Presenting your Photoshop Work for your Portfolio
all right to make this work. We're going to have to do a little bit of a hack. And what I mean by that is that there's some skills you're gonna learn further in the course, things like smart objects and layer masks, which are going to make this a very perfect nondestructive, professional version of what we're just about to do. But we don't have those skills. We're going to do a big old hack version where it works, but maybe not the most professional use. So what we need to do is kind of smush all this together. Okay, so at the moment it's all separate layers and stuff. We need to kind of smash it into one layer and to do this quick and easy at the moment, what we're going to do is we're gonna leave, I've saved this version I'm up to um it goes it grays out when it's already saved. So if you're like, man, won't let me save. It's because you've already saved and nothing has changed, watched I move it and then it goes, hey, I get to save it again. Okay, so I'm going to undo that. So let's...
save your document and then let's save a backup. So let's go to save as so we're gonna keep that one original with all the layers so I can do adjustments. Now I'm gonna go into my desktop, I'm gonna call this one hacked postcard. It's not hard, it's just doing it the bad way. It's like, okay. And what we're gonna do is we're gonna go to layer and we're gonna go to this one that says flatten image and you can see all my good work and all my separate layers have gone. I can't separate them out. That's the bad bit. The cool bit though is it allows us to do the drop shadow and kind of moving it around first up we need to our we have that kind of continued problem with background and it's locked. So just name it, I'm gonna call this one my postcard. So that's phase one. It's got rid of the lock. Next one is we need to expand the background a little bit. So the easiest way is under image to canvas size, canvas size. Think of it as your page size. So at the moment we are using inches. Okay, six by four. I wanted to be a bit bigger either side. So how much bigger? Maybe maybe 1.5 inches. 1.5. Oh, was that 5.5. Either side. Okay. And click. Ok. I just made I just got a bit of extra background now. Cool, so next thing I want to do is add a background behind it. Okay, so I'm going to make a new layer. It's this little turned up page here. I'm gonna call this one my background. Whether it's selected, I'm going to say I want to go to edit and I'm going to go to fill. I'm going to fill that layer with what color I'm going to fill mine with black. You might say foreground background, you can pick a color. I'm just gonna pick black click OK. And the problem with the layer order is obvious now backgrounds at the top so click, hold him, drag him underneath. Now what I want to do with this, you could have just picked a solid color. Okay, What I want to do is add my gradient that we did earlier because remember I'm overdue ingredients all the way through this course. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to go down to affix, I've got my that layer selected effects and I'm going to go to gradient overlay and it's remembering the default that I had okay from the last one. But remember if you click on the word gradient here, you can double click these two little houses to pick new colors but that's in an earlier to roll, jump back and check out the gradient one if you want to know more about it, but it might do is change the direction of it and I'm gonna lower the opacity, lowering capacity in this case because there's black as my background color, it's gonna kind of darken it up because these are black and I'm just kind of raising it up a little bit, find where you want to be the cocaine. Now we're going to use our drop shadow and rotation. So click on postcard, let's rotate it, You could go to edit, transform. Use rotate but now we're using super duper shortcuts, remember which is it, you can't remember, It is command T on a Mac or control T on a Pc. Okay and not there just a bit further out. Click hold and drag. I don't know why it's on the angle. It's just like it's like I don't know, just thrown down in a casual but professional way. I don't know, I'm not sure why it doesn't work that way. It has to be it has to be on that kind of lean when you finish that return on your keyboard or enter and now we're gonna add a drop shadow and yeah, there's not gonna be much more than that. That's what we're gonna do. We're learning it now because it's going to be part of your homework in the next video so hang around if you like, I'm just going to add a nice big shadow capacity up, distance up part of the angle, size wise. Beautiful. I never played around with the spread. You'll see it's not why like it's just it's like the choke, it just kind of moves the this kind of drop shadow further out. I just never use it. You might love it click OK. That's our little gangster lean. We are now going to add a bit of text and get onto the next video totally skip ahead now because I am just going to add some text but you can stay if you like, this is like a client presentation. Right? So I'm gonna say my super duper client is going to be actually I'm gonna keep these on all separate line. Actually I put a returning client and project. What I'm gonna do select them all. I'm gonna say that we get right aligned. Use a different font museo I've been using through this course. You don't have that. Probably a lot you can download from type kit if you want to go and do that. It's part of your creative cloud license. I'm not going to cover it all now, but I'm gonna use a slab. It comes in a slab version as well, which I like. So I'm gonna go to the lite version. I'm gonna grab the font or down the leading. I'm gonna do the leading here. Not so much leading. Not too much fun size either. Yeah, they'll do it for me. Cool. I'm going to duplicate this. Now. We've been using the right click duplicate. I'm going to share a little secret. If you hung around, you get the super secret. Okay, watch this, click hold and drag it to the new window and it makes it duplicate and gives it the name copy. Cool. And there he is there awesome pigs to hang around. Sometimes I keep telling people to go and disappear and then I'll give you a super secret trick. All right. So this one here, I'm going to use the 700 and The client for this one is gonna be Scott Shoes. The project is going to be their spring sale postcard. I'm reluctant to date these things because I've got stuff in my portfolio that's like 10 years old. It's out just holding on in terms of being okay to add to that. Still had to it, but it might be a big client or just want to hang on to it. So I don't date them. What's going to date this though? Is the gradients? I think I'm catching the end of this gradient phase as well. I feel like the whole instagram, gradient filter type thing is going to be dead in a little while whilst my portfolio is gradient tastic. Alright, so that's gonna be it for this video. Next video. We're going to set a project for everybody. Let's jump into that and do it now.