One of Photoshop CC 2015 new feature is more or less the same with Illustrator artboard, allowing us to create multiple pages within one document. But Photoshop’s artboard is more flexible because we can freely change the arboard size and position.
Now we can be more productive, because we are able to create multiple design pages inside a single document. For example, we can use it for designing multiple layout for a responsive website, or multiple pages of an app interface, or somehing that is more simple like designing a banner ads.
What you’ll be creating
This time we will design banner ads about promotional discount from a fake restaurant. As you can see, the same design will be adapted in various banner size, this is where the artboard feature become useful.
Within Photoshop CC 2015, press CTRL+N to create a new document. Select Document Type: Artboard. Below it, you can choose any default artboard size or set it manually from the width and height input box.
For this tutorial, I set the width to 728 px and height 90 px. Click OK.
An artboard is now created with spesific width and height as we set in the previous step. To select the arboard, click on its name.
To change artboard name, double click on its name from the layers panel.
Draw a rectangle shape, set the fill to green (#197b30) and stroke to none. Draw a long rectangle shape, see image below as your reference.
When you’re done creating rectangle, the Properties panel is shown automatically. This was also a new feature in Photoshop CC 2015.
We can adjust corner radius value to make a rounded rectangle. In this example, fill the corner radius value that was located in the bottom-right corner to 80 px.
Press CTRL+J to duplicate rectangle layer. Change the fill color to bright green (#8dc63f) then use Move tool to nudge it to the left. See image below as your reference.
Press CTRL+O, then select and open food bowl image. I use Pen tool to select this food bowl. If you have another selection tricks, just do what works best with you. Done selecting, press CTRL+C to copy selected area.
Go back to our artboard document, press CTRL+V to paste selected food bowl image. Before downscaling the food bowl, convert it into a Smart Object first.
Add Drop Shadow layer style for food bowl layer. Set the Opacity: 9%, Angle: 90, Distance: 7 and Size: 0.
Click OK to apply drop shadow layer style. Below, you can see the result.
We’re going to make a vector sunburst effect. For your convenience, let’s do this on a new document. Create another document, set the width and height to 800 pixels each. Click OK.
Use the Polygon tool to create a black triangle shape with no stroke.
Press CTRL+T to transform triangle shape, make it taller. See image below as your reference. Don’t hit ENTER yet.
From option bar, change the reference point to center-bottom. Tilt the triangle clockwise around 15 degree. Hit ENTER to apply transformation.
We can repeat transformation and also copy the shape at the same time by pressing ALT+SHIFT+CTRL+T. Do this once to see how it works.
Repeat copying and transforming triangle shape until you got a full-round circle.
In order to make the background transparent, remove the background layer. Save this document into .psd file with appropriate name like ‘sunburst’ or something like that.