A couple of days ago we had a forum entry on how to create badges, like those used on Bartelme Design to indicate new entries. So here is a short description of how to create them using Adobe Photoshop.
The best choice to create a badge like form is to use one of Photoshop’s basic shape tools. Activating the “Polygon Tool” in the tool palette (1) and define the number of sides of the polygon in the properties pane at the top of the screen (2). In our case a number between 26 and 30 will be ideal. If you now draw a polygon, you will just get a circle like shape — so we have to define further settings.
Click the arrow button (3) next to the input field, in which we have just defined the number of sides, in order to reveal a drop down menu holding further polygon related options. Activate the checkbox “Star” (4) and define some indent (5).
If you now draw a polygon the result should look similar to the one displayed in the screenshot below. After applying some gradient, a border and a drop shadow, our badge is finished. That’s it. Hope you enjoy. If you are intersted in how to turn your basic shape into a glossy, three dimensional badge, check out the second part of this tutorial.