Tutorial Spotlight: Shatter Background
Learn how to create an abstract shatter background that looks great in signature/banner backgrounds. This is a very quick, and easy technique that anyone can do.
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In this massive tutorial l will show you how to build a soft tech site from the ground up. There are several techniques covered in this tutorial that you will definitely have to master if you plan on designing web layouts as a profession, or just as a weekend web warrior. In any event, this tutorial should get you off the ground on the road to utilizing photoshops built in utilities for designing web layouts.
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Now go back to our layout, and get out the flood fill tool change the mode to "pattern" and choose the new diagonal pattern we just created.
Fill in the selection with the pattern.
Drop the opacity of this layer down to 15 percent:
Now for the creative part, start to make the header for the page and you're done. This is just like making a sig, but it should tie into your theme pretty well. I'm sure l'll write a
more indepth tutorial on this type of thing in the very near future. But here are some of the steps involved.
Open up a render for the background of our header, either one you've made or one that you've downloaded.
After opening up my render, l changed it to greyscale (this is a good idea, that way you can change the color(s) if you need to). Change the image to greyscale by going to
Image -> Mode -> greyscale. This will allow you to adjust the color(s) to your needs.
Then l pasted it onto the layer l was working with on the layout, and cropped everything but the portion that l wanted, which is near the top of the layout. Then l dropped the
opacity down to 39 percent.
Next l added color back into the render by pressing CTRL + U
checking colorize, and adjusting the settings.
Here's what l've got so far:
Creating the header for this type of a page, is similar to creating a signature. There are literally 100's of tutorials out there, but this is where you need to spend most of your
time when designing a webpage. Notice l've saved this part for last? Well l do this because the header should be a nice balance to the rest of the layout, and also add a
As you'll notice l've introduced a new color with my header, an electric blue looking color.
This header was made by just cropping out different pieces of pictures/renders that l've made myself, and that l've downloaded off of the net.
After l'd finished getting the basic look of my header, l imported it into flash, and added a few bells and whistles to draw the user's attention to the title of the webpage. More
on this in a future tutorial (if l receive any requests/emails). Because, obviously you'll want visitors to remember your site's name, and come back for more, right? At this
point, just continue to refine and add small details w/out going overboard. If you've made it this far, congratulations I hope you've picked up some useful photoshop
techniques and are prepared to being utilizing the power of photoshop to design your own layouts and websites.