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Windows 7: Custom Start Menu Button Collection

08 Oct 2013   #1181
Bongo

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

How I made it round was after I opened your image I created a new layer above it and then using a round brush I created a round image about the size I wanted and then clicking and holding the Ctrl button on the keyboard and selecting the thumbnail image of that new layer created a selected area and then in the toolbar menu I went to Select and then down to invert selected and then selected your image in the layer box and then hit delete key and it removed all the outside area.

Here are some screenshots on how I make a start orb.

First I open up the PSD that I have made up (it is in the zip folder at the bottom of this post). I have a black and a white background on the bottom layers so you can see what it looks like without the transparency showing through.
Custom Start Menu Button Collection-1.png

Then make your three images and adding anything you want to them at this time.
Custom Start Menu Button Collection-2.png

Then make the black and white layer invisible, right-click on the top layer and go down to merge visible.
Custom Start Menu Button Collection-3.png

Then click on and hold the Ctrl key on the keyboard and click on the thumbnail in the layers panel you should see the selected area than.
Custom Start Menu Button Collection-4.png

Then click on the Channels tab.
Custom Start Menu Button Collection-5.png

Then click on the create new channel button at the bottom you will get a alpha channel. Then make sure your foreground color is set to white select the paintbrush tool using a round brush set it above 110.
Custom Start Menu Button Collection-6.png

Then paint over until the selected area is all white.
Custom Start Menu Button Collection-7.png

Then select the RBG at the top it will select the rest of them automatically and then select the Layers tab.
Custom Start Menu Button Collection-8.png

Now go to Select and then click on deselect.
Custom Start Menu Button Collection-9.png

Now all you need to do is save it as a .bmp.
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Jerry




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08 Oct 2013   #1182
wishmaster1

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
How I made it round was after I opened your image I created a new layer above it and then using a round brush I created a round image about the size I wanted and then clicking and holding the Ctrl button on the keyboard and selecting the thumbnail image of that new layer created a selected area and then in the toolbar menu I went to Select and then down to invert selected and then selected your image in the layer box and then hit delete key and it removed all the outside area.

Here are some screenshots on how I make a start orb.

First I open up the PSD that I have made up (it is in the zip folder at the bottom of this post). I have a black and a white background on the bottom layers so you can see what it looks like without the transparency showing through.
Attachment 288854

Then make your three images and adding anything you want to them at this time.
Attachment 288855

Then make the black and white layer invisible, right-click on the top layer and go down to merge visible.
Attachment 288856

Then click on and hold the Ctrl key on the keyboard and click on the thumbnail in the layers panel you should see the selected area than.
Attachment 288857

Then click on the Channels tab.
Attachment 288858

Then click on the create new channel button at the bottom you will get a alpha channel. Then make sure your foreground color is set to white select the paintbrush tool using a round brush set it above 110.
Attachment 288859

Then paint over until the selected area is all white.
Attachment 288860

Then select the RBG at the top it will select the rest of them automatically and then select the Layers tab.
Attachment 288861

Now go to Select and then click on deselect.
Attachment 288862

Now all you need to do is save it as a .bmp.
Attachment 288863Attachment 288864Attachment 288865

Jerry
I think i got it figured out as far as making a Start Orb,i don't what you mean by using a round brush to make the images round.
I'm not sure if this is how you did it but this is the way i figured out how to do it,if you will watch the short video clip i made on how i done it and see if that is alright.
It seems to work that way for me.
I also noticed that when i merge my layers for the images Merge Visible does work for me,i have do Merge Layers.

Also Thanks for all your help so far.

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08 Oct 2013   #1183
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wishmaster1 View Post
I think i got it figured out as far as making a Start Orb,i don't what you mean by using a round brush to make the images round.
I'm not sure if this is how you did it but this is the way i figured out how to do it,if you will watch the short video clip i made on how i done it and see if that is alright.
It seems to work that way for me.
I also noticed that when i merge my layers for the images Merge Visible does work for me,i have do Merge Layers.

Also Thanks for all your help so far.

Attachment 288900
As long as you merge the layers together it doesn't matter how you do it.

I looked at your video and you're doing it just fine, I am a quadriplegic so I go about things a little bit differently sometimes.

Jerry
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08 Oct 2013   #1184
junita naomi

windows 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

thanks for sharing i really love your collection....
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08 Oct 2013   #1185
wishmaster1

Windows 7
 
 

Here's another one if anybody is interested.
I'm trying to learn so still playing with it.
Hopefully somebody likes it.

Custom Start Menu Button Collection-ying-yang-moon.jpg
Ying Yang Moon

Ying Yang Moon.zip


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09 Oct 2013   #1186
ZaLiTH

Win 10 x64 Pro x64 / Ubuntu 15.10 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wishmaster1 View Post
After reading the tutorial some more i think i figured it out,although i think i found one flaw in the tutorial.
In the part where you have to do the merge it says to Merge Visible,and i think it should be Merge Layers. I did it this way and it worked for me at least.
As Jerry mentioned, how you merge the three layers for the button states doesn't really matter (I could probably clarify that part of the tutorial though)... In the end, all you need is to have the button states on one layer with all the visual effects flattened onto the layer. This step is important for the alpha layer calculation to work correctly.

If you have the background layer visible when you do this, then manually merging the layers down one at a time is the only way. If you hide everything except the three button states, then merge visible will work fine. (:
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09 Oct 2013   #1187
tom982

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Wow! Nice post, Jerry! Would rep you for it but I'm afraid I've got to spread it around first.
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10 Oct 2013   #1188
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Thank you very much for saying so Tom, that means more than the rep anyway.
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18 Oct 2013   #1189
tatamata

windows 8
 
 

hello, you guys are awesome with these orbs..

any chance someone can make 2 for me.

one with a Croatia crest and another with Bayern Munich soccer team logo..

thanks
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18 Oct 2013   #1190
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tatamata View Post
hello, you guys are awesome with these orbs..

any chance someone can make 2 for me.

one with a Croatia crest and another with Bayern Munich soccer team logo..

thanks
I can if you find the images and post them in your next post.

Jerry
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