Using a Progress Bar in your Application is a good way to interact with your users. Today I will show you how can you achieve a simple solution if your planning to create a Progress Bar that you can use on your website, software or apps. Creating this from scratch is really easy, the good part is you can change the colors, designs, and layout according to your needs.
You can download the PSD at the bottom of this tutorial!
Open your Photoshop and create a new canvas, width is 450px height is 300px. Now name this layer as index, fill it with color #565a59. Select Filter > Noise > Add Noise and set it up to 1%.
Grab your Rounded Rectangle Tool (M) and set your Radius to 50px, draw a simple shape like the one above and name it body. Fill it with color #454847.
Right Click the body layer and select Drop Shadows, follow the settings above and use the color #B7B4B4.
Moving on to Inner Shadow, just change the Distance and Size, color #454847.
You should have the same result as above, now we will create the progress bar itself.
Now, set your Foreground Color to #030303, using your Single Marquee Tool (M) draw a line and fill it with the said color.
Repeat the step above, only change the color to #8c8e8d and make sure that the dark line is on top and the lighter line in the bottom.
Create a new layer (name it progress bar) and select your Pen tool and draw a line (nearly half of the dark line) and right click > fill stroke, set to 2px and use this color #b3d754.
In progress bar layer, select Blending Options and set your Inner Shadow’s settings like the one above.
In Gradient, use this color.
Here is the Gradient Settings, set your angle to 90 and that’s it for the progress bar details.
Next is the number percentage, repeat the steps on creating the body layer. Make sure that the height is the same with the original layer. Or I can show you a cool tip! Just grab Rounded Rectangle Tool (M) and draw the shape like the one above and select body layer > right click > copy layer style and go to the new number layer shape > right click > paste layer style.
To create the text, set the Foreground Color to #b3d754 and Arial font 8pt.
I will leave the part of the glowing end of the progress bar on you, I bet you can do that! All you need is some “glow” and some “depth”, (I can’t tell anymore hints now 🙂 )
There you have it! A minimal Progress bar that you can use on you’re projects, you can change the colors and layouts of this one, or re-create your own. Pretty much this covers the basic idea when building your own progress bar.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, and learned a few tricks as well. Feel free to comment if you have suggestions or want to show your end product.