In this Photoshop tutorial weâ€™ll be designing an easy menu in minimalist style.
Now weâ€™re going to make a background. Create a new document in Photoshop, something like 500×300 pixels and drag a linear gradient with colors of #ffffff and #d5dfe0.
Alright, now I would like to create a window to see how the future menu buttons will be situated. Select the Rounded Rectangle Tool (Radius: 7 px) and make a shape like on a picture below using white color:
After that apply Outer Glow, Inner Glow and Stroke layer styles to this layer:
You can see the result:
Ok, now we can begin the main part of tutorial creating the menu. First of all I would like to create some substrate under the buttons. Select Rounded Rectangle Tool (Radius: 7 px) again and draw a rounded rectangle onto your canvas as on picture below:
Then apply the Outer Glow layer style for this layer:
And now our substrate should look like this one:
I think the time to create the button. Select Rounded Rectangle Tool (Radius: 5 px) again and draw a rounded rectangle like mine:
After that apply Inner Shadow, Gradient Overlay and Stroke layers style to this button:
Your picture should look as mine:
Time to bring some glare to the button. Find and get out the Pen Tool and make the shape as below using white color:
Click the Layer Thumbnail in the Layers Palette and chose Rasterize Layer. After that apply Quick Mask Mode with gradient as below:
Then go back to Standard Mode. Now we have some selected area. Press Delete to clear image into the area.
Then press Ctrl+D to deselect area. After that go to the button layer and apply Select > Load Selection, then apply Select > Modify > Contract to contract the selection about 1 px and press Ctrl+Shift+I to invert selection. After that go back glare layer and press Delete to clear selected area. Press Ctrl+D to remove selection and change layer opacity to 60%.
Looking good, isnâ€™t it? Ok, duplicate this layer with Ctrl+J, after that select the Rectangular Marquee Tool (Feather: 2px) and create the selection like on picture below:
Press Delete to clear the chosen area, remove the selection with Ctrl+D, then move this layer 1 px down.
The next step that we need to do add two lines to the menu button. Get out the Pencil Tool and draw two lines like on my picture:
The color Iâ€™ve used above for lines #e5f3ff. To finish the menu I think we should add some title to the button. You can do this with Horizontal Type Tool. Iâ€™m going to use Myraid Pro (Semibold Condensed, 15 pt, Crisp) font with is commercial, thatâ€™s why you can try the different one or get it somewhere.
To make the button title more contrast apply the Drop Shadow layer style for this layer:
To get something like this:
Good! Now I would like to add a couple of buttons more to get the real menu.
That is it for now! Hope this tutorial was interesting and useful for you!