Create a play button in Photoshop

In this lesson we will learn how to create a game button in the style of Diablo 3.

Below you can see the final image of our creativity:

Step 1

Create a new document with the size of 600 * 400 pixels, then go to the tab View – Show – Grid (View> Show> Grid), we activate mesh (Grid), then go to Preview – Snap To – Grid Lines (View> Snap To> Grid), where we make the Grid option (ticked).

Next, press the key combination Ctrl + K. This will open the dialog box. Settings (Preferences), in this menu we find the tab Guides, Grids and Fragments (Guides, Grid Slices), and in it we set the recommended parameters (translator’s note:Grid line every 5 pixels (Gridline Every 5 pixels), value of division – 1 (subdivisions) mesh color (Grid color) – a7a7a7).

During the lesson, you can generally turn off the grid by pressing the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl +) to better see the document. In this case, the grid will help, when necessary, more accurately draw or edit the drawn elements.

Step 2

Go to the toolbar and set the main color # 765B41. Next, select the tool Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle Tool), go to the top panel (tool-specific settings panel) and set the radius of rounding to 2 pixels (2 px). Move to the canvas and create a vector shape with a size of 192 * 56 pixels.

Step 3

Open the dialog box Layer Style (Layer Style) for our drawn vector shape and enter the settings shown in the screenshots below.

Stroke:

Inner shadow:

Internal luminescence:

Gradient overlay:

Shadow:

Shadow:

Step 4

Change main color (foreground color) to # B27777 and select the tool Rectangle ( Rectangle Tool). Go to our canvas and create a vector shape with a size of 188 * 52 pixels. We place it in the manner shown in the figure below.

Step 5

Next, open the Layer Style dialog box for the vector shape created in the previous step, and enter the parameters as shown in the bottom screenshots.

Inner shadow:

Inner shadow:

Internal luminescence:

Gradient overlay:

Gradient overlay:

External glow:

Step 6

Staying on the same tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool), go to our canvas, create a vector shape with a size of 172 * 42 pixels and arrange it as shown in the figure below.

Step 7

Open the Layer Style dialog box for the vector shape created in the previous step and enter the parameters as shown in the screenshots below.

Stroke:

Internal luminescence:

Gradient overlay:

Gradient overlay:

External glow:

Step 8

We transfer the texture to our document and place it above all the vector shapes we created before.

Move on layers palette (Layers panel), hold down the Ctrl key on the keyboard and left-click on the thumbnail of the vector shape layer created in the previous step. This operation will load a simple selection around a vector shape.

Now, make sure the texture layer is selected, and click on the icon. Create layer mask (Add Layer Mask). Then change the blending mode of this layer to Overlap (Overlay).

Step 9

Make sure you still have the tool selected. Rectangle (Rectangle Tool), create with it a vector shape of 25 * 7 pixels and place it as shown in the first screenshot below.

Choosing a tool Node selection (Direct Selection Tool), select the anchor point, circled in red, and move it 7 pixels to the left. Now, select the anchor point circled in green and move it 4 pixels to the right.

Step 10

Open the dialog box Layer Style (Layer Style) for the vector shape created in the previous step, and enter the settings shown below.

Inner shadow:

Inner shadow:

Pattern Overlay:

Step 11

Go to the layers palette, select the selected vector shape and create a duplicate of it using the hot key combination Ctrl + J. Select the copy you just created and go to the tab Editing – Transform – Flip Vertically (Edit> Transform> Flip Vertical), and place the shape as shown in the screenshot. Next, open the Layer Style dialog box for the created copy and enter the parameters, as in the screenshots below.

Inner shadow:

Inner shadow:

Pattern Overlay:

Step 12

Choosing a tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool), create a vector shape with a size of 7 * 38 pixels and place it in the manner shown in the first image below.

Choosing a tool Node selection (Direct Selection Tool), select the anchor point, circled in red, and move it 7 pixels up. Now, select the anchor point circled in green and move it 4 pixels down.

Step 13

Open the dialog box Layer Style (Layer Style) for the vector shape created in the previous step, and enter the settings shown below.

Inner shadow:

Inner shadow:

Inner shadow:

Pattern Overlay:

Step 14

Go to layers palette (Layers panel), select all the layers with vector shapes, indicated by arrows in the screenshot below, and duplicate them. Next, click the right mouse button on them, a context menu appears in which we need to select the item Convert to smart object (Convert to Smart Object). Now make sure that Smart Objects are selected, and go to the tab

Editing – Transform – Flip Horizontally (Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontal). Place these smart objects as shown in the figure below.

Step 15

Now we need to set the main color as # 2D1D15, then select the tool Pen (Pen Tool) and create the following vector shape (see screenshot). Choosing a tool Add anchor point (Add Anchor Point Tool) and add two new reference points, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 16

Choosing a tool Node selection (Direct Selection Tool), select one by one the control points added in the previous step, and shift them one pixel to the center.

Step 17

Open the dialog box Layer Style (Layer Style) for the vector shape created in the previous step, and enter the settings shown below.

Stroke:

Step 18

Make sure that the layers with the shapes that were edited in the previous step are still selected and then duplicate them.

Select created copies, go to tab Editing – Transform – Flip Horizontally (Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontal) and place them on the opposite side (as shown in the screenshot below).

Step 19

Change main color (foreground color) on # 765B41, then select the tool Pen (Pen Tool) and create the following vector shape. Choosing a toolt Add anchor point (Add Anchor Point Tool) and add two new reference points, as shown in the second screenshot. Now, just select the tool Node selection (Direct Selection Tool), select one by one the control points added in the previous step and drag them two pixels to the center. The result should be similar to that shown in the last screenshot.

Step 20

Next, open the dialog box Layer Style (Layer Style) for the vector shape created in the previous step, and enter the settings as shown in the following screenshots.

Stroke:

Inner shadow:

Internal luminescence:

Gradient overlay:

Shadow:

Shadow:

Step 21

Select tool again Pen (Pen Tool), go to our canvas and create the following vector shape.

Step 22

Next, open the dialog box Layer Style (Layer Style) for the vector shape created in the previous step, and enter the settings as shown in the following screenshots.

Stroke:

Pattern Overlay:

Step 23

Select all the vector shapes on the left side of your button and duplicate them. Next, select these copies and go to the tab Editing – Transform – Flip Horizontally (Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontal) and place them on the opposite side (as shown in the screenshot below).

Step 24

Open the dialog box Symbol (Window> Character) and set the font Evil Dead Regular in it. Font color set #CDCDCD, font size 16 pixels. After that enter the text as shown below.

Open the dialog box Layer Style (Layer Style) for the text layer. Go to the drop shadow tab and set the parameters as shown below.

Since the button itself is ready, you can select all the shapes that your button consists of and group them using the Ctrl + G hot key combination. Now you can duplicate this interface element where it is needed.

Step 25

Go to the layers palette, highlight Background layer (Background layer) and click on the lock icon on the right to unlock the layer.

Open the dialog box Layer Style (Layer Style) for this layer and enter the settings shown below.

Internal luminescence:

Gradient overlay:

Gradient overlay:

Step 26

Go to the layers palette and duplicate the layer from the previous step. Make sure that the newly created layer is selected, right-click on it and select the option in the context menu that appears. Clear layer styles (Clear Layer Style). Make sure that this layer is still selected and lower the level fillings (Fill) to 0%.

Now just open the dialog box. Layer Style (Layer Style) for this layer and enter the settings shown below.

Pattern Overlay:

And we did it!

Below you can see the final result of our hard work.

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