Years ago my brother used to have a really cool filter add-on for Photoshop that would make really nice round buttons like you have on the right from any image you wanted. I think it let you pick the circle and size and made it look glossy and like it was a button or glass depending on the options you chose. I've looked for it for years but can't remember the name and can't find it. Did you use a filter to do those, or some process, or what? In Photoshop? I use Photoshop Elements 10.
I always wished I could make cool-looking stuff like this. I've seen tutorials that tell you how to do it, but it still takes a certain amount of artistic knowledge, as well. A lot of them are also for full-blown Photoshop and don't convert over well for cheaper PSE.
Although I've heard that you can get the COMPLETE suite of Adobe products now for about a $30 a month "rental" fee, so I've thought about doing that.
Hello, I don't use add-on to make buttons, but you can use some scripts to apply some cool layer effects to your shape. You can find some generic button effects scripts on any webdesign siteweb. For my buttons, they are mostly hand painted with some drop shadow.