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Designing Orange Buttons Horizontal Web Navigation Photoshop Tutorial

Today we are going to learn How to Designing Orange Buttons Horizontal Web Navigation bar in Photoshop CS5 with the help or Marquee Selection Tools, Brushes and Texts. Se lets begin.


First of all create a new Photoshop Project for 1280×1024 pixels resolution. Fill the background color with Black color.

Now create a new layer, select the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and make  horizontal shape filled with #FC3826 color as showing below.


Again select the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and make another selection shape over the horizontal bar as showing in next screenshot.


Next Right Click on its layer, click Blending Options and select Gradient Overlay and set the color properties similar like following screenshot.


After you have done with the above shape button over horizontal bar, duplicate the layer 4 times more and place it over horizontal bar.


To add some effects and have more attractive look for horizontal menu buttons, select a blur Brush Tool (B) with 200 px diameter and apply  it over Menu buttons as showing in screenshot.


For Active or Home Button, select Text Type Tool (T) and type Home text in dark color.


Finally for other buttons, select Text Type Tool (T) and type buttons text for other menu buttons.



I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and learned creating Buttons and Navigation Menus for your templates in a different way. We will appreciate if you add your comments for improve our quality in future tutorials.

PHP: Basics Of Working With MySQL

In this tutorial I will be teaching you how to work with MySQL when programming in PHP. MySQL is something that every good PHP programmer has to know and this guide aims at teaching you all the basic functions for working with MySQL databases and maybe a few other little tips.

$server = ‘localhost’; // Usually you can leave it as localhost.
$user = ‘username’; // MySQL User
$pass = ‘password’; // MySQL Pass
$dbname = ‘database.name’; // Database Name

This will be used by our next 2 functions which will connect to the MYSQL server and then connect to the correct database.

$server = ‘localhost’; // Usually you can leave it as localhost.
$user = ‘username’; // MySQL User
$pass = ‘password’; // MySQL Pass
$dbname = ‘database.name’; // Database Name
mysql_connect(“$server”, “$user”, “$pass”) or die(mysql_error()); // Connect to MySQL server or display error.
echo “Connected to MySQL server.<br />”;
mysql_select_db(“$dbname”) or die(mysql_error()); // Connect to our database.
echo “Connected to database.”;

Now that you can connect to your database its time for us to create a table (tables store data in a MySQL database). You run MySQL queries by using the function mysql_query(). In the next example we are going to learn how to create a table.

mysql_query(“CREATE TABLE users(
username VARCHAR(28),
password VARCHAR(40)”)
or die(mysql_error());

Theabove code will create a table called “users” in your selected database with the columns “username”, “password”, and an automatically updating ”id” number. The reason why we made the “password” column 40 characters long is because as SHA1 hash (encrypted password) is exactly 40 characters long.

For our next step we will be adding 2 users to the table. Adding data to your tables is also accomplished through the mysql_query() function however your query would be an INSERT one instead of CREATE. Below is an example of me adding our two users to our table.

REMEMBER: Never store an unencrypted password in your databases. (At least sha1() them first.)

mysql_query(“INSERT INTO users
(username, password) VALUES(‘mysql_real_escape_string($username)’, ‘sha1($password)’ ) “)
or die(mysql_error());

The above code will securely add a user to your table while encrypting the password and also guarding against MySQL injection at the same time. Always remember to use mysql_real_escape_string()  when your handling a variable a user controls to block hackers from performing a MySQL injection. Now last but not least I will show you how to retrieve data from your table. The following code will show you how to retrieve all data in a certain table.

$result = mysql_query(“SELECT * FROM users”)
or die(mysql_error());
$row = mysql_fetch_array($result);
echo “<br>Username: “.$row[‘username’].”<br>Password Hash: “.$row[‘password’];

Thats it for now! I hope this guide helped show you all how to work with MySQL databases and tables when working with php.

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