The impatience of online viewers has created the need for loading or progress bars. But a simple gray progress bar has pushed the patience of viewers and they are now not happy to wait for them… well, there’s nothing really to look at! So graphic artists and designers have been forced to create prettier and more interesting versions of this UI element, and they certainly haven’t disappointed us.
Here is a selection of beautiful, free, downloadable progress bars – hopefully you will either use some of these or at least be inspired by them.
Progress Bar PSDs
Circular Progress Bar
A fully layered .psd file that you can stylize to your own taste.
This is a little different, a progress bar in 4 steps of circles that fill with badges. Fully layered .psd file.
This free download contains a selection of progress bars and loaders in varying styles.
A nicely designed metal-style progress bar in a fully layered .psd file.
Dark UI Elements
This UI set contains 3 different progress bars in rich purple colors.
This is an 18 seconds long animation that comes to you as a .psd files with all the layers for the animation to work.
Vertical Progress Bar
A vertical progress bar makes a pleasant change from the normal horizontal types. Layered .psd file so you can change the text, the fill color and just about anything else you would like to improve for your needs.
A very sophisticated looking progress bar that works beautifully on a dark background.
Candy Progress Bar
This progress bar is a lovely shape, and you don’t have to have the candy stripes on the bar, of course, so it is very versatile also.
Progress Loading Indicators
This file has 2 variations of a circular loading indicators which are enhanced by the dark round-ended bar as a background.
This is a set of 2 progress bars and 3 circular loading indicators in different designs.
Lomo Seek Bar
This is a set of 3 variations of a progress bar with metallic buttons or no button. Fully layered .psd file.
Stone Progress Bar
A quite unusual design for a progress bar, but very nicely done.
Transparent UI Kit
This is a complete UI kit although we are only showing the progress bars. You have to pay with a Tweet for this set, and once you have it, the layers are not organized at all, so finding each layer is a task in itself. If you want to use this kit, you may need to assign some time to arranging the (very many) layers to be able to work with the file easier – but the design is outstanding!
Funky Loading Bar
Want something extremely vivid and eye-catching? Here it is! Bright purple and yellow colors will have your audience glued to their screens.
Circular Loading Bar
This psd download contains a beautifully sophisticated circular loading bar with progress percentage in the center.
I really like the concept of the color scheme of these progress bars – blue to red… cold to hot – a nice idea.
Upload Button with Progress Bar
This is an upload rather than download button, although I am sure you can alter the text and flip the upload icon to make it for download if you prefer. A nice, sophisticated design with bright colors for the progress bar. You have to pay with a Tweet for this .psd download.
Minimal Striped Candy Progress Bar
This progress bar is very small and very neat. It uses a couple of lovely retro colors for the stripes.
A glowing green progress bar with a striped texture on the filling bar.
Here is another nice, sophisticated and clean progress bar set on a delightful background texture.
Hopefully you will be able to use some of these progress bars in your upcoming projects, or at least populate your library a little more with these free downloads.