Monthly Archives: October 2011

Steve Jobs Dead: Legendary Inventor Through the Years (PHOTOS)

Legendary Inventor Steven Paul Jobs, co-founder and former chief executive of tech giant Apple Inc., died on Wednesday at the age of 56 as he sadly could not overcome pancreatic cancer and related health complications.

Apart from leaving behind his wife Laurene, 47, and four children, Steve leaves behind a legacy that includes ground-breaking products in many sectors: iPhone, the best-selling smartphone, App Store, the world’s biggest smartphone application store, iTunes, the world’s largest online music store and iPad, the best-selling tablet computer. Apple, which stared at bankruptcy just 14 years ago, is now the second most valuable company.

“Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators — brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it. The world has lost a visionary. He changed the way each of us sees the world,” President Barack Obama said in a statement.

Apple fans will remember Jobs most fondly for his famous keynote speeches — often referred to as ‘Stevenotes’ — where he would announce new products, often holding them aloft to thousands of applauding journalists.

As a sign of respect, the flags at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters are at half-mast; fans have begun to leave flowers outside his California home, and others have written messages outside Apple Stores across America.

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple,” Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said.

“We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much,” Cook added.

Jobs’ family has released the following statement:

“Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family. In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.”

“We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.”

Apple Inc.'s Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs is shown in this combination photo of file photographs dating (top row L to R) July 2000, November 2003, September 2005, (bottom L to R) September 2006, January 2007 and September 2008.

Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs

Digital skin drafting in compositing -Sivaji The Boss

Software: shake

About the Film:
'nextlevelanimation'

The film “Sivaji The Boss” starring super star rajini is the costliest film made in india to date. Directed by S.Shanker, Cinematography by K.V.Anand, Music by A.R.Rahman, Produced by A.V.M Productions.

About Rajini, hero of the film:

He is well known actor worldwide. People call him Super Star because of his unique style. He is the 2nd highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie chan.

In this film, director Shanker wanted to change Rajini’s wheatish complexion to a white European complexion. As a visual effects company (Indian Artists) this was a challenging task for us because we guess nobody has executed this type of concept in the world. Thanks to Mr. Shanker for giving us this opportunity to execute his brilliant idea.

The Technique behind Dark skin to fair skin:
"next level animation "

To begin with, we (Indian artists) did an in-depth study of the European complexion. We found that white skin reflects more light and has less shadow when compared to dark skin and is translucent in some areas. Therefore a simple color correction of the hero’s skin would not achieve the desired effect.

"next level animation "

next level animation


"next level animation "

next level animation


For the shoot a London based young white lady with a fresh complexion and flushed cheeks was chosen and with the help of Cinematographer Mr.K.V.Anand every single shot of the hero was repeated with her because lighting conditions change in every shot. After the final edit all the 630 hero shots and 630 girl shots were scanned in 4K resolution. Each of the 9000 scanned frames ware rotoscoped to separate the body parts (face, hands, legs etc.). The white lady’s skin was mapped onto the Super Star’s image using Eyeon “Digital Fusion” software. Thus the Super Star got his glowing white complexion. Thank to the “Rising Sun Research” people for providing Cine Space Plug-in to get the perfect film look

There were two difficult aspects in this project. One was matching the girl’s action with the hero’s action and the second was matching both of their body proportions during mapping

Though it sounds simple, the work involved was laborious and painstaking. Great attention was paid to detail right from the shoot until the final print. It has taken 25 dedicated CG technicians almost a year to achieve this 6 min. feat


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Autodesk releases cloud-based capabilities for designers

Subscription customers gain exclusive access to design optimisation, visualisation and collaboration in the cloud

3D design, engineering and entertainment software company Autodesk has launched Autodesk Cloud, a collection of more than a dozen Web-based capabilities, products and services.

The new offering would enable customers to extend their desktops with greater mobility, new viewing and sharing capabilities, and more computing power, said the company.

In addition, Autodesk Subscription customers will now have exclusive access to cloud-based rendering and design optimisation, and enhanced collaboration capabilities, said Autodesk.

The company added that Autodesk Subscription now provides 3 GB of online storage for each software license on Subscription for greater access to design and engineering documents, anywhere, anytime.

Autodesk works with multiple partners, including Amazon and Citrix, to provide a scalable cloud computing infrastructure.

