Today we published the second part of Corrie Haffly’s current series of Photoshop tutorials, Build Beautiful Buttons In Photoshop, Part II.
As with Part I, this is an excerpt from Corrie Haffly’s book, The Photoshop Anthology, which is currently available in PDF format for FREE (that’s the complete book, not just a preview). If you like the article, you’ll love the full thing.
A huge thank you to our sponsors of this PDF giveaway, 99designs, for making it possible.
Some interesting feedback that come out of the first article in this series — while most people loved it, a few readers commented that the buttons looked a bit dated. It’s definitely true that some of the effects introduced in this series should be used sparingly or tweaked to achieve the style you’re after. One thing worth keeping in mind — this is an article about using Photoshop techniques to implement an effect. Once you’ve mastered these techniques, you can apply and tweak them to achieve all manner of trendy, sexy (or ugly — it’s up to you!) user interface elements.
If you’re looking to improve your design skills, you could do worse than check out this article on design principles. The “Web 2.0″ look and feel might have an expiry date, but the techniques used to create them are timeless.
Anyway, I’d be interested to hear what you think! Join the discussion in the forums.