer. Delete the layer.
  • Draw a circular selection using Elliptical Marquee tool. Hold down the Shift key while drawing to make it a circle. Fill the selection using white color.

Step #2

  • Without canceling selection, add a new layer .
  • Contract the selection by 9 pixels [Select > Modify > Contract].
  • Fill the new selection with white color.
  • Select the first layer and then open Layer Styles.
  • Check the Gradient Overlay and set the values as shown in the image

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Step #3

  • Check the Bevel and Emboss option.
  • Set the values as shown in the image

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Step #4

  • Select the second layer. Open the Layer Styles.
  • Check the Gradient Overlay and the Bevel and Emboss options.
  • Set the values as in the previous layer.

Step #5

  • Add a new layer [Ctrl + Shift + N].
  • Draw the shape and then make it a selection [Ctrl + Enter].

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Step #6

  • Open Layer Styles and then select Gradient Overlay.
  • Set the values as shown in the image below.

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Step #7

  • Select Bevel and Emboss from the left-hand pane.
  • Set the values as shown in the image.

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Step #8

  • Add a Drop Shadow from the left-hand pane.
  • Set the values as shown in the image.

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Step #9

  • Merge all layers by selecting all layers then pressing the [Control + E].
  • Select all [Control + A] and then copy [Control + C].
  • Paste it into the same layer [Control + V].
  • Transform it vertical [Edit > Transform > Vertical].
  • Position it as shown in the image below.

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Step #10

  • Click on the Erase tool, with the size at 200 and hardness at 10.
  • Use it to erase the lower layer as shown in the image below.
  • Save the file. And your Forward button is now done!

Step #11

  • Merge all the layers together [Control + Shift + E].
  • Select all [Control + A] and then copy [Control + C].
  • Open a new page and paste the image here.
  • Flip it horizontally [Edit > Transform > Horizontal].
  • Save the file. And your Backward button is now done!

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