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In this tutorial we will be making an awesome, beautiful portfolio in Adobe Photoshop. The landing page will contain a header section, slider, an eye-catching about you text, what you do, a section for your current project, a footer that will contain about you, latest news, and latest tweets. This tutorial will be detailed so that beginners can follow through. Let’s get started!

Here is what we will be making, click on the image for a full preview:

Resources for this tutorial

Step 1: Setting up the Document

Start by creating a 1400px x 1750px document in Photoshop.

Ruler Tool is very useful for this tutorial make sure that rulers and guides is turned on.

  • Rulers: Ctrl + R
  • Guides: Ctrl + ;

Also one important thing when using Ruler Tool is the Info(Information) Panel. This is very useful when you are measuring using the ruler as the information will be shown in the information panel. Make sure that this is shown in your panels at the right. If it is not shown you can access this by going to Windows – Info.

The total width of this site will be 960px. So, let’s create our first guide by going to View – New Guide, set the value to 220px. Repeat the step of create a guide but now change the value to 1180px, this will make a total of960px to the center of our canvas.

Step 2: Working on Background

Fill the background layer with #d8e4d6. Download the pattern from the resource above. Now, select Paint Bucket Tool(G) set it to pattern from the dropdown menu.

Select a pattern as shown in the screenshot below. Create a new layer above the background layer and fill it, and lastly set the blend mode to Soft Light.

Select Rectangle Tool(U), set the fill color to #23353e. Create a 100% by 330px shape at the very top of the page.

Apply this Blending Option

  • Stroke: #1a272e

  • Drop Shadow: #fff

Go to Filter – Convert for Smart Filters, again go to Filter – Noise- Add Noise.

Step 3: Working on Header

The header section will contain a Logo and Navigation. Remember it is important to organize your layers by naming and grouping them. I will leave it up to you how you organize and name your layers.

First we will create a zigzag pattern the same as on the preview above. To create it create a new document size15px by 15px, background to transparent. Using Pencil Tool (B) fill color #1a272e create a shape a shown in the screenshot below.

Go to Edit – Define Pattern name it zigzag. Now, using Rectangle Tool (U) with the same fill with our pattern, create a 100% by 20px shape at the very top of the canvas.

Using Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) create a 100% by 15px selection and fill it with the pattern we made using Paint Bucket Tool (G).

Apply this Blending Option

  • Drop Shadow: #fff

Result

Logo

For the logo I used a font name Lobster Two that you can find on Google Fonts. Let’s put up our site logo usingText Tool(T), size 36pt, color #fff.

Apply this Blending Option

  • Drop Shadow: #000

Navigation

For the navigation I used the font Museo that can also be found on Google Fonts. Select Text Tool (T), Museo 700, size 16pt, color #fff & #67b256 and add this navigation links home, portfolio, blog, contact.

Step 4: Working on Slideshow

The sideshow section will contain image preview, description, and controls.

Image Preview

We need to create a base layer to hold the images for our image preview. To do this select Rectangle Tool(U)and create a 960px by 300px shape.

Apply this Blending Option

  • Stroke: #fff

Now that we have a base layer we will create a shadow on both corners so that it will pop up and have some depth. To create a shadow create a shape using Pen Tool(P) as shown in the screenshot below.

Fill the shape with #000. Go to Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur.

Again go to Filter – Blur – Motion Blur.

lastly set the layer Opacity to 50%.

Text Description

Using Text Tool(T) add text as shown in the screenshot below.

Slider Controls

To create the next & previous buttons select Rounded Rectangle Tool(U) Radius to 10px. Refer to the screenshot below for the guide.

Merge both shapes and resize it about 13px by 21px.

Apply this Blending Option

  • Drop Shadow: #fff

  • Inner Shadow: #000

  • Color Overlay: #cce7df

Duplicate the arrow and transform it on the other side. Change the Color Overlay to #fff and place it as shown in the screenshot below.

Now that we have our previous & next button, let’s create the identifier “circles” or what ever they call it. UsingEllipse Tool create a 19px by 19px shape color #cce7df. Apply the same Inner Shadow & Drop Shadow as we did in our Previous & Next buttons.

