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How to Make a Pinback Button Mockup

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What You'll Be Creating

Pinback button mockups are a great way to advertise your new products. Create photo-realistic mockups of your design in seconds and share them on social media. With this in-depth tutorial, you'll learn how to create smart objects, apply layer styles, and add textures.

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What You'll Learn in This Button Pin Design Tutorial

  • How to create a smart object
  • How to apply layer styles in Photoshop
  • How to apply shine and texture to a button mockup

What You Will Need

1. How to Create a Smart Object

Step 1

Open the jean pocket image in Photoshop. Use the Crop Tool (C) and adjust the image so that it's square.

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Step 2

Use the Ellipse Tool (U) and make a circle that's 1191 px wide. Name this layer 'Lemon' in the Layers panel and change the color to #6db6e4.

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Step 3

Right-Click the Lemon layer and select Convert to Smart Object. Double-Click inside the Lemon thumbnail in the Layers panel. A new window should appear showing only the circle you just created. Open the lemon vector file in Adobe Illustrator. Copy (Command-C) and paste (Command-V) the lemon icon from Illustrator into the Photoshop smart object. Save (Command-S) the file so it updates in our main file.

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2. How to Apply Layer Styles in Photoshop

Step 1

Go back to our main file. Select the 'Lemon' layer and drag it to the folder icon (highlighted in red below) in the Layers panel to place it in a group. Name the layer 'Lemon Button.'

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Step 2

Double-Click the Lemon Button layer and add several layer styles, starting with Bevel & Emboss:

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Technique: Chisel Soft
  • Depth: 1000%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size: 68 px
  • Soften: 16 px
  • Angle: -111
  • Altitude: 37°
  • Gloss Contour: Linear
  • Highlight Mode: Vivid Light - #ffffff - Opacity 83%
  • Shadow Mode: Multiply - #000000 - Opacity 0%
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Step 3

Add a Contour layer style:

  • Contour: Cone
  • Range: 45%
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Step 4

Add an Inner Shadow layer style:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply - #000000
  • Opacity: 69%
  • Angle: -111°
  • Distance: 14px
  • Choke: 0%
  • Size: 196px
  • Contour: Cone
  • Noise 7%
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Step 5

Add an Inner Glow layer style:

  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Opacity: 34%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #000000
  • Technique: Softer
  • Source: Center
  • Choke: 0
  • Size: 250px
  • Contour: Gaussian
  • Range: 50%
  • Jitter: 0%
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Step 6

Add a Satin layer style:

  • Blend Mode: Color Burn - #5e5e5e
  • Opacity: 67%
  • Angle: -14°
  • Distance: 246px
  • Size: 250px
  • Contour: Half Round
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Step 7

Add a Gradient Overlay layer style:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Gradient: #d7d7d7 - #ffffff
  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 90°
  • Scale: 100%
  • Method: Perceptual
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Step 8

Add a Drop Shadow layer style:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply - #000000
  • Opacity: 61%
  • Angle: 90°
  • Distance: 42px
  • Spread: 22%
  • Size: 51px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Noise: 0%
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Step 9

Add a second Drop Shadow layer style:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply - #000000
  • Opacity: 60%
  • Angle: 90°
  • Distance: 89px
  • Spread: 27%
  • Size: 73px
  • Contour: Rounded Steps
  • Noise: 0%
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3. How to Apply Shine and Texture to a Button Mockup

Step 1

Create a new layer above the Lemon Button group and name it 'Shine' in the Layers panel.

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Step 2

Grab the Pen Tool (P) and make a curved path that looks similar to the image below.

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Step 3

Right-Click the path and select Make Selection. Change the Feather Radius to 0 pixels and the Operation to New Selection. Select OK.

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Step 4

Fill the active selection with #ffffff using the Paint Bucket Tool (G).

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Step 5

Select the Shine layer and change the Blending Mode to Overlay.

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Step 6

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and change the Radius to 3.5 pixels.

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Step 7

Open the texture file in Photoshop. Drag and drop it into our main file. Resize the image to 50%.

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Step 8

Make a selection from the Lemon layer by pressing Command and the Lemon thumbnail. You should now have an active selection. Create a vector mask (highlighted in red).

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Step 9

Change the Blending Mode of the Texture layer to Soft Light and the Opacity to 94%.

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Step 10

Select the Texture, Shine and Lemon Button layers and place them in a group. Name this folder 'Button #1'.

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Step 11

Duplicate (Command-J) the Button #1 group twice. Name them Button #2 and Button #3. Select the Lemon layer from the Button #2 group and Right-Click > New Smart Object via Copy. Change the name of this layer to 'Heart.'

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Step 12

Double-Click the Heart smart object thumbnail. Open the heart emoji icons in Illustrator and copy (Command-C) and paste (Command-V) it into the smart object. Create a circle using the Ellipse Tool (U). Select the Type Tool (T) and type "You Are Enough" using the Malto font, 307 pt, and #fffefe.

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Step 13

Double-Click the button background and apply a Gradient Overlay:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Gradient: #7776ff - #ae2cf1
  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 90°
  • Scale: 100%
  • Method: Perceptual
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Step 14

Save (Command-S) the smart object. Button #2 should have updated to the new design. Select the Lemon layer from the Button #3 group and Right-Click > New Smart Object via Copy. Change the name of this layer to 'Dog.' Double-Click the Dog smart object thumbnail. Open the dog icons in Illustrator and copy (Command-C) and paste (Command-V) it into the smart object.

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Step 15

Change the button background color to #83e46d.

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All Done!

Thank you for following my pin PSD mockup tutorial. You learned several Photoshop skills like how to create smart objects, apply layer styles, and add textures and highlights. Use these same techniques to create your own badge mockups.

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When you need to share your ideas, show off your work or get a project across the finish line, you should be able to do it in style. That's where this pin mockup template comes in handy.

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Designing mockups is not a simple task. It requires a lot of time, creativity, and a set of resources. At Envato Tuts+, we provide you with all the necessary resources to design your own mockups. You can find well-written tutorials to help you on your design journey.

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