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How to Make a Twitch Offline Banner in Photoshop

September 2, 2019


Hey! I’m Hunter from Skillthrive, and in this tutorial you’ll learn how to create this Twitch video player banner in Photoshop. Before we jump into Photoshop and get started on today’s tutorial, make sure you download the course files. That way you can follow along with me today, as well as get instant access, so you can get all of our current free courses on our site. There’s a link in the description that will take you to a registration page where you can join. So, with that said, let’s go ahead and jump into Photoshop and get started on today’s tutorial. The first thing I’m going to do, once I’m into Photoshop, is come into ‘Create new’, come over to this ‘Film & Video’ tab and then make sure I have this HDTV 1080p selected, and the width should be 1920 and the height should be 1080. So, let’s come down to ‘Create’. We can double-click on this background layer, just go ahead and click ‘OK’, and I’m going to turn this off. Then I’m going to zoom out here, and the first thing I’m going to do is drag in the image. The first I’m going to do is drag in the PUBG image I included in the course files. So, let’s go ahead and… So, let’s go ahead and click on this PUBG, drag it in here, and we need to scale it up. And I’m actually going to make sure that it extends over the edges of this canvas, just because we’re going to come in and add a blur here. So, go ahead and hit Enter/Return, and right now it is a smart object. Now, if this isn’t a smart object, come over to ‘Layer’ – ‘Smart Objects’ and then ‘Convert to Smart Object’. And the reason I’m doing that is because now I’m adding a blur to this. So, let’s come into ‘Filter’ – ‘Blur’ – ‘Gaussian Blur’, and set the radius to 10. And now, because it’s a smart filter, I can come in and change this, if I wanted to increase it or decrease it, I can do that non-destructively. So, let’s go ahead and set that back to 10, click ‘OK’. And the next thing I’m going to do is add a ‘Hue/Saturation’ adjustment to this. Come over to ‘Saturation’ and hit in -28, and then for ‘Lightness’ I’m going to do -10. Then, what I’m going to do is, come in and add a ‘Gradient’ here. For ‘Style’ I’m going to select ‘Radial’. Then I’m going to come into ‘Gradient’ here, and on this color I’m going to set a hex code of #4580DE and then click ‘OK’. And then I’m going to come into this color, but before I come into the actual color, let’s come up to this one here, which lets us set an opacity, and then turn that up to 100. Then we can come back into this swatch at the bottom, double-click that and set that to a hex code here of #000B1C, and then click ‘OK’, then click ‘OK’ again. I can set the scale here to something like, somewhere around like 155-160, something like that looks good, click ‘OK’. And then come into the blending mode and change that to ‘Multiply’. So, you see that just in a couple of adjustment layers, we’re already getting a really cool blue effect here. Now, I’m actually just going to drop this down, just a little bit. So, something like 90%, I think, looks good; toggle these two layers on and off, and you can see the change that we did there. Now, the last thing I want to do on this background layer is to add a grunge effect to it. So, let’s come back into our project images, come into this ‘grunge.jpg’, and then drag that into our Photoshop file. Again, let’s go ahead and scale this up, so it fits the project nicely, move this around into a position that you like, click Enter/Return to commit to that transform. And now what I’m going to do is come over to the blending mode and change that to ‘Screen’. And then I’m going to drop the opacity down quite a bit, something like 5%. And you can see with-even with 5%, we get this cool, like, grunge effect on this. Now let’s go ahead and just select these layers, Command-G, and name this ‘background’. Now what we can do is, focus on the top section, which is going to show the username, the status of ‘currently offline’ and the logo. So, let’s go ahead and hit T to bring up the text tool. I’m going to click here and then come up to this panel up here, which you can set the font, the weight and the size of the text. Now, I’m using an open-source, free font that is included in the course files, but you guys can feel free to download that off the internet, if you’d prefer to just do that. So, what we have here is ‘Noto Sans’, I have that set to ‘Regular’, and I’m going to set the size here to 140. Then what I’m going to do is, come up to ‘Window’ and then come into this ‘Character’ here. And that’s going to allow me to set a tracking to 240. Now, mine’s already set to 240, but make sure you set that to 240, if you want to do that. What that’s going to do is adjust the spacing between each character. So, now, if we come back into this and type something like ‘ARES’, you can see that it’s spaced out nicely. The next thing I’m going to do actually is, select this text and make sure this color is set to this hex code, which is #F0F0F0. Now, feel free to use any color you want, but that’s the color that I’m using in this tutorial. So, let’s go ahead and click ‘OK’. And now what I can do is, make sure that this is centered, and to do that I can Command-click on this layer down here to make