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In this Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you how to make a very stylish and professional 468×60 advertisement banner.
Ok, first start by making a new document, use a size of 468×60 pixels. That’s the size of the ad banner we’ll be making.
Fill the background layer with a #a5cbff to #01142f gradient.
Now you need to make the background a little more interesting. Download this abstract image from StockVault.net, put it above the background layer, change the layer mode to Screen and lastly lower the opacity to about 30-40%.
Your background should look similar to this now:
Duplicate the render layer then apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur with an amount of about 2.0.
Also move the render around slightly, you can leave the layer mode and opacity alone if you want.
Blurred Render Layer
Create another new layer, and by now you should be naming your layers, because if you want to change things later on it might take you a while to find the layer you’re looking for. After you made your new layer, use the elliptical marquee tool to make a selection covering the right side of the document as shown below:
Fill this selection with a nice, bright gradient. The colors I used for my gradient were #fe9101 and #f62202.
Looks quite nice thus far, but nothing too special, is it?
Right-click the layer you just made and go into the Blending Options, apply the following layer styles:
Be sure to use the settings that i’ve shown in red, and you should have a result like this:
I also lowered the Fill Opacity for that layer to 95%, it doesn’t make much of a different, but you know, nice touches!
Create a new layer then make the selection around the orange section by holding ctrl and clicking the layer’s thumbnail.
After creating the selection, draw a black and white gradient inside.
After drawing your gradient, move the selection about 4 pixels to the right and press delete.
Lastly, all you need to do is change the layer mode for that layer to Overlay or Soft Light.
Now you can start adding in text. Since this advertisement banner is based on my Photoshop Tutorial website, I wrote in “PhotoshopStar” in large text, and beneath it I wrote “Free Photoshop Tutorials.”
In the above image I used the font “Helvetica Neue,” but I think that’s a font that costs a lot of money, so you might need to use another font.
After writing out your text, apply the following layer styles to the text layer(s):
Your text should now look like this:
Since it looks a bit bare, I also added this Stroke.
And that, is pretty much it for this tutorial!
Normally, you’d have the URL to the website, but in this case I wasn’t able to fit it in, and I don’t feel it was necessary either, as people will click the banner.
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