Creating and animating a metal button

Creating and animating a metal button
Difficulty: Easy
Description: A tutorial on creating a metal button in photoshop and then animating it in Imageready.
Author: Daniel St. Jules; Date Added: 2006-07-11; Views: 48212
In this tutorial, I will explain how to make the following animated metal button:
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So let?s get started. ; )

Step 1:

Create a new document with the dimensions of 140 pixels in width and 30 pixels in height on a transparent background.

Step 2:

Press D on the keyboard and then go to Select->All. Press Alt+Backspace to fill in the selection with black.
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Step 3:

Press Ctrl+D to deselect. Right click on Layer 1 in the layers window and select Blending Options. Use the following settings for the layer:

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The image should now look like this:
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Step 4:

Select the Pen Tool.preview Create a new layer and name it ?Dark?. Next, make sure your settings for the pen tool are identical to the following image:
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Now, with the pen tool selected, click on the top left part of the image. Next, make a second anchor point by clicking at a spot located at around the center of the image (doesn?t have to be perfectly centered) and modify the path by holding the left mouse button after clicking and moving the cursor in order to make it look like the following:
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Now create a 3rd anchor point positioned at the top right corner of the image and modify the path so that it looks similar to this image:
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Simply lower the opacity of the Dark layer to 20% and the button should now look like this:
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Step5:

Create a new layer and name it Highlight. Select the ?Rectangular Marquee Tool? and make a selection that possesses the full width of the image and is equal in height to the image we created on the layer ?Dark?. The selection should look like this:
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Step6:

Select the Gradient Tool. Press X on the keyboard and select the Foreground to Transparent gradient:
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Make sure that your settings are identical to the following image:
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Now with your gradient tool selected, hold Shift, click at few pixels higher than the top of the image and drag the cursor to a few pixels below the bottom of the selection.
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After that, press Ctrl+D to deselect, lower the opacity of that highlight layer to around 30% and your image should now look like this:
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Step7:

Create a new layer and place it just below the Highlight one. Select the Horizontal Type Tool, select a pixel font like Visitor ?BRK-, and type your text. (note: if you?re using a pixel font, don?t use any anti-alias.) Center the text by going to Select->All and selecting the Move Tool. (press V to select it) Click on the following highlighted buttons in the options menu to center the text:
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Press Ctrl+D to deselect.

Step8:

Right click on the text layer in the Layers window and select Blending Options. Set the Opacity of the layer to 40% and use the following settings for the other styles:
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Your image should now look something like this:
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Animating the button

Step 9:

Pres Shift+Ctrl+M to bring the image into Imageready. If the animation window isn?t already up, go to Window->Animation in the top menu. In the animation window, click on the Duplicate current frame button 2 times.
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You should now have 3 frames in the animation window:
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With the second frame selected, click on your text layer in the Layers window and set the opacity to 80%.

Step10:

Hold Ctrl and click on the 1st frame in the animation window in order to select both frames. Now click on the Tween button.
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Use the following settings and press Ok:
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Now select the 7th and 8th frames, add another Tween between those frames and use the previously used settings.

Step11:

Select all the frames in the Animation window and click on the arrow beside any mention of ?0 sec.? or another amount of seconds.
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In the menu that comes up, select 0.1 seconds.

And you?re done! You can preview the animation by clicking on the Play button in the Animation window and save it by going to File->Save Optimized As. When saving, make sure that the Optimization settings are set to using the GIF format or else the animation won?t work. To make sure it is, simply go to Window->Optimize in the top menu and set the preset to something like GIF 128 No Dither. Well, that?s it. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and here?s some different outcomes:
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preview   <-Different colour

preview   <-Different animation and colour

Try experimenting with the animation to create some really neat effects. ; )
-Daniel