How to Create Button Badges in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to create your own funky button badges. These button badges can be used in your website as page buttons, links, contact buttons, interesting little icons or anything else you can think of...

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They are really fun and easy to make which means all skill levels can create these button badges. Lets get stuck in!!!

Step 1. Open up a a new blank canvas in photoshop and use a fill gradient of grey to fill your canvas background. Then on a new layer select any colour you like I have used yellow and using the circle tool create a circle in the middle of your canvas.

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Step 2. Now we are going to make the circle look 3D by adding a few layer styles. I have used a drop shadow, an inner glow and a bevel and emboss. If you want you can use the same styles as me by following the details on the images below or play around with it until you get something you are happy with.

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After applying your layer styles you should end up with something like this...

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Step 3. On a new layer use the elliptical marquee to create an oblong shape at the top of your circle. Then use a gradient fill from white to transparent to fill the shape.

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Step 5. Rotate the shape about 20 degrees to the right using the free transform tool.

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Step 6. Duplicate the layer and using the free transform tool again move the shape to the opposite side of the circle, resize it and rotate it until it is a much thiner slither of white.

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Step 7.  We are nearly ready to add our badge designs!! All you need to do now is click back onto your circle layer and set the fill to 0%

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Step 8. Once you have decided on your button badge design open your image into photoshop and drag it onto the canvas you are working on. I have used a British flag image from freedigitalphotos.net (Image from contributor digitalart)

Make sure your image is under the circle layer and delete all the surrounding image that doesn't fit into the badge shape.

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And there you have it!!! A great looking badge in no time.

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Use any designs and images you like that fit in with the project you are working on...

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(Images from freedigitalphotos.net - digitalart / jscreationzs / Idea go)

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