How to create clean white navigation bar

Simplicity is the key to beautiful web layouts. Learn how to draw a beautiful navigation bar in Photoshop.

photoshop navigation bar design

Step 1:

To start off with, create a new document, for the purpose of this tutorial I have chosen 500 by 200 pixels. Fill the background with a radial gradient from a medium-dark grey to a darker grey.

You can do this by selecting the gradient tool from the tool box and setting it to radial. Set your foreground colour to #45443f and your background colour to #31302c. Left click in the middle of the document, drag to the right and release.

photoshop menu bar design background

Step 2:

Create a new layer (Layer > New > Layer) and select the rectangular marquee tool. Make a fixed size selection of 440 by 50 pixels in the middle of your document.

photoshop menu bar design rectangular marquee

Step 3:

Fill the selection with a linear gradient from #f4f4f4 at the top to #d9d9d9 at the bottom.

photoshop menu bar design linear gradient

Step 4:

We are now going to be applying a couple of layer styles to this layer.

Layer -> Layer Styles -> Drop Shadow

photoshop menu bar drop shadow

Layer -> Layer Styles -> Outer Glow

photoshop menu bar outer glow


photoshop menu background shadow

Step 5:

Now using the text tool add in some text links. The font settings I've used are Verdana, Regular, 13 pt, Sharp, #686868 (and #ac0000 for a hover effect).

photoshop menu letter styles

Step 6:

Lastly, we are going to be adding some dividers between the links. Firstly, create a new layer and select the rectangular marquee tool again. Make a selection of 1 by 50 pixels between the first two links. Fill (Edit > Fill) the selection with the colour #b4b4b4.

photoshop menu button deviders

Step 7:

Now move the selection across to the right by one pixel (left arrow key on your keyboard). Fill this selection with the colour #d9d9d9.

photoshop menu button deviders

Step 8:

Duplicate this layer and move the duplicate layer along to the right so it is between the next two links (hold down the shift key while moving the divider to the right to keep it in-line.

Repeat this process for the rest of the links and you are finished. I've also lowered the opacity of the layers by 50% so they don't stand out so much - but that's up to you ;)

photoshop menu bar design final

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