Create a bright portfolio layout in Photoshop

As always, here’s what we’ll get as a result:

Materials for the lesson:




Step 1

Create a new 1080 document for 1200 pixels.

We will use markup consisting of guide lines. To add a new line, click View – New Guide (View – New Guide), choose whether it will be horizontal or vertical, as well as indent from the edge. By default, indentation is measured in centimeters, but you can use pixels.

To begin, mark up the area of ​​the main unit, for this set two vertical lines at 90 and 990 pixels. Thus, 900 pixels in the middle is our main unit, and areas of 90 pixels are indents.

Step 2

Now let’s do horizontal layout. Install guides on the following coordinates:

20 px
170 px
200 px
650 px
1000 px
1165 px

This is what should happen:

Step 3

The most boring behind, let’s get to work directly on the design. Create a new “gray background” layer. Select the entire document and fill it with the color # B2B2B2. Next, select the area from 0 to 650 pixels and fill it with the color # 0BA5D1 on a new “blue background” layer.

It should turn out like this:

Step 4

On the new layer “main content area” with the tool Rounded rectangle ( Rectangle with Rounded Corners) draw the main block with a rounding radius of 10 pixels and fill it with the color #EFEFEF.
Focus on the markup. The rectangle must start from the very top and end at the line on the thousandth pixel.

It turns out like this:

Step 5

Now we apply the following styles for the layer with the main block:

Drop shadow (Shadow), Outer glow (External glow), Inner glow (Internal glow), Stroke (Stroke).

Here is the result:

Step 6

And we continue!

Create a new layer “top bar” and select the area from the top to the first horizontal line. Fill the area with the color # 007BA4.

On the new “blue header cover” layer, select the rest of the blue area (use the image below to understand what I mean). Fill the selection with the same blue color as we filled the upper part of the background.

Now create a footer layer. Select the area from the last horizontal marking line to the bottom and fill it with dark gray # 8F8F8F.

We also need to lower the opacity of the rounded rectangle (main block) to 20%.

It will turn out like this:

Step 7

Create a new layer “header lights” and with a large soft brush we randomly set such highlights as shown below. As it will be ready, we change the blending mode to Overlay (Overlap) and lower the opacity value to 40%.

Step 8

On the new layer “header shadows” and in the same way, but with black brush we set the shadows. Change the blending mode to Overlay (Overlap) and lower the opacity value to 30%.

Step 9

Open the texture. Change the width to 1080 pixels and add texture to our project for a new layer “texture paper”. We press Image – Adjustment – Desaturate (Image – Correction – Desaturate), change the blending mode to Overlay (Overlap) and set the opacity value to 50%. Now apply Filter – Sharpen – Sharpen (Filter – Sharpness – Sharpness +) to detail our texture:

Step 10

The layers with highlights and shadows stand out too much, we need to make them more realistic. Apply Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter – Blur – Blur in motion) with the following settings:

Step 11

And now we will add a cool chip to our layout. Stroking a rounded rectangle creates the effect of a nice frame for our hat. Now we will make this frame, so to speak, careless.

Create a new “white border left” layer. Make sure that the layer is under the texture layer on top of all the others, that is, it should be the second one on top. Take a single-pixel brush that is as rigid as possible and draw a wavy vertical line, as shown below.

Now we will use Free transform (Free transform). Select the wave and “press” it from the edges as shown below. To make it fatter, duplicate the wave and merge the duplicate with the original.

Step 12

Duplicate the wave and move the duplicate to the right edge so that it also becomes rough. Further, using the same technique, work with horizontal lines.

Below you can see how I did it.

Step 13

We load the image of the Sky. Add a picture to the project as shown below. Make sure that the layer with the image is under the layer with the texture.

Change the blending mode to Multiply (Blackout) and set the layer opacity to 50%. Using a big soft eraser , wipe the image around the edges to remove the sharp transition.

Step 14

Using the guides markup, determine the place for the menu – the area between the horizontal lines at the 170th and 200th pixels. Add text. I used Arial 14 pt with a -50 character spacing. Make sure the text layer is under the texture layer.

Create a rounded rectangle under the “home” link with a radius of 5 pixels. Lower the opacity to 25%. As you have already guessed, you are my brainy, this is a blank for “hover state”.

Step 15

Fill the header with content, add a logo and a quote.

Step 16

Now fill the content with the bottom of the layout. For the text I used Arial, and the icons can be taken in the archive to the lesson. Let’s leave the icons translucent.

Step 17

Add an example from the portfolio to the middle, as shown below.

Step 18

Create a rectangular selection above the portfolio image. Using gradient from black to transparent, fill the selection from top to bottom. Soft brush wipe the edges. Lower the opacity to 35%.

Duplicate the layer and flip it vertically. We place it at the bottom edge, as shown in the picture.

Step 19

As you may have guessed, you are my brainy, the portfolio will be presented in a slider on jQuery. So we need to add buttons with arrows.

First, select the round area for the button. Hold Shift, so that the circle is perfectly straight. Fill the selection with dark gray and click Select – Modify – Contrast (Allocation – Modification – Compress). Compress the selection by 2 pixels and fill it with a light gray gradient. Here’s what happens:

Step 20

Draw the top left arrow. Combine it with the layer with the button and apply the following styles to the newly-made layer:

Drop shadow (Shadow), Inner shadow (Inner shadow).

Step 21

Duplicate the layer, reflect the duplicate horizontally and place it on the right. Create a layer “button shadows”. Make sure that the layer is under the layer with an example of a portfolio. Use a soft black brush with a low opacity value and “draw” a shadow under each button. This will add depth.

Step 22

So, finish. Create a new layer above the blue cap layer and name it “shadows / highlights”. Using a large soft brush we add shadows and highlights.

And you’re done!

I hope you really enjoyed this tutorial! Thanks for attention!

Author: Tom Ross

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