Autodesk Platform Solutions and Emerging Business senior vice president Amar Hanspal said for more than a decade, Autodesk has embraced the power of the cloud to extend the functionality of our design solutions and help our customers work more effectively.

He added, “With Autodesk Cloud, we are demonstrating an even greater commitment to helping our customers solve the world’s toughest design and engineering challenges.”

AutoCAD WS and the Autodesk Design Review mobile app are available on the iOS App Store.

The company said additional cloud services exclusive to Autodesk Subscription customers include: Cloud rendering; Inventor optimization; Revit Conceptual Energy Analysis; Green Building Studio; and Buzzsaw software as a service (SaaS).

More information http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc/index?id=17662508&siteID=123112

Create 3 Retro MP3 Players in Photoshop

Final Product What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to create 3 retro MP3 players in Photoshop. Each design will include a different type of media, a CD, record, and tape. Let’s get started!

 


Tutorial Assets


Step 1

Create a new file. Set Width and Height to 900×900 at 72 PPI Resolution. Now create a new group and name it Player Shape or Body, inside that group create a new layer.


Step 2

Now using the Rounded Rectangle Tool (U) set the radius to 50 px, color to #363636 and create a shape similar to the one showed in the image below.


Step 3

Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) make a selection starting a few pixels away from the left side and continue it over the right side. Make sure to include the whole shape, exactly like in the image below.
Now go to the option bar under the Layers and click on the Add Layer Mask icon.


Step 4

Now to apply some Layer Styles. Right click the shape layer and go to Blending Options. Now use the exact values that I’ve used, or you can play around. The Pattern can be
found on the Tutorial Assets list or inside the PSD.


Step 5

Adding some effects to the layer shape. Create a new layer above this layer vector shape, right click it and select Create Clipping Mask. This will only show parts of the layer inside the shape of the vector shape layer. Now fill the layer with white #fffff using Paint Bucket Tool (G). Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise and set the Amount to 400%, Distribution to Gaussian and check the Monochromatic box. After go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur and set the Angle to 0 and Distance to 32 pixels.


Step 6

Step 6 will help create some shadows on the layer. Create a new layer, right click it and select Create Clipping Mask than select a color, I used #363636, a dark grey.
Select Brush Tool (B), set the size to 180 pixels, Hardness to 0 and select Soft Round Pressure Opacity Brush. Start brushing at the end of both sides of the shape, and now
set the blending mode for the layer to Multiply and the Opacity to 23%.


Step 7

Using Rounded Rectangle Tool (U) set the color to #00000 (this being black) and the radius to 50 pixels and create a shape like mine. Now apply some
Drop Shadow effect by following the values and selecting the white color #fffff


Step 8

Select the Rectangle Tool (U) and create a rectangle over the beginning of the previous shape. Change color to #f24e47 and apply a Pattern Overlay using the Club Pattern that can be found in the Pattern archive included in the Tutorial Assets, follow the settings and after right click on the layer and select Create Clipping Mask. This will mask the layer that we’ve been working inside the shape of the layer beneath.


Step 9

On the right end of the previous shape using Ellipse Tool (U) create a small circle, set the Fill to 0% and apply the following effects seen in the example.
The color used with the Stroke is #e1ddde.


Step 10

Now let’s make the buttons. We will have to do 3 buttons, but the other 2 are the same as the one we’re about to work on. Create a new group and name it Play Button. We will work inside this group now. Using Ellipse Tool (U) Make a black circle at half the size of the shape of the player. Follow the Blending Options and reduce the Opacity to 70%.


Step 11

Using Pen Tool (P) Create a triangle above the circle, set the color to #f24e47 and right click on the layer to select Create Clipping Mask.


Step 12

Make another small circle over the previous one, center it than create a Gradient Overlay like in the example.


Step 13

In this step we will be adding one effect I call radial metal effect. It is a very easy effect to make. Create a new layer, fill it with any color, after go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise and set the Amount to 400%, Distribution to Gaussian and check the Monochromatic box. Next step is to go to Filter > Blur > Radial Blur and set the Amount to 80, Blur Method to Spin and Quality to Good. Now reduce the Opacity of the layer to 12%, center the layer inside the circle so you get the tip of the vortex in the middle of the circle, right click it and select Create Clipping Mask. Name this layer Radial Metal effect.


Step 14

Using Pen Tool (P) make a shape similar to mine over the last circle. Set the color to black #00000. Now go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the Radius to 2 pixels and the Opacity of the layer to 12%. Right click on the layer and select Create Clipping Mask.


Step 15

Duplicate this last layer, put the Opacity to 100%, rotate it a bit and go to Image > Adjustments > Invert. If needed right click on it and select Create Clipping Mask.


Step 16

Once again Pen Tool (P) comes in hour help. Draw 3 triangles this time on the same layer. One black, one white and another black one. Select the 3 layers and merge them. Than go to Filter > Blur > Radial Blur and apply the same value to the radius as in step 14. Don’t forget to transform the existing layer into a Clipping Mask.


Step 17

Now we will be making the Play triangle shape. Using Pen Tool (P) make a white triangle shape like shown in the image bellow and apply the layer styles. Now copy paste the Radial Metal Effect layer above the Play symbol layer and make it a clipping mask. Ok button is ready.


Step 18

Moving to the next and back button. Duplicate the button group, and name it next. Resize it up to 50%, and be sure to delete the first triangle that we did. Duplicate the Play symbol; align them so that the tip of the left one meets the vertical side of the right one. Center them and we have a Next Button. Duplicate this layer, name it Back. Select the two Play symbols, pres Command + T, or CTRL + T, change the value of the width to negative (-) like shown in the preview, center it and we have 3 buttons for our player.


Step 19

Volume Button. Duplicate one of the Next or Back group, name it Volume Button. Delete the Play Symbol layers, create a shape using Pen Tool (P) like the one in the image, apply the same effects as in Step 17, and the Volume Button should be done too.


Step 20

Artist Information Box: Using Rectangle Tool (U) make a rectangle under the player shape, turn the Fill to 12% and apply the layer styles.


Step 21

Create a black square rectangle using Rectangle Tool (U), this will be the thumbnail holder for the album cover. Now using Horizontal Type Tool (T), pick a font and a size, I like Myriad Pro because it is a common and standard font. Insert text that represents the name of the song and apply styles to the text. Repeat the same step for the band and album part, use a smaller font but apply the same styles.


Step 22

Rating Stars. Using #f24e47 as a base color and with Custom Shape Tool (U) from where you will have to select the star shape, make 5 stars, the first 4 should be #f24e47 and the last one pure black #00000. Apply the same style to all 5 and our player is ready for action.


Step 23

CD Shape. Make a new group, name it CD. Using Ellipse Tool (U) make a perfect circle a little smaller than the size of the canvas and set color to #bcb4c3. Using Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) make a small circle in the middle of the big one, right click to Select Inverse, after press the Add Layer Mask button at the bottom of the layer panel.


Step 24

Make a new layer, select Brush Tool (B), set size to 99, hardness to 0 and select the Soft Round Pressure Opacity Brush. Start brushing using the colors suggested in the image bellow. When finished set the Opacity of the layer to 30% and make the layer a Clipping Mask.


Step 25

Apply the following styles to the shape layer.


Step 26

Once again, make a new layer, and start brushing like in the example using the suggested colors. Set the Opacity of the layer to 60% and make it a Clipping Mask.


Step 27

Duplicate the shape layer, and bring it in front of the two Clipping Masks, resize it to 98-96%. Apply only the layer style that you can find in the image below.


Step 28

Making some more effects. Create a new layer above the second circle shape. Use a bigger brush and #9a969d color and make a horizontal line like in the example. Hit Command/CTRL + T, right click and select Skew. Drag the right top corner holding SHIFT until it meets with the other one in the middle. Duplicate the layer 3 times and make a cross. Select the 4 layer, merge them and make the resulting layer a clipping mask.


Step 29

Insert a new layer, and using #f4f4f5 and #e2e2e3 as colors start brushing until you get something similar to the example.


Step 30

Radial Blur Effect. Make a new layer, fill it with any color, follow Step 13, after align the center of the “vortex” with the center of the CD and reduce the Opacity to 10%.


Step 31

Add a new layer, use Brush Tool (B) and start brushing away using the colors and direction in the example. Set the Opacity to 15% and blending mode for the layer to Darker Color.


Step 32

Redo the steps from 28 and 29, and get creative to give a glossy reflection to the CD shape.


Step 33

The basic CD shape is now done.


Step 34

Use Rectangular Tool (U) and make some free shapes like in the example. Select all of them and merge them. Hit Command/CTRL + T, right click and select Skew. Drag the two lower points to the middle. Now go to Filter > Blur > Motion BLur and set the Angle to 0 and the Distance to 11. Move it on the right side of the CD. Duplicate it and apply the style to the layer. Remember to make both layers clipping masks.


Step 35

Make a new circle inside the CD shape using Ellipse Tool (U), set the Fill to 0 and apply the style. Make another one, this time smaller, near the center, drop the Fill to 0 and apply the style to the layer. Add another layer and using Ellipse Tool (U) make a grey circle, use the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) to make another small one in the center of this one, Select Inverse and add layer mask. Drop the Opacity to 45%.


Step 36

Add a new layer, select Brush Tool (B), pick a smaller brush and using the two colors start brushing away. Drop the Opacity to 25% and transform the layer into a Clipping Mask. Make a new layer now, this one will be even darker than the previous one #424143, use Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) to make a circle a little bit bigger than the initial hole in the CD, make it a layer mask and apply the layer styles to it.


Step 37

Add a new circle using Ellipse Tool (U) and make it small, close to the middle end of the CD. Drop the Fill to 0 and the Opacity to 25% and apply the layer styles. Now add another layer, and using Ellipse Tool (U) make one more circle, exactly the size of the hole in the CD, drop the fill to 0 and apply the last layer style to it. Our CD is done, now to move to the Vinyl Disk version of the player.


Step 38

Create a new group and name it Vinyl Disk. Make a black #00000 circle using Ellipse Tool (U) almost as big as the canvas. After using Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) make a whole in the vinyl using the layer mask function that we’ve been doing. Apply the layer styles from the example.


Step 39

Duplicate that existing layer and reduce its size to 98%. After make a new layer. Fill it with black #00000 add some noise to it and radial blur, center the vortex in the middle of the disk.


Step 40

Add a new layer, go to Filter > Render > Clouds after go to Filter > Blur > Radial Blur and set the Amount to 100. Blur Method to Zoom and Quality to Best. Set the blending mode for the layer to Soft Light. Using Brush Tool (B) and #fffff (white) make a horizontal stroke crossing the disk. Command/Ctrl + T, right click to select Perspective than while holding the top left corner drag it down until the diagonals intersect in the middle. Set the blending mode of the layer to Soft light and we’re done. Duplicate it as many times as you like, I used only 3 copies, and change the position to give that reflection effect.


Step 41

Make a new circle but this time to 95% of the vinyl’s size. Drop the Fill to 0 and apply the layer style. Duplicate it many times, by dropping the layer size once you get closer to the center.


Step 42

In this step we will make another circle, this time using #ff0000, make it a little bigger than the whole in the disk, use Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) and make a small hole in the circle with the help of a layer mask, insert the Canvas Texture (this can be downloaded from the link in Tutorial Assets) transform the layer into a Clipping Mask, set the blending mode of thee layer to Multiply and it’s done.


Step 43

Make a small circle exactly the size of the hole we just did in the red canvas one, reduce the Fill to 0 and apply the layer style. Now make another one, this time bigger, almost as big as the red circle, drop the Fill to 0 and apply the layer style.


Step 44

In this step we will create the player arm. Make a new group, name it Player Arm. Using Ellipse Tool (U) make a black #000000 circle like the one in the example. Select Pen Tool (P) and select Paths from the upper menu. Draw a shape like the one I did in the example, right click it, select Make Selection and press the Add Layer Mask button.


Step 45

Add a new layer, use Brush Tool (B) and make a white #ffffff dot at the top of the circle, right click the layer and make it a Clipping Mask, set the blending mode of the layer to Soft Light. Now make another layer, fill it with any color, go to Filter > Noise > Add noise and raise the Amount to 400%, Distribution to Gaussian and check the Monochromatic box, after set the blending mode of the layer to Color Dodge, the Opacity to 15% and Fill to 50%.


Step 46

Make a new circle like the one in the example, fill it with #353535, add another layer on top of it use brush Tool (B) to make a black #000000 stroke on the right side of the circle. Transform the layer in a Clipping Mask. Duplicate the circle shape and move it a few pixels up in the right top direction and apply the layer styles.


Step 47

Add a new layer, and using Brush Tool (B) make a white #ffffff dot on the top left side. Make the layer a Clipping Mask and set the blending mode of the layer to Soft Light. Now duplicate the noise layer that we did in Step 45 and bring it on top of the white dot we just did, obviously making it a Clipping Mask too.


Step 48

Using Pen Tool (P) draw a shape like in the example, fill it with black #000000 and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, set the radius to 2, 5 pixels. Once again with the help of Pen Tool (O) make another shape with round corners like the one in the example, fill it with #464141 and apply the layer style.


Step 49

Make a white #ffffff shape this time using Pen Tool, but a little shorter than the previous one, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the radius to 2, 5. Make a small rectangle at the end of the arm, apply the layer style. Now using Pen Tool (P) make a shame like the one in the example and fill it with black #000000. Now we will work on two layers, the first one will have just a white #ffffff small stroke at the tip and the Opacity set to 10% and the second layer will have 2 strokes and the Opacity set to 15%. Both will have to be Clipping Masks.


Step 50

Duplicate the shape we just did using Pen Tool (P) and move it a few pixels up. Apply the layer style. Duplicate the white #ffffff stroke we did in the beginning of Step 49, position it like in the example. Now holding the ALT key pressed down, select the Vector Mask thumbnail of the layer below and drag it to this one. This will copy the vector shape and “trap” the stroke inside of it.


Step 51

Make a new group, name it Screw. Inside using Ellipse Tool (U) make a small circle and apply the layer styles. Use Rectangular Tool (U) to make a small black #000000 rectangle. Duplicate the group and move it down a little, so it looks like two screws are keeping the shapes together.


Step 52

This is the last audio format shape, the Cassette tape. Using the Rounded Rectangle Tool (U), set the radius to 10 pixels, the Fill to 65% and the color to #4e4e4e and make a shape like the one in the example. Apply layer styles. The Pattern can be found in the Pattern archive from Tutorial Assets.


Step 53

In this step we will add some details to the cassette. Using Pen Tool (P) set the color to #8c8c8c and make a shape similar to mine on the right side. Drop the Opacity to 45% and duplicate this layer mirroring it to the other side of the cassette. Pen Tool (P) will help this time to make two more details to the cassette, using #323232 and #5b5b5b as body colors draw two shapes like in the example. To the last shape reduce the Opacity to 80%. Now with the help of Ellipse Tool (U) and Rounded Rectangular Tool (U) make 4 white #ffffff shape like in the example. The last detail that we are adding in this step is a small black #000000 rectangle made using Rectangle Tool (U) and dropping the layers Opacity to 75%.


Step 54

Using Ellipse Tool (U) and Rectangular Tool (U) add some more details like in the example. After you’ve finished the work on the small details we are going to add the tape line. For this we will need to use Pen Tool (P) and set it to Paths. Make a path like in the example than set your brush to 1 pixel size and 0 hardness, fill color to #000000 and right click anywhere in the canvas to select Stroke Path.


Step 55

Adding the Screws. Make a new group and name it Screw. Make a small black #000000 circle in the inferior right corner like in the example and set it’s Opacity to 45%. Over this one make another circle this time 80% smaller and using white #ffffff while dropping the Opacity to 75%. Apply the layer styles to the white circle shape.


Step 56

Using a small black #000000 brush make some strokes on the top and lower part of the screw. Right click on the layer to make it a Clipping mask and drop the Opacity to 75%. Now select Horizontal Type Tool (T) and using Arial as a font, the size to 4, 5pt and the font style to Black make a + in the middle of the circle. Now apply the layer style. After everything is done, copy paste the group name Screw in one of the indicate areas in the example.


Step 57

Add a new group and name it tape. Make a brown #343732 circle and using Pen Tool (P) set to Paths make a path like the one in the example. Right click on the canvas and press Select Inverse than pres the Add layer mask button. Make a new layer over the tape shape and add a new circle, this time a white one #ffffff, transform it in to a Clipping Mask and drop the Opacity to 55%. Using Pen Tool (P) set to Paths make another selection like in the example and using a black #000000 brush, fill the inside of the selection until the grey is totally masked.


