How to Design a Police Badge at Home

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How to Design a Police Badge at Home
Designing your own police badges at home is easy with Photoshop. (Internet security badge silver image by patrimonio designs from

Designing your own police badges can be fun. You can use them for family games, costumes or theatrical productions. Designing a cool police badge is made easy by using Photoshop. You can build up your badge design using layers. This allows you to add colour gradient, shading, patterns and more. Whether you find inspiration from an existing badge or create a completely original design, by following a few simple steps you can design your own police badges at home in no time at all.

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Things you need

  • Photoshop or other image manipulation software

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  1. 1

    Find inspiration for your police badge by browsing the Internet or looking through police books from your local library.

  2. 2

    Run Photoshop or another image manipulation software such as or Google Picasa or GIMP. Double click on the desktop icon to launch the software.

  3. 3

    Click "File" then "New" to create a blank document.

  4. 4

    Resize the new document by typing 700 in the width box and 700 in the height box before clicking "OK" to open the document.

  5. 5

    Create a new layer by clicking "Layer" then "New Layer" and rename it "Body" by simply clicking on the layer and typing.

  6. 6

    Click on the "Pen Tool" from the left hand panel, and draw an outline for your badge. Use the resource material you have found as an example.

  7. 7

    Click "Layer" then "Duplicate Layer" to copy your "Body" Layer. Call the new layer "Body1."

  8. 8

    Edit the layer properties by selecting "Body1" and clicking "Properties." Adjust the gradient and blend mode however you desire using any colour that you want.

  9. 9

    Build up your design by duplicating the original layer again, renaming it "Body2" and adjusting the properties slightly differently. Apply your chosen style to the new layer, then change the opacity to 60 per cent. Now the new layer should blend with "Body1," resulting in a more stylish finish.

  10. 10

    Continue to build up your design by creating new layers, renaming them and adjusting the properties. For each layer you create, reduce the opacity lower than the one before. Experiment with the "Inner Shadow" and "Inner Glow" properties for some interesting effects. Try adding a pattern to the badge by adjusting the "Pattern Overlay" option.

  11. 11

    Use the "Custom Shapes" tool to add detail to your design. Try adding circles and stars and layering them in the same way you did with the body. Experiment with different shapes until you are happy with your design.

  12. 12

    Use the "Text" tool to add text to your design. Draw the text box where you want the text to appear, adjusting the font and font size in the drop-down menu before clicking "Apply" to place the text on your design.

  13. 13

    Save your design by clicking "File" then "Save."

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