Design a Hand Drawn WordPress style Website Header

In this tutorial I`ll explain you the steps I took to create a hand drawn wordpress style website header in Photoshop.

I used some custom fonts,a paper pattern and a custom brush that I created exclusively for this tutorial.The steps for creating the brush are explained in the tut,so don`t worry,you don`t loose anything!Take a look!

Final Image Preview:

Take a look at the image we’ll be creating.You may click the image for a bigger preview!

final-header-image

Materials needed:

Daniel font

Mia`s Scribbling font

Roughage font

Grayscale Paper pattern

Handycons-social icons

Social icons hand drawned

First step:Setting up the workspace:

First step is to set up the workspace.For this,create a new file of 1260x300px:

workspace-of-photoshop

Step 2:Creating the brush

Now I`m gonna show you how to create a V brush to create the VVVVV effect that you may see in the final image.

Create a new document of 100x100px and add a vertical and an horizontal guide at 50px,like in the image.

creating-a-brush

Now select the Line Tool,set the weight to 10px and create a “V” symbol by adding 2 stripes,under the horizontal guide.With the Crop Tool(C), select only the “V” symbol,like in the picture:

v-brush-image

To create a brush from this image,go do Edit->Define Brush Preset,choose a name and hit “OK”.

define-brush

You should have now the brush in your Brush Preset Picker.

brush-picker

Step 3

Let`s add some options to the brush we`ve just created.Select brushes,choose our brush and add the next settings:

master-diameter

space-dynamics

shape

Step 4:

Now paint an horizontal line with the new brush ,but be sure that above the line you`ll have at least 200px for the header content.To make a perfect line,hold SHIFT key while you paint.

drawing-line

Step 5:

Fill the top area with the same color used when you painted the line.Mine was red.

red-area

Step 6:

Download the Paper pattern,install it by adding it to the Presets->Patterns folder.You may find the folder where you have Photoshop installed.

Step 7:

Double click the header layer and add the next blending options:

shadows-for-the-world

gradients-packets

pattern-over-the-earth

Ok!What we have until now:We have a piece of paper style header sitting on an apricot color background.

until-now-wallpaper

Step 8:

Now select the Rectangle Tool and draw a rectangle with the height of 40px.The width should be the same with the width of the entire page(aprox 1300px).

Fill it with a gray to black gradient and low the opacity of the layer to 50%.

gradient-for-the-top-bar

top-header

Step 9:

Now draw 2 lines at the bottom of the top shape.One gray and the other white,to create an effect of depth.

black-or-white

Step 10:

Add two vertical guides,one at 150px and the other at 1110px(150+960),because we want to have a content space of 960px wide.

960-grid

Step 11:Creating the logo

Download the Roughage font and write some text to create a logo.I wrote “DeliciousThemes”.Give it a linear soft gradient from black to dark gray to make it more interesting.

logo-for-the-header

Download the Mia`s Scribbling font and write again some smaller text under the big text,to finish the logo!

just-enjoy-it

Step 12:

Now download the two social icons packs and add the 48x48px icons to the main project.

social-icon

Write some suggestive text,like “Spread the word” or “Show us your love” or do like me:write “Tell them about me!”

spread-the-word

Step 13:

Let`s create the top header navigation!

Download the Daniel font and create some buttons above the logo.Let`s start with “Home”:

Type “Home” with white and under draw a white line.

home-button

Select the line layer and go to Filter->Liquify,select a big brush size and bend the line like in the image:

bending-a-line

The button looks more artistic:

before-and-after

Step 14:

Create some more buttons using the same way.

home-about-contact

At the middle,type “Categories:” and add a down-arrow from the custom shapes.

sign-3

categories

Final step:

The final step is to add a subscribe area in the top-right zone of the project.For this,type “Subscribe:” and add from the icons sets,the mail and the RSS icons.

subscribe-area

The Final Image:

If you followed all the steps,the final image should looks like the next one.You may click the image for a bigger preview!

final-header-image

That`s all,my friends!I hope you liked it and if is so,don`t hesitate to comment it! And if you want to stay closer,please subscribe to our RSS feed.

Feel free to stumble,tweet or digg the tutorial!

If you`re reading this line,it means that you watched the tutorial and I must thank you for your effort!

Have a great day!

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Madalin Tudose

I`m a web developer. I build HTML Templates and WordPress Themes which are eventually released on ThemeForest under the DeliciousThemes brand.

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  32. Faisal khan on November 13, 2011 at 3:50 am Reply

    i didnt understand the top 2nd step how do i create vertical and horizontal line…

  33. Faisal khan on December 3, 2011 at 2:11 am Reply

    plzzz can anyone help me with the V brush step??? plzzz i really like it but i get stuck in that step..

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  36. Marcos Pereira on June 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm Reply

    What did you do on step 5? Because when I use the fill bucket, the lines still have some white around them. Please help!

    1. Madalin Tudose on June 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm Reply

      You need to create a new layer and then paint it. You have to understand first what layers are. They are…layers. Is easy to use them as you`ll see if you`ll keep practicing.

      1. Marcos Pereira on June 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm Reply

        Wow, do you think I’m stupid or something? I already did that with the pen tool. Well, thanks, pro.

        1. Madalin Tudose on June 16, 2012 at 2:53 am Reply

          Here`s what you gotta do. Select the Magic Wand Tool(W), click on the area above the zigzag line and you should get the top area selected. Then create a new layer and paint the selected area with red.

          1. Marcos Pereira on June 16, 2012 at 4:38 am

            I was doing that, but the tool didn’t select the area next to the red line. Anyways, I did it with the pen tool. Thanks anyways.
            And by the way, you have a really great site here! Thanks for putting on the effort to bring us such good tutorials πŸ™‚

          2. Madalin Tudose on June 16, 2012 at 7:09 am

            I`m glad you made it work. Let me know if you have more questions and don`t hesitate to share with us your output!

  37. Marcos Pereira on June 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm Reply

    I have a question. After finishing this header, how do you add the links to the social buttons using html?

    1. Madalin Tudose on June 16, 2012 at 5:07 pm Reply

      Using HTML and CSS, of course. But that`s another story. Here`s a free and the best course series you`ll ever find on internet about HTML and CSS: http://tutsplus.com/course/30-days-to-learn-html-and-css/

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      1. Marcos Pereira on June 17, 2012 at 6:54 am Reply

        I know (enough I think) of html and css πŸ™‚ and I know how to turn images into links. But I don’t know how to turn part of an image (the header in this case) into a link.

        Maybe using a transparent div with a certain position, height and width and using it to make a clickable link, it will work?

        1. Madalin Tudose on June 17, 2012 at 6:59 am Reply

          The idea is to split the design into more images. Then you can set a div by adding it the background-image of each small image. You should find this technique inside the course I gave you.

          1. Marcos Pereira on June 17, 2012 at 7:34 am

            Oh I get it. Just put the icons in a separate folder and add them separately.

    2. Parami on January 1, 2013 at 11:56 pm Reply

      through sprite concept u can do this

  38. KHOKON on October 19, 2012 at 1:19 am Reply

    Nice design. I like it!

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