How To Design Compliment Slips In Photoshop | Design Tutorial

Learn how to design compliment slips in Adobe Photoshop with our expert, easy-to-follow video tutorial…

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How To Design Compliment Slips

Head to the Solopress website (‪ to download the free Photoshop DL compliment slip template guide as a base for your compliment slip.

Open the Photoshop file, we have created a guide layer that will help you design your Letterhead – this includes the bleed area, trim and safe area.

Bleed Area — Anything here will be trimmed off, but remember to extend any colouring or images into this bleed area to avoid white lines appearing during the print finishing stages.

Trim — Your job will be cut on the solid black line, any images or text placed in this area may be trimmed off incorrectly.

Safe Area — Keep all your information insides the white area. Remember to use high-resolution images (300dpi) for the best results.

Create a new guide by clicking and dragging on the vertical and horizontal Ruler (if your Ruler does not appear in Photoshop press Command + R)

Create 8 new guides on the safe area line. In this video I have created 2 lines that run through the centre vertically and horizontally, the size of this template is a bit bigger than DL (105x216mm), you can set the centre guides to the exact measurement by clicking View — New Guide then entering 108mm for vertical and 52.5mm for horizontal.

In this video, I’m going to create a Compliment Slip to match the Soho based Post Production company Letterhead which I made in a previous video.

Once my guides are in place, I am going to make the background solid white, to do this click Layers — New Fill Layer — Solid Colour.

I’ll start constructing the logo by using the shapes tool to make a rectangle. By right clicking the layer I just made I can reveal the Blending Options. In this I can change the colour, opacity, stroke and shadow options. Im going to change the colour of this to a red that matches my previous letterhead logo.

Now I want to duplicate this shape, to do so right click on the layer and select Duplicate. I am going to move this rectangle behind the other and lower the opacity in blending options to add depth to the overall logo.

Using the text tool, I write the company name in the box, I’ve stylised the name by simply changing the line spacing so it overlaps.

I am going to start adding extra detail by making a sequence of boxes that gradually change colour. I draw a square at the bottom of the slip using the Shapes Tool. Then I duplicate the square over and over. You can resize many objects at once by selecting all of the layers, clicking Edit — Free Transform.

I am now going along each box and gradually changing the colour of each one.

No compliments slip would be complete without, well, a compliment! The usual wording is “With Compliments” so I am going to go with that. I write this using the Text Tool and change the font sizing and options using the Character Panel.

I am going to continue to add detail like address, phone numbers and web addresses also using the text tool.

Now the front is complete, its time to tackle the back. The easiest why to carry over assets is to save the front you have made, then save it again using Save As and change the name of the file. Now you can mess around with this without effecting the front you saved.

The back of a compliment slip can either be plain or have a pattern or image on it. I’ve chosen to extend my gradual coloured squares. I delete all the other layers I do not need before hand.

I select all of the layers of the pattern and use the Free Transform option to pull it down so it covers the back of the slip.

I’ve left the logo on the back page, so I pull the layer to the top so it is visible and I change the size so it fits snuggly in the corner.

Compliments to you! You’ve now made a compliment slip. Just make sure you delete the template layer, then save both sides as a PDF.

For the next steps to get it printed visit

If you have any comments or questions regarding designing a Letterhead, please use the comments section below and we’ll do our very best to answer your queries.

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