{Tutorial} Forum Ranks


29 June 2015


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[font='Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]How to make Forum Rank bars.[/font]
Photoshop Trial[/font]
[font='Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]Let us begin![/font]

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[font='Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]However for this tutorial I will actually be making a larger forum rank.[/font]
[font='Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]For myself, I have decided that I will use the size : 169 x 49 as this will better suit my requirements for the development of ranks for a friend of mine. Once you have decided what size you want, it’s time to begin! Fire up Photoshop and create a new file with your desired canvas size:[/font]

[font='Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]Hit ok to begin.[/font]
[font='Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]The basic foundations[/font]

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[font='Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]The short-cuts for these are:[/font]
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[font='Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]Draw out your rectangle as follows:[/font]

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[font='Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]The box effects[/font]
[font='Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]Next, we want to add effects to the box to make it more prominent than it currently is. At the moment, it seems to be a bit boring and wont attract the attention of users! So, to do this, we’re going to add a nice border effect and make the box a little bit glossy. (oooh, shiny!)[/font]
[font='Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]Here are the effects that I used myself:[/font]

[font='Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]With the same effects as above, your box should start to look something like this:[/font]

[font='Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]There! Now that’s looking better, isn’t it!?[/font]
[font='Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]Next, we’re going to take a soft white brush and add a highlight at the top of the box.[/font]
[font='Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]Click “B” to select the Brush Tool, and then right click on the canvas to get the brush options. Make sure your hardness is set to 0%.[/font]

[font='Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]The size you use is totally up to you.[/font]

[font='Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]Your box should look like this:[/font]

[font='Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]Next, we need to start to add text. I like to keep this simple with font such as “Calibri” or “Arial”. I used Calibri for this tutorial.[/font]

[font='Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]Add subtext if you so desire.[/font]


[font='Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]Changing the colour is simple, just go back to your rectangle, and double click the icon:[/font]

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[font='Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif]I hope that this tutorial helped you! Feel free to change the settings a bit, and you can make some great examples.[/font]

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[font='Droid Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Want to see more? Let me know what tutorial you'd like to see.[/font]

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