Step 4 – Header elements
First off, I have prepared some logo of ghost company. It really doesn’t exist. Will not show you how to achieve it, you’ll place your own logo so it is pointless, but I will show you how to add a bit of life to solid shapes. All right, start with logo. Place it next to the guide. I won’t hide that I choose colors regardless to design. In fact, when you have a logo from your client it is important to fit it to the design. So you are creating whole design to fit the logo design (shape, colors, placement) or sometimes you are allowed to use grayscale logos so it is easier to fit them elsewhere.
I want to add some lights and shadows to logo, but it is semi gray on some parts, if I will add a shadow it will be slightly visible, so firstly I duplicated this layer and moved the one below 1px down. Then gone to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and moved Brightness bar to -100. I also used a Gaussian Blur with really small radius so it is not so sharp on edges. We have easily done shadow underneath the logo.
For now all the layers in this step will be created as a clipping masks. I have written about benefits from using clipping mask layers so I will not duplicate my content. Remember also to make as many layers as possible in case if you will want to change something later. Here’s a sample.
Use transparent gradient with darker color than the logo and apply it from bottom to top. That will stay for a shadow.
If there is need, set this layer’s blending mode to multiply. As you can see you can make a gradient without any selection and we are 100% sure it will not outbound the shape. Let’s make some lights now. I’ve used two radial gradients, one for gray part and one for all shape that is really big and white, but its blending mode is settled to Overlay.
For pop up the shape we can make some emboss. It’s fast and simple task. Make a selection from logo (CTRL+Click on layer in layer’s window) and fill it with white color.
Do not deselect the image. Also make sure that you have active some selection tool so you could move a selection around image. Hit the left arrow on the keyboard so the selection will move 1 pixel to the left. Then hit DELETE. You can lower this layer’s opacity to something like 75%.
Step 5 – Search form
We will make a search form without a send button. Its action will be passed to a search icon that is (visually) inside the input box. Actually it is common to send the form with Enter/Return key but for some reasons it is also good to make a clickable sender. Okay, use Rounded Rectangle Tool to make a white shape like this, align it with guide.
Duplicate this shape and change the color to some light gray (like #9b9b9b) by clicking on the color indicator next to layer’s name.
Now you can rasterize both layers. Let’s make some naming system here for better clarity. The white layer will be ‘base layer’ and the gray layer will be ‘shadow layer’. Okay, so head to the blending options of base layer and apply these settings:
Now blur a little with Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur our shadow layer, but really, a little, with radius like 0.5 to maximum 1 pixel. You should get the following:
Create a clipping mask layer clipped to a base layer and apply a bit of gray radial gradient.
Now you can add a sample text and a search icon. How to do one? It is a piece of cake. I will show it on separate document. Firstly, create a circle shape, pretty big and duplicate it.
Then go to Edit > Transform > Scale and scale down the copied layer. I’ve changed it’s color for you to see, but it actually doesn’t matter. After transformation rasterize both layers.
CTRL+Click on the thumbnail of copied layer (red one), select the base layer in layer’s window and hit DELETE on keyboard. Then delete/hide copied layer and you will see a circle like this one.
Draw rectangular shape (could be rounded) somewhere under the circle. Then hit V to select the move tool.
Now select both layers in layer’s window (use CTRL or SHIFT) and while you have move tool active, click this icon so the shapes will center theirs middle points.
While you have still both layers selected, go to Edit > Transform > rotate and add the rotation to the shape of about 35-45 degrees. That’s it.
Merge the shape and paste it to the layout, then scale it down and add a bit of white shadow in blending options so it will get a bit of pressed effect.