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Photo Pin-On Buttons

When I turned the page and saw this effect (used in a full-page ad for CMT's [Country Music Television] Flameworthy 2003 Video Awards), I just had to figure it out. It does a great job of looking like those pin-on election campaign buttons, but the way they added the photos in a cutout on the button is what really sold me. It takes a few steps, but once you've created one, you can use it as a template so the rest are easy!

Quick Tip: Jumping right to the tool you want

Most of Photoshop's tools have a one-letter shortcut you can press to switch to that tool. You don't really have to memorize them, because most of the shortcuts are the first letter of the tool. For example, the letter “L” switches you to the Lasso tool, “p” is for the Pen tool, “e” is for Eraser, “t” for the Type tool, “g” for Gradient, “h” for the Hand tool, “b” for the Brush tool, and “i” for Eyedropper (i for Eyedropper? Hmmmm), etc.

If the tool has two words in its name, the shortcut is often the first letter of the second word, like “w” for Magic Wand, “s” for Clone Stamp, and “m” for the Rectangular Marquee tool. There are a few that make you think, like “v” for the Move tool (“m” was already taken) and “k” for the Slice tool (think knife). And some just don't add up, like “a” for the Path Selection and Direct Selection tools and “y” for the History Brush.

You can usually rotate among tools that have other tools nested behind them by adding the Shift key in front of their letter (e.g., Shift-M to rotate Marquee tools).



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