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How to create a custom search bar on Framer

Ryan Hayward

Founder of Insert Frame

Ryan Hayward

Founder of Insert Frame

Dec 16, 2023

Hey there, designers! Ryan Hayward here, and I'll walk you through the process of creating a search bar that not only looks sleek but also offers a personalised, interactive experience.

1. The Limitations of Default Search Bars

When you add a standard search bar element to Framer, you quickly encounter its limitations. Customisation options are minimal—you can change the icon, but that's about it. Our goal is to break free from these constraints and build something dynamic.

2. Create a Custom Frame

To start, let's create a new frame in Framer, sizing it to match the desired search icon dimensions (For example, 270 in width and 50 in height). This frame becomes the canvas for our custom search bar, aptly named 'search bar.'

3. Designing the Search Bar

Now, let's infuse some personality into our frame. Round those corners with a radius of 99, set a background color, and insert a search icon. Get creative by adding text, like a placeholder such as 'Search', accompanied by dots for a touch of style.

4. Adding the Search Bar Component

Here's where the magic unfolds. Drag the default search bar component into your custom frame. Make the search icon within the component invisible by setting its size to zero. Ensure the component covers the entire frame by setting the width and height to 100%.

Switch to absolute positioning and adjust the Z-index to ensure the search bar component sits atop everything else on the canvas, creating an invisible layer that interacts with the user.

5. Styling and Hover States

Hit play and witness the newfound functionality. Now, take customization a step further. Adjust the background color, tweak the results display, and explore different visual styles. The power is in your hands.

6. Hover States for Interactive Appeal

Let's elevate the experience by adding hover states. With Framer, it's a breeze. Change the background color, text, and icon appearance when hovering. See how your search bar transforms with a simple hover action.

7. Final Touches and Variants

You've done it! You've successfully created a custom search bar in Framer. Consider expanding your design with variants and additional hover states to add layers of creativity and interactivity.

In conclusion, this approach to building a search bar in Framer unlocks a realm of possibilities. By understanding the importance of Z-index and absolute positioning, you've created an invisible layer that enhances the user experience.

Now that you have the tools to craft custom search bars, go ahead and experiment. Break free from the default options and let your creativity shine. Whether you're designing for clients or personal projects, Framer empowers you to transform your vision into interactive reality.

Happy designing!

Ryan Hayward 🚀

Ryan Hayward

Founder of Insert Frame

Ryan Hayward

Founder of Insert Frame

Building the Framerverse 🚀 - an ecosystem of products & education for Framer.

© 2024 Insert Frame Pty LTD

Building the Framerverse 🚀 - an ecosystem of products & education for Framer.

© 2024 Insert Frame Pty LTD

Building the Framerverse 🚀 - an ecosystem of products & education for Framer.

© 2024 Insert Frame Pty LTD

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