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Published on Sun, May-10-2009 by Dainis

Create Beach header


In this photoshop tutorial you will learn few simple techniques to design a nice sunny website header and navigation bar that you can use in your web designs. Soon will start summer, so to transfigure your website more sunny, add your Beach header.

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Step 1

Let’s start out by creating a new file. I used a 1000×300 pixels canvas set at 72dpi, and I filled my background with #FFF2B4 color shade. Now create a new layer then draw a large rectangle with #71B4FF color shade and 1000 x 160 px dimensions.

Step 2

Under Layer Style(Layer > Layer Style) add an Inner Shadow and Gradient Overlay blending options to your large rectangle layer.

Result:

Step 3

In a new layer draw a black rectangle across your canvas between the large blue rectangle design and the background.

Step 4

Under Layer Style(Layer > Layer Style) add a Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow and Gradient Overlay blending options to the black rectangle layer. Then set the layer’s blending mode to Lighten.

Result:

Step 5

Duplicate the black rectangle design layer twice and move them on the sand colored background, modify the layer’s opacity level to 12-20%.

Step 6

Create a new layer, using your Ellipse Tool draw a bunch of random white clouds on the blue header.

Step 7

Now add small blurred clouds on the header design. Do this by making white clouds and apply Gaussian blur through Filter > Blur.

Step 8

In a new layer draw a brown rounded rectangle with #563B1A color shade and 473 x 23 px dimensions.

Step 9

Under Layer Style(Layer > Layer Style) add a Drop Shadow, Inner Glow,Gradient Overlay and Stroke blending options to the brown rounded rectangle layer.

Result:

Step 10

Select the Horizontal Type Tool then set the font family to Arial, regular, 13 pt, none and #FFAD37 color shade. In a new text layer type out your navigation links with spaces on the rounded rectangle design. Use #84D3FF color shade for alternate link color.

Step 11

Now add a search box on the right side of the header.

Step 12

Add a Plant design on the center of the beach header, grab the file here.

Step 13

Select the Horizontal Type Tool then set the font family to Arial, bold, 40 pt, smooth and white color shade. In a new text layer type your website name on the header design. Then rotate the name by a little through Edit > Transform > Rotate.

Step 14

Under Layer Style(Layer > Layer Style) add a Drop Shadow, Outer Glow and Gradient Overlay blending options to your website name text layer.

Result:

Result: Beach Side Header

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