Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Photoshop- Glossy Banner

Today I'm going to show you how to create a simple, yet still nice looking banner. I actually used a variation of this banner on a recent project.

1.Start off by creating a new document 950*150 and fill the background white.

2. Apply the following gradient.

3. So we've got something that looks like a nice backdrop for a banner but it's still missing something, a border. Go ahead and apply a stroke to the background with the following: Position:inside, Size 5px, and use a dark gray like #404040.

4. Now for the content, add a good size text (I used 48px) to the middle of the banner, again use a dark gray(not black). The reason you don't want to use black is because we are now going to add a drop shadow.
Use the following for the drop shadow: distance 2px, size 2px, 120 degrees, and set the mode to multiply.

5. Finally it's time for the gloss. Using the Pen Tool create a shape similar to the one below.
6. Ctrl+click on the shapes layer, then select inverse( you can use the shortcut Ctrl+I), and delete the selected white.
7. Set the opacity of the white to 34% and your done.


  1. Love simple tutorials like this! Keep up the good work!

  2. nice dude, great new skills to learn.

  3. You should use this for your blog!