This tutorial will show you how to make a navigation menu using gradients, shadows and achieve a good result.
In this tutorial I will show you how to create a simple navigation menu. So make a new document sized 500×100 and fill it wit a light grey. Now make a new layer and make a selection like mine and again fill it with the same color you used on the first layer.
Now add the following layer styles:
This is what I got:
Now we need to make a new layer between the first to like in the image below:
Pick up the Poligonal tool:
And using the shift button and the mouse draw a shape like mine:
fill the shape with any color. I used a light blue:
Go to layer>duplicate layer and move the layer next to the previous one and repeat the step untill you have all the buttons:
Now merge all the shape layers togheter by pressing Ctrl+E and add the following layer settings:
And add your text:
You are pretty much you can add bullets or anything else to enhance the menu. Look what I added: