In this tutorial I’ll be teaching you how to make a clean white navigation menu using a couple of layer styles – very generic – great for use in web layouts.
Firstly create a new document, I’m just using 600 by 420 pixels like my other tutorials but you might be adding it to a web design so just whatever :) Fill the background with a dark radial gradient, the colours I have used are #2e2e2e and #1c1c1c.
On a new layer (Layer > New > Layer) make a selection the width of your document and 50 pixels high using the rectangular marquee tool. Select the gradient tool and set your foreground colour to #fafafa and background to #c4c4c4. Fill your selection with a linear gradient from top to bottom.
Apply the following layer styles to the navigation by right clicking it and going blending options.
Now we are going to be adding the text for the navigation. Using the text tool add some text (aligned center).
To give the text some depth, apply this drop shadow by going Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow.
Lastly we’re going to be adding a hover effect to one of the links. So zoom in a bit on one of the links and select the rectangular marquee tool. Make a selection around one of the links like so.
Fill the selection in with a linear gradient from #dadada to #969696.
Apply this stroke by going Layer > Layer Styles > Stroke.
Set this hover layer to 40% and you’re complete! If you’d like to now learn how to code this into html/css then read this tutorial.