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How to draw this shape?

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I've attached the following image which is used as a navigation background. When you look at the sample, you will notice that the bar is in two different levels. It starts on the left side being shorter, but takes up the full height about half way to the right side. I can use the Photoshop rectangle tool to draw a shape then add a bevel effect to recreate this about 75% of the way, but I don't know how to draw the transition between the two different heights. I'd like to ultimately get this shape on it's own layer so I can change the color as needed. Right now, I'd like to learn how to draw this shape so I can apply different colors and effects on it. Like silver for example.

Please help!
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Hello,

I attached an example.  Some of this you may have already done.

To do this, start with one layer on top of the background.  Use the Rounded Rectangle Tool to draw the the outer rectangle shape and rasterize it.  Duplicate this layer twice so you have 3 layers.  At this point, change the colors of all 3 shapes to differentiate them.

Next, shrink the top layer rectangle shape so that it is about 2/3 the size of the others and make sure it is bottom aligned.

Then, on your middle layer, use the select tool to erase about 30% of the rectangle on the left side.  Then use the eraser tool and use it to make a 45 degree angle to make it look like a share edge.

Now, on your layer tool bar, highlight both the middle and top layers, press Ctrl+E to merge them into a single layer.  With the new merged layer, go to it's blending options and select the color fill and and emboss of choice.

On the back layer, change the color to a dark gray or blue, then apply an inner shadow.  

Hope this helps.
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Thanks bigeven2002, this is going great!

Is there an easy way create a 45 degree angle when erasing?
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Thanks again, your explanation was great.
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Certainly!  I'm sure there is an easier way to do the 45 degree angle with the select tool but never figured that out.  What I did with the eraser was click the top first, hold down the shift key then click in the lower area at about 45 degrees which makes a straight line in that direction.  Best of luck to you.
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