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05 Oval Button with Text

Oval Button with Text


Created by: Charith
Modified by: PSPUG Learning Center

We've made square and rectangle buttons... Now that you have a feel for things, let try our hand at a basic oval button and adding text to an image!

Please Note: Images are heavily modified and/or resized to give you the best quality so what you see here may differ in PSP.

In Paint Shop Pro open a new image:
Click on File || New
Width: 150
Height: 75
Background color: White
Image type: 16.7 Million Colors
Click OK

Now click on the Zoom tool (the magnifying glass) and click one or two times for clarity.

Click on the Foreground Color box in the Color palette to select a color.
In the Color dialog box, choose a color for your button.
Click OK.
Repeat for the Background Color but select a different colour.
PSP 7 Users: Make sure Lock is checked and Textures are set to Null.

Click on the Selection Tool (the button with the dashed rectangle on it).

Next, go to the Control palette (version 5) / Tool Options (versions 6 and 7).

PSP 5 Users:
Click on Tool Controls
Selection Type: Ellipse
Feather: 0
Antialias: Unchecked

Click and hold your mouse button in the center of the image box and drag your mouse to create an oval (longer from left to right, but shorter from top to bottom).
Leave an empty area of 10 to 15 pixels around the outsid of the oval.
Release the mouse button.
You now have a "floating" oval.

Click on the Flood Fill tool
Again, go to the Control palette (version 5) / Tool Options (versions 6 and 7).

PSP 5 Users:
Fill Style: Sunburst Gradient
Match mode: RGB Value
Tolerance: As is
Opacity: 100
Sample Merged: unchecked

Click the Options button.
Fill Style: Sunburst Gradient
Blend Mode: Normal
Vertical: 50
Horizontal: 50
Click OK

PSP 6 Users, click on the bucket tab and set the following:

Fill style: Sunburst Gradient
Blend mode: Normal
Paper Texture: None
Match mode: RGB Value
Tolerance: As is
Opacity: 100
Sample merged: Unchecked

Next, click on the gradient tab (the second one) and set the following:

Gradient: Foreground-Background
Horizontal: 50
Vertical: 50
The number of Repeats are your choice.

PSP 7 Users, set the following:

Blend mode: Normal
Match mode: RGB
Tolerance: As is
Opacity: 100
Sample merged: Unchecked

Click and hold on the arrow on the Styles Foreground Colour until a side menu appears and click on the Gradient (2nd from the left).
Set Textures Foreground and Background to Null by clicking and holding on their arrows.
Lock: As is

Single lift click on the Styles foreground color that now looks like a gradient.

You are now presented with the Gradient dialog box.
Click on the arrow that is on the right of the gradient image with what looks like to be a clock hand.
Scroll up to the top and click on #1 Foreground-background.

In Style, click the second gradient option.
Horizontal: 50
Vertical: 50
The number of Repeats to whatever you prefer.
Click OK.

Click the Flood Fill tool inside the selection.
Your oval is now filled with the color you selected.

DO NOT DESELECT!

Let's add random noise to this oval to give it some texture:
PSP 5 and 6 Users: Click on Image || Noise || Add Noise

PSP 7 Users: Click on Effects || Noise || Add

PSP 7 Users: Click on Effects || Noise || Add

Set the %Noise to the number you like. I used a setting of 20 to give it a lot of speckles.

Click ok

Let's smooth out the speckles a bit:
PSP 5 and 6 Users: Click on Image || Filter Browser || Soften

PSP 7 Users: Click on Effects || Filter Browser || Soften

Click on Apply

Add the Drop Shadow:
PSP 5 and 6 Users: Click on Image || Effects || Drop Shadow

PSP 7 Users: Click on Effects || 3D Effects || Drop Shadow

In the Attributes Section:
Color: Black
Opacity: 70
Blur: 10
In the Offset section:
Vertical and Horizontal: 5

You may play around with the above settings to suit yourself.

If your drop shadow fell outside the edges of your image box, click on Edit, Click on Undo, then go back and add the drop shadow again, and set the Vertical and Horizontal to a lower number.

You have just created an Oval button and it appears to be "floating" over the background!

Note: Save this button as ovalbutton1.psp but do not close it.

Adding Text to an Image:

PSP 5 and 6 Users: Set your Foreground colour to a contrasting colour so your text stands out against your button.
PSP 7 Users: Set your Background colour to a contrasting colour so your text stands out against your button and set your Foreground colour and both Textures to Null. Also make sure Lock is checked.

Click on the Text tool, then click in the centre of your oval button. The Add Text (PSP 5 Users) / Text Entry (PSP 6 and 7 Users) dialog box is now open. Let's take a look at it before we go any further.

