Userbar Tutorial - Photoshop CS3

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by arsonistx, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. arsonistx

    arsonistx New Member

    Hello everyone, I'm going to be writing a tutorial on how to make custom userbars here! Please enjoy and comment on how I've done with detail and everything. :)

    Here it goes:

    Step 1)
    1. Open up Photoshop CS3
    2. Create a new canvas with the dimensions 350x19 (width x height).
    3. Make the background transparent.
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    Step 2)
    1. Use the gradient tool to make the background fade from one color to the other.
    2. Create another new document with the dimensions 3x3. Make sure the background is transparent.
    3. Zoom in as far as you can. Use the pencil tool on the newest document and draw a diagonal line going from the top right to the bottom left.
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    Step 3)
    1. Click Edit > Define Pattern and save the pattern with the name 'scanline'. -No quotations.
    2. Go back to your userbar, create a new layer, and click Edit > Fill > Pattern from the dropdown list, and select the scanline pattern. Change the opacity of the fill to 25%.
    3. Use your elliptical marquee tool to select the top half of the userbar, with the sides slanting up to the corners. Click Edit > Fill > Color from the dropdown list, and choose white (#ffffff). Leave the opacity at 25%.
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    Step 4)
    1. Add a logo to the left side of the userbar, anything you like. I used the Xanthom Designs logo from their website.
    2. Add some pixel font text to the right side with whatever you want. I chose Xanthom Designs Administrator.
    3. Give your text a 1px, black stroke with the opacity turned down to 50%.

    Step 5)
    1. Use your rectangle marquee tool to select the entire canvas after creating a new layer on your document.
    2. Click Edit > Stroke and use 1px as the size, black (#000000) as the color, and the location as Inside.
    3. Save the document as userbarname.gif. CompuServe GIF imagetypes are the best for userbars.

    And there you have it, your own custom userbar!
    My results:
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  2. QuwenQ

    QuwenQ New Member

    Great Photoshop tutorial!
  3. GamingX

    GamingX Executive Team

    Nice Tutorial. Good for those who can't afford to pay for userbars.
  4. manzoor

    manzoor New Member

    Hey Great ! Tutorial.
    Will this work in Photoshop 7 ?
  5. arsonistx

    arsonistx New Member

    It should, I don't see why not. :p
    Unless Photoshop 7 doesn't have all of the same tools as CS3.
  6. diabolo

    diabolo Community Advocate Community Support

    nice tut! props! short and to teh point
  7. QuwenQ

    QuwenQ New Member

    Don't worry. They add 5Mb to the install package, add a distortion, change around the menus, and call it a release. It'll work.
  8. QueenHawkeye

    QueenHawkeye Member

    Can you tell us what the font name that you used in the tutorial is, and where to download it? It might be helpful to some people who want to know.
  9. manzoor

    manzoor New Member

    hmm sorry for this silly question im new to photoshop so I don't know where's the pencil tool xD

    and how can i zoom more then 1600% ?

    EDIT:

    and can some explain the step 4 and 5 more clearly ? with a step-by-step instruction ?
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2007
  10. DarkDragonLord

    DarkDragonLord New Member

    zoom in is ctrl + the key with =+
    zoom out is ctrl + the key with -_

    pencil tool.. its lecated in that left tool bar, in the right column
  11. manzoor

    manzoor New Member

    Thanks for telling me where is the pencil tool

    Btw I know how to zoom but I can't zoom more then 1600% where as I saw a guy zooming to 2000%

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