Recreate the Digg.com Header

This tutorial will show you how to create a website header similar to the on use on the social book marking site digg.com. I will be using Adobe Photoshop CS3 for this tutorial.

Start off with a new document 900×125 with # e5ecf3 as your background color.
Digg Header Photoshop Tutorial

Select #e5ecf3 as your foreground color and press CTRL+Backspace to fill the background with the blue/grey color.
Digg Header Photoshop Tutorial

Create a new layer. Select the Rounded Rectangle tool with the following settings.
Digg Header Photoshop Tutorial

Set your foreground color to # 1b5790 and draw the rounded rectangle. Draw from the bottom up so the top part of the Rounded Rectangle gets cut off.
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Now hold down the CTRL key and click on the layer with the Rounded Rectangle in the Layers Palette.
Digg Header Photoshop Tutorial

This will select the rectangle you just drew. Now, Using the Marquee tool, hold down the ALT key and drag the mouse over the top section like below.
Digg Header Photoshop Tutorial

When you let go you should have a selection like the one below.
Digg Header Photoshop Tutorial

Now you will need to download the FFF Forward font. Add the dig logo using the text tool bar and FFF Forward 21pt sharp as your font. The color should be white (#FFFFFF).
Digg Header Photoshop Tutorial

Using the text tool again add the “Join Digg”, “About” and “Login” links. The font I used was Arial Bold 14pt and the color is #d2dcf3.
Digg Header Photoshop Tutorial

Create a new layer and draw a 1 pixel line between the links using the same color.
Digg Header Photoshop Tutorial

Select the layer with the lines and adjust the opacity to 40%.
Digg Header Photoshop Tutorial

They should look lighter now.
Digg Header Photoshop Tutorial

Create another new layer. Draw a white (#FFFFF) rounded rectangle with a 4px radis where the “All Stories” link will go. Add the word all using Arial 14pt Bold with #879c6f as the color.
Digg Header Photoshop Tutorial

Add the Section links using the same font with #325b0a as the color. Be sure to leave enough space between the words for the arrows.
Digg Header Photoshop Tutorial

Now add the arrows. Select the custom shape tool and load the arrows.
Digg Header Photoshop Tutorial

Create a new layer. Select the second arrow in the top row and use #799c4a as your foreground color. Draw an arrow.
Digg Header Photoshop Tutorial

Now rotate it 90 degrees clockwise.
Digg Header Photoshop Tutorial

Should look like this.
Digg Header Photoshop Tutorial

Now right click on the layer in the layers pallet and duplicate it 2 times.
Digg Header Photoshop Tutorial

Then select each layer and position the arrow. Then draw another 1px line in the same green color.
Digg Header Photoshop Tutorial

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  • Good tutorial with exact fonts and looks.

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  • sandeep virk

    i like the tutorial.

  • Thank you so much for this. This part, “press CTRL+Backspace to fill the background”, didn’t work for me. But I’m using PhotoShop CS4, so this may be why. I also did it a little bit differently after I learned how to do this; I made it look more like Digg’s header by adding another layer, and I have to say… it’s pretty awesome lol.

  • You’re looking at a site that’s been up & evolving for about 5 years & has a staff of about 35 people. I would say that (unless you have it done in India), you’re easily into six figures to have it done professionally.