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Final Image

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

Step 1

Open a new document (1000X1000px).

Create a new layer called ‘dark background’ and fill your canvas with a linear gradient ranging from 151515 to 3a3a3a.

Hold shift while drawing out your gradient to keep it at a 90 downwards angle.

Step 2

Now paste in the first texture from our free texture set:

Damage Texture Set.

Set the texture layer’s blend mode to: overlay, and it’s opacity to 25%.

Step 3

Download this great free brush set:

WG Splatter Vol 1.

Create a new layer called ‘splatters’ and apply white splatter brushes over your background. Then reduce the opacity of this layer to 50% and change the blend mode to ‘overlay’.

Step 4

Download this free brush set:

Abstract Lines Vol 1.

Apply white abstract lines over the top of your canvas on a new layer called ‘abstract lines’.

The lines look a little blurry so I go to filter>sharpen>sharpen more. Then I reduce this layer’s opacity to 60% and change the blend mode to ‘overlay’.

Step 5

Now create a new layer called ‘light spots’. Use a 350px soft paintbrush to create large spots of bright colored all across the top of your canvas.

Then change this layer’s blend mode to ‘overlay’ and reduce it’s opacity to 40%.

Step 6

Go to view>new guide and apply 2 vertical guides at 100px and 900px, and then a horizontal guide at 200px.

Copy in this image of a rocker:

Rocker Photo.

Cut out the photo fairly roughly using your lasso tool. Don’t worry about being too precise, jagged edges are ok for this design!

Step 7

Go to image>adjustments>hue/saturation and reduce the saturation to -80.

Then go to image>adjustments>levels, and apply the settings shown below:

Step 8

Now create a new layer behind your ‘rocker’ layer called ‘rocker outline’. Use your lasso selection tool to create a very loose outline around your rocker. Then fill this selection with 50% opacity black.

Step 9

Now create a new layer, above your ‘rocker outline’ layer but below your ‘rocker’ layer called ‘rock rough outline’. Using a 1px soft white paintbrush draw a rough outline around your ‘rocker outline’ (the black area). Then reduce this layer’s opacity to 60% and change the blend mode to ‘soft light’. This should give a very subtle, grungy outline to your image.

Step 10

Repeat the last step with several additional header images, each time giving the image a rough cutout, a black outline, and then a rough 1px white outline.

In order to give a mirrored effect I simply worked on each image and it’s outlines within a folder in the layers panel, and then duplicated this folder, and flipped all of it’s contents horizontally once I moved it to the other side of my header.

Step 11

As the central image in my header is meant to be the focus of my design, I need this center to stand out a little more. I create a new image called ‘final highlight’ and create a white-transparent radial gradient over the center of my header.

Then I change the layer’s blend mode to ‘overlay’ and reduce it’s opacity to 50%.

Step 12

Now create a basic typographical logo in the top left of your header area. I used the font St Transmission at 100 and 900 weights.

Apply an inner shadow, outer glow and stroke effect (settings shown below).

Then create a white lighting bolt shape above your logo on a new layer called ‘lightning bolt’. Move this layer beneath your logo text layer. Then right click on your logo text layer in your layers panel and click ‘copy layer styles’. Right click on your lightning bolt layer and click ‘paste layer styles’.

Step 13

Add a little text to the top right of your header.

Then create a new layer called ‘main area’. Using your guides, create a white rounded rectangle (10px radius) between your guides. This will be your main content area.

Once you’ve created your shape go to it’s blending options and apply a stroke effect (settings below):

Step 14

Duplicate your main area layer, and call your duplicate rounded rectangle shape ‘menu’. Rasterize your shape and then use your marquee tool to cut away the entire bottom part of the image, only leaving the top 50px or so.

Then apply an inner shadow, bevel & emboss and gradient overlay blending option (settings below):

Step 15

I want to make the center of my menu stand out, just like the rocker image in my header. To do this I right click on my menu layer and click ‘select pixels’. This selects all data on your menu layer. Then I create a new layer called ‘menu highlight’ and apply my white-transparent radial gradient again.

I reduce my menu highlight layer’s opacity to 50% and change it’s blend mode to ‘overlay’.

Step 16

Add some menu text (Arial, 12pt, bold) and apply a drop shadow effect (settings below):

Step 17

Now I want to create a sidebar. I return to my ‘main area’ (the main white rounded rectangle shape). I rasterize and then duplicate this layer, and then cut away the left 600px of the duplicate shape (leaving 300px of the right side of the shape remaining). Then I right click on the shape layer and click ‘select all pixels’. I fill my selection with light gray (d2d2d2) to create a nice sidebar. Finally, I create a 1px medium gray line to the left of my sidebar to create a divider between my content areas.

Step 18

Type out some text in your sidebar:

Step 19

Add a white rounded rectangle for your email form, and a second rounded rectangle with a gradient overlay for your sign up button. Then create a series of 1px lines dividing your track numbers.

Step 20

Download this image of a rockstar:

Rock Star Photo

Paste the image into your document and cut it out to fit into the top of your left column:

Step 21

Add in content to your left column.

For the main image area I simply used my marquee selection tool to create a black rectangle over the bottom part of the photo. I then reduced this black rectangle layer’s opacity to 60% and added some headline text.

Then I created two columns of text, pasting in relevant icons for the headings. Finally, I duplicated my sign up button, and used the duplicates as further buttons in my layout.

Step 22

Cut and paste the following image of a microphone into the right area of your site’s footer:

Microphone Photo.

I cut out the microphone from it’s original background and then apply a drop shadow effect (settings below):

Step 23

Now add some menu and copyright text to your footer:

Step 24

To finish up I add a subtle white-transparent radial gradient to act as a highlight in the center of my footer area.

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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