Though landing pages aren’t usually recommended for your websites, every once in a while you run across an insanely awesome one that deserves the space it takes up. Today, we will (hopefully) be creating one such page in Photoshop for you to enjoy.
Here is what we will be creating:
Let’s get started! First of all, open up Photoshop and create a new document of the dimensions 800 by 800 pixels (the size isn’t too important here). Set your foreground color to #6c8000 and press Alt + Backspace to fill the Background layer with an olive green:
Grab the Rounded Rectangle Tool (U) from the Tools palette, and in the top toolbar, enter these settings:
Notice that the radius is set to 200px, the width is 309px, and the height is 147px.
Now click somewhere in your document and you should get a nice oval shape. Make sure the oval shape layer is selected, press Ctrl + A to select the entire document, and then in the top toolbar (with the Move Tool selected) press the Align Vertical Centers and Align Horizontal Centers buttons. This is what those buttons look like:
Press Ctrl + D to deselect everything, and now you should have your rounded rectangle centered to the document nicely like this:
Fill the rounded rectangle with #6c7f00 by double clicking on the layer’s color thumbnail. Onto the layer effects! Double click on the rounded rectangle layer, and enter these settings:
That should give you this:
Now it’s time to spruce up our design a bit by adding some light “whisps” to the background. Go to this page on QBrushes and download the Radial brushes featured there. Unzip the brushes and add them to Photoshop.
Create a new layer below the rounded rectangle layer, and select the tenth brush in the downloaded set (pictured below):
Press D and then X to reset your colors, and paint the brush behind your rectangle in this position:
Now create a new layer above the brush layer but still below the rounded rectangle layer, and select the 12th brush in the set:
Paint the brush anywhere on the document, and then go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Press Ctrl + T, and resize and position the brush to about this place in the image:
Set the blending mode of both of the brush layers you just created to Color Dodge, and set the opacity to 60%, and you should get this:
Now all that remains is to add the text to the image. Take the Type Tool (T), and make a new type layer in the middle of your oval. Type in two lines of text (you can say whatever you like, but I chose to say the truth: “TutWow – rocking your world” 🙂 ), and in the Paragraph palette, set them to Center Justify.
I used the font “Gotham ExtraLight” for the first line of text, and “Gotham Light” for the second, but any thin font will work for this, like Helvetica Neue. I set the first line to 48pt size, the second to 18pt, and the color to white. Play around with the settings until you get the look you want.
Center the text to the oval, and you’re done!