Do you know Green Day? of course almost everyone knows. In this Photoshop tutorial we’ll create a badge or button (in Indonesia we call it pin) for this most famous punkrock band in the world. In Photoshop you can make cool and funky pin or button with just a few layers. We’ll set the layer structure up so if you want a badge with a different picture you can simply change the top image to create a new badge and you can easily reuse the main part of the badge.
Final Image Preview
Take a look at the image we’ll be creating. You can view the final image preview below or a larger version here.
Create a new Photoshop document about 1280 px by 800 px and fill it with background color, feel free to choose your own color. Create a new layer and using the Elliptical Marquee tool (M), drag out a circular marquee. Hold down the Shift key while you drag to make sure you get a perfect circle.
Using the Paint Bucket Tool (G) fill the circle with any color you want, it doesn’t matter at this stage. I used a soft green. Deselect the selection using Ctrl + D.
Now it’s time to start styling. Double clicks green circle layer to bring up Layer Style window and choose Drop Shadow from the pop-up menu. Use the settings in the image below, but don’t click OK yet.
Still in the Layer Effects dialog box, click on the words Inner Shadow and add the following settings. Note that the Use Global Light check box is not ticked, so you can change the light angle. Don’t click OK yet.
Click on the words Inner Glow and change the following settings. Don’t click OK yet.
And now the final layer effect style. Click on the words Gradient Overlay and use the following settings. Press OK when you have finished
We’re going to draw a highlight at this point. Create a new layer, then with the Elliptical Marquee Tool, draw an ellipse near the top right of the button.
Select the Gradient Tool and set the Foreground color to white, then in the Gradient Tool Options at the top of the screen, choose the Foreground to Transparent gradient. With the Gradient Tool, drag downwards through the selection to create something like this. After that deselect the selection by pressing Ctrl + D.
Duplicate the highlight layer by hitting Ctrl + J and then turn off the original highlight’s visibility. Make sure you are working on the highlight copy layer. Select the Eraser tool and use brush with big diameter then click once to leave a small slither of white.
After erasing you’ll have what looks like a small bright shine.
Set the Opacity of the highlight copy to about 50%, then turn on the visibility of the original highlight layer and set the Opacity to 50% for that too.
Select the Highlight copy layer (the small bright shine) and duplicate it. Once again use Ctrl + T free transform and rotate the duplicate shine and place it in the bottom left corner, like this:
Press Enter to apply the transformation. If you think the shine at the bottom is too bright, reduce the Opacity of the layer to about 20%.
At this stage our button template is complete. All we need to do is turn down the Fill Opacity of the green circle layer to 0%, then you can put in any image you want. Any image that you want to appear on your button will sit on the layer underneath this one.
When I was a student in high school, my favorite band is Green Day, song ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’ and ‘American Idiot’ is a song I listen to most often. So today I’ll make the pins or badges with picture of Green Day’s American Idiot symbol. You can use your own images, maybe your own photo, your favorite artist, your favorite football team, or maybe the flag of your country. Put your image on the layer beneath your green circle layer.
Now hit Ctrl and click on the circle layer to select that sized circle, go to the Green Day layer, then select Layer > Layer Mask > Hide Selection. Now you get your funky Green Day button.
This is the final result of our Green Day badge. I hope you enjoy this tutorial, please subscribe to Grafisia RSS feed or simply share this tutorial to your friends.
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