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Professional Top Nav Bar

AggroPixel Web Layout Mar 19, 2007

This photoshop drawing tutorial does not need to be followed exactly. The idea here is to create a re-useable top navigation in photoshop for your website or your clients website.

Lets get started!

Step 1. Drawing The Shape

Open a new document with the dimensions of 700x60 pixels. Now using the Rounded Rectangle Tool  and set the radius to 6px.

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Now draw a rectangle very close to the size below.

Note: Be sure not to draw it too large because we need to leave space for a drop shadow.

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Step 2. Layer Styles

We are ready to apply the styles. Make sure the new layer that was created is selected and then navigate to Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options.

Drop Shadow: Apply these settings

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Inner Shadow: Apply these settings

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Gradient Overlay : Apply these settings

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Stroke: Apply these settings

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Click OK to apply the new settings. You should get this.

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Step 3. The Dividers

To draw the dividers, first create a new layer and rename it to "divider" and draw a vertical divider with a 1px wide black vertical line on the left and a 1px wide white vertical line on the right, all on the same layer. The height will extend on the inside of the nav bar. Similar to this.

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Next, drag the vertical divider to the left part of the the nav bar. like this.

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We need 6 more of these to create our button dividers. To do this make sure the "divider" layer is selected and the move tool is selected. Hold down the ctrl+alt+shift keys together and drag a new copy of the "divider" to the right.

Note: Just eye-ball the positions for now, we will distribute them perfectly later.

Do this for a total of 6 times. This will leave you with 7 total divider layers.

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For the most right divider align it to the right of the nav bar. Like this.

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Link all 7 of the "divider" layers together.

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Select the move tool and then at click on the "Distribute Horizontal Center" button. This align your dividers up perfectly.

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Now, delete the outer most divider layers. We were just using them for even distribution. You should get this.

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With the divider layer selected change the blending mode to "Soft Light".

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You should get this. Ready for text and rollovers.

Professional Top Nav Bar
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Step 4. Finally Touches

For mine I have added text and added a subtle Drop Shadow style to it. Then I added a small pixel arrow for a rollover and a page indicator. That's it! Be creative and try different color variations and different styles. You can download .psd source here.

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