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Simple "Yahoo!" Style 3D Buttons
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Simple "Yahoo!" Style 3D Buttons
Created by: Yuval Adam

 
Make a new image: go to File || New:
Width = 100
Height = 100
Background Color = Black (you can use any color).
 
Click on the Preset-Shapes tool:
Shape type = Ellipse
Retain Style = unchecked
Antialias = checked
Create as vector = unchecked
Line width = 1
Line style = Default line
 
Set your foreground style to None (click on the little arrow in the Foreground-Style box and choose the icon on the right) and your background style to Solid Color (click on the little arrow in the Background Style box and choose the icon on the left). Set both your textures to None.
 
Choose white as your background color and your button color as foreground color.
 
Check the "Lock" option beneath your Texture boxes so we needn't set all the options with every new tool we use.
 
Place the cursor somewhere in the center (close to 50,50), press the Shift key and – with the right mouse button – and draw a circle.
 
Select the circle using the Magic Wand tool
Match Mode = RGB Value
Tolerance = 0
Feather = 0
 
Click on the Flood Fill tool:
Blend mode = Normal
Match mode = RGB Value
Tolerance = 20
Opacity = 100
 
Set your background texture to None and your foreground texture to Gradient (click on the little arrow in the Foreground-Style box and choose the second icon from the left). Then click into your Foreground-Style box to open the Gradient dialog box.
 
Gradient = Foreground-Background
Invert gradient = unchecked
Horizontal = 0
Vertical = 0
Repeats = 0
Style = Sunburst Gradient (third from top)

Click OK and then into the selection to fill with the gradient.

 
Contract the selection: go to Selections || Modify || Contract. I used 8 pixels but you can change it according to the depth of the button you want.
 
Press "Delete".
 
Click on the arrow between the Solid Color boxes to flip the colors.
 
Fill in the selection using the same settings.

There are some variations you can use:
– Change the depth of the button edge (contracting selection);
– flip the colors so you get the opposite effect;
– give your button a drop shadow;
– add some text in the center (if there is enough space) and use the Cutout effect.