Stylish web navigation template

Stylish web navigation template
Stylish web navigation template

This tutorial will teach you how to create a beautiful dark menu that actually looks different from the usual normal web 2.0 styles displayed across the web while keeping a minimalistic, clean feel.

Begin by representing a new file of 800×600 px and 72 dpi. Select then the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill the new file with black color.

Stylish web navigation template

Next we shall choose the Rounded Rectangle Tool (U) with a radius of 20 px to draw the menu’s panel and then press Alt button while using again the same tool, but this time with a radius of 10 px to cut out 4 openings the same way demonstrated next picture:

Stylish web navigation template

Select the next parameters by making a mouse click on the processed layer on the layers’ panel. The layer’s parameters: Fill 0%
Blending Options>Inner Glow

Stylish web navigation template

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Stylish web navigation template

Gradient’s parameters:

Stylish web navigation template

Blending Options>Stroke

Stylish web navigation template

 

Stylish web navigation template

Using the earlier applied Rounded Rectangle Tool (U) (radius of 10 px), it’s possible to represent the indicator of switching on menu’s button. The layer’s color is #EB2127

Stylish web navigation template

Make three copies of the indicator’s layer, changing the color of the copied layers on #58595B.
Select Free Transform option to place the copies the same way shown below:

Stylish web navigation template

Using the Rounded Rectangle Tool (G) (radius of 15 px), try to draw a highlight on the indicator representing the switching on button.

Stylish web navigation template

The layer’s parameters: Fill 0%
Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Stylish web navigation template

Gradient’s parameters:

Stylish web navigation template

 

Stylish web navigation template

Make again three copies, but this time of the highlight’s layer and select after that the Free Transform option to place the copies the same way indicated next picture:

Stylish web navigation template

Using the Line Tool (U), try to divide the menu’s buttons by creating three vertical lines, colored with #414142

Stylish web navigation template

 

Stylish web navigation template

Insert the titles for the menu’s buttons, keeping the demands shown below:

Stylish web navigation template

About us

Stylish web navigation template

the titles for the rest of the buttons:

Stylish web navigation template

Getting a better result is possible if combine in a group all the layers composing the panel with the menu’s buttons (press Ctrl button to mark out the corresponding layers and then hold on the left mouse’s button to take down the marked layers on Create a new group selection). Make a copy of the recently made group and put it together in a single layer (press CTRL+E). The copy may be turned over, applying the Free Transform solution. Place the copy as it is demonstrated next picture:

Stylish web navigation template

Make a mouse click on the same layer on the bottom part of the layers’ panel on Add a Mask option. Select then the Gradient Tool (G) to represent a half-transparent reflection the way it is shown below:

Stylish web navigation template

Finished!

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