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Delay With Publication:

Apologies for the slight delay with publishing this tutorial within the members area. I ran across some totally unexpected issues with uploading the necessary files. Everything has been resolved now, and the source file for this tutorial should download no problem. I hope that you guys enjoy it!

Members Area Tutorial: Design a Heavily Textured Portfolio Website

Final Image

Here is a preview of the image that we are going to be creating:

Setup Guides

First start by creating a new document (1100X1600px).

We want to setup some basic guides in order to help with laying out our template.

Create vertical guides at 50px, 200px, 550px, 900px and 1050px.

Create horizontal guides at 80px, 200px and 600px.

Step 1

Start by creating a new document (1100X1600px).

Paste in your wood texture, which should fill roughly the top half of your canvas once scaled to fit the width of your document.

Then go to blending options for this layer and apply a color overlay.

Color Overlay Settings:

Color: 000000
Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 25%

Step 2

Now duplicate your wood texture layer and move the duplicate down to fill the bottom half of your canvas.

You will notice a seam between your two texture images. To fix this go to layer>layer mask>reveal all. Ensure that your two textures overlap by at least 100px.

Drag a black to transparent linear gradient down from the top of your bottom texture. This should fade your bottom layer into your top texture. If the seams of your wood textures are lined up the join should be pretty invisible.

Step 3

Now create a new layer called ‘highlight background’.

Drag out a radial gradient (white to transparent, around 50% opacity) from the top-center of your canvas. Then change this layer’s blend mode to ‘overlay’ in order to make the effect more subtle:

Step 4

Now create a new layer called ‘top bar’.

Use your guides to fill the top 80px of your canvas with black. Then reduce this layer’s opacity to 50%.

To help add definition to this area add a 1px white drop shadow blending option:

Drop Shadow Settings:

Blend Mode: Overlay
Color: ffffff
Opacity: 100%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 1px
Spread: 0%
Size: 0px

Step 5

Create a new layer called ‘shadow under menu’. Use your linear gradient tool (black to transparent) to create a gradient shadow under your menu area.

Reduce this layer’s opacity to 20%.

Step 6

Now type out some menu text in the far left and far right of your menu bar.

Font Settings:

Font Face: Chapparal Pro
Font Size: 22pt
Kerning: -50
Color: ffffff

Apply a drop shadow blending option:

Drop Shadow Settings:

Blend Mode: Multiply
Color: 000000
Angle: 90 degrees
Opacity: 50%
Distance: 1px
Spread: 0%
Size: 5px

Step 7

Paste in the paper texture from the resources section. Cut it out using either the lasso tool or path tool.

Resize and position it to sit at the top of your canvas, in the center of your menu bar.

You’ll notice that initially it’s looking quite flat. We could go in and paint in some shading, but at this point it’s easier to apply several blending options to give your paper area more of a 3D look.

Inner Shadow Settings:

Blend Mode: Multiply
Color: 000000
Opacity: 15%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 5px
Choke: 0%
Size: 70px.

Outer Glow Settings:

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 35%
Noise: 0%
Color: 000000
Spread: %
Size: 13px

Inner Glow Settings:

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 10%
Noise: 0%
Color: 000000
Coke: 0%
Size: 68px

Step 8

Now paste your logo into this paper header area.

In order to make it stand out against your textured background apply an outer glow blending option:

Outer Glow Settings:

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Color: ffffff
Spread: 0%
Size: 40px

Step 9

Now copy your original wood background texture into a new document. Go to edit>transform>flip 90 degrees. This will make your wood pattern go horizontally. Then go to image>adjustments>brightness/contrast.

Brightness/Contrast Settings:

Brightness: -105
Contrast: 100

Then go to edit>define pattern. Define your pattern as something like ‘wood border’.

Step 10

Create a new layer called ‘billboard border’. Use your rounded rectangle shape tool (10px radius) to create a black rounded rectangle shape within your guides.