PSP 5 Users:
Font attributes:
Name: The name of the font with a scrolling list
Style: Regular, Italic, Bold, etc. Note: you can bold, Italic, etc any font whether that font has bold and/or italic files.
Size: Font size. It comes with a set of sizes but it is cutomisable so you can go as small or large as you like.
Script: The default is Western
Text Effects: Strikeout puts a line through the text, Underline puts an underline under the text, Antialias checked will make the text edges smooth while unchecked will give it jaggie edges.
Alignment: Text placement of where you clicked in the image (Left, Centre (the most commonly used placement) and Right).
Floating: If checked, text will be filled with colour. If unchecked, text will look like an empty selection on your canvas with no colour (Note: If Floating is unchecked and you click OK, DO NOT DESELECT or you will loose your text outline)
Sample of selected font: here is where you will see an example of your chosen font, style and size before applying.
Enter text here: This is the section you type your desired text that you want to display on your image. NOTE: Make sure all of the text is highlighted before you make any changes.

PSP 6 Users:
Fonts:
Name: The name of the font with a scrolling list
Size: Font size. It comes with a set of sizes but it is cutomisable so you can go as small or large as you like.
Create As: Vector (which we will not cover), Selection (If checked, text will look like an empty selection on your canvas with no colour (Note: If checked and you click OK, DO NOT DESELECT or you will loose your text outline)), Floating checked will make the text to be filled with colour, Antialias checked will make the text edges smooth while unchecked will give it jaggie edges.
Script: The default is Western
Sample: Here is where you will see an example of your chosen font, style and size before applying.
Text settings: Kerning is the spacing between the letters and Leading is the spacing between the lines of words, Auto Kern is exactly that; sets the spacing between the letters automatically.
Text Effects: Here you can set the colour to either foreground, background by clicking one of the first two colour boxes or set your own by clicking the third box. Then there is Bold and Italic (you click them to activate/deactivate as needed. Note: If the font you have chosen does not have a corresponding bold and/or italic file then you cannot use the bold and/or italic function (they will be greyed out)), Underline puts an underline under the text, Strikeout puts a line through the text. Alignment: Text placement of where you clicked in the image (Left, Centre (the most commonly used placement) and Right).
Enter text here: This is the section you type your desired text that you want to display on your image. NOTE: Make sure all of the text is highlighted before you make any changes.

PSP 7 Users:

Name: The name of the font with a scrolling list
Size: Font size. It comes with a set of sizes but it is cutomisable so you can go as small or large as you like.
Sample text: Here is where you will see an example of your chosen font, style and size before applying.
Kerning is the spacing between the letters and Leading is the spacing between the lines of words, Auto Kern is exactly that; sets the spacing between the letters automatically.
Script: The default is Western
Styles: Stroke will allow you to get the text an outline and Fill gives you the solid colour for the text. NOTE: Fill is the fonts set size (E.G.: size 18), while Stoke adds to the size of it. you can preset this in the tool options palette before clicking in the image to open the Text Entry dialog box.
Textures: This option will allow you to add texture to either the Stroke and/or Fill.
Enter text here: This is the section you type your desired text that you want to display on your image. NOTE: Make sure all of the text is highlighted before you make any changes. While just above it is Bold and Italic (you click them to activate/deactivate as needed, Underline puts an underline under the text, Strikeout puts a line through the text. Alignment: Text placement of where you clicked in the image (Left, Centre (the most commonly used placement) and Right).
Create As: Vector (which we will not cover), Selection (If checked, text will look like an empty selection on your canvas with no colour (Note: If checked and you click OK, DO NOT DESELECT or you will loose your text outline)), Floating checked will make the text to be filled with colour, Antialias checked will make the text edges smooth while unchecked will give it jaggie edges.

Now fill out the following:
PSP 5, 6 and 7 Users:
Text: Comic Sans MS
Size:14
Bold: Pressed
Center: Pressed
Floating: Checked
Antialias: Checked
PSP 6 and 7 Users: Kerning and Leading set to 0 and Auto Kern unchecked
PSP 7 Users: Styles - Stroke: Null and Fill: Your chosen colour and Textures Stroke and Fill set to Null if they are not already.

Type your nickname

Click OK

If your text is too small or too big for your button, you can remove the selection by clicking on Edit || Undo (Ctrl Z). You can then click on your graphic again and change the text size options until you get it just the way you want it.

If your text is not sitting on your graphic where you want it, click on the text and hold the left mouse button down dragging it to the position you want it.

Release the mouse button when you have it positioned right.

Lets save this button now. Save it as text1.psp

The text will remain a floating section after saving it. If you close the image now and reopen it, the floating selection will still be there.

For this lesson, leave the image open.

PSP 5 Users: Set your Foreground colour to a colour that will stand out against both the button and the text.
PSP 5 and 6 Users: Click on Image || Effects || Drop Shadow
PSP 7 Users: Click on Effects || 3D Effects || Drop Shadow

Attributes:
Color: Foreground
Opacity: 70
Blur: 5
Offset:
Vertical: 2
Horizontal: 2
Click OK

And there you have a button with text on it. Save it as text2.psp

Next week we will be covering Custom Brushes so stay tuned : )