Dis Dat Designs - debbieT's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials
PSP 7 Creating a Web Set
Part Two - Link Buttons

This Beginner's tutorial includes creating a Border Background, Link Buttons, and a Header Text Graphic for your webpage. It does not include any HTML instruction. For more information on HTML, try our course at LVSOnline.

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home button Ready to create the matching Link Buttons for your webpage?

The border background image should still be open.

1. Activate the "side" layer by clicking on it from the Layer Palette. Click Edit>COPY. Then Edit>Paste>PASTE AS NEW IMAGE.

The side border tile will be pasted as a new image on your workspace.

2. You can save this image as tile.psp for future use. It is a great seamless tile to use for other projects.

3. Create a new Canvas - 300 x 200 transparent background.

4. Click the SHAPE Tool shape tool. On the Tool Options Palette, select Rectangle, and Antialias. Line Width=4. shape options

5. Change the Foreground/Stroke Color to the golden yellow used for the border background bar. Change the Background/Fill color to a pattern. Choose the border tile image (open on the workspace) from the pattern menu.

6. Draw a rectangular in the exact size and shape you would like for the button. It will have a golden yellow stroke with the blue fur tile as the fill.

Save the image as button.psp.

7. Click Effects>3D Effects>Inner Bevel. Use the same settings that were used for the border background bar.

inner bevel

8. Optionally, click Effects>3D>Drop Shadow - use the settings below or experiment with your own. Or use none at all.

drop shadow effect

9. Use the CROP Tool crop tool to crop the excess area around the button.

10. Let's tube this button so it can be used easily with different text. Click File>Export>PICTURE TUBE.

Keep most of the default settings, but make sure it is 1 cell across and down, with total cells = to 1. Type in the name of your tube. Click OK.

tube settings

11. Click the PICTURE TUBE Tool tube tool and then click the tube menu from the Tool Options Palette. You will find your tube along with the other tubes from PSP. For more info on tubes, try Bonesy's PSP ToyBox where you will find a great tutorial on tubes, along with lots of other goodies.

12. Save and Close the button.psp image. Create a New Canvas. 200x200 Transparent background. Save the new image as a new file name.psp file.

Use the TUBE Tool and click once on your new canvas. There is your button!!!! Pretty neat, huh? Now whenever you want to create a button with new text, you can just add a button as a tube.

Speaking of text, let's customize the button.

13. Add a New Raster Layer - name it "text".

14. Click the TEXT Tool text tool. Switch the Background/Fill color to the golden yellow and choose NULL for the foreground/Stroke color. No Textures.

Click on the button with your cursor. The Text Dialog Box will appear.

15. The text will appear on the canvas surrounded by the "marching ants". Hover your cursor over the "floating selection" and when it changes to a mover icon, you can easily reposition the text on the button.

When you have the text correctly positioned, click Selections>SELECT NONE.

16. Apply the Inner Bevel effect (adjust the depth and width slightly lower than the last time) and add a Drop Shadow.

17. Add a New Raster Layer and name it "background". Move this layer to the bottom of the Layer Palette.

18. Change the Foreground color to the same blue color as the background in the border bg image. Flood Fill the background layer with the blue color.

19. Crop the canvas, Save, and Export as a .jpg file and that is it. home button

Create a new canvas for the additional buttons you might want.

Moving on to creating the matching Header Text Graphic in Part Three.

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