The original cap for the site in Photoshop

In today’s tutorial, I will show you how to create a simple website header in the form of a ribbon.

Here’s what we get:

Materials for the lesson:

We start with the pen tool
Create a new document (Ctrl + N) with a size of 1000×450 pixels. Before we start drawing, let me explain something about a ribbon. It will consist of 3 parts: the end of the ribbon, the fold and the main part.

Choose a tool Pen (Pen T ool) (P) and set the shape value in the tool settings:

Draw the left side of the ribbon edge. The edge of the ribbon must be curved.

Next, draw the main part of the ribbon. Make the right side of the main part straight, as This will help us when drawing the right side of the ribbon.
The board: holding Shift, You can draw straight lines.

With the same tool, draw a triangular fold:

You should have three pieces of ribbon on three separate layers.

Ribbon completion
To complete the drawing of the ribbon, you need to make a copy of all three layers and apply a horizontal reflection to them. But before that, we will make the main part of the ribbon longer. Choose a tool Pen (Pen Tool) and click on the vector mask icon in the layers palette. As soon as you click on the vector mask, an outline appears around the shape.

HoldingCtrl, select all anchor points. You will get the same outline as mine:

Go to menu Editing – Copy (Edit> Copy), then Edit »Paste (Edit> Paste) and at the end Editing –Free contour transformation (Edit> Free Transform Pat) (Ctrl + T). Now you need to apply the reflection horizontally. Go to menu Editing – Transform – Flip Horizontally (Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontally). Move the copy to the right until you reach the desired length.

Make a copy of the other two layers with parts of the ribbon and flip them horizontally. Place them on the other end of the ribbon.

Adding Layer Styles
Apply the following styles for two layers with ribbon ends:
Casting a shadow (Layer – Layer Style – Shadow) (Layer> Layer Style> Drop Shadow):

Gradient overlay (in the same menu):

Apply a gradient overlay to the fold layers:

And in the end to the main parts of the ribbon, apply the Overlay gradient style:

Add pattern to ribbon
Create a new document (Ctrl + N) with the size of 4×4 pixels with a transparent background. Tool Pencil (Pencil Tool) (B) Draw the pattern shown below. It will be easier to draw if you zoom the canvas.

When you finish drawing the pattern, go to the menu Editing – Define a pattern (Edit> Define Pattern), save the pattern and return to our first document. Select the layer with the ends of the lines (hold down Ctrl and click on the layer thumbnail in the layers palette).

We need to compress the selection a little. Go to menu Selection – Modification – Compress (Select> Modify> Contract) and enter a value of 5 pixels. Choose a tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool) (G), in the tool settings, select the saved pattern.

Fill the selection on a new layer. Then go to menu Selection – Modification – Compress (Select> Modify> Contract) and compress the selection by another 5 pixels, click Delete. Apply a style to the pattern. Color overlay (Layer »Layer Style» Color Overlay) (Layer> Layer Style> Color Overlay): The color is white.

Repeat these steps to fill the pattern for other layers, except layers with folds.

Adding Grunge Texture
At the beginning of the lesson you downloaded grunge brushes. Create a new layer and paint the main part of the ribbon with grunge brushes. Set the layer opacity – 43% and blending mode Soft light (Soft Light).

Final touches
Select the layer with the left or right end of the ribbon and select the tool Gradient (Gradient Tool) (G). Select the gradient shown below.

Make a gradient fill from the end of the middle part of the ribbon to its end. Set the layer opacity to 40%.

Repeat this step for the other end of the ribbon. Finally, add navigation elements and a title.


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Author the lesson: Richard Carpenter

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