a selection of this; and with this ‘ARES’ layer still selected, I can come into ‘Layer’ – ‘Align Layer to Selction’, and then ‘Horizontal Centers’. So, now that’s in the center of our canvas. So, I’m going to hit Command-D to deselect that, and I’m going to hit T again and this time I’m going to set the size here to something like 60, and I’m going to actually leave the tracking at 240, and then in all caps I’m going to type in ‘CURRENTLY OFFLINE’. Again, I’m going to Command-click on this layer down here, and with ‘CURRENTLY OFFLINE’ selected, I can go ahead and make sure that this one is aligned to the center as well. Then I’m going to do Command-D and use my arrow keys to just move these a little closer. Make sure you’re on your move tool when you do that. And you can see that those are a little closer. I want to drag this on top. And now what I can do is, bring in the logo. So, let’s come back into our file here, bring in our stream logo, come to this edge, I’m going to hold Shift and drag this down to scale it proportionally; move it to something like that. That looks good. Then again, we can hit Enter/Return to commit to that transform. And let’s go ahead and make sure that this logo is centered as well. Cool! Then we can go ahead and move this down. Let’s go ahead and just move down the title and the status a little bit. And let’s go ahead and move the logo down as well, scale it down just a little bit. Let’s go and see how that looks. I think that looks a little nicer. I’m going to make sure that that is centered. OK. All right, so, now what I’m going to do is, add a layer style to this, to give it a little bit of a drop shadow, to kind of make it stand out from the background. And to do that I’m going to double-click on one of these layers. So, it’s going to start off with the ‘CURRENTLY OFFLINE’. I’m going to come on… I’m going to come down to ‘Drop Shadow’, set the blend mode to ‘Multiply’, ‘Opacity’ of 24, ‘Angle’ of 90, ‘Distance’ of 11, ‘Spread’ of 8%, ‘Size’ of 35 pixels. I have my ‘Contour’ to ‘Linear’ and my ‘Noise’ set to 6%. Now, you’re probably going to have to go through and change all of these, if you don’t already have these, but mine are already set to this because this last project that I was working on was this project that we’re working on now. I’m just doing it live. So, now let’s go ahead and click ‘OK’. And you can see it adds a really subtle drop shadow there. So, nothing crazy. I usually don’t like to go overboard with drop shadows, but that really subtle effect, I think, really makes it stand out. So, now what we can do is, come over to this ‘fx’, and I can right-click on this ‘fx’ and then come down to ‘Copy Layer Style’. Now I can come into this ‘ARES’, for instance, and do ‘Paste Layer Style’. That’s going to take that same drop shadow settings and apply it to this layer. I can do the same thing for the logo as well, and you can see that all three layers now have a really cool drop shadow. So, let’s go ahead and just group these layers by selecting them and hitting Command-G and naming this something like ‘username-status’. And now what we can do is go ahead and move on to doing the ‘Social Icon’ section at the bottom. So, to do that, the first thing I’m going to do is, come into our shape tool here. And now, you might need to come down and hold that icon and then come down to ‘Polygon Tool’ and make sure that you have sides up here set to 6. Then I’m just going to click and drag, to bring that out. I’m going to come into my ‘Fill’ here and ‘Recently Used Colors’, I want to select this white one, which is that #F0F0F0 hex code; and I want to hit Enter/Return and then Command-T and then maybe just scale that down, just a little bit. OK. And now what I’m going to do is Command-T again and then go ahead and on this ‘Angle’ here, I’m going to set that to 45, and then click Enter/Return. And now what that’s going to do is, set that- this point here to the the bottom and the top, so it matches this logo. Now what I can do is, Command-J three times, and that will duplicate that. And I can go ahead and with the move tool just move these over, while holding Shift, so they move without moving up; so, they’re moving perfectly straight over. And I can do that again, with this final layer. And I’m not too worried about this spacing right now. Cool! So, let’s come into this one and name this ‘facebook-background’. We can name this layer ‘twitter-background’, ‘youtube-background’, then ‘instagram-background’. Then I can zoom in to this Facebook section here, and I included some icons in the course files. Just go ahead and drag this in. I can scale this down a little bit. Something like that looks good. Go ahead and hit Enter/Return, we can move over. I’m going to select this Twitter background layer and then pull in the Twitter logo. Then I can scale this down. Cool! Then I can come into the YouTube layer, come back and bring in my YouTube logo; scale that down as well. And then lastly, we can come into Instagram and do the same. So, let’s go ahead and just hit Enter/Return, I want to zoom out, just to get an idea of the size of the logos here, to make sure that I like how big they are. I think the Instagram might be a little too big. So, let’s come back into the Instagram logo, Command-T and just scale itt down just a little bit. OK. So, let’s get