Complete Guide to Creating a Blog Website Layout

Complete Guide to Creating a Blog Website Layout

Step 5 - Creating a new document

First of all we have to think about sizes. It is important to place guides easy way without a lot of math stuff. We will start with 980px wfide document to make it fit on 1024px screens. We will also consider borders of design- in this case I took 20px each side. At last leave 20px for text margins each side. So, go to File>New and create a new document as shown below. Remember: It does not matter what you will type into resolution input. You can type 500 as well as 0,02. The screens are made of pixels and this is the only measurement. It is the other case if you would like to make your website printable, but in most of cases it is unnecessary to make printable designs- instead it is common to make CSS styles specially for print. The height should be something like 3000px. It is fair enough to make a design preview. Later on we can easily modify this value.
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Go to the View > New guide twice time and add one guide vertically in position 0px, and one in 100% (which is equal to 900px in this case).
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Those were a guides for text margins. Now we will add them to document size and also add the inner guides for border. Head to the Image > Canvas Size and type the following:
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And again add guides the same way as above: on 0px and 100%. Our design is now 940px wide. We will also add the center guides for border and outer guides as well. So now extend the document size with Image > Canvas Size by 20px (so it will be 10px each side) for center guides; add them the same way:0px and 100% and then again extend the size by 20px and again add same borders so you will get something like this:
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At last go once again to Image > Canvas size and extend our working area to something like 1600px, so we could make big background:
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Step 6 - First pixels

There aren't a lot of layers in our design (yes, there's just one)... yet. But we can end up with something like 300 layers or so. How to embrace them all? Just Grouping. It is great habit to group layers. It is easier than you think, just select layer you want to group by clicking on them in layer's window with CTRL or SHIFT (to select multiple layers) and then hit CTRL+G. You can later on change group's name by double clicking on it. You can also create empty groups without layers, just check the bottom icons in layers window.
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Ok, so for now create group and name it bg, we will place all the layers there that are related to our background. First of all, let's fill our background with some color, let it be some light gray like #c9c7c2. All right, now place our paper texture (find in resources on beginning of tutorial) into the document. It's pretty small, but we will lower its opacity a lot so we can scale it up without any additional effort. Just go to Edit > Transform > Scale and stretch it till our texture will fit the document size. It will be about 343%.
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Now we will gray it up a bit. Firstly we need to desaturate it completely for we don't want any color. Just go to the Image > Adjustment > Desaturation. Later on lower the opacity of that layer to about 20%.

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2 comments on “Complete Guide to Creating a Blog Website Layout”

  1. Dzięki za tutka. Muszę przyznać że fajnie wygląda ale przy 8 latach doświadczenia wszystko można zrobić :)

    BTW:

    Czemu mnie nie dziwi że w komentarzach pojawia się flame ? ;d

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