Designing good looking clean and functional Web layouts is an essential part of a Web Designers life. In this tutorial we are going to create a clean and professional Web layout in Photoshop from scratch. Along the way you can learn useful methods to create designs. So get started!

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Create a Professional Web Layout Photoshop Tutorial

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Step 1 : Mockup

Before we start designing, we need to plan out the requirements, looks and the functionality. Then we need to fit these ideas into a layout to execute them visually. Mockups and wire frames are greatly useful to create layouts with lot of flexibility. It is a best practice and highly encouraged in the Industry.

I put the below one together using only grey tones. That way we eliminate color from the scene at this point. So that we can concentrate on the layout as a whole and avoid messing up with colors. That gives much freedom to quickly alter and rearrange things. A mockup can be as detailed as you want. For this purpose I am going with the below one. Just briefly defining the layout and what goes where.

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Step 2 : Set up the Canvas

So we have a blue print for our layout. Let’s actually put the design together! We are going to create a 960 pixel wide layout. Create a new document at 1200 x 1500.

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This is a 960 pixel wide layout, so we need define the work area by adding guidelines. Press Ctrl+A to select the entire document.

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Go to Select > Transform Selection. Shrink the selection down to 960 pixels wide. That is the work area of the layout.

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Add guide lines to the selection.

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We need to create some padding between the border and the content that we will add later! With the selection active again choose Transform Selection. Resize the selection to 920 pixels wide. That means 20 pixels of padding each side totaling 40 pixels of padding.

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Add guides to the selection.

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Step 3 : Create the Header

Let’s create the header of the layout! Make a selection that is 465 pixels in height.

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Fill the selection with a gray value first and later use the Layer Styles to add colors and gradients. Follow this throughout the design to maintain a visual hierarchy.

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Add Gradient to the header. Double click on the layer thumbnail. Select Gradient Overlay. Create the below 2 color gradient. Use the settings.

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It should look like this.

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Next need to add a highlight to the header. Create a new layer by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Shift+N. Pick a soft brush with a diameter of 600px. Pick #19535a for brush color. Just click once on the center of the header.

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Make a selection from the top that is 110 pixels in height.

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Hit Delete key to delete the selected portion. That looks like below.

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Shrink it vertically by pressing Ctrl+T.

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We need to make sure that the highlight spot is perfectly centered to the header. Select layers, header and highlight and press “V” to switch to Move Tool. On the Options Panel select Align Horizontal Centers button.

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Create a new layer, draw a one pixel highlight line using the Pencil Tool with color #01bfd2.

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Hide the edges smoothly using a gradient mask. Pick the Gradient Tool, create the below gradient in the Options Panel.

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Apply the above gradient.

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Step 4 : Create Texture Pattern

Now create a simple checker pattern and apply to the header. Pick the Pencil Tool, set the brush size to 2 pixels and add two dots that are touching each others corners. Turn off the background and select the dots. Choose Edit > Define Pattern.

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Create a new layer and place it below the highlight layer. Select the area we want to apply the pattern. Press Shift+F5 to load the Fill dialogue box. Choose the pattern that is just created. And OK.

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The selection is filled with the pattern. Take a closer look.

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Blend the pattern smoothly into the header. Add a Layer Mask to the pattern layer. Pick a soft brush and paint with a large soft brush. Pick #ffffff for brush color. Reduce the brush Opacity to about 60% and paint. If you find it too strong then adjust the layer opacity individually.

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Nicely blended.

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106 thoughts on “How to Create a Professional Web Layout in Photoshop”

  1. Good evening, finally I got a tutorial about photo manipulation in photshop, this tutorial is very good for me and people who visit this website, thank you for the tutorial, stay safe and keep it healthy.

  2. Thank you for the article. You explained it well, very detailed at each stage of the stages, I might be a little layman with Photoshop. but this article made me looks more skilled. the best is the results have been provided.
    I hope you make a new tutorial with themes that may be more different and different concepts. thank you

  3. Hi, im a beginner at photoshop. And i’m stuck at making highlight line at step 3. I can’t change the line color to gradient. It keep the color i choose before i draw the line

    1. Denny Tang

      Sorry I don’t quite understand which part you’re stuck on. Can you elaborate on what you’re doing?

  4. There are so many free theses out there for web layouts, I am not even sure I would spend the time it takes to create my own :)

  5. Hi,

    I understand this is a design tutorial…but is there a tutorial for turning the design into an actual website with the coding and stuff?

