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Interface

step 1
First off, create a new document around 300x300px. Press the “D” key to reset the colors. Rename the first layer to “layer 1.” Now select the Elliptical Marquee Tool (fancy words for the circle select tool), it’s under the Rectangular Marquee Tool (the square one).
step 2
Make a circular selection at a fixed size of around 250x250px and fill it with White (FFFFFF). Now we have to center it on the screen. Press CTRL + A (Select All), and choose the Move Tool. Click the Align vertical centers button and then click the Align horizontal centers button. This should align your circle in the center of your document.
step 3
Click the Filter (Add Layer Style) button on the Layers Palette Window. Choose Gradient Overlay with these settings (click here) (for more information click here). Now add a simple stroke like so.
step 4
Now create a new layer call it “layer 2.” Choose the Elliptical Marquee Tool again, and make a Fixed Size of 125x125px (depending on your image size and the size of your previous circle). The idea is to get this one about half the size as the first circle. Fill it with White (but make sure you fill it in on “layer 2”). Now align it in the center by selecting the Move Tool and clicking on the Align vertical centers and Align horizontal centers buttons.
step 5
Now we’re going to give this layer some layer styles. They should be similar to the first circle’s layer styles. Make a Gradient Overlay again, but with the following settings (more info). Also, add a stroke, just for fun. Cool.
step 6
Create a new layer. Call it “layer 3” or something of the like. Just make sure it’s the third layer. Go to View > Rulers. Right click on the ruler, and select Percent. Zoom in a little bit, so that the percent markers on the rulers go by 10’s or so (the idea is to make it so the 50% marks show up on both rulers). Now that the rulers are in Percent mode, Click on the top ruler, and drag down a blue horizontal Guide, and snap it to the 50% mark on the left ruler. Now click on the left ruler, and snap it to the 50% mark on the top ruler. Same idea with the second guide. You should see a plus with the guides.
step 7
Make sure you’re on “layer 3” (or whatever you called it) and choose the Single Row Marquee Tool. Make a horizontal selection snapping it on or on top of the horizontal guide. Now choose the Single Column Marquee Tool. Make sure it’s on “Add to selection” and make a vertical selection snapping to or to the left of the vertical guide. You should have two single-line selections, in the shape of a cross (like the guides). Fill it with a semi-dark gray color (maybe BFBFBF or H:0, S:0, B:75). (It might be easiest to clear the guides before you continue. Go to View > Clear Guides.) Now deselect the selection (CTRL + D) and make a horizontal selection to the bottom of your first horizontal selection, and a vertical selection on the right of your first vertical selection. Now that you have two selections again, fill it with white (or a very light gray). It sounds confusing, but just check it out by clicking here. Now Press CTRL + T (Free Transform) and rotate the lines 45 degrees CCW (Counter-Clockwise) so the lines make an “X” (it’s easy if you hold the SHIFT key while you’re rotating the lines). (When you rotate “layer 3” it may get light because it has to anti-alias. For clearer / darker lines, duplicate this layer 2-3 times, and merge them together.) Now place “layer 3” under “layer 2.” (So it’s hidden behind the smaller circle. Lastly (for this step wink) Load “layer 1”’s selection by holding the CTRL key and clicking on “layer 1” in the Layer Palette. You should see it select the bigger circle. Now make sure you’re on “layer 3” and click the Add Layer Mask button in the Layer’s Palette. Now the lines should not stick out past the bigger circle.
step 8
Now we’re nearing the end of this tutorial, but what’s an interface without shiny buttons? Come on, use your imagination. Create new layers for each button’s icon. I have set up (layers): “Play – center,” “Pause – top,” “Stop – bottom,” “Prev – left,” and “Next – right.” On each one, make shapes, fill them with colors, and give them layer styles. Soon, you’ll have a real sleek-looking interface. Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed the tutorial. smile (Oh, and by the way, if you really want it to look good, try thinking out of the box. wink Later kids!)

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