Step 58

Using Ellipse Tool (U) add a new circle but this time set the color to #aaaaaa. Make another circle using Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) and add another layer mask. Drop the Opacity to 55%. With the help of Ellipse Tool (U) make another small circle and set the Opacity to 55% than apply layer styles.


Step 59

In this step we will add the dots to the tape roll. Using Ellipse Tool (U) make a small circle like in the example, using #737373 than duplicate it until you get the same result like in the example. Now using Pen Tool (P) set to Shape layers and the color set to #9a5f5f make two shapes like in the example. Our tape roll is now done. Duplicate the group and you can rotate it as you want for a dynamic effect of the rolls.


Step 60

This last step will help make the stickers. Using Pen Tool (P) make a shape like the one in the example, after make a rectangular shape using Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and add a layer mask after you’ve inversed the selection. Apply the layer styles. Now make two shape using Rectangle Tool (U) one colored white #ffffff and the other one #f24e47. Make the layers Clipping Masks and apply the layer style to both of them.


Final Image

Design a Professional Clean Community Blog Theme in Adobe Photoshop

Final Product What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial you will learn how simple, straight forward design techniques can create a clean community blog theme in Adobe Photoshop. A few techniques discussed in this tutorial include the use of proper spacing, typography, colors and visual hierarchy — a few essential tools in a successful designer’s toolbox. Let’s get started!

 


About the Design

Today we’ll be looking at the design for Alex Pascal’s “Revolution Magazine” theme for WordPress. The fully coded version is available on ThemeForest as a WordPress blog theme.

Revolution Magazine is clean, modern, premium WordPress magazine, which also doubles as a community blog, personal blog, or whatever you shall use it for. If you have been looking for the spark to ignite your plain old blog into a popular magazine, you have found it.

It all starts with the design though, and Alex is going to walk us through how he approached the design phase of this project. As this is just a design tutorial, he won’t be going into the theme-coding, but remember that you can check out the Revolution theme at ThemeForest to see a live example. There are also a bunch of great WordPress Theme coding tuts over at Nettuts (like this one). We hope you like it – let’s dig in!


Step 1

Go to File > New > then set the height to about 2000px, the width to 1400px, and the resolution to 72dpi.

Revolution Magazine WordPress Theme Design

We also need to make sure that our Rulers and Guides are viewed. So, we’ll go to View > Extras / Rulers / Snap (so that our objects snap in alignment with our Guides).

Revolution Magazine WordPress Theme Design

We now need to set up some quick guide lines to use later on in the design. Go to View > New Guide… > Check “Vertical” and type in the following values, pressing “OK” after each one to insert it. We want guide lines at 220px, 250px, 380px, 420px, 830px, 860px, 880px, 1155px, and 1180px.

Now let’s fill our background with a solid color. Select the layer “Background,” right-click on it, and choose “Layer from background” and give it a name. Now, using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), create a selection over the whole canvas and fill the selection with #d0d0d0.

Revolution Magazine WordPress Theme Design

Step 2

We will now create a header background. Create a new layer and call it “header”, then grab your Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and make a selection at the top of your canvas spanning 175px high and fully across the canvas and fill it with any color. Double click on the layer you have just created and click on “Gradient Overlay” > existing gradient image > then set the right-most color to #383838. Position the left color at about 60% and change the color to #2D2D2D.

Revolution Magazine WordPress Theme Design

Now go ahead and duplicate the “header” layer and move it directly under the first header. Double click the layer once again and go to “Gradient Overlay” > existing gradient image > then set the right-most color to #e0e0e0. Position the left color at about 50% and change the color to #d0d0d0.

Revolution Magazine WordPress Theme Design

Now click on “Inner Shadow” and change the color to #EEEEEE, the opacity to 100%, distance to 1px, choke to 100% and size to 0px. Change the angle to 90 degrees and uncheck “Global Lighting” as we will be using different light angles throughout the theme.

Revolution Magazine WordPress Theme Design

Now that we have the background all ready to go, let’s make a logo for our site! Create a new layer, about 40px from the top and ligned up with the first guide line, using the Horizontal Type Tool (T), type the name of your site in your preferred font (demo images display Helvetica Neue LT Std but regular Helvetica or Arial works just fine). Proceed to changing the Layer Styles as displayed in the example below.

