Photoshop is a powerful image editing software that helps you create and edit images easily, but it can be hard to make the most out of this tool. If you’re just starting with Photoshop, or are a seasoned professional looking to take your skills to the next level, then this blog is for you!
There are a lot of Photoshop button tutorials out there, but the basics are always the same: selection, adjustment layers, layers, masks, and actions. In this blog post, we will go over each of these in more detail.
First things first: selection. To select something in Photoshop, you use the marquee tool. To make a selection around a particular object or area of your image, simply drag your cursor around the object or area you want to select. You can also use the keyboard shortcut for the marquee tool: Control (Mac) or Command (Windows), and type “m” to make a marquee around the object or area you want to select. Once you have made your selection, you can start making adjustments to it by using the tools in the toolbar at the top of the screen.
Adjustments can be made using either of two methods: layer adjustments or Adjustment Layers. Layer adjustments are applied to individual layers in your image, while Adjustment Layers are temporary layers that are used to make specific adjustments to your image as a whole. If you want to make an adjustment that will affect multiple layers in your image, you need to create an Adjustment Layer. To do true layer adjustments, you need to create a new layer above the adjustment layer in your image.
Once you have made your selection, it appears in the Layers Palette and is given an icon. The color of the icon indicates the type of adjustment being made. If you are making a Hue/Saturation Adjustment, all your colors will be shifted toward their respective hues with no saturation as shown below:
If you are making a Levels Adjustment, your highlight and shadow areas will be darkened or brightened by increasing or decreasing their levels respectively:
To create an Adjustment Layer, simply choose Layer from the Image menu bar to bring up the Layers palette and then choose New Adjustment Layer from the menu that appears :
The Adjustment Layer icon that appears in the Layers palette will indicate what type of adjustment you are making.
If you have already created an Adjustment Layer and wish to change the type of adjustment, select the layer with your cursor, hold down your Shift key and click on the Adjustment Layer icon again: The layer that was selected will now be highlighted so you can tell which one is which.
Just click anywhere outside of it and drag it back to its original position in the Layers palette.
Creating a Button
In this Photoshop tutorial, we’ll be creating a simple button using the Button Tool. We’ll start by creating a new document and setting the size to 300px by 100px. We’ll then add a basic fill and border to the document, and use the Button Tool to create our button. We’ll finish up by adding a text layer and font and adjusting the text properties. By the end of this tutorial, we’ll have created a button to use as a starting point for our buttons.