Learn how to create a website layout in Photoshop

Jun 21st, 2010View Comments

Hello and welcome to another tutorial here on trendyTUTS.com. For today I have prepared a modern web layout – photoshop template -and I think this one can be used for a technology website, for a business company, it can be used as well for a hosting website, to showcase your script (software).

Anyway I think it can be used for many niche websites…. and I am sure you will find a way to use this template.

If you’d like to integrate this web layout with one of the must well know CMS platforms such as Joomla, WordPress or Drupal, you will need to code this psd template in CSS/XHTML.

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Cool Website Layout Tutorial in Photoshop

Currently in this tutorial I will teach you how to create a similar web layout in Photoshop but I will not cover the conversion PSD to XHTML. The tutorial on how to code this layout in XHTML it will be available on our PSD to HTML Section available only to our premium members

To create this web layout I have used:

Let’s start the tutorial!
Open Photoshop and create a new document (Ctrl + N), dimensions: 1020 by 1300 as a background choose “Transparent”

Next select Rectangle Tool and create this 3 shapes

For the first shape (1) I have used this color # 474b4c, dimensions: 1020 by 370px
For the second shape (2) I have used this color # 2e2e2e, dimensions: 1020 by 679px
For the third shape (3) I have used this color # e6e6e6, dimensions: 1020 by 251px
Tip – to create shapes with fixed dimensions, please take a look at this screenshot


Step 1 – Creating the logo and navigation

On the left side I will add my logo (here you should add yours) and on the right side using Rounded Rectangle Tool (with a radius of 15px) I will create this shape , dimensions: 627 by 84px

Then I will apply this layer styles



With type tool I will add the links for navigation also.

As you can see the navigation is quite big, but you don’t need to worry because we will fix this when we will create the slideshow area.
To finish the Navigation, I will select Rounded Rectangle Tool and I will create a shape over the Home link. This shape it will serve as a Hover. I will apply also this layer styles

Here is my final result for navigation

Step 2 – Creating the slideshow (featured area)

Select Rectangle Tool and create this shape. Dimensions: 947 by 395px. The color doesn’t matter at this moment because we will apply some layer styles. Also please make sure that on your layer palette you will place this layer above the navigation layer, to cover a small portion of the navigation. Please see the screenshot

Next apply this layer styles:




My result

On the left side I will add an image

Underneath the image, using Ellipse Tool I will create this shape

and I will apply a Gaussian blur (Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur, with a radius of 10px) to create a nice shadow. Underneath the shadow, using Ellipse Tool I will create the navigation for slideshow (I will add 3 circles)

Next on the right side, using Type Tool I will add some text. For the title I have used Verdana font with 30 px in size, than for the paragraph I have used Tahoma font with 12 px in size, next underneath the paragraph I will create a button using Rounded Rectangle Tool (radius 30px)

Now apply this layer styles for the button




Than with Type Tool add some text on it (I have added “Learn more…”), with Ellipse Tool create a circle (I have used this color # 313139), than with Pen Tool create an arrow. Here is my result for Featured Area

Step 3 – Creating the content area

To create the content area, select Rectangle Tool and create this shape. Dimensions: 947 by 514px and the color doesn’t matter because we will apply a gradient

Once you have something similar, apply this layer styles:


Then with Type Tool I will add some text. I will use also some images and some vector icons from our free vector icons pack created by TrendyPacks.com. Here’s my result

As you can see I have created 3 columns of text, but now I would like to make a separation between them. To do that I will select Line Tool and I will create this separators. Each separator has 2 lines of 1px width.

Please look at the zoomed image to understand better how to create this separators

Next at the bottom of the content area with Ellipse Tool I will add this shape

Then I will apply a Gaussian Blur (Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur) with a radius of 7px and with Rectangular Marque Tool I will make this selection.

Once you have a similar selection hit Delete on your keyboard than press Ctrl + D to deselect.

Next I will select Line Tool and I will add a black line, dimensions 852 by 1px. Please see the screenshot

As you can see I have created a nice shadow at the bottom of the content area as well.

Step 4 – Creating the footer

Well, to create the footer is quite easy. All you have to do is to use Type Tool and to add some text, than with Rectangle Tool I have created the Newsletter forms.
Here is my final result for footer

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Cool Website Layout Tutorial in Photoshop

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The tutorial is finished now. No matter if you are a novice or an experienced user in Photoshop, if you have followed all of my steps you should have a similar web layout. Now in order to have a fully functional website you will need to take this psd and to code it in CSS/XHTML .

Once you convert this website in HTML you can upload it on your server or you can integrate the HTML file with one of this powerful CMS’s such as WordPress, Joomla or Drupal.

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  • Yumika

    You are truly a great designer! In a few steps you have managed to create a professional web layout, I would love to have your skills…

  • Yumika

    You are truly a great designer! In a few steps you have managed to create a professional web layout, I would love to have your skills…

  • Frank

    Amazing! I think I will use this layout to create my gaming website. Thank you!

  • Frank

    Amazing! I think I will use this layout to create my gaming website. Thank you!

  • http://poliman.pl Strony Internetowe Kraków

    the second version is better, i think :)

  • http://poliman.pl Strony Internetowe Kraków

    the second version is better, i think :)

  • admin

    @ Yumika and Frank. Thank you!

    @Strony – I like also the second version as well :) . After I have finished the tutorial, I realized that I can play a little bit with the colors and I’ve came with V2 :P

  • admin

    @ Yumika and Frank. Thank you!

    @Strony – I like also the second version as well :) . After I have finished the tutorial, I realized that I can play a little bit with the colors and I’ve came with V2 :P

  • http://poliman.pl Strony Internetowe Kraków

    this shows that you have a true visual sense :) gratulation :)

  • http://poliman.pl Strony Internetowe Kraków

    this shows that you have a true visual sense :) gratulation :)

  • newbie designer

    can you tell me which font you used for the logo ?

  • newbie designer

    can you tell me which font you used for the logo ?

  • admin

    @newbie designer – Eras Bold ITC

  • admin

    @newbie designer – Eras Bold ITC

  • ellionore

    wooohooo1i do think that i can also do this!

  • ellionore

    wooohooo1i do think that i can also do this!

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