Now apply a drop shadow, outer glow, inner glow and pattern overlay blending option:

Drop Shadow Settings:

Blend Mode: Multiply
Color: 000000
Opacity: 70%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 5px
Spread: 0%
Size: 10px

Outer Glow Settings:

Blend Mode: Overlay
Opacity: 50%
Color: ffffff
Spread: 0%
Size: 16px

Inner Glow Settings:

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 60%
Color: 000000
Choke: 0%
Size: 6px

Pattern Overlay Settings:

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 70%
Pattern: Select the ‘wood border’ pattern you made in the previous step.
Scale: 100%.

By applying your pattern overlay and other blending options you should create a great basis for a wooden textured border.

Step 11

Now paste in a screenshot of your featured client designs. Crop it to fit nicely inside your wooden border.

Step 12

Now use your lasso and paintbucket tool to create a semi-transparent black rectangle over the bottom part of your featured client screenshot.

I set the opacity of this black area to 65%.

Then create some text over this area with the details of this project:

Step 13

Paste in the rope image from the resources section for this tutorial (cut it out using your lasso or path tool). Ensure that you paste it onto a layer beneath your wooden border layer.

Then resize/rotate your rope so that it appears to be hanging your billboard area.

Use your warp tool to add a slight bend to your rope, making it hang more naturally. Then duplicate it and move the duplicate rope layer to the other side of your billboard. Merge the two layers together.

Finally, add an outer glow blending option in order to add some depth/shadow to your ropes:

Outer Glow Settings:

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 40%
Color: 000000
Spread: 0%
Size: 8px

Step 14

The ropes are looking good, but the color is totally off with the rest of the layout.

To fix this, apply a color balance adjustment layer. Be sure to go to layer>create clipping mask. This will ensure that your adjustments only effect the layer directly beneath your adjustment layer (in this case your merged ropes layer):

Color Balance Adjustment Layer Settings:

Shadows:

+4
0
-28

Midtones:

+52
-1
-42

Highlights:

+13
0
-18

Step 15

Now go to your ‘nails photo’ in the resources section for this tutorial.

You’ll need to cut out the best looking nail from it’s background. Then paste this over the tops of your rope areas. Rotate each nail slightly just to make them look more random.

Then apply a drop shadow blending option in order to add depth to your nails:

Drop Shadow Settings:

Blend Mode: Multiply
Color: 000000
Opacity: 70%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 5px
Spread: 0%
Size: 5px

The colors look pretty good, so we’re going to leave them for now.

Step 16

Now cut out and paste in the ‘wooden sign’ image from the resources for this tutorial.

Position the sign so that it appears to be poking out from behind your billboard area.

The duplicate this layer, moving the duplicate sign to the other side of your billboard. Flip your duplicate sign in order to mirror the original. Then merge these two layers together and call the merged layer: ‘wooden signs’.

Then apply a drop shadow and inner shadow blending option to this layer.

Drop Shadow Settings:

Blend Mode: Multiply
Color: 000000
Opacity: 60%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 3px
Spread: 0%
Size: 5px

Inner Shadow Settings:

Blend Mode: Multiply
Color: 000000
Opacity: 30%
Angle: 90 degrees
DIstance: 5px
Choke: 0%
Size: 5px

Step 17

The color of the wooden signs isn’t quite right, so I apply a couple of adjustment layers, making sure to apply a clipping mask to each so that my adjustments only effect my merged ‘wooden signs’ layer.

Color Balance Adjustment Layer Settings:

Shadows:

+6
0
-18

Midtones:

+13
0
-12

Highlights:

+9
0
-32

Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer Settings:

Hue: -8
Saturation: -25
Lightness: 0

Step 18

Now I’m going to show how to create a cool button over your wooden sign.

Start by creating a new layer called ‘button frame’. Create a circular selection inside of your wooden sign area and fill it with black.

Then apply a drop shadow, outer glow and pattern overlay blending option:

Drop Shadow Settings:

Blend Mode: Multiply
Color: 000000
Opacity: 20%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 5px
Spread: 0%
Size: 5px

Outer Glow Settings:

Blend Mode: Overlay
Opacity: 35%
Color: ffffff
Spread: 0%
Size: 21px

Pattern Overlay Settings:

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 40% (this will make your pattern darker, as the black background shows through more)
Pattern: Use the ‘wood border’ pattern applied earlier’.
Scale: 100%

Step 19

Now create a smaller circle within your border circle.

Apply an inner shadow, gradient overlay and stroke blending option:

Inner Shadow Settings:

Blend Mode: Multiply
Color: 000000
Opacity: 27%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 5px
Choke: 0%
Size: 5px

Gradient Overlay:

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Gradient: Ranging from 7c4102 4b2500
Angle: 90 degrees

Stroke Settings:

Size: 2px
Position: Outside
Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 40%
Color: 000000

Step 20

In your layers palette option+click on your inner circle layer. This will select the shape of this circle.

Then create a new layer called ‘highlight button’.

Drag out a white to transparent radial gradient from the top-center of your button. Then change this layer’s blend mode to ‘overlay’ and reduce it’s opacity to 40%.

Now using your custom shape tool create a black arrow in the center of your button.

Apply a gradient overlay and inner shadow blending option to this layer:

Inner Shadow Settings:

Blend Mode: Multiply
Color: 000000
Opacity: 50%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 1px
Choke: 0%
Size: 2px

Gradient Overlay Settings:

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Gradient: f49d40 to ce6f0a
Angle: 90 degrees

Step 21

Now place all of your layers relating to your button in a layer folder. Duplicate this folder, moving the duplicate to the opposite wooden sign area. Flip the contents of the folder so that the arrow points the other way.

And there you have it! A cool little button to use on your billboard designs!

Step 22

Now paste in the paper texture from your resources section, resizing and positioning it to fit under your billboard area. Call this layer ‘bottom area’.

Then apply a drop shadow and color overlay blending option:

Drop Shadow:

Blend Mode: Multiply
Color: 000000
Opacity: 20%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 5px
Spread: 0%
Size: 10px

Color Overlay:

Blend Mode: Normal
Color: ffffff
Opacity: 50%

The drop shadow adds subtle depth, and the color overlay makes the texture less intense and distracting for the overlying content:

Step 23

Now duplicate your nail layers from earlier, positioning them over the top corners of your paper area:

Step 24

Now add some text over your paper texture area. Use your guides to help with positioning.

Font Settings:

Font Face: Georgia
Size: 14pt
Styling: Italic
Kerning: -50
Color: 524e41

Step 25

Now paste in the icons from the resources section of this tutorial, placing them next to the headings in this ‘bottom area’.

Also paste in some client logos under ‘featured clients’, making sure to grayscale the images. If needed reduce the opacity of your client logos to make them have more of a watermark look:

Step 26

Now create a new layer called ‘footer’.

Fill the bottom 300px of your canvas with black. Then change the fill opacity (not the main opacity!) of this layer to 50%. Apply an inner shadow blending option, just to give a 1px black line above this footer area:

Inner Shadow Settings:

Blend Mode: Normal
Color: 000000
Opacity: 100%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 1px
Choke: 0%
Size: 0px

Step 27

Now apply some footer text.

Font Settings:

Font Face: Arial
Styling: Bold
Font Size: 14pt
Kerning: -50
Color: ffffff (and b3a894 in areas).

Step 28

Now paste in the social bookmarking icons from the resources section for this tutorial.

Apply an outer glow blending option just to make them stand out a little more:

Outer Glow Settings:

Blend Mode: Overlay
Opacity: 100%
Color: ffffff
Spread: 0%
Size: 40px

Step 29

Now create a layer called ‘dodge/burn’.

Go to edit>fill and fill your canvas with 50% gray. Then change this layer’s blend mode to ‘overlay’. This will hide your 50% gray, but allow you to paint black/white over your canvas.

Use a soft black paintbrush at a low opacity (around 10%) to paint in shadows over your design. Then use a soft white paintbrush at around 10% opacity to paint in your highlights. Just do this step until you’re happy with the result. The idea is to enhance the depth of the visual elements and give more focus to your overall design.

And We’re Done!

You can view the final outcome below. I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and would love to hear your feedback on the techniques and outcome.

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Download the original .psd file for this tutorial here:

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