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Creating a stylish and glossy menu
45458 views | added on 30.05.2007
We will create a glossy and stylish looking menu in Photoshop. You can use something like this in your own stylish designs.
Let's begin with this tutorial.
First create a new document with the following settings:
Set the background color to #737373. And hit CTRL + Backspace (Fill with background color).
Press U to select the Shape Tool.
And make sure that the Rounded Rectangle Tool is selected with a corner radius of 15px.
Drag a shape layer about 180 x 200 pixels and name it "base".
Change the color of this shape layer to #d69908.
For each menu row create a rectangle about 180 x 21 pixels with this color code #242424.
And leave 1 pixel vertical space between each row.
Press A from keyboard to select the Direct Selection Tool.
Select 4 anchor points from left in base layer and drag 1 pixel to left.
Repeat this step for right edge of the base layer, but the direction is to the right.
Create a new empty layer (reflection layer) over the base layer.
With this new empty layer selected, hold the CTRL key and left click over base layer thumbnail.
You will see now a selection around the base layer.
Press M to select the Marquee Tool and make sure that the Elliptical Marquee Tool is selected.
Now hold Shift and Alt key together and try to get an intersection area like the following picture.
Next press G to select Gradient Tool.
And set gradient options like the following picture.
And draw a line from the top of base layer as the following picture.
We will now give a drop shadow effect to our base layer.
Duplicate the base layer with CTRL + J key combination.
The new layer (shadow layer) should be under the base layer.
Double click on the shadow layer and set drop shadow options as the following picture.
Add 2 new anchor points in the middle of the shadow layer (left and right).
And drag every 2 anchor points in corners 5 pixels to inside.
And finally create text for the links between base layer and reflection layer.
Set drop shadow blending options for the text layer as the following picture.
Here we go ...
The stylish, glossy menu is ready.