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A designer has created (for money) a set of button icons (Facebook, Settings, ...) for me, where all buttons have the same rounded rectangle outline:

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Now I need to add few more buttons, for example with a train picture - but the designer doesn't answer my mails since weeks (longer vacation? busy?)

So I am trying to do it myself, but being a programmer I know Photoshop even less than Gimp.

How could I add the train picture to the existing buttons?

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I've created a new layer and pasted the train there, but have 2 problems:

  1. How to scale down the train, so that it fits into the rectangular outline? Yes I can scale the train image in Gimp, but I'd prefer to do it "live" while editing the button icons file in the Photoshop - so that I could move and scale the train pictue until it looks well. But I don't see a "scale layer" command in Photoshop's menu?

  2. I have problems with the outline, it is covered by the train's grey background. Or vice versa - if I move the train layer underneath it:

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Any help please? Here is my psd file available for download.

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To scale and move hit ctrl+T or "Free Transform" in the context menu. In free transform mode, hold shift when dragging to keep it proportunate.

The grey background is a little tougher and there are a few methods. The easiest is to set the train layer as "multiply" (found at top of layers panel) this treats White as transparent, so it won't work perfectly on a light grey background, but will get you close. You can combine it with the Select>Color Range tool, (select the grey). this will give you the selection of just grey. Once selected, go to Layer>Layer Mask>Hide Selection to hide the grey.

Of course, if you had the train image as a transparent .png, you wouldn't have to worry about any of that.

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Thank you! I've found another train image with transparent background and the ctrl+T trick has helped me too. –  Alexander Farber Apr 22 '13 at 20:07
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