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    Help Recreating Button Style with Photoshop

    I've recently been assigned the task of revamping the company's website. There, I need to change the symbols on our navigation buttons... I can get the look similar to what the [incompetent] design company did, but not close enough. I've attached what I've done so far in PhotoShop; it can be compared to the buttons at www.acmgfcu.org.

    Layer 1: white magnifying glass - Bevel and Emboss Layer Effect (Smooth Technique, depth 100, size 5)

    Layer 2: Text - (Arial MT Rounded Bold, Bold, 10pt, strong) no layer effects; not sure what to apply, and what I do apply makes text unreadale.

    Layer 3: Blue base - Bevel and Emboss (Chisel Soft, depth 100, size 2)

    Any help and direction is greatly appreciated.
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    I think the text and symbol on yours needs to be beveled more and you need stronger lighting from the top left(Ang:125, Att:50)

    Hope that helps

    Toony
    Last edited by toony; 01-14-2003 at 04:13 AM.

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    toony hits the jackpot here but..

    I don't get it. You struggle and loose valuable time to recreate
    ugly looking buttons. Can't you convince your boss with the
    fact that you can do a complete redesign that might take less time and be much better?

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    Originally posted by sense
    toony hits the jackpot here but..

    I don't get it. You struggle and loose valuable time to recreate
    ugly looking buttons. Can't you convince your boss with the
    fact that you can do a complete redesign that might take less time and be much better?
    What did I win?

    Sense has a point, you will impress the boss more if you gave him your ideas for a design which looked better then what is up there now (and that's not hard)

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    ... my supervisor wants your name, address, the number of dogs or cats you have for pets, and which leg you want broken first. lol Just kidding.

    You do have a point, and I brought it up to her. She's at least interested in looking at some other alternatives, which is always a start. Personally, I like the idea because I hate the company that created the website and it'd be a little extra "sand in the eye" if not only we can take the site over for ourselves and maintain it, but totally trash their design.

    I do, however, like the cream-colored/parchment background. I think it's unique for a business; it projects a comfortable environment and conveys our committment to our members, and doesn't distance them with the "traditional sterile-looking business corporate" website.

    Attatched is gif of how I envision the revamping of the index page. I know it's probably the wrong forum, but it's where the conversation's leading... any comments would be helpful (ps: don't be bashing the red-buttons or the flash-flasher, I did those)
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    Well if your going with the same design then I suppose it looks Ok. Maybe next time you could convince the boss to change style.

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