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Learn How To Create Mock-up Navigation Buttons in Photoshop
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Now, I am going to pair this up with some content that we are going to be using to divide up the navigation on the main page. Let me minimize this down and we will take a look at the front here.
I think I will leave the mechanics photo up just for a second. We already got four big buttons identified at the top here. And I am going to be using these photos to accentuate those and still pulling the colors up and using a little bit of transparency but we are going to breaking them up as follows. Our first button is going to talk about is going to talk a little bit more about the company itself--a little history, a little “who we are” type of section for their website.
The second one is going to talk about options and on the web, we are going to be listing all the different services that Alien Auto provides. Our third button is going to be a gallery, a little before and after that shows success stories for all of their clients and the last one is going to be highlighting the crew. Now, I saved the mechanic picture because I am going to use that to start.
I am going to start dropping these pictures into the areas designated for our main navigation buttons. To get that going, I will just click that on the Move tool, I will go over to the mechanic photo, grab it and drag it on into our color layout. Now, as you can see, one of the big things we are going to be doing in Photoshop right now is doing any adjustments we need to do with these pictures and obviously, cropping them and scaling them a bit, so they will fit with our layout.
Now, I already got some scale handles here, so I might as well do my scale operation. I want to drop this one on in and I am holding the “Shift” key down, so that I constrain the proportion to the original photo, and I am going to scale it down, so it is going to fit in that area a little bit better.
Now, I will just commit to that transform by hitting the “Enter” key and we use that as a temporary placeholder. Then notice up here in the options for my move tool that I do have to show transform controls on. So, that is what is giving me the handles and allowing me to make very quick changes to the size and scale of all of these images. That is going to help us out for now. So, we will leave that there.
Now, just to make things a little bit easier for placement, I am going to go over to my layers and make a couple of changes. First of all, I am going to bring the button background up. That has the color swatches that we are using and also the size and placement of the button set for us. I am just going to drop the opacity down to somewhere around 40 or 50 and bring that layer up above where I have inserted my image.
Now, see I can use the yellow box as a placement for the size of my image because we are going to crop over the rest of this and leave ourselves with a nice plain image that we can use to set up the graphic for our button. Let us finish our button placement and set up the crop. I will reselect that layer.
Now, that I can see the extent, I can do some quick changes. I am still holding down the “Shift” key so I can keep the proportions intact and I am going to try to keep this as much as I can of the mechanic in the picture, so I am going to scale it down just so it is slightly larger than the yellow rectangle that we are looking for, for placement.
I will move that around, maybe even notching with the arrow keys until I get it exactly where I want for the crop. I will hit enter to commit that transform and then we will start to crop up.
To accurately set the crop, I am going to go right back to the button that we have set up in our button backgrounds and I am going to use the marquee tool, very quickly go in and just select the yellow square on the end.
Now, by switching to that layer, I am only selecting the yellow pixels even though we can see our image in the background there. I am going to use a little trick that is very helpful for setting selections. I am going to hold the “Ctrl” key down which switches me back to my move tool or the “Command” key on the Macintosh, and I am going to us