Smooth, Simple Glossy Navigation Bar


In this very easy Photoshop tutorial we’ll be learning how to design a nice, sleek navigation bar that you can use on your website design. This is a beginner tutorial, so if you’re an intermediate or professional Photoshop user, I’m not sure you’ll be learning from this 😉

1. Create a New Document

First, start by making a new document in which you can make this sleek navigation bar! (I used a regular template size of (800×1000, but you might want to use a much smaller size for this tutorial.)

2. Create the Bar

Start by creating a new layer. Now make a selection inside of your document, fill your selection with #52A1C4.

Now please apply the following Gradient Overlay in the blending options/layer styles:

3. Add a Glossy Shine

Create a new layer and select the main bar layer (CTRL + Click layer thumbnail) now contract the selection down 1 pixel by going to Select > Modify > Contract in the menu.

After contracting the selection, find and get out the Gradient Tool () and set the gradient to Foreground to Transparent gradient

From the top of the selection make a gradient into the middle area like so:

Now a much smaller gradient at the bottom:

Change the layer mode for your gradient layer to Overlay, and lower the opacity if necesary.

4. Adding some Text

For the text I used: Tahoma, 11 pt, Bold, White with a 100% Drop Shadow as shown in the below image:

My finished product:

Thanks very much for reading everyone! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, even if only a little bit.

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  • James

    Very cool, love the colours! :)

  • Madhouse

    love that navbar, will be using that tut very soon :)

  • RuxA

    thx , nice tut greetz form germany ^^

  • cocabottle

    nice tutoriAL gonna try it soon :)

    @ruxa Greetz from Holland

  • Alberto Marlboro

    Thanks for sharing.

    from Brazil !


    not bad….looks really cool….good work dude!

  • Watera

    The bar looks stylish, however I would recommend a darker color for it, as the contrast between bar and text is not excellent.

  • Fayyaz Ahmed

    Its really very good tutorial and it was very helpful for me to make good effects.

  • Dan

    Looks good, but when I tried to follow it it failed at step 3 as Modify was greyed out :-( Any ideas why that is?

  • Dan

    Just figured out what i was doing wrong. I wasn’t using an overall background larger than the layers we were working on. did it again with a larger background and it’s now working fine!!

  • tima

    Wow , good stuf

  • one

    simple & gooooooood. thx :)

  • Moonflower

    Very detailed. thanx. :)

  • Anna

    Marvelous!! Very helpful!! 😀

  • Melissa

    Thanks for the tut! I used a dark color and it turned out great!

  • Jeff Swanson

    Awesome, simple tutorial. Finally, someone showing a photshop/web graphics tutorial where the finished product actually looks like something I want to put on my site. Keep up the good work.

  • Flowers

    Thank you !

  • NG

    couldn’t finish step 3, might be a better tut if you showed your layers