Make a selection of the circle by pressing Ctrl + Click to the vector mask thumbnail of the shape in the layers panel. Go to Select – Modify – Contract. Contract it by 5px and fill with #fff.

Apply this Blending Option

  • Drop Shadow: #000

Group the circles that we have just created and duplicate it 2 times. Select 1 of the circles and change the fill color to #67b256.

Step 5: Working on About Text

To start let’s create first the dashed lines pattern. Create a 20px by 20px transparent document. Using Pencil Tool(B) color #9b9b9b create a shape as shown in the screenshot below.

Name the pattern anything. Now, create a selection 960px by 20px and fill it with the pattern we just made. Duplicate the layer and apply a Color Overlay #fff.

Let’s add our About text using Text Tool(T). After placing the text add a drop shadow color #fff.

Make another selection 40px below the text and repeat the step as we did in making our dashed lines. Delete the middle section of dashed lines. You may have something that looks like in the screenshot below.

We will be placing a cool shape on the middle. Select Shape Tool(U) and select a shape as shown in the screenshot below.

Create that shape with the same fill color of our dashed lines and drop shadow.

Step 6: Working on What I Do

For this section we will just make a title header and a sample description about what you can offer. Also, we will be making a read more button. This section will be divided into 3 columns the width for each column will be300px and the distance from each columns will be 30px I’ll leave you to create a guide for that.

Now, select Text Tool(T) and add a title header and a sample description, refer to the screenshot below for the format.

For the read more button. Select Rounded Rectangle Tool(U), set the Radius to 3px the color will be #67b256. Create a button using it the size will be 90px by 25px.

Apply this Blending Option

  • Inner Shadow: #fff

  • Stroke: #fff

Result!

Duplicate it twice and place it according to your guides.

Step 7: Working on My Current Projects

In this section we’re obviously placing our most current projects. The header will be the same text format and color as we did in our what I do. Using Text Tool(T) place the header text 60px below the read more button.

Select Rectangle Tool(U). For the images we will first make a base layer to hold the images, the size will be300px by 150px. Place it 30px below the header.

Apply this Blending Option

  • Outer Glow: #000

  • Stroke: #fff

After applying, duplicate it twice and place it accordingly.

Step 8: Working on Testimonials

This section will contain thumbnail images of client work, testimonials, name, and a website url. For the image thumbnail create a base 90px by 90px #fff base shape using Rectangle Tool(U). Apply the same outer glow as we did in our current project. Place it as shown in the screenshot below.

Add dummy text for testimonials, name and website url using Text Tool(T). Refer to the screenshot below for the format.

Step 9: Working on Footer

Footer section will contain about, latest news, latest tweets, and copyright text. First we will need to create our base layer, this is just a repeated steps as we did in our header section. Using Rectangle Tool color #23353ecover the remaining section 80px below the testimonials. Next, you will convert it to smart filters by going toFilter – Convert for smart filters, again go to Filter – Noise – Add noise 0.5%.

Make a selection using Rectangle Marquee Tool(M) and fill it with zigzag pattern. Rotate it vertically as shown in the screenshot below.

Still this footer section will be divided into three columns. 1st column is for the about section, 2nd for latest news, and 3rd for latest tweets.

About Me

For the header the font and font color has change to #fff with a 1px #000 drop shadow. The dummy text for about me the text format is Droid Sans 13pt #a4afb4 and apply the same drop shadow.

To create the image thumbnail first you should grab a 130px by 160px image.

Apply this Blending Option

  • Outer Glow: #000

  • Stroke: #fff

Duplicate it twice and transform it by pressing Ctrl + T and rotate it a bit to the left and right.

Latest News

The same header and text. For the date and category color will be 667983, size 11pt. For the dividers color will be #0f161a, #37515e.

Grab a copy of read more button, change the color to #286065. Text wil be #fff, #0f161a.

Change Blending Option

  • Stroke: #0f161a


Result!

Latest Tweets

The same text format. Link color #67b256.

