Feb 08

Design a Bold and Vibrant Portfolio

Mon, 02/08/2010 - 20:00 — julie

Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

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Step 1

Create a new document (900X900px).

Create a new layer called ‘orange header’. Make a selection that’s 900X450px and fill it with an orange gradient:

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Step 2

With your header selection in place create a new layer called ‘header clouds’. Go to filter>render>clouds to fill your header area with clouds. Then change your layer mode to ‘color dodge’ and reduce your opacity to 10%.

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Step 3

Now download this great texture set from PSDFAN:

Texture Thursday: Damage

Paste one of the textures into your header selection. Call this layer ‘header texture’.

Then reduce this layer’s opacity to 20% and change the layer’s blend mode to ‘overlay’.

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Step 4

Now use your radial gradient tool to create a white to transparent radial gradient in the right area of your header.

Then reduce the opacity of this layer to 20% and the layer blend mode to: ‘color dodge’.

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Step 5

Create a new layer called ‘lighting 1′. Use your lasso tool to create a triangular shard like selection in your header. Fill this selection with a white to transparent gradient.

Then reduce the opacity of this layer to 5% and the layer blend mode to: ‘color dodge’.

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Step 6

Repeat this technique to create a collection of light shards in your header.

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Step 7

Create a new layer called ‘menu’. Create a 60px high selection at the top of your canvas. Fill it with black, and reduce the opacity of this layer to 40%.

Then, to create a 1px white line under your menu apply a drop shadow (settings below):

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Step 8

Add some menu text, as well as some 1px dividers between the menu items.

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Step 9

Download this Macbook Pro vector set:

Macbook Pro vector set

Paste in your Macbook Pro vector, and position it the right half of your header.

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Then apply the following layer blending options to your Macbook Pro layer, including a color overlay, in order to make the laptop blend better with it’s background:

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Step 10

Now create a new layer called ‘macbook shadow’. Create an oval selection beneath your Macbook Pro and fill it with black. Then apply a gaussian blur to your shape. This should give the impression of your laptop casting a downward shadow.

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Step 11

Write out some large header text (I used the free font Museo).

Then apply the blending options shown below:

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Step 12

Add some more text to your header, this time using Arial as your font, and select a color that is a darker version of your header background color.

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Step 13

Now work on creating a form in your header section. Create a rounded rectangle shape for your form input (radius 10px), and apply the blending options shown below. This should make your form look embedded in your header background.

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Step 14

Now work on creating a form in your header section. Create a rounded rectangle shape for your form input (radius 10px), and apply the blending options shown below. This should make your form look embedded in your header background.

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Step 15

Now create a button for your form:

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Step 16

Add some text for your form elements:

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Step 17

Add text to the white area beneath your header, I’ve just used filler text/images as an example:

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Step 18

Create a new layer called ‘footer’. Create a selection at the bottom of your canvas and fill it with light gray.

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Step 19

Create a new layer and create a circle in the bottom middle of your canvas. Fill it with the same light gray color as your ‘footer’ layer. Then merge this layer down with your ‘footer’ layer. Apply a gradient overlay (settings below):

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Step 20

To finish up, add some text to your footer, adding a subtle drop shadow:

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And We’re Done!

I really hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and would love to hear your feedback! (Click on the image below to view the full-sized image):

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