another good look at this. Cool! I think it looks good. Now what I can do is, come in to this Facebook logo again. So, I’m going to zoom in. And what I’m going to do is Command-click on this logo to make a selection of it, come into the background, then with holding Alt or Option, I can select on this icon here to create a mask. Then, if I turn off this Facebook logo, you’ll see that instead of black, now we have this transparent Facebook logo shape, which I think is just a little extra effect, to kind of give it a little bit of a nicer look than just having it black. So, I’m going to repeat this process for Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, but let’s go ahead and just, with these two layers selected, just name this ‘facebook’, so we have that nicely organized. So, let’s go ahead and Command-click to make a selection; then Option or Alt-click to make a mask, and then turn off that layer. All right, so, once we went ahead and did that, what we can do now is, go ahead and space these out. So, let’s go ahead and select all of these four layers, and I’m going to come up to ‘Layer’ – ‘Distribute’, and then ‘Horizontal Centers’. And that’s just going to space all these out with equal distances relative to each other. So, now, with these layers selected, I can Command-G, name this something like ‘social-icons’. And then, with this layer selected, I can come up to… Actually, I need to make- go ahead and make a selection of this one. So, I’m going to Command-click on this, make a selection, make sure that this grouping is selected. Then come up to ‘Layer’ – ‘Align Layer to Selection’, and then ‘Horizontal Centers’. So, now that is nice and in the center. Cool! So, I’m going to hit Command-D, then I’m going to hit T to bring up my text tool, to do the final text here. And what I’m going to do here is set the ‘Weight’ to ‘Bold’, come into the ‘Type’ here and set this down to something like 28; and then come back and come into ‘Window” – ‘Character’, and then set this down to something like 180; and then say like ‘FOLLOW US / ARES’. All right, so, now what we can do is, go ahead and make sure that this layer is selected. Go ahead and make sure that this layer is centered. So, once that is centered, we can go ahead and just move this closer. I’m actually going to drag this layer beneath the ‘social-icons’, and then just move it up with my arrow keys. Make sure you’re on your move tool, and then move it up. Then go ahead and select these two. I’m going to Command-G and just do ‘follow-section’. And then I’m just going to hold Shift and Arrow to move this down. And I almost forgot, I need to come in and copy this layer style. So, let’s go ahead and ‘Copy Layer Style’, and apply that layer style to each of these elements. All right, there we go. So, let’s go ahead and just collapse these groupings back down, so it’s nice and clean. And now there’s just one more thing we’re going to do on this and that is to add a little bit more of a grunge effect on the outer corner, to really give this a cool effect. Now, I included some free grunge boarder brushes in the course files, so if you come back into the course files, under ‘Brushes’ you’ll see that I have this ‘grungeborder-vampkiss’. Now, with Photoshop open, all you have to do is double-click on this ABR file and it’ll install the brushes into Photoshop. Now, I already have these in Photoshop, so I’m not going to do that, but let’s come back into Photoshop, and we can go ahead and add a new layer here. And let’s just name this something like ‘grunge’. I’m going to come into this color here, and with the eyedropper tool, go ahead and pick the color here from our logo, which is going to be the hex code of #4580DE, click ‘OK’. Then I’m going to hit B to bring up my brush tool. Now, this is the one I’m going to use, but let’s come over to the brushes here, so you can see where this is. And if you see, if I scroll all the way down, I’ll have this grouping called ‘grungeborder-vampkiss’, and you have all these different options. Now, feel free to use whichever one you want, but I’m going to go ahead and just use this one here, which is the last one. I’m going to just come in and scale this up, just a little bit, so it just kind of fits into this. And I know what you’re thinking, it’s like, “Well, that’s not to the edge.” Well, what I’m going to do is Command-T to transform that. And so, let’s go ahead and just- with our opacity set to 100, I’m going to hit 0, flow to 100, so Shift-0. Then I’m going to click, and there we go. So, now what we can do is, Command-T and just move this out to an area that we like. So, just to the edges here. Maybe we just move this in a little bit. Move this down. All right! And now what I can do is, just go ahead and just drop the opacity of this one down quite a bit, so it’s not as intense. So, something like 23%, hit Enter/Return, and that completes this tutorial. Congrats on finishing the course! If you liked it, give it a thumbs-up and please subscribe. And don’t forget, you can still download the free course files from today’s tutorial by becoming a free member on Skillthrive.com. There’s a link in the description that will take you to a registration page where you can join. Again, I’m Hunter from Skillthrive and I’ll see you in the next one!

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