Copyright

Using Rectangle Tool(U) color #1a272e create a 100% by 70px at the very bottom of the canvas. Apply a noise using the same step as we did to our base layer in our header and footer.

Apply this Blending Option

  • Inner Shadow: #fff

Using Text Tool(T) add your copyright text. Droid Sans 12pt color #667983. Also, add a 1px drop shadow. Place this copyright text on the left side, on the other side duplicate a copy of the logo and place it at the bottom right side of our footer.

Wew! Here is our Final Result!

I hope you enjoyed and learned something from this tutorial. If you have questions just drop it below. :)

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HTC Eris Smartphone

HTC Touch 2 Smartphone

HTC Desire HD

Tt MP3

iPhone Mania

Apple iPhone 4 PSD

iPhone 4 PSD

Motorola Droid

Android GUI Interface Design Package

Apple iPhone 4G psd Layered Material

Apple iPhone 4 PSD

iPad PSD

Google Nexus One Phone Pictures Layered Template Material

Google Nexus one V2 Templates

Nokia 5300 Cell Phone Interface

Tt MP2

Nokia phone black

Motorola Droid 2

Sony Ericsson W800

Motorola Droid

iSlate Photoshop Template

TabletPC

IPod Nano

Apple iPhone 4

Motorola Neon

Samsung Nexus Z

HTC HD3

HTC Nexus One

Dell Metro

iPad PSD

HTC HD2 Smartphone

Tv Mobile

Motorola Droid X

HTC EVO 4G

Samsung Nexus Z

Nokia Sleek Mobile

Windows Phone 7

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HTC HD3

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HTC Chachacha

HTC Smartphone

HTC Nexus One

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DC-660i

Samsung Star S5230

Nokia E7

Damino

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Maemo 5 GUI

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If you want to know more about Felipe, you should access his Website.

A designer spends around 8-12 hours a day in their office. This means almost half of your day you’re holed up in your cubicle, doing projects, web layouts and designs for clients. Because you spend almost half of your day in the office, you should make your office at most enjoyable, and at least live-able. If you’re feeling a bit uninspired in your office, it’s time to spruce up your office. You don’t need any major renovations, just add a few creative office items here and there.

 

Here are some great ideas and gadgets to bring fun and creativity into a designer’s office:

1. Balloon Calendar

Image from Ads of the World

This calendar is fun and festive. It cheers up everyone in the office, with the balloon’s carefree feeling. It comes with different colors for the different months of the year.

2. Walls Notebook

Every artist or designer needs a notepad to write down important notes and reminders, or to doodle that next big idea. But wouldn’t it be cooler if you put them on walls like a graffiti artist? The walls notebook is perfect for this–it has 80 clean New York ‘walls’ for you to paint, tag, graffiti or scrawl on. It’s creative, cool, and you won’t risk the chance of being arrested for vandalism.

3. 8-bit Flower Bouquet

Spice up your otherwise boring desk with this quirky 8 bit flower bouquet. Perfect for geeks at heart.

4. Cursor Mouse

A great mouse designed like a cursor, by Art Lebedev Studio. It is designed to fit the hand for ultimate comfort and flexibility.

5. Infectious Disease Stress Balls

Stress balls are great for keeping yourself sane. It’s great to keep your nerves in check, especially if you feel like you want to burn the whole building down or tear your client’s head apart. These stress balls are fun, you squeeze them hard and blisters will protrude. Diseases available are cooties, smallpox, zombie virus and bubonic plague.

6. Cigarette Pen

 

A cigarette that’s actually useful.

7. USB Beverage Cooler

The USB beverage cooler is retro stylish with a blue LED light inside. This gadget keeps your beverage cool in a stylish way. Your office mates will be jealous.

8. My Document Sleeve

The ultimate laptop sleeve for web designers and developers. It even has a removable cursor.

9. Play More Notepad

Often the use of the paper comes to end when it is torn, crunched up and thrown in the dust bin. But this creative notepad design extends its life use by making it more fun. The Play More notepad is designed by dutch design firm Trapped in Suburbia and was a finalist for the European Design Awards.

