I'm trying to create a custom shape overlay in the navigation bar similar to the example below.

Trying to create the shape

I'm struggling with trying to create the radius around the bottom edges. I'm not too great with the pen tool, I find it hard to create the 'bend' of the shape. What is the best way to create this shape?

  • I don't think Photoshop is the best tool for this as it's primary function to work with bitmaps (photos). I know how to draw any shape with perfect geometry in Fireworks, if you're interested...
    – Slava
    Commented Oct 13, 2013 at 14:54

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A similar approach can be taken in Photoshop, but here is one solution done in Illustrator:

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2) Select rectangle > Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners > ~10px

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3) Select Direction Arrow (a) > Grab top right corner of rectangle holding shift to keep structure and create your desired angle

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4) Select rectangle > Object > Expand Appearance --This will make the stylized rounded corners actual points that will be used for the outline

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5) Duplicate this rectangle(cmd+copy, cmd+f to paste in front)> Object > Transform > Reflect > Horizontal -- set aside for now.

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6) Draw new rectangle

7) Place new rectangle over original rounded corner rectangle, aligning baseline of both rectangles

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8) Select both rectangles > Pathfinder > Minus Back -- (ignore 2nd rectangle on top, shouldn't have included it in this screenshot)

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9) Align 2nd rounded rectangle to baseline edge. enter image description here

10) Select all > Pathfinder > Divide -- This will allow you to delete the excess area

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11) Select all > Pathfinder > Merge enter image description here

Obviously, this is not the best solution for everyone, but it should help you wrap your head around at least one way to achieve this result. I often just need someone to get me started down a path to a solution. Hopefully this does that for you.


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  1. create a square add second one to the same path

  2. transform smaller square and angle it after add to the same shape 2 circles

  3. add 2 additional points with pen tool

  4. move anchor points

  5. subtract top circle

  6. the result repeat the same for right side

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