I just finished a new post at the Integrated Learning Services blog about how to use your own custom buttons in Captivate. This had me thinking -- what is the best way to make buttons? My strengths are in web coding and not graphic design but I enjoy tinkering with graphics design and I am trying to learn more.
I used to do this in Paint Shop Pro. PSP has some great built in button shapes that I can use. Some of these buttons are quite elaborate and would take a lot of time for me to create on my own. In addition to the built-in shapes, I've mastered using the bevel technique to create my own buttons. This works fairly well but I'm limited in what I can do easily. For example, I don't have a technique for creating buttons with a glassy look.
Recently I've started using Adobe Illustrator. Because it does so well with vector graphics I thought this may be a better tool to use. However, I haven't found any pre-built buttons to work with (maybe I'm missing something) and the bevel tool is much different than PSP. I have not mastered this yet and all the tutorials I've seen on the bevel tool are for doing 3D graphics, not buttons.
After my experience with AI, I'm thinking of going back to PSP for my button needs. However, I'm wondering if I should explore Adobe Photoshop's capabilities for buttons next.
What's your go-to-tool for creating buttons?