10. Rotating 360 Lego Sockets

A multi-socket outlet that can be removed and rotated on whim.

11. Ninja Star Push Pins

Ninjas can work in an office too, you know. And they work with a vengeance.

12. Camera USB

Whether you’re a photographer or not, you’ll appreciate this smart USB flash drive. Like a real SLR camera you can detach the lens from the camera body. The camera lens serves as the USB, a great device for transferring your images and documents from one place to another.

They also come in many different lens types. Just lovely.

13. Talk to the Hand Sticky Notes

Now you never have to write important reminders on your hand again–there are 300 other hands to write on, such as this awesome Talk-to-the-Hand sticky notes.

14. Super Kid USB Hub

Hook various USB devices with the boy’s hands and feet.

15. Book End Arrows

At first look it seems like the arrows are magically keeping your books in place. But in actuality, the arrows are magnetic and the end books have a thin metal piece inside, keeping the arrows magically afloat.

16. Melting Clock

Your office will look like a Dali surrealist painting with this lovely addition. The melting clock makes a great timepiece at the same time decor to every room.

17. Electronic Rock Guitar Bag

This bag is a rock star. When you strum it, it plays a realistic electronic rock guitar sound–bring music with you anytime, anywhere. It can play all the basic chords. Plus, it’s the perfect bag to place all your designer essentials: laptop, pens, notepads, and the like.

18. Crinkle Cups

I just learned something: a plastic thing that looks so ugly and discarded can look like a work of art in ceramic. It is designed by Robert Brandt, and since its introduction in 1975, it has become a hit for keeping all types of liquids.

19. Staple-free Stapler

An awesome tool that can staple papers together–without the use of staples! It’s handy, safe and environment friendly, too!

20. Character Eye Stickers

If you are a sucker for all cute things (like me), you’ll love these stickers. They turn your everyday office supplies into friends. Even something as simple as this can make your day more enjoyable.

Image from edgecastcdn and shelterrific

21. Circuit Board Mouse Pad

If you want to make a geeky statement, opt for this simple but ultra-geeky circuit board mouse pad. This unique mouse pad design is made from real recycled circuit boards.

22. Monkey Cable Organizer

It’s simply a cute rubber monkey with flexible arms to keep your wires and cables organized.

23. Wooden Ball Point Pen

It’s a ball pen carefully disguised as a pencil. Clever, isn’t it?

24. RoyalTea Tea Bags

If you are more of a tea than coffee person, you’ll love this. Have your own personal ‘tea party’ (pun intended) with your favorite political figures, royalties and strippers with the DemocraTea, RoyalTea and StripTea, respectively. Each set comes with 5 tea bag sachets.

25. Magnetic Key Holder

Isn’t it annoying when you lose your car keys on your messy bag or desk? Now you don’t have to worry about that by getting yourself the magnetic key holder. It is a pretty strong magnet, and can hold up to 30 keys at a time. You’ll never lose a single key again.

26. Super Mario Filing Cabinets

It’s the 21st century, and while we are needing bulky filing cabinets less and less, we still need one for keeping a few important documents and papers. And who can deny these uber-cool and uber-geeky Super Mario filing cabinets?

27. Alphabet Book Shelf

The Alphabet book shelf is great for storing books on web design and others. Keep it in your office or your home, it could make an otherwise boring space into interesting and interactive.

28.Talk Board

A dry erase board to simply write what’s on your mind: project deadlines, meetings with clients, shopping lists, your kid’s carpool schedules, etc.

29. Sleeping Grizzly Bear Bean Bag

Every designer must have a resting nook in a corner. Wouldn’t it be great to sleep on a grizzly bear without being mauled?

30. Lock Mug

The lock mug thwarts other people from stealing your coffee cup again. Basically, it’s a coffee mug with a hole, and only the coffee cup owner has the key to plug-in that hole and use the cup to themselves. Created by Israeli designer Efrat Gommeh, this is a great mug for people who hate sharing their things with other people (such as myself, hehe)

And now I should go and probably get myself the Lock mug.

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13.10.2011

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