Design a Personal Portfolio Template


In this tutorial you’ll learn how to make a trendy, professional-looking portfolio template.
Some of the images in this tutorial are too big to display the full-sizes, so with some of the images you can click them to see the full-sized version, to make sure you’re on the right track etc.
result image

1. The Background

First thing to do is create a new document, for this tutorial I’m using a 740×740 document. I filled the background with #400529.
After you filled your background, apply Filter > Noise > Add Noise with these settings:
noise settings
You’ll be left with a basic, noisy background.
noise background
Now in the filters menu, go to Filter > Render > Lighting Effects, use these settings …
lighting settings
The main option you need to use there is Light type: Omni, that will give a very cool, unique effect to the background.
after lighting effects

2. Main Box

Next thing to do is add the main area for your website. Create a new layer then make a box with the Rectangular Marquee Tool. Use these settings for the marquee tool …
rectangular marquee tool options
Make the selection around the middle of your document then fill it with white.
To center the box in the document, I always use this method: Select all, (CTRL+A,) copy, (CTRL+C,) paste (CTRL+V,) then delete the old layer.
filled rectangle

3. The Nav Bar

Next on the list to do is the nav bar!
First off create a new layer, then with the Rectangular Marquee Tool, make a 618×60 selection at the top of the main box, just 1 pixel from the edges.
Fill the selection with a similar purple as the background.
filled selection
Next apply this, or a similar Gradient Overlay.
after gradient overlay
Next thing to do is find a classy pixel pattern, I used the top left pattern on this page on SquidFingers.
squidfingeres pixel pattern
Make a new layer and select your main navigation layer, fill the layer with the pattern and set the layer mode to Soft Light.
pattern on soft light
Since that’s too strong just like that, use either a layer mask or a large, soft eraser to erase away the top and bottom of the pattern. I used a layer mask and a few gradients.
erased pattern
Next on the things to do is add dividers and text links.
Make a new layer then with the Rectangular Marquee Tool make a very small (1×40) selection inside of the navigation bar.
small selection
Now fill the selection with white (#FFFFFF.)
filled small selection
Now duplicate the slit layer and move it over one pixel (right-key once.)
Now press CTRL+I to invert the layer, now merge the two layers together (CTRL+E.)
double line, inverted
Apply Filter > Blur > Motion Blur with an angle of 90 and a radius of 5.0 to this layer.
applied motion blur
Change the layer mode to Soft Light and lower the opacity to 70%.
layer mode and opacity changed
Duplicate this layer then move it about 82 pixels to the right (right-key twice, then hold shift and press the right key eight times.)
Repeat that a few times, I did it 4 times.
duplicated lines
Now add your text links in-between every two lines.
I used Tahoma, 11pt, Bold, No AA.
I also added a drop shadow to my text.
In the end I moved the lines and text 10 pixels to the right, so they were all 20 pixels from the left side.
text moved and with drop shadow

4. The Header

In another group/layer, make a selection a bit bigger than the navigation bar, just one pixel underneath the navigation bar. My selection was 618×100.
header selection
Now find a stock photo for the header, I’ll just be using this stock photo.
Add it into the header and make your adjustments. I just desaturated mine and added a slight pink tint.
header stock

5. Sidebox

On the left, 1 pixel from the header and corners, I added a black box, the size of it was 160×276. I filled the selection with black (#000000) and lowered the opacity to about 20%.
sidebox filled and lowered opacity
Next I added text and images to my text, having in mind this would be for recent work etc.
sidebox filled up
The font I used was Tahoma, 11pt, Bold, No Anti-Aliasing, Underline, #676767.

6. Updates Area

In a similar way to the sidebox, add a dark box inside of the template and lower the opacity to about 15%.
The size of my box/selection was 457×276.
updates area
Lastly add text and more text in the updates area text box. Maybe add some basic copyright underneath the main template.
result image
Thanks for reading everyone, I hope this tutorial was enlightening! :)


  • http://noneyet Me

    Hey nice tutorial really, who made this? i would like to thank the author personally, i really spent much time on making this one because i ain’t a pro in ps.. yet. But it really payed off

    thanks again

    regards. S

  • MaZa

    I love this template. Great job.

    To Me: Eli is the author and he writes all the tutorials here.

  • Chris

    Brilliant tutorial – I’m really happy with the turn out of mine.

  • Jay

    Top tutorial, although when it came to adding and “colourizing” the photo, I stopped, and downloaded the PSD :(

    Still brilliant though.


  • Skizo


    I’ve got a little problem ..
    I can’t add the lightning effect, ’cause this button is disabled (you can’t click it).
    Also other buttons are, so I can’t go on with this tutorial.
    This problem isn’t with all tutorials, only with a few (like this one..)
    I’m a beginner and I still need to discover Photoshop.
    Who could help me???



  • Disco

    easy good tutorial

  • Samantha

    is there any tutorials on connecting the links to your site?
    as in making them link to home,about,contact,ECT?

  • heide bolton

    …I would like to have more info about the portfolio design. I am not a computer wiz at all but feel this would be helpful in designing a portfolio for my daughter. Can I possibly recieve more info explaining step by step procedures for dummies????

    Heide Bolton

  • Sheryl

    Loved this tutorial!!!

    Skizo – I had the same problem. After reading the Help files I realized the Lighting Effect only works when you’re in RGB mode. Go to Image > Mode > RGB.

  • Andrew Taylor

    First time I’ve tried to design in photoshop, found this tutorial so easy to follow, thanks :)

  • Sajesh P

    Great work!

  • Gerry Mair

    Good Job Man, I Like It and I would like to have more info about the other types of web templates designs.

    Help Me