  6. This tutorial is really nice…Can anyone tell me how to convert these psd files to codings….and run it on my browser……………….?

  7. I’m really lost with this step “Blend the pattern smoothly into the header. Add a Layer Mask to the pattern layer. Pick a soft brush and paint with a large soft brush. Pick #ffffff for brush color. Reduce the brush Opacity to about 60% and paint. If you find it too strong then adjust the layer opacity individually.” … is there another tutorial I should look at to understand layer masks? Thanks!

  8. Some technical change or creative steps can improve the design than what are shown here as tutorial. I believe tutorial are just an example or way, if someone can walk well maintaining that way and look around the road, the learner can make something more appealing design. BTW…this was help thought. Thanks :)

  9. Hi!
    Very nice tutorial, But I think managing layers in website making is also very difficult, would have been much better if you mention about them………..

    but seriously Guy, this is very GOOD. helped me a lot, Thank you soooo Much………..

  10. I’m glad I found this. I don’t want to sit through 2 and a half hours of someone explaining this stuff and having to keep pausing and rewinding when I can just look at each step as I go.

  11. I’m sorry, but this is SO CONFUSING. I have almost 0% knowledge in Photoshop, and I keep getting lost. It’s like you skipped a LOT of minor steps & assumed that folks already know all the menus/options in Photoshop. It takes me 30+ minutes for EVERY STEP, because I have to figure out ALL menu options/exact steps for everything.

    And now I’m stuck at the Transform (Ctrl+T) part, and the section directly after it (where you press V to move it):

    1. You never said how large our selection area should be (200px? 50px?).

    2. I transformed it, and now at the bottom there’s an ugly gap matching my background color.

    3. ALL of my Align buttons are grayed out…meaning I can’t center my “highlight”. At all.

    …Someone, anyone, PLEASE HELP!!! Thank you in advance.

  12. Dilan Leelarathna

    Really nice and useful tutorial. Really this is the best tutorial about making web template that I read. I will try this with my next projects. Thank you Niranth.

  13. This is really a good stuff. Also can you explain to slice the layout and make it as HTML and CSS that would be more helpful !!

    Thanks, Pal

  14. Plz koi ye batae second step kese solve hoga me yaha phans gaya ho help me fast wairing 960 wali line samaj nahi aa rahi

    (plz splve my problem, i am not understand 2 setp how can i do 960 px lines)

    1. Saaf mention kiya hai pehle ctrl+a se canvas select karna hai .

      Then Go to Select > Transform Selection. Shrink the selection down to 960 pixels wide.

      Easy hai ;)

  15. Can u tell me how to link this all.
    ths is frontin only na
    plz tell me link of tutorial from where i can link all this
    through photoshop.

  16. Thanks buddy for teach those.
    but i have a couple of questions,
    1. How we add this layouts in to the Joomla
    2. How add the Links for those icons.?

    please feel free time email to me the answer that would be very great full

  17. Wow… I have so much to learn. Thank you for this inspiring article with the beautiful examples of clean website design. I particularly like Caava Design. The cutout showing the background through it is inspired! Not to mention the other details like the moving arrows and graphics upon scrolling. Gisele, you obviously have a great eye for design. Result

  18. vince, agree.

    Nice picture, no more. What to do next? Useless lesson. Designers for designers in isolation from the real development.

    draw car? is not enough, need build to drive.

  19. Hi, It’s a very good tutorial. Can you make a tutorial for converting this PSD template to HTML/CSS ? If so, I thank you very much !

  20. It’s Awesome.
    But I don’t understand one line.
    So please if anybody understand this link please reply.

    “STEP : 4: Now create a simple checker pattern and apply to the header. Pick the Pencil Tool, set the brush size to 2 pixels and add two dots that are touching each others corners. Turn off the background and select the dots. Choose Edit > Define Pattern.”

    Please create an img and show how did you crate pattern.
    Waiting for help.

    Thank You #

  21. I was redirected to this post from a html slicing tutorial of this psd layout. Can some one pls post the link of that html code?

  22. This is one the best tutorials on layout for the web I’ve seen. There are sooooo many poor quality tutorials out there. This is one of the good ones, well done!!

  23. Hi..
    Thank you for making the only actual tutorial that I’ve been able to find. Other ‘tutorials’ haven’a actually explained how to do things, but you did so, very clearly…

    1. All work u have to do in dreamviewer, u can apply templates on the web, by dreamviewer,

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