How to Create Business Template in Photoshop

How to Create Business Template in Photoshop
Reduce its opacity a bit, to about 80% and set blending mode to Overlay. It's a small detail, but actually gives a bit of contrast.
Also make a white rectangle with small opacity (10%) starting from below the center to the top.
Now we will apply a blending layer. You can set it as a clipping layer or with a mask. The matter is that you want to apply it only to the button, not to the whole layout. Click this icon to bring up the menu and choose Vibrance. Then slide the Vibrance value to the positive numbers until you'll get life, vivid colors.
Add some text to it (I used Arial font for letters and Georgia font for numbers for I love it's text numerals) and eventually apply some simple shadow with blending options. Here's finished Call To Action button.
Now we'll create simple shape for menu items. Add guide on top of our call to action button, to align shape with it.
Now create a rectangular shape (try to use same radius as for button) all long the layout so it will touch the border guide. The height of the shape does no matter, but try to make it longer than a button. Use white color.
Rasterize the shape. Then make a selection from it (CTRL+Click on thumbnail), go to Select > Modify > Contract and apply a contract of 1 pixel. Select some marquee tool (any, just press M) and move a selection 30 pixels down (with arrows on your keyboard, hold SHIFT to move by 10 pixels rather than by one).
In the end hit DELETE so you'll get the following:
Make a long rectangular selection and delete also the stripes (that are left after the contraction) if they are too long.
Now just add the menu items and it's finished. I also added small noise to the finished shape, but not so hard as a background so the shape is still noticeable.

Step 7 - Main menu hover effects

The menu is actually created, but we also want it to have hover (and for one item- active) effect. We will make a mock-up in Photoshop of some sample hover and then in future steps we'll port it to css. The active effect will be created for login panel. Create a background for this item the same way that we have made an orange button next to it. Just don't add shadow and make border only on top and bottom edges. The rest can be fully reproduced.
You can hide this layer now on. We just know that it exists. Alright, pick dark color, like #2c2c2c and make a shape along the guides. I made it for 'About' menu item, but it is best to choose the longest one (if they are declared). Also change the font color of part that is theoretically hovered to light gray: #ededed.
Add shadow:
And border, so it will look more attractive, yet will be pretty insensitive for scaling its width.
Oh, here's a tip. For small fonts I generally use no anti-aliasing. I apply Strong or Crisp when the font size is bigger than 20 pixels. Most of text will be altered with real one in html and this is only mock-up, but I think it presents itself better.

Step 8 - Sample slider mock-up

We want to display a products within a slider. Firstly, let's make some guides to determine the space for it. Mine is 278 pixels high which is, actually, pretty random value. I just thought that this area will be fair enough to hold that task, didn't thought about it in aspect of pixels.

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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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