Draw a Stargate Timer in Photoshop

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Right click on the “Active Light” layer and choose “Rasterize.” Then give it the following Outer Glow options.
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Duplicate the buttons and repeat the above steps to create more buttons. When the button is turned off, the outer glow colour is red (#EF0000).
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Step 8 – Middle knob

This is what you will make.
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Select one of the knobs you created earlier and copy it. Paste the knob onto a new layer in a new group. Use the Pen Tool to create a little triangle on the knob. Fill the triangle with the same light gray as the knob.
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Use the following Bevel and Emboss settings to blend the triangle to the knob.
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Create some gridlines to find the centre of the knob. Then use the Pencil Tool with a 7px tip to draw white dots in a semicircle around the knob.
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Create some text (i.e. min, max, Power, External S², p) with the following settings.
  • Font Face: Bell Gothic Bold
  • Size: 32px
  • Colour: white
Type 1, 2, 3, and 4 below the power metres and draw connecting lines to Power and External S². Use gridlines to help keep the lines even. See below for an idea.
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Step 9 – More Text

This is what you will make.
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Duplicate a green and a red button from step 6. For the third button, use white (#FFFFFF) for the outer glow. Create the following new text in green (#6CFF00).
  • ENABLED
  • 1X SPEED
  • DOUBLE SPEED
  • 4X SPEED
Use the following Outer Glow settings with the same green (#6CFF00).
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Use the Pencil Tool (B) with a 2px tip to draw a white (#FFFFFF) line from the button. Hold Shift to create straight lines.
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This is what your image should look like.
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Step 10 – Second display, the frequency scanner

This is what you will make.
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Create a new group and label it “Freq Scanner.” Create a new layer and call it “background.” Make a selection with a width of 475 and a height of 60. Fill it with a linear gradient using the colours #292929 and #040404. Then use the following Bevel and Emboss options.
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Just as we did at the end of step 3, we will create a new layer and label it “shine.” Select the entire background (Ctrl+Click on layer). Use the Pen Teool (P) and draw a path as shown below. Right click on the path and select “Make Selection.” Hold the Shift key and click OK.
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Fill the selection with #FFFFFF and set the opacity of the layer to 10-15%. Then blur (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) at about 7-10px.
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Create a new layer called “Freq numbers.” Set up the gridlines like you did in Step 3 for the numbers in the first display. The last number is about 3px from the edge of the background. Use the Pencil Tool with a 4px tip to draw red (#FF0000) numbers. The inactive colour is #490808. The numbers span about 16px horizontally and 28px vertically. There is a 4px space between each number. Note that a decimal would also take the space of a 16×28 rectangle.
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Then still using a 2px tipped pencil, create the scanner by drawing vertical lines and connecting them at the bottom.
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Use your imagination. This is what my 2nd display looks like.
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Step 11 – Another knob

This is what you will make.
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Duplicate an existing knob from step 4 and use the following Bevel and Emboss settings.
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Then use these Outer Glow settings.
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Use the gridlines to determine the centre of the knob. Create gridlines about 4px above the knob and another one about 10px higher than that. Use the Auto Snap option of the ruler to create this arching shape below.

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