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Creating a Navigation Bar Using Photoshop

Navigation Bar using Photoshop

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No doubt about the fact that Photoshop is the Superman or source of the last rescue! Let us see how we can create a navigation bar using photoshop. The version in use is Photoshop CS6, but the older versions can also be used.

Following are the steps for creating a navigation bar using photoshop:

Step 1 to create a navigation bar using photoshop:1

Press Ctrl+N/Cmd+N to create a new document. Set resolution as 72 pixels/inch and dimensions as 4000 x 1200 pixels. Bigger the dimension, greater the flexibility. By pressing Ctrl+alt+I/Cd+Opt+I, one can reduce the size of the image, anytime.

Step 2 to create a navigation bar using photoshop:2

Choose #363636 as the foreground colour. From the tool panel, select Rounded Rectangle Tool or simply press shift+U repeatedly until it appears. Having Rounded Rectangle Tool selected the option channel shall change. Change the mode to Shape from options panel. The fill colour shall also change to #363636. Stroke must be changed to no fill which adds borders to the rectangle that will be drawn. Set the radius to 50 pixels.

Draw the rectangle like illustrated in the image below.

Step 3 to create a navigation bar using photoshop:5

Add the Layer Styles by pressing on add layer styles present at the bottom of the layer panel. Click on “Gradient Overlay”. To open a closed layer panel, press Windows followed by Layers or F7.

Without pressing on “ok”, change the setting as illustrated below.

Without pressing on “ok”, click on the inner shadow and apply the setting as illustrated below.

Click on “Outer Glow” and change the setting as illustrated below and press “ok”.

The image shall look like the one shown below.

Step 4 to create a navigation bar using photoshop:9

There is a need to create a new rounded rectangle shape. Firstly change the foreground colour by pressing #464646. Press shift+U repeatedly or select rounded rectangle tool out of tool panel and draw as illustrated below.

Step 5 to create a navigation bar using photoshop:11

Add some layer styles to the layer created previously from the bottom of the layer panel and press on the inner shadow.  Colour shall be #000000 and change the settings as illustrated below and do not press “ok”.

Press on Satin but on not “ok”.

Press on Gradient Overlay and then on “ok”.

The image shall look like the one below.14

Step 6 to create a navigation bar using photoshop:

Duplicate “rounded rectangle 2” layer by pressing the following; layerduplicate layer or Ctrl+J/Cmd+J. Enable Free Transform by following the series of options: EditFree Transform or simply press Ctrl+T or Cmd+T.

“Round rectangle 2” layer to be duplicated and position to be adjusted.

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Step 7 to create a navigation bar using photoshop:

Create “currently active navigation bar”. Duplicate the “rectangle 2” layer and activate Free Transform Tool or press Ctrl+T/Cmd+T and adjust the position.

Readjustment is required for layer styles found at the bottom, from the layer panel and clicks on Gradient Overlay. Do remove the “satin and “inner shadow”. Do not press “ok”.

Gradient Overlay’s setting has to be changed as illustrated below.

The image shall look like the one shown below.20

Step 8 to create a navigation bar using photoshop:

Press shift+T repeatedly or choose text tool from the left panel. Write “Form” or whatever you want to name it as. The font used here is Segoe UI. The size and position shall be fixed later.

To activate free transform tool, press ctrl+T/Cmd+T. To adjust the text size, do adjust the corner handles.22

Step 9 to create a navigation bar using photoshop:

Fill rest of the boxes.

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Step 10 to create a navigation bar using photoshop:

Enable “Background” layer by click on it. From the tool panel, select Gradient tool or press Shift+G repeatedly until it appears. Foreground colour to be changed to #00ff00 and #000000 as the background colour. Let mode be radial gradient which can be changed from options panel and foreground to background as the type.

To create a new gradient, drag and drop the mouse pointer on it.

This will make the image look like the one shown below.26

Step 11 to create a navigation bar using photoshop:

To reduce the whites of the image, open the level adjustment panel by following: ImageAdjustmentLevels and press “ok”.

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The image shall look like the one shown below. To reset the size, press the following: ImageImage Size or Ctr+Alt+I/Cmd+Opt+I.

Voila! The Navigation bar is ready to navigate! With the simple steps illustrated above, one can easily create navigation bar using Photoshop.

 

Written by Mayank Tripathi

An Engineer and a footballer, I have been into writing for last 4 years. Starting four years back I didn't realise that writing would be something which will acquire such a great portion of my day, however today it has become an irreplaceable part of my life. I love writing in various genres and it is the zeal of learning something new with each article I write that keeps me motivated to produce new and exciting content for readers to pursue.

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