Personal Web Site Header

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a header design perfect for personal web sites.

Create a new file (File>New) that would have 770×150 px and 72 dpi. Applying the here shown instrument Paint Bucket Tool, it’s possible to paint in 2D2D2D.

Personal Web Site Header

Create a new layer of 4×4 px and 72 dpi and select the Pencil Tool (B) to create the texture shown below for the Pattern.

Personal Web Site Header

Save it!

Personal Web Site Header

Create a new layer again and choose this time the Rectangle Tool (U) to represent the background reserved for the background of the menu, situated on the site’s header. It should have the black color.

Personal Web Site Header

The layer’s parameters:
Blending Options>Pattern Overlay

Personal Web Site Header
Personal Web Site Header

Now we should represent the primary layer of the site’s header, applying the Rounded Rectangle Tool (U) and then press the Alt button to cut out the lowest part, selecting the Rectangle Tool (U) also.

Personal Web Site Header
Personal Web Site Header

The layer’s parameters:
Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Personal Web Site Header

Gradient’s parameters:

Personal Web Site Header
Personal Web Site Header

Using the same Rounded Rectangle Tool (U) with the same adjustments, demonstrated earlier, represent a flare along the upper part of the menu’s panel.

Personal Web Site Header

The layer’s parameters:
Fill 0% on the layers.
Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Personal Web Site Header

Gradient’s parameters:

Personal Web Site Header
Personal Web Site Header

Create a new layer and choose the Pencil Tool (B) to represent a vertical, double, dividing line on the menu’s panel. (The first color is #2D2D2D and the second - #FFFFFF)

Personal Web Site Header

Apply the here shown parameters for this layer:
Blending Mode-Overlay

Personal Web Site Header
Personal Web Site Header

Make three copy of the new made layer and select the Free Transform option to place the copies the way it is indicated below:

Personal Web Site Header

Create a new layer. Select again the Pencil Tool (B) to draw an indicator of white color situated on the left side of the menu’s panel.

Personal Web Site Header
Personal Web Site Header

Make four copies of the new made layer and choose the Free Transform option to place the copies the same way you may see below:

Personal Web Site Header

Insert now the titles for the menu’s buttons, keeping the demands introduced in the table from here:

Personal Web Site Header
Personal Web Site Header

Choose the instrument Rounded Rectangle Tool (U) to create a layer above the right side of the menu’s panel, designed for the auxiliary buttons colored with #333333

Personal Web Site Header
Personal Web Site Header

The layer’s parameters:
Blending Options>Stroke

Personal Web Site Header
Personal Web Site Header

Insert the titles for the supplementary buttons.

Personal Web Site Header
Personal Web Site Header

The layer’s parameters:
Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Personal Web Site Header

Gradient’s parameters:

Personal Web Site Header
Personal Web Site Header

The final result!

View full size here.