Part I – Designing Image Slider
Step 1: Setting Up Background
Start by creating a new file with size 1000×700 px. Fill background with color #efc89e.
Add Pattern Overlay using free pixel pattern.
Step 2: Slider Base
Activate Rectangle Tool. Create a rectangle with size 940×450 px. You can use any color, it doesn’t matter.
Double click layer to open Layer Style dialog box. Add Layer Style Drop Shadow, Outer Glow, and Stroke.
This is the result. The slider base now has a nice frame with soft shadow behind it.
Add a photo and place it above the slider base. Hit Ctrl + Alt + G to convert it into Clipping Mask and insert the photo into the slider.
Step 4: Ribbon
Draw a rectangle shape with color #f4e1ae to be used as a ribbon.
Double click the shape’s layer and activate Bevel and Emboss, Gradient Overlay, and Pattern Overlay with following settings.
This is the result after adding Layer Styles.
Let’s add paper texture onto the ribbon to make it more realistic. Place texture on top of the ribbon shape. Convert it to Clipping Mask by pressing Ctrl + Alt + G.
Let’s paint some shadows and highlights onto the ribbon. Create new layer above the ribbon. Paint black on lower part of the ribbon. Convert it to Clipping Mask (Ctrl + Alt + G) and then reduce its Opacity to 10%.
Repeat previous process to upper part of the ribbon. But this time, add highlight by painting white and then reduce its Opacity to 50%.
Step 8: Stitches
Activate Pencil Tool. Hit F5 to open Brush setting. Set brush size to 1 px and increase the spacing until we get a dotted line on the preview area.
Draw 1 px black line on top of the ribbon. Reduce its Opacity to 20%. Duplicate layer by pressing Ctrl + J. Hit Ctrl + I to invert its color. Increase Opacity to 50%. Activate Move Tool and then press down arrow and left arrow once to nudge it.
Here’s the result viewed at 100% magnification.
Repeat this process to draw other stitches on another side of the ribbon.
Step 11: Add Ornate Shape
Set foreground color to gray. Use soft brush with size 1 px to draw an ornate shape. Be creative, you can use any shape you like. Next to it, draw a 1 px line and then erase its outer edge using a soft Eraser Tool. Duplicate the line, flip it horizontally, and place it on the other side.
Select all ornate layers and merge it into one layer by pressing Ctrl + E. Duplicate shape and then place it under the original ornate shape. Hit Ctrl + I to invert its color. Activate Move Tool and then press down arrow once to nudge it 1 px down.
Step 13: Photo Information
Type photo data inside the ribbon.
Step 14: Navigation
Next, we’ll draw some circles for slide navigation. Draw a circle shape with color: #8d877c on lower part of the ribbon.
Add Inner Shadow using following settings.
This is the result. The circle is turning into a shallow hole now.
Hold Alt and then drag circle shape layer to duplicate it.
Let’s set active condition on one of these links. Select one of the circle and change its color to #bebbb5. Add Inner Shadow, Gradient Overlay, and Stroke.
Hold Ctrl and then click on the ribbon base thumbnail in the Layers Panel. Create new layer under the ribbon and fill it with black. Activate Move Tool and hit left and down arrow a few times.
Soften it by performing Gaussian Blur filter. Click Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
Place ribbon shadow above slider frame layer. Convert it to Clipping Mask by pressing Ctrl + Alt + G.
Reduce shadow Opacity to 40%.
Paint ribbon shadow on background. Reduce its Opacity to 20%.
Use Pen Tool to draw back part of the ribbon. Set its color to #b68f63. Place it behind the slider.
This is the result viewed at 100% magnification.
Duplicate the shape we have just created and place it behind the top of the ribbon. Flip it vertically.
Step 24: Final Result in Photoshop
This is our final result in Photoshop. Next, we will continue to code it into a functional slider.