In this tutorial you will see how to create a minimal and clean blog layout using Photoshop. You will also learn some useful methods and practices for creating web layouts in Photoshop.


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Step 1 : Preparing the Canvas

Create a new document. The layout is going to be 950 pixels wide.

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Add guides to the right and left borders of the document.

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The layout is 950 pixels wide. But we need some extra space for us to work comfortably. So increase the width of the document using the Canvas Size dialog box. Press Ctrl+Alt+C (Image > Canvas Size) to load the dialog box and enter the value.

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Step 2 : Create and Organize Layer Groups

Often times we end up with several hundred layers scattered across the palette and hard to locate a particular item, especially when designing layouts. So plan ahead and keep things organized. I classified the layout into several groups that will contain the respective elements. Click on the “Create a New Group” button to create a group. Double click on the group the rename.

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Step 3 : Designing the Header

Let’s begin from the header. We are going to use a paper texture to create the header. Open up the “Paper Texture 1”. We need to isolate the paper from the background. Click on the black background with Magic Wand Tool. This will select the background, invert the selection to select the paper. Press Ctrl+Shift+I (Select > Inverse).

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Fine tune the selection using the Refine Edge command to increase the contrast and sharpness of the selection. Press Ctrl+Alt+R (Select > Refine Edge). Adjust the parameters to refine the selection.

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Press Ctrl+J (Layer > New > Layer via Copy) to separate the selection.

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Drag and drop the texture in our document. Place it in the “Header” group. Select the layer and go to Edit > Transform > 90 degree CCW. Then on the same menu choose “Flip Horizontal”. Place it in the header position. I resized it a bit (about 75%). Perform all transformations in one go.

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Press Ctrl+U to load Hue/Saturation dialog box. Reduce the Lightness all the way to -100. Now we got a nice silhouette of the texture with all its edge details.

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Add the logo. The font used is “VTKS Caveirada”. You can Download it for free.

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Some links on the right side. Create button for the active link using the Magnetic Lasso Tool. Make slightly irregular selection.

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Step 4 : Texturing the Background

Let’s create the background texture. Drag and drop the “Paper Texture 3” into our file. Reposition it properly. Place it beneath all the other layers in the palette.

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Desaturate the texture by hitting Ctrl+Shift+U. Press Ctrl+M and adjust brightness and contrast by adjusting the curve.

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Step 5 : Defining the Main Content Area

This is a two column layout with sidebar. First we will define the main content area. Click on the “Content” group and select the area using the Marquee Tool. Make sure it is 660 pixels in width. You can use the Info Palette to view the measurements. Fill it with #ffffff.

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Apply subtle 1px stroke to the content area.

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Now apply another texture to the content area. Open up the Paper Texture 2 and select and copy the middle portion of it.

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Paste it above the content area. Resize the texture.

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Press Ctrl+Shift+U to desaturate the texture and adjust brightness using Curves.