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As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:
Yesterday I posted an article about the popular Bokeh effect:
Today I’m going to show you how to integrate this effect into the header of a sleek portfolio website.
Create a new document (900X800px) and create a new layer called ‘brush layer’.
Create a black circle anywhere on your canvas. To make a perfect circle hold shift as you drag out your marquee tool. Then change your layer’s fill opacity to 50%. Apply a 1px black stroke blending option (this should be darker than your actual circle as it’s at 100%).
With your background layer hidden, and your circle layer active, go to edit>define brush preset. Save your brush as ‘bokeh brush’.
Create a new layer called ‘header’. Apply a gradient diagonally across your selection ranging from dark blue to dark purple.
Now create a new layer called ‘header bokeh 1′. Select your paintbrush tool and select your ‘bokeh brush’. Then apply the brush settings below:
Apply your bokeh brush (make sure you make the color white) over your header.
Then change this layer’s blend mode to ‘soft light’ and reduce it’s opacity to 10%.
Create a new layer called ‘header bokeh 2′ and apply the same technique, this time making your layer 70%. Finally apply a third layer ‘header bokeh 3′, keeping your layer opacity at 100%.
Now merge all of your bokeh brush layers together, and reduce this merged layer’s opacity to 60%.
Now apply white to transparent radial gradients on a new layer called ‘highlights’. Change this layer’s blend mode to ‘overlay’. This should give your header some great highlight lighting effects.
Apply some light blue logo text to your header, and give it drop shadow and outer glow setting (see values below):
I also went to image>adjustments>hue/saturation and altered the hue of my header background to make it more than blue/green.
Now use your marquee selection tool to create a menu bar beneath your header. Fill this selection with a dark blue – dark green gradient and add some menu text.
Create a layer above your menu bar and below your text layer. Create a white-transparent radial gradient below the ‘home’ link. Change this layer’s layer opacity to 50% and it’s blend mode to ‘overlay’.
Add a headline to the top left of your white area. I used size 48pt Arial with -50 kerning. Then I apply a drop shadow and inner glow blending option (settings below):
Add some further text and a screenshot of one of your designs:
Create a new layer called ‘button’. Create a rounded rectangle shape (radius 10px) and apply a gradient overlay, inner shadow and drop shadow effect (see details below):
Now copy the bokeh circles from your header and paste them over your button layer. Repeat the techniques to create the header effect, but this time over your button, including adding your radial gradient highlights (remember to change their blend mode to ‘overlay’.) Reduce the opacity as necessary:
Add a gray footer area to your design:
Now to finish off your design simply add a smaller version of your logo to the footer and a menu/copyright notice.
I really hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and would love to hear your feedback!
If you want to view the full sized final image, then click here:
Tom is the founder of PSDFAN. He loves writing tutorials, learning more about design and interacting with the community. On a more interesting note he can also play guitar hero drunk with his teeth.
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