How to Create Business Template in Photoshop

How to Create Business Template in Photoshop
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I have added another- this time radial- gradient on the header background. Then deleted the part of top's shadow (CTRL+Click on layer in layer's window and hit delete). Oh, of course you are creating everything on separate layers. As you can see I have added some texture to the gradient, but actually don't bother to that. It will be mostly unnoticeable. It's just my habit to make gradients without pixel bounding. You can instead use Filter > Noise > Add noise so you will get similar (a bit weaker) effect.
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Then change this gradient's opacity to 55% and blending mode to Overlay.
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The header is finished. Now we're heading to add some logo and search form to it.

Step 4 - Header elements

First off, I have prepared some logo of ghost company. It really doesn't exist. Will not show you how to achieve it, you'll place your own logo so it is pointless, but I will show you how to add a bit of life to solid shapes. All right, start with logo. Place it next to the guide. I won't hide that I choose colors regardless to design. In fact, when you have a logo from your client it is important to fit it to the design. So you are creating whole design to fit the logo design (shape, colors, placement) or sometimes you are allowed to use grayscale logos so it is easier to fit them elsewhere.
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I want to add some lights and shadows to logo, but it is semi gray on some parts, if I will add a shadow it will be slightly visible, so firstly I duplicated this layer and moved the one below 1px down. Then gone to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and moved Brightness bar to -100. I also used a Gaussian Blur with really small radius so it is not so sharp on edges. We have easily done shadow underneath the logo.
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For now all the layers in this step will be created as a clipping masks. I have written about benefits from using clipping mask layers so I will not duplicate my content. Remember also to make as many layers as possible in case if you will want to change something later. Here's a sample.
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Use transparent gradient with darker color than the logo and apply it from bottom to top. That will stay for a shadow.
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If there is need, set this layer's blending mode to multiply. As you can see you can make a gradient without any selection and we are 100% sure it will not outbound the shape. Let's make some lights now. I've used two radial gradients, one for gray part and one for all shape that is really big and white, but its blending mode is settled to Overlay.
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For pop up the shape we can make some emboss. It's fast and simple task. Make a selection from logo (CTRL+Click on layer in layer's window) and fill it with white color.
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Do not deselect the image. Also make sure that you have active some selection tool so you could move a selection around image. Hit the left arrow on the keyboard so the selection will move 1 pixel to the left. Then hit DELETE. You can lower this layer's opacity to something like 75%.
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Step 5 - Search form

We will make a search form without a send button. Its action will be passed to a search icon that is (visually) inside the input box. Actually it is common to send the form with Enter/Return key but for some reasons it is also good to make a clickable sender. Okay, use Rounded Rectangle Tool to make a white shape like this, align it with guide.

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6 comments on “How to Create Business Template in Photoshop”

  1. I have been trying so hard to make my own templates. There are so many tutorials out there, but it always seems like one or two things are missing from the final product. Either that, or I am missing something within the instructions.

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