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[Tutorial REQUEST] WMP11 buttons


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Okay, right now I'm having a little dilemma. I'm not the best when it comes to graphics and such, but I get around. However, as of the late I am having trouble making a very similar replica of the Windows Media Player 11 button theme. I want to make round buttons just like the WMP11 play button, I want it to be as close to that as possible. I've tried various ways, but for the most part it would end up messed up.

If someone could help me personally or publish a tutorial and let me know of it then I'd appreciate it. If there is already a tutorial up that might be able to help me I'd appreciate a link to it.

Thanks in advance for those that choose to help me. ;)

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I think you might find this helpful Creating Light/Shadows onto objects. Also Kiosk Orbs, Making a small (but fancy) Orb and generally anything in the tutorial section with the word 'Orb' it should help you. And Boltbait's Polygon Plugin will help you with the arrow.

Tip: Remember to save it as a pdn every 3 minutes and add a number on the end [Play1, Play2, Play3 etc] so you can see your progress and change little bits in the future without having to start over again.

Edit: Align object is also an awesome plugin that would help you center the arrow. Alpha Masking (This is How to use them if your don't know) wouldn't hurt to get antialiased edges.

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Thanks, this might be useful. But what my main issue is with the colors. I've done the kiosk orb and orb tutorials and I like how they did it in the orb tutorial but when I get the colors they seem to brighten on me (I suspect the transparency on Layer 4 has something to do with this). I used some darker colors and it seemed to work better but I can't seem to get the bright blue in the very bottom to work out.

I'm not remaking the button though, so Boltbait's plugin won't be used for this, but I might use it in the future. ;) I'm just trying to make images for my IP.Board so my site has its own official theme. :)

I'll play around with it a bit more and see what I can do.

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...I used some darker colors and it seemed to work better but I can't seem to get the bright blue in the very bottom to work out...

Use a semi transparent gradient for that. That is, on a new layer make your secondary colour completely transparent (by clicking more in the 'colors' window then moving the slider that is in the bottom right hand corner to the far left until the number says '0') make your primary colour cyan #00FFFF. Then draw a radial gradient while holding :GradientTool: , the circle one :RadialGradient: , just out side the perimeter of the button (move as necessary) then use the Align object plugin in the bottom middle selection.

You may need to duplicate the layer to make it look right then play withthe transparency of the duplicate.

Edit: Woah LJXD that's heaps good!

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Thanks for the help guys. I tried a semi transparent before and it didn't work out quite as well as I had hoped, maybe I did something wrong but looking back I'm sure I did it right.

LJXD, that is some seriously nice work! :shock: I downloaded the file and saw how you did it all, except for the glass on top. How'd you do the glass part? I understand transparency and such but how'd you get it curved like you did?

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