Clean Business Website Header

Introduction

Welcome to the tutorial. I’ll be showing you how to make a simple but very stylish website header design.
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First start by making a new document for the header, I used a document size of 800 x 222 pixels.
With the Rectangular Marquee Tool make a selection at the top of the document sized 800 x 80 pixels, create a new layer then fill the selection with black.
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Right-click the bar layer and go into the Blending Options, use the following settings:

Inner Shadow

Gradient Overlay

Your bar should now look like this:
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Now add in the website name and sub text.
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Apply the following layer styles to your text:
Drop Shadow
Gradient Overlay

 

Layer Styles Applied

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Create a new layer. Now with the Rectangular Marquee Tool, again create a selection about 120 x 80 pixels somewhere on the right. Fill this selection with white (#ffffff)
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Now erase away the bottom of the button either with the eraser tool or use a layer mask.
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Now lower the opacity to about 60-80%.
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Duplicate the button twice and move them along so they’re 10 pixels apart each way. Now add in your text!
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The font I used above is called Tahoma, and the color is #bea47a. That’s pretty much it for the header bar.

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Create a selection underneath the header bar (with 1 pixel space inbetween), my selection was 800 x 140 pixels, with 1 pixel space between the bottom of the document and the header bar.
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Fill the selection with a gradient of #12b0fd to #0594df.

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Open this stock photo up in Photoshop then drag it into your header document. Resize it then crop it to the blue rectangle’s area.
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With a large, soft brush, erase away the right side of the stock image.

 

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Lastly, change the layer mode for this layer to Soft Light.
Layer Mode Change

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Create a new layer then make a selection inside of the blue header the width of all of the buttons combined.
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Fill this selection with a gradient of #65aa32 to #4b8132.
Change the layer mode for this gradient layer to Overlay.
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Now lastly for this section, add in some dummy text in the middle of the box you just made.
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Feel free to add other little things, but that’s all I’ll be adding.

If you need the PSD for a part of the tutorial you didn’t understand, you can easily download it from here.