In this tutorial I am going to show you how to create a clean corporate layout in Photoshop.
- pixelated blue rectangle
Step 1: Create a new document
Create a new document (Ctrl+N) in Photoshop with the size 1200px by 750px. Then select the Gradient Tool (G) and draw a gradient #792700 to #000000 from the top to the bottom of your document.
Step 2: Add some colors to your background
Create a new layer, select the Brush Tool (B), select a soft brush with the diameter 300px and add some colors to your layout. I have used red, orange and blue. Name this layer “color.”
Step 3: Add a texture to the background
Now we are going to create a texture for our background. Open in Photoshop the leafs image which you have downloaded at the beginning of the tutorial and move it into your document using the Move Tool (V). Right-click on this layer and select Convert to Smart Object. Then go to Filter > Artistic > Film Grain and use the settings from the following image. Then go to Filter > Pixelate > Mosaic, and again use the settings from the following image. Set the blend mode for this layer to Difference, the opacity to 30% and name it “texture”
Step 4: Create a dark background for the content
Create a new layer, select the Rounded Rectangle Tool (U), set the Radius to 3 pixels and create a rounded black rectangle. Then double-click on this layer to open the Layer Style window and use the settings from the following image for Drop Shadow. Set the opacity of this layer to 70% and name it “black shape.”
Step 5: Use groups to organize your layers
Hold down the Ctrl key and select all the layers which you have created until now and then group them (Ctrl+G). Name the group “background.”
Step 6: Create more groups
Create a new group (Layer > New > Group) and name it “home.” Then create another group inside the “home” group and name it “logo.”
Step 7: Add a logo and a tagline
Create a new layer inside the “logo” group. Then select the Type Tool (T) and write the name of your layout using the color #f4f4f4. Double-click on this layer to open the Layer Style window and use the settings from the following image. Then create a new layer and write a tagline using the color #eeeeee.
Step 8: “Sign up” and “login” buttons
Now we are going to create two buttons in the upper right corner of our layout. Create a new group and name it “Sign up | Login.” Then select the Rounded Rectangle Tool (U) and create a rounded rectangle like I did. Double-click on the shape’s layer to open the Layer Style window and use the settings from the following image. Set the foreground color to white and use the Type Tool (T) to write the words “Sign up | Login” on your button. Set the opacity of the text layer to 75%.
Step 9: Create a blue line with the height of 1 px
Create a new group and name it “Navigation.” Create a new layer, select the Single Row Marquee Tool and click once on your document to create a selection with the height of 1px. Fill that selection with the color #406f94 and delete what is outside of the black rectangle using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M). Set the opacity of this layer to 40% and name it “Line.”
Step 10: Add a gradient to the navigation bar
Create a new layer, select the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and create a selection like I did (note: you can use some guides to help you create the selection). Then select the Gradient Tool (G) and draw a gradient #35423e to transparent from the bottom to the top of the selection. Hit Ctrl+D to deselect. Then go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise and use the settings from the following image. Name this layer “gradient” and leave a distance of 1 pixel between the line and the gradient.
Step 11: Write the names of your layout’s pages
Select the Type Tool (T) and write the names of your layout’s pages in the navigation bar. Then double-click on the text layer to open the Layer Style window and use the settings from the next image. The font which I have used is called Greyscale Basic.