Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Clean Navigation Bar

In this tutorial you'll learn how to create a clean navigation bar.

  1. Open up a new document 800x150 pixels.
  2. Create a new layer by pressing Shift+Ctrl+N or by going to Layer > New > Layer.
  3. Set your background color to black (#000000) and your foreground color to #424242.
  4. Select the Rounded Rectangle Tool and set the radius to 5 px. Draw a shape like this:
  5. Right-click on the shape and click on Make Selection. Set the feather radius to 0 px and press OK.
  6. Select the Gradient Tool and fill the selection with a gradient from top to bottom. Deselect.
  7. Double-click on the layer to bring up the blending option and use these settings:
  8. You are basically done, now just add some text. I used Verdana 12 pt and the color #c9c9c9. Final result:


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