Revolution Magazine WordPress Theme Design

This is what your header should be looking like so far.

Revolution Magazine WordPress Theme Design

Step 3

A web site is nothing without a navigation, and a good one at that! Let’s now create a navigation bar that blends in with our existing header background.

Navigation

Create a new layer and call it “Vertical Gradient” and grab the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and make a 960px by 40px selection 115px from the top of the canvas, leaving about 20px underneath the selection for the background and fill it with any color. You can then add the Layer Styles shown in the image below to the layer you have just created.

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Now duplicate the layer you have just created and rename it to “Horizontal Gradient”. Change the Layer Styles according to the image below.

Revolution Magazine WordPress Theme Design

Finally, create a 960px by 1px line in a new layer called “darklight” right above the previous two layers and fill it with #1d1d1d. Your navigation should now look somewhat like in the image below.

Revolution Magazine WordPress Theme Design

Now let’s try making a custom “home” link button that will stand out from the rest of the links in the navigation. Create a new layer, and make a selection with the Rounded Rectangle Tool (U) about 50px by 60px vertically, filled with #444444, and fill in the bottom rounded edges so the selection is only rounded at the top.

Download this home icon, open it in Photoshop, and import it into your existing canvas. Resize it to about 18px by 17px and fill it with #999999. Center it in the previous layer you have made and now you have a stylish home link!

Next we are going to add navigation items to our navigation! Grab your Horizontal Type Tool (T), set the following styles below, and type in a menu item. In our example, the first item is “Documentation” with a description of “theme support & guide”. Add as many items as you’d like, leaving a padding of 20px between each menu item.

Revolution Magazine WordPress Theme Design

Social Media Icons

For the next step, we are going to need social media icons. We’ll start by downloading this set of social media icons, by KomodoMedia, and then placing four icons and desaturating them (Shift + Ctrl + U) like in the image below.

Revolution Magazine WordPress Theme Design

Congratulations! The header of our site is now complete! Let’s continue onto the body of the site.

Step 4

Now that the entire header is done, we are going to keep going on to the body of our site.

Main Body

For starters, we are going to divide the body into two halves — one for the main body content and the other for the sidebar. Create a new layer, call it “main body” and make a selection with the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) 640px wide and as tall as you want (at least 1000px or so), starting directly below the header background. Fill this selection with #ffffff. Now create a new layer, call it “sidebar” and make a selection 320px wide on the right of the “main body” layer and make it as tall as the main body. Fill it with #e6e6e6.

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Next, we will give the sidebar a slight inner shadow on the left side to create an “indented” illusion. Add the Layer Styles below to your “sidebar” layer.

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Featured Slider

Create a new layer and using the Rectangle Marquee Tool (M), make a 960px by 360px selection right at the top of our body, directly beneath the navigation and fill it with #e6e6e6. Create another layer and leaving a 25px margin on all sides, inside the previous selection, make a 910px by 312px selection and fill it with #ffffff. In Layer Styles, add a 1px #dddddd inner stroke on this layer.

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For the next step, we will need a sample image to use as a placeholder. Any image of anything will work so just find something that is 580px by 300px and put it in a new layer, fitting it 5px away from each side of the container we have just made.

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Create a new layer and call it “tab_hover”. Grab the Rectangle Marquee Tool (M) and make a 320px by 41px selection directly right of the image, in the top-right corner of the white slider container. Fill it with any color. Using the Polygonal Lasso Tool, click 20px left of the rectangle, exactly halfway in vertically and hold Ctrl while dragging diagonally up and right until you meet the rectangle’s top-left corner. Still holding Ctrl, drag down until you meet the bottom-left corner and finally, go back to the starting position. Fill this selection with any color.

Proceed to adding the styles shown in the image below to the “tab_hover” layer.

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Now make a 320px by 92px selection with the Rectangle Marquee Tool (M) directly beneath the tab, put it in a new layer called “tab_space” and apply the necessary Layer Styles described in the image.

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Now let’s repeat the steps to create the rest of the tabs, following slightly different styles in order to differentiate the “active” state from the rest of the tabs.

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Finally, we should come up with something that looks similar to this and all ready to go!

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Step 5

Whew! We’re almost there! With the hardest part out of the way, let’s continue onto the body of our site. In this step, we will discuss key techniques such as spacing.

Let’s begin our “Latest Post” section with a post. Let’s make a border by making a 615px by 210px selection with the Rectangle Marquee Tool (M), filling it with any color in a new layer called “border” and then adding a gradient described in the image below. As soon as we’re done with that, insert a 610px by 200px image, leaving 5px padding within the frame. The image is not important, so once again, you can use whatever you would like as a placeholder!

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Proper spacing is essential in a successful design. Our community blog theme demostrates its strength in overall consistency and spacing by having congruent margins all around the post elements to help the reader’s eye easily flow down the page. Let’s take a look at how our post will look, with the help of some guidelines!

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The next part is relatively explanatory. Using the Horizontal Type Tool (T), type out a heading, meta information, and excerpt for placeholders (you can use the text used in the demo image to save time) referring to the previous image for spacing and alignment help. Refer to the image below for text styles needed. Once all of the text is added, grab the Rounded Rectangle Tool (U) and make some quick buttons (approximately 120px by 32px), align them with the left side of the post and add the styles shown in the image below. You should now have an attractive post that you can duplicate over and over until you are satisfied!

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Step 6

Almost as vital a part as any in a community blog theme, the sidebar! For demonstrative purposes, we will just design a few generic widgets — obviously it would be impossible to cover a custom design for every widget out there but most of these will allow the creative juices to flow to create more!

For this part, we will need to download the free Icon Pack from Graphic River and import the RSS 48x48px and Twitter 48x48px icons into our project. Position these icons 20px away from the left side of the sidebar and make sure they are aligned vertically with the first post on the left.

Grab the Horizontal Type Tool (T) and type in a random number for the subscribers and followers using the Georgia font, and the words “subscribers” and “followers” in Arial as described in the image below.

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How about a simple advertisement widget? Sure! Grab the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and make a 280px by 410px selection, fill it with plain white, and give it an inner stroke of 1px #dddddd. Grab a couple of sample ads from Theme Forest and drop them into the new container, leaving 9-10px padding between each (depending on whether it’s between the border or between each ad).

Finally, type up a quick Text Widget with the Horizontal Type Tool (T) using the styles provided in the image below.

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Grab the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and make a 280px by 225px container. Fill it with #eeeeee and give it an inner stroke of 1px #dbdbdb. New layer, make a tab about 84px by 37px in the top left corner of the container, leaving 4px padding on each side, then in the same layer create another 270px by 180px selection and fill it with white, creating a rectangle with a small rectangle sticking out in the top left. Give it an inner stroke of 1px #e0e0e0. Finish off the other 2 tabs, leaving 4px padding on each side at all times. Fill out the text with Arial 12px Bold. Make a 3px by 3px bullet filled with #bbbbbb and create as many items as you’d like.

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That’s it for the sidebar, let’s move onto the rest of the site!

Step 7

Now we’re slowly wrapping up this site with… you guessed it, the footer! Let’s prepare our footer by creating a quick background for it. Grab the Rectangle Marquee Tool (M) and create a 960px by 510px selection in a new layer, directly beneath the main body background. Fill this selection with #2d2d2d. This will serve as our footer with 4 columns in it. Directly beneath this block of color, make a selection 960px by 60px and fill it with #1d1d1d and put it in a new layer. This will serve as the “copyright” portion of the footer and a simple but effective way to signify the end of the page.

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In our site, we will have 4 even columns in the footer, each 200px wide with a 25px margin between each one. To keep things uniform, we will also leave 25px at the top of our footer, after which we will have the headings of each column. Go ahead and grab the Horizontal Type Tool (T) and begin typing out the headings for each column, using the styles described in the image below. Leaving 20px underneath the headings, type out a short paragraph or a list of items separated by a simple “one pixel on, one pixel off” dotted divider.

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Conclusion

Congratulations, you have just designed a clean, community blog theme in Adobe Photoshop. Hopefully you have learned some tips and tricks on how to design certain aspects of cleanly organized sites and are able to use these skills in projects of your own in the future!

As this is just a design tutorial, I haven’t gone into the theme-coding at all, but you can check out the Revolution theme at ThemeForest to see a live example.

Good luck and thanks for reading! :)