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Making a navigation menu in Photoshop

Making a navigation menu in Photoshop

1. Creating the main navigation bar.

Ok, let us get started. Create a new image using the dimension 800 x 600. Set the background color to white. You can change the background depending on you web site color. Create a new layer, Layer > New > Layer… (Shift+Ctrl+N). Using the Rounded Rectangle Tool create a rectangle using the dimensions below. Change the foreground color to #525253.

Making a navigation menu in Photoshop

With that, you should have the effect below.

Making a navigation menu in Photoshop

2. Using the pen tool to create the rectangle shape.

Click on the Pen Tool using the options below.

Making a navigation menu in Photoshop

Create the Anchor point as shown in the image below.

Making a navigation menu in Photoshop

Complete the selection, Using the Pen Tool Right click on the selection as shown below and click Make Selection. The Make Selection rendering should be set at Feather Radius: 0 With you path converted to a selection press the delete key. The outcome is shown below.

Making a navigation menu in Photoshop

3. Applying the gradient and blending option.

Click on the Gradient Tool using this settings below.

Making a navigation menu in Photoshop

Apply the gradient to the rectangle from top to bottom, make sure the rectangle is selected before applying the gradient. This will give you the effect below.

Making a navigation menu in Photoshop

Right click on the rectangle layer and click Blending Options. Now add the Blending Optionssetting below.

Making a navigation menu in Photoshop

Click ok to apply the settings.

4. Creating the Tab buttons.

Create a new layer, Layer > New > Layer… (Shift+Ctrl+N). Using the Rounded Rectangle Tool create a rectangle using the dimensions below. Change the foreground color to #9ad346

Making a navigation menu in Photoshop

With that, you should have the effect below.

This layer should be under the main layer with the navigation bar. Just position it to get the effect below.

Tutorial